Advanced Television


Italy completes MPEG-4 switchover

Italy will complete the switchover from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 with AVC encoding for DTT broadcasting on December 21st. Most of the national TV channels had already switched to MPEG-4 AVC encoding since March 8th, but smaller broadcasters were given more time to adjust to the new regime. The switch was necessary in order to free […]

December 20, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Italy to cease MPEG-2 DTT in December

Italian broadcasters united in the Confindustria Radio Television association have agreed that December 20th will be the last day of broadcasting DTT channels in MPEG-2. Consequently, from December 21st, TV viewers will only be able to receive TV channels broadcast using MPEG-4 encoding. According to the association, the establishment of a common date will enable […]

October 10, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

DVB Native IP spec approved

The DVB-NIP specification has been approved by DVB’s Steering Board, bridging the gap between broadband and broadcast networks and paving the way for a converged media distribution solution. DVB-NIP is the result of one year of technical work by representatives of more than 13 DVB Member companies from across the media delivery value chain. The […]

February 21, 2022

MPEG LA offers one-stop licence for ATSC 3.0

MPEG LA has announced the availability of the ATSC 3.0 Patent Portfolio Licence providing one-stop access to patents that are essential to the next generation broadcast standard developed by the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC). ATSC 3.0, already available in South Korea and many US television markets, improves the television viewing experience with higher audio […]

January 21, 2022

GAC Media selects Globecast services

Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, has announced that GAC Media, home to GAC Family and GAC Living channels, has chosen its cloud playout services, along with satellite distribution, to support both networks.  GAC Family and GAC Living launched in September 2021 as new destinations for family-friendly programming.  GAC Family (formerly Great American Country) debuted […]

January 12, 2022

DivX sues TCL over streaming patents

Chinese television manufacturer TCL is being sued by DivX over alleged patent violations.  The action has been lodged at the US International Trade Commission in Washington, DC. DivX owns numerous patents focused on video codecs and including MPEG-4 Part II, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC and HEVC Ultra HD codec. The case specifically refers to TCL’s 43” Class-4 […]

December 1, 2021By Chris Forrester

SES Q3: Still under pressure

SES has released its 9-months trading update. Revenues (as reported) were down 6.5 per cent at €1.319 billion (€1.410 billion same period last year). SES says that its underlying revenue (excluding periodic and other) was lower by 2.7 per cent year-on-year (at constant FX) at €1,318 million. SES says that in July it spent €94 […]

November 4, 2021By Chris Forrester

Harmonic, JEA partner on streaming solution

Jackson Energy Authority (JEA) and Harmonic have teamed up to launch JEA’s fully hosted headend management and video streaming solution for cable, broadband and telecommunications providers. Powered by Harmonic’s VOS360 cloud platform, JEA’s E+ Premier managed headend solution provides secure signal processing and delivery of MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and adaptive bit rate (ABR) signals to MVPDs […]

August 17, 2021

Italy postpones MPEG-4 and DVB-T2 switchover

Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development has presented a roadmap in which it proposes the postponement of the DTT switchover from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 from September 1st 2021 to the September 1st 2022. The decision comes after both the Italian government and broadcasters realized that it is not possible to meet the initial deadlines. According to […]

July 28, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

South Africa getting new DTH service

PremiumFree TV, a new DTH service, will launch in South Africa on May 1st. PremiumFree TV will initially comprise 18 channels and says it will carry a range of content from sports and movies and telenovelas. PremiumFree is already available in West Africa (Ghana and Nigeria) since late 2018, but is now expanding with a […]

March 12, 2021By Chris Forrester