HBO into Spain with Vodafone TV

Vodafone Spain and HBO have reached a deal for the launch in Spain of its streaming VoD service. Branded HBO España, the service aims to be available before the end of the year. Vodafone customers will be able to access the service from their Vodafone TV service and also via mobile devices, tablets and desktop […]

Other headlines of the week

DOCOMO, Nokia real time 8K transmission

DOCOMO has achieved what it claims the world’s first wireless real-time transmission of 8K video deploying radio access technology for 5G mobile communications systems, in a trial jointly conducted with Nokia. The transmission of ultra-high-resolution 8K video was achieved by a combination of an experimental system jointly developed by DOCOMO and Nokia, and H.265/HEVC encoding […]

SES launches UHD-HDR demo channel

SES is demonstrating a 24/7 Ultra HD test channel comprising all-High Dynamic Range (HDR) programming. SES says that together with its industry partners the demo channel showcases ‘next generation’ UHD picture quality, “as HDR provides much higher contrast and offers a more realistic viewing experience”. The programming material includes various HDR technologies including HDR 10 […]

EC Digital Single Market: Industry reaction

A number of broadcast industry trade bodies and observers have commented on the European Commission’s Digital Single Market proposals. Cable Europe welcomed the proposal to amend the Audiovisual Media Services Directive. The proposal, which forms a part of the Digital Single Market Strategy, reflects the changing nature of audiovisual services, of market players, technology and […]

Portugal names FTA sport events

The Portuguese government has released a list of sporting events of public interest that must be transmitted live on free-to-air TV. The so-called “listed events” includes one match per week of one of the top 5 clubs in the Portugal’s Premier League, matches of the national football team, the final of the Portuguese Cup, the […]

11m N American homes to own UHD TV

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, more than 11 million North American homes will own an Ultra HD TV by the end of 2016 as prices drop to increasingly affordable levels and 1080p models start to disappear entirely from large screen product line-ups. By 2020, all 40-inch or larger TVs being sold in […]

RAI adds two HD channels

Italian public broadcaster RAI has added two new HD channels, taking the total transmitted in this technology to seven. Movie channel RAI Movie HD (available on channel 114) and RAI Premium HD (channel 115), dedicated to Italian TV series and original programming, join RAI 1 HD, RAI 2 HD, RAI 3 HD, RAI 4 HD […]

Bullish forecasts for Intelsat’s EPIC

Intelsat’s first ‘EPIC’ satellite (IS-29e) was only launched at the end of January, but CEO Stephen Spengler says it is already well on its way to filling up despite its multiple spot-beams and much larger overall capacity and throughput. Spengler said the new craft entered commercial service at the end of March and initial experience […]

MTG invests in Engage Sports Media

MTG has acquired 22 per cent of Engage Sports Media (ESM) with the option to increase its shareholding in the future. ESM enables premium sports rights owners to digitalise and monetise their content for global audiences, by making it available online, on demand and on mobile. ESM partners include leading owners and brands in Football, […]

Netflix app on Humax PVRs

Humax, a UK provider of digital set-top boxes, has added Netflix to its range of FVP-4000T Freeview Play HD devices. Graham North, commercial director at Humax, said, “With the ever-increasing ‘binge-watching’ phenomenon, where entire series are consumed with no interruptions or commercial breaks, we have witnessed a dramatic revolution in viewing habits over the past […]

Ad regulation focuses on online

Figures published as part of the Committee of Advertising Practice’s (CAP’s) annual report show the changing landscape of advertising regulation continues to be dominated by online ads, with the number of internet cases standing at over double those of the second most prolific medium, TV (8,633 compared to 3,920). Meanwhile, the mass-viewing nature of TV ensured […]

Ericsson expands KT SkyLife UHD service

KT SkyLife, the South Korean satellite pay-TV provider, has chosen Ericsson to expand its Ultra HDservice, leveraging Ericsson’s high-performance HEVC encoders to bring consumers transformed picture quality. The deal marks KT SkyLife’s fifth UHD channel launch to date. Han Lee, CTO of KT SkyLife, says: “KT SkyLife is committed to providing the nation’s first multi-channel […]

ATEME for AB Groupe’s first native 4K channel

AB Groupe, France’s first independent broadcaster and one of the largest producers in the country with 16 television channels, has selected ATEME’s TITAN Live to broadcast its first native 4 premium channel. The channel, called Ultra Nature, has been available in France since May 19th and is dedicated to wildlife, discovery, travel and extreme sport. […]

ALi and Irdeto join forces

ALi Corporation, a set-top-box chipset provider, has entered into a strategic partnership with Irdeto, a specialist in digital platform security, achieving certification to integrate Irdeto’s powerful security solutions on its latest generation chipset offerings. By joining forces, ALi and Irdeto will provide pay-TV operators and content owners flexible, renewable and scalable security solutions to stay […]

EBU steps up Eutelsat capacity

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), a distributor of sports and news content for global broadcast and media platforms, and Eutelsat Communications have announced the signing of capacity contracts on four Eutelsat satellites. The capacity will be used to carry live broadcast signals of flagship events in the sports calendar. Using the Eutelsat 65 West A, […]

FilmBox channels for Nigeria’s Digitune

SPI International/Filmbox International, a supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international market continue to expand in Africa with the launch of eight FilmBox brand channels and FilmBox Live on demand service with Digitune Media Technologies. FilmBox Africa, FilmBox Art House, FightBox, DocuBox, Fast&FunBox, FashionBox and 360TuneBox will be available on Digitune’s OTT […]

Mediaproxy joins AIMS

AIMS has announced that Mediaproxy, the Australian based industry player in broadcast compliance logging, content monitoring and transport stream analysis has joined the alliance. Announcing his company’s membership of AIMS, CEO Erik Otto stated, “We are excited to join the alliance. Mediaproxy has pioneered in IP-based solutions for broadcast compliance and monitoring since 2001 and […]

Hotstar, Akamai renew partnership

Hotstar, India’s largest premium video streaming platform and Akamai Technologies, a global player in CDN services, have announced the renewal of their partnership to support Hotstar in delivering live sports content and the expected surge in viewership with the help of Akamai’s Intelligent Platform. Star, a customer of Akamai since 2006, and Hotstar, an Akamai […]