ITU boost for 3DTV

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has issued new recommended standards for 3D TV production and distribution. It has also recommended methods to evaluate 3D TV image quality, depth and viewer comfort level. The ITU said its work will provide a boost to the fledgling 3D TV sector. “3DTV has made a huge impact on TV […]

Set-top shipments and revenues down last year

Last year, 222 million digital set-top boxes were shipped, down 1.2% on the 2010 total, according to research from iHS.   The value of the set-top industry also declined, by 2.8% to $20.2 billion (€16 million), with stable free-to-air set-top revenue unable to offset declining pay TV receiver revenues. Pace remained as the number one […]

Technicolor factory in receivership

Technicolor’s set-top box facility in Angers in France has been placed in receivership, according to local reports. According to financial daily Les Echos, the Nanterre commercial court has placed the facility in receivership for a six months observation period. Technicolor’s management announced that the factory was bankrupt last Friday. The Angers factory is Technicolor’s last […]

Long-form content beginning to dominate online video

Viewing of long-form content now dominates video viewing on connected TVs and games consoles and is increasingly prevalent on tablets and mobile phones, according to online video specialist Ooyala’s latest Video Index. Long-form content made up over half of total online video viewing time in the first quarter. The share taken by long-form content on […]

Virgin Media drives TiVo growth

TiVo’s European business helped the DVR technology specialist grow its total subscriber base by 524,000 to 2.5 million in the 12 months ending April 30. The company has seen strong growth at UK cable operator Virgin Media. “Virgin Media continues to be a wonderful example of how strategically important our product has been in bolstering […]

Starman to launch VOD with SeaChange

Estonian cable operator Starman is rolling out a VOD platform based on the SeaChange Adrenalin back office. The offering, scheduled to launch this year, will include VOD, catch-up and nDVR services. Separately, Starman is also rolling out SeaChange’s eventIS CASIS system to update its DVB Service Information operation.

Red Bee lands Sky subtitling contract

Red Bee Media has secured a contract with BSkyB to provide live and pre-recorded subtitling for various channels.  The broadcast services provider will deliver live subtitling for Sky News, Sky Sports and four Sky Sports channels. Pre-recorded subtitling will be provided for Sky 1, Sky Atlantic and Sky Living. Bill Patrizio, CEO of Red Bee […]

Eurosport signs TV app deal with Panasonic

Eurosport has launched an app for Panasonic Viera Connect TVs in time for Roland Garros. The Eurosport Player app delivers the sports channel’s online simulcast streaming service to Panasonic Smart Viera TVs. The app gives Viera pay subscribers access to live streaming from Eurosport, Eurosport 2 and bonus channel content for other significant sporting events […]

Technicolor board to recommend JP Morgan offer

The board of TV technology provider Technicolor has decided to recommend an offer by JP Morgan to buy the company despite a surprise offer by Vector Capital. The board has decided unanimously to recommend JP Morgan’s offer to the company’s forthcoming general assembly, despite the higher Vector Capital offering. The latter, which owns 0.6% of […]

Bjørndal joins Verimatrix

Geir Bjørndal, Conax’s former marketing chief, has joined Verimatrix. The content security specialist said Bjørndal is charged with significantly increasing the company’s market penetration and visibility with operators looking to take advantage of new generation DVB hybrid networks that include IP and over-the-top video delivery. “Verimatrix is sitting at the intersection of where traditional and […]