Advanced Television


DirecTV launches 21 HD channels

DirecTV in the US has launched 21 new High-Definition channels, including CNN HD and TBS HD. The launch is the beginning of DirecTV’s plan to offer 100 high-def channels by year’s end. It now has 30 national HD channels. DirecTV says it will have 70 HD channels in October.

September 27, 2007

US confused on HD

As 'Best Buy' gears up for its important high-definition TV sales months, a new survey from the No. 1 electronics retailer reveals that almost 90 per cent of Americans still don’t understand HDTVs – and close to 50 per cent underestimate the cost of buying one. “We were getting a lot of anecdotal evidence that […]

September 26, 2007

First HD DTT channel in Spain

From David Del Valle in Madrid An Interactive HD Consortium (Alta Definicion Interactiva 2006) is launching the first HD DTT channel in Spain, Campus HD, whose tests transmissions can be received through a MHP-enabled STB on 56 UHF channel (750-758 MHz) in the so-called University City in Madrid. The initiative is supported by a Consortium […]

September 25, 2007

MTV launching pan-Euro HD feed

MTV Networks International will launch the company’s first pan-European high-definition feed next year. With content drawn from MTV, VH1 and Nickelodeon, the channel will be operated by MTVNI’s emerging markets group. It joins MTVNI’s other pan-regional European services: MTV European, VH1 European and VH1 Classic European.

September 20, 2007

MGM HD on DirecTV

Hollywood film studio MGM is set to launch a new 24/7 network delivering a library of classic and contemporary films on demand in high definition. MGM HD will launch this Autumn on DirecTV. MGM is believed to be the first leading Hollywood studio to launch a standalone HD channel, which it hopes will generate a […]

September 20, 2007

Channel 4 HD on Sky

Channel 4 is set to become the first UK terrestrial broadcaster to offer a high definition simulcast of its main channel on the Sky platform. Scheduled to be available from December 2007, Channel 4 HD will allow Sky HD customers to watch HD versions of select Channel 4 shows. There are plans to make it […]

September 20, 2007

Ofcom: BBC HD channel OK

Ofcom's Market Impact Assessment (MIA) has ruled that the BBC's plans to introduce a new mixed genre digital TV channel in high definition format, available free-to-view without advertising, is unlikely to have significant negative market impacts. Audiences would have the opportunity to access the BBC's proposed HD channel on all digital television platforms – digital […]

September 19, 2007

Philips HDTV for Canalsat

Philips has been selected by Canalsat to supply high definition set-top boxes to the French digital satellite operator. From October, Canalsat subscribers will be given Philips dual HD digital satellite receivers, allowing them to access a range of entertainment, including sport and movies, as well as new interactive services for accessing on-demand content. In addition, […]

September 14, 2007

DirecTV IP for MDUs

DirecTV and Thomson are launching the first satellite TV distribution system for multi-dwelling units (MDU) using IP technology. The introduction of DirecTV's MFH3 (Multi-Family Housing version 3) distribution system, jointly developed with Thomson, is timed to support the satcaster's highly-anticipated HD expansion later this year. The DirecTV MFH3 system, designed to solve satellite distribution issues […]

September 12, 2007

Philips chief: HD take up slower than expected

High-definition video viewing is developing slower than the industry had expected, held back by a lack of HD content and competition between rival standards, according to Rudy Provoost, chief executive of electronics company Philips. Provoost said the Blu-ray format developed by Philips and Sony is prevailing in its battle with a competing format HD DVD […]

August 31, 2007