The big squeeze

The proliferation of video-capable devices and streaming services, combined with the advent of UHD TV means that the pressure is on to find more efficient ways of forcing video down bandwidth-restricted pipes. However, with multiple video compression formats emerging to challenge existing dominant technologies, is the scene set for a period of confusion and fragmentation? […]

Canal+ streaming service launches in 4K UHD on Apple TV

Canal+’s OTT TV service myCanal has teamed up with Apple to offer 4K UHD TV content on the new Apple TV 4K box. My Canal subscribers with a n Apple 4K UHD box will be able to view the best Ligue 1 football match of the day in 4K UHD, along with original Canal+ series […]

Finland’s terrestrial TV to go all-HD in 2020

TV operators in the Finnish terrestrial broadcasting network have agreed to move entirely to HD and cease using the SD format from March 31, 2020. Transmission company Digita said that the operators have agreed that free-to-air channels will all simultaneously adopt the DVB-T2 broadcasting technology that enables high definition. Digita said it has already completed […]

BBC Brit goes high-definition on DStv

BBC Worldwide’s flagship entertainment channel, BBC Brit, will become available in HD on DStv channel 120 from October 5. The BBC’s commercial arm announced that DStv Compact, Compact Plus and Premium customers will be able to access the high definition feed of the channel on this date. From October 8, DStv Premium customers will also […]

More US service providers sign up for SES’s Ultra HD service

Nine new US cable and telecom operators have signed up to take satellite operator SES’s Ultra HD pre-packaged service, taking the total now testing the SES 4K content delivery platform to 30. The new arrivals are South Dakota and Minnesota’s Alliace Communications, Ohio-based Cincinnati Bell, Washington-based Douglas County Community Network, national telco Hotwire, Midwestern operators […]

Tricolor TV adds youth-oriented 4K TV service

Russian pay TV operator Tricolor TV is to add youth-oriented 4K TV channel C4K360 to its programming line-up. The channel, which the operator describes as the only native 4K TV channel in the world dedicated to the youth lifestyle of the 15-35 age group, provides a diet of extreme sports, eSports, travel, festivals, concerts and […]

NTV+ extends UHD TV across whole of Russia

Pay TV operator NTV+ has launched Ultra HD TV broadcasts in the European part of Russia, meaning that it has become the first operator to deliver UHD TV services across the entire country. NTV+ initially launched UHD services in Russia’s Far East, including Kamchatka, Chukotka, Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands, earlier this month. It then […]

Jaunt VR hires former Hulu, Vessel exec to drive revenue

Virtual reality firm Jaunt has appointed former Hulu and Vessel executive Jean-Paul Colaco as first chief revenue officer. Colaco will be responsible for global revenue generation across the company and will report directly to Jaunt president and CEO, George Kliavkoff. Between 2007 and 2013 Colaco worked as senior vice president of advertising at Hulu, where […]

SES hails HD and Ultra HD growth

The number of HDTV channels on SES’s satellite platforms grew by 7% last year to reach 2,495, or one third of all channels on the fleet, the company has revealed. SES now claims to carry 27% of all HD channels globally, with over 60% of all channels on its fleet now broadcast in the MPEG-4 […]

4KUniverse set for Chinese launch

4KUniverse, the new Ultra HD TV channel that launched on the SES-1 satellite covering North America this month, has struck a deal with Chinese technology company DiaDem Technologies to distribute the service in China. Under the 10-year deal, DiaDem Technologies has secured exclusive distribution rights to 4KUniverse in China, along with authority to secure content […]

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