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Nokia sells mobile TV unit

Mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has sold its enterprise mobile TV unit to India’s Wipro. The Mobile Broadcast Solutions unit creates software and hardware to enable mobile TV technology on a mobile handset to find and access the broadcasting network.

HD arrives on iPlayer

UK broadcaster the BBC has added HD content to its online catch-up service iPlayer for the first time. The BBC HD channel is now available on iPlayer, meaning users are able to stream HD content for seven days after its initial broadcast, or download programmes to be viewed within 30 days. Series including Doctor Who, […]

Adobe extends Flash platform

Adobe has signed a deal to put its Flash software into set-top boxes, internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players. The Adobe Flash Platform will enable the delivery of high-definition web videos to digital devices via the Flash Video (FLV) file format. Adobe said consumers will be able to enjoy rich, interactive viewing experiences, including the ability […]

iTX for IPTV now shipping

Broadcast technology supplier OmniBus Systems has begun shipping iTX for IPTV. Based on the iTX automation, master control and playout system, iTX for IPTV offers a range of features, including ad insertion and IT integration, the ability to provide data exchange with sales and traffic systems, tools for handling regional opt-outs and ad insertion along […]

DTT suffers blow from Boxer

The consortium that won the contract to provide pay DTT services in Ireland has handed back its licence, citing changed economic conditions that the company says mean that operating a service is no longer economically viable. Boxer and Irish company Communicorp won the licence in mid-2008 and were expected to start offering a three-multiplex service […]

Harmonic transcoding integrates YouTube fingerprint technology

Video equipment specialist Harmonic has announced that its Rhozet Carbon Coder transcoding solution can now be used as a delivery platform for generating ID files for video-sharing website YouTube’s Content ID System. Harmonic said Carbon Coder users can automatically generate an ID file or fingerprint of the video content they own during the transcode process. […]

Astra and Yahsat launch Middle East DTH service

Satellite operators SES Astra and Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) are launching a new DTH service in over 20 countries in the Middle East, North Africa and South West Asia. The operators have signed an agreement to create a new company operating under the YahLive brand, which will offer free-to-air and pay-TV channels. The […]

Doubts over Irish pay-DTT future

Boxer DTT, the company that won a contract to provide Ireland’s pay-DTT service has missed a deadline set by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) to confirm when it will launch the service, according to a report in The Times newspaper. The future of the country’s pay-DTT service could be in doubt after Boxer DTT […]

Eurovision chooses Civolution for monitoring

Eurovision, a department of the European Broadcasting Union, has selected Civolution’s Teletrax video watermarking-based broadcast monitoring solution for its Eurovision World Feed. Civolution said Teletrax would enable Eurovision to report back to its clients with precise broadcast information regarding the reach and performance of their content.

RTL could offer cash for Channel 4 merger

Broadcaster RTL could be set to offer cash in an attempt to merge with UK broadcaster Channel 4, according to The Times newspaper. RTL, which is behind UK broadcaster Channel Five, could use the cash to increase its stake in an enlarged broadcaster. A merger between Channel 4 and Five is regarded as the only […]