Sky Italia taps Nagra for DVB-T pay TV security

Sky in Italy has teamed up with Nagra, which will provide broadcast and direct-to-TV content protection technologies for its new DVB-T pay TV service. Nagra will use its Broadcast Headend security platform to protect the new terrestrial service, which available on Sky Italia DVB-T set-top boxes and Conditional Access Modules (CAM) for digital TVs. The […]

SRG to shut down Swiss digital-terrestrial network

Swiss public broadcaster SRG is to shut down its digital-terrestrial TV service as part of a cost-cutting drive in a move agreed with the Swiss communications regulator BAKOM. An SRG spokesman told German-language news service Golem.de that operating the DVB-T network did not make economic sense in terms of the use of the organisation’s licence […]

Czech public broadcaster begins transition to DVB-T2 and HEVC

Czech public broadcaster Ceská Televize is to begin transmitting its signal in the DVB-T2 format from tomorrow, the first major step in the country’s transition to the advanced version of the digital-terrestrial broadcast standard. The broadcaster will simulcast all signals in DVB-T for at least a year, after which it plans to begin shutting down […]

Dataxis: DVB-T2 to reach 72% of European homes by 2022

By 2022 some 72% of European households will receive digital terrestrial television (DTT) using the DVB-T2 standard, according to Dataxis. The research firm emphasised the growth in DVB-T2 implementations in Europe, claiming these will increase from a footprint of roughly 30% of households in 2017. “This increase is primarily due to the switchover planned in […]

DVB-T2 migration gives big boost to German set-top sales

Germany’s migration from the DVB-T digital-terrestrial TV standard to the more modern DVB-T2 format provided a bonanza for set-top box sales in the first half of this year, according to the latest figures released by consumer electronics industry association the GFU. According to the outfit’s Hemix home electronics market index for the two quarters to […]

Belarus to complete switchover tomorrow

Belarus will complete its digital switchover process on schedule tomorrow, according to the leading telco, Beltelecom, which has overseen the transition. According to Beltelecom, the last 10 analogue transmitter sites will be shut down tomorrow, after a process that kicked off in 2013. Belarus has deployed 84 transmitters to give digital coverage across the vast […]

Belarus takes first step towards analogue shutdown

Belarus is taking a major step towards digital switchover by beginning to shut down analogue transmissions from this Sunday.  Transmissions will cease in Volozhin in the Minsk region on Sunday. The next step will see the shutting down of analogue transmissions from Osveja in the Vitebsk region on March 10. A multiplex of DVB-T channels […]

Microsoft to add free-to-air DTT tuner for Xbox One in Europe

Microsoft is to provide a digital TV tuner for its Xbox One gaming devices in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, enabling Xbox users in those countries to watch live TV via their game consoles. From October, Microsoft will make the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner, making digital-terrestrial TV available via the USB port […]

African countries will miss analogue switch-off deadline

Major African territories such as South Africa and Nigeria are set to miss a deadline to switch off analogue television signals, according to new research. “Most” sub-Saharan countries in Africa fail to meet the 2015 deadline, according to Ovum, which is part of DTVE publisher Informa Telecoms & Media. However, determination among regulators and governments […]

EBU slams mobile industry claims amidst criticism of ITU report

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has published a factsheet to counter claims made by the mobile industry that linear broadcast TV viewing is declining and that mobile operators will require access to UHF band spectrum to meet anticipated demand for services.  The EBU cited studies that predict that live TV viewing will still account for […]