Advanced Television


UK broadcasters MoU on Freeview HD

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five announced that they have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding that, if agreed, would deliver High Definition (HD) channels on Freeview by the projected completion of Digital Switchover in 2012. Potentially from late-2009/2010, BBC HD (see below), ITV HD and Channel 4 HD could all be available on […]

November 22, 2007

Green light for BBC HD

The BBC’s proposals for a mixed-genre high definition television channel, BBC HD, have been approved today by the BBC Trust following a Public Value Test. Mark Thompson, BBC Director-General, said: “We are delighted that the BBC Trust has approved the BBC Executive’s high definition television proposals, allowing us to launch the UK’s first free-to-air, mixed-genre […]

November 21, 2007

DirecTV Hits 100 HD

DirecTV has hit its long-promised goal of 100 HD channels by year’s end. The satcaster bolstered it high-def offering this week by adding five new basic cable networks, five new pay-per-view channels, and 13 new regional sports networks into the mix. According to DirecTV, the addition of all the new channels gives the company 100 […]

November 16, 2007

Fans prefer HDTV over stadium seats?

Motorola commissioned a survey in the US among more than 1,000 adults and found that 45 per cent would rather watch college or professional football on a HD TV than watch the game in person. Only one in three respondents (32 per cent) indicated they would rather watch a college or professional football game in […]

November 16, 2007

25% HD in US

New consumer research from Leichtman Research found that about one-quarter of households in the United States have at least one television set capable of receiving high definition programming– essentially double the penetration of HDTV of two years ago. Yet, consumer confusion related to high definition programming and products remains strong. LRG's latest HDTV research found […]

November 13, 2007

Telia try HDTV via broadband

As the first major broadband operator in Sweden, Telia will begin to test HDTV via their broadband network. The trial period will last for six months, and is scheduled to begin in late November. Approximately 70 households in Stockholm and Gothenburg will participate in trial. The date for commercial launch has not yet been decided. […]

November 12, 2007

First mobile HD trial in Spain

From David del Valle in Madrid Orange Spain, controlled by France Telecom, is launching the first HDTV broadcasts via mobile in Spain. The trial will last three months and will include three TV channels – MTV, National Geographic Channel and Sci Fi and some other sports content (football, tennis and basketball) – to be received […]

November 9, 2007

VOOM HD on Measat 3

VOOM HD Networks, Ascent Media and Measat Satellite Systems have agreed a deal to distribute the VOOM HD channel across Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Africa. “With the Asian market at a tipping point for HDTV adoption, the demand for compelling and high-quality HD programming has grown exponentially,” said Glenn Oakley, VOOM's Senior Vice […]

November 7, 2007

Verizon increases HD output

Customers of Verizon's FiOS TV service are set to receive an increase of high-definition content as the US telco confirmed plans for a fivefold increase in the number of HD channels, to 150 channels, as well as plans for offering additional HD content through FiOS TV’s video-on-demand service. Verizon is also planning a major expansion […]

November 6, 2007

HD NBA on DirecTV

Satellite TV service provider DirecTV has launched NBA (National Basketball Association) TV HD with plans to offer more than 72 games in HD and other NBA programming in HD, 24/7. With the addition of NBA TV HD, DirecTV now offers 74 full-time national HD channels, including 16 sports networks in HD- more than any other […]

November 2, 2007