EchoStar Europe and Conax unite for connected devices

Set-top vendor EchoStar Europe has licensed the Conax conditional access system for use in a new range of connected devices. The first product ready for market is the EchoStar HDC-420, a high definition set-top box that is pre-integrated with CA and embedded software for running a suite of applications including user interface, electronic programme guide […]

My TV chooses Conax

Sub-Saharan African pay TV service My TV has extended its relationship with Conax to supply content security.  Nigeria-based My TV has extended its six-year relationship with Conax and has committed to deploying a Conax chipset pairing solution for its satellite platform. Chipset pairing creates an additional barrier to content theft ensuring defined content is only […]

Thai floods continue to impact Pace

The effect of flooding in Thailand on hard drive availability cost Pace US$9 million (€6.8 million) last year. Presenting its full year 2011 results, the UK set-top vendor said the effect of the flooding would continue to impact the business to the tune of US$25 million – US$35 million, predominantly during the first six months […]

Ono continues TiVo expansion

Spanish cable operator Ono has extended its TiVo service to the city of Valencia. Ono’s TiVo platform allows users to record two channels simultaneously and store over 200 hours of content as well as providing advanced content search and recommendation. Around 1.5 million and SMEs homes in Valencia can now receive the service along with […]

T-VIPS aids local insertion for SFN DTT networks

TV technology company T-VIPS has launched the CP330 T2 Bridge, which it says enables efficient regional adaption in DVB-T/T2 Single Frequency Networks. SFNs are seen as less costly and more frequency-efficient than the multiple frequency network digital-terrestrial deployments seen in countries including the UK. However, SFN operation impacts the operator’s ability to insert local content […]

Alticast launches Windmill for hybrid TV

MHP middleware specialist Alticast has launched Windmill, which is described as an end-to-end digital interactive ecosystem for TV operators with support for cable, satellite, DTT, IPTV and hybrid systems. Windmill uses Alticast’s new altiView user experience to provide an interface that allows content discovery across broadcast and over-the-top content, recommendations and an integrated social experience. […]

AirTies restructures sales team

Set-top vendor AirTies has promoted Karl Tempest-Mitchell to executive vice-president sales and marketing, and appointed Ian Challinor as vice-president sales and business development. In his new roll, Tempest-Mitchell will be responsible for AirTies’ commercial growth, strategic direction and marketing communications. Challinor, who joins from ADB’s IPTV unit, will be responsible for delivering AirTies ambitious plan […]

Virgin Media launches TiVo Red Button

Virgin Media has begun rolling out red button interactivity on its TiVo platform, starting with Sky Sports. Sky Sports and Sky Sports HD TiVo subscribers can use the red button to view multiple background events. Saturday saw the launch of Football First a service offering extended highlights from Premier League games accessible via the red […]

Intelsat grows fourth quarter revenues

Intelsat increased fourth quarter revenues by two per cent to US$652.9 million (€493 million). Transponder services revenue increased to US$485.6 million from US$464.7 million a year earlier. The satellite operator said it ended 2011 with US$10.7 billion in contracted backlog. CEO Dave McGlade said, “Intelsat delivered steady performance in 2011, led by our government and […]

Tech companies form MPEG DASH promo group

A number of TV technology companies have grouped together to create the DASH Promoters Group, a new organization designed to drive adoption of the MPEG DASH standard for adaptive bit-rate encoding. The MPEG DASH standard was ratified in November and is designed to address the dramatic growth of internet video by defining a universal delivery […]