French government abandons bonus channels plan

The French government has abandoned plans to award so-called bonus channels on the digital-terrestrial platform to the country’s commercial broadcasters as part of its plan that will see six new HD channels launch on the platform. Under plans confirmed yesterday, media regulator the CSA will launch a tender for candidates to launch new channels on […]

M-Net and e.tv in dispute over DTT set-top plans

A dispute has blown up in South Africa between Naspers-owned pay TV service M-Net and free-to-air commercial channel e.tv over the future of digital-terrestrial TV, according to local reports. e.TV chief operating officer Bronwyn Keene-Young earlier this week accused M-Net, a sister service to MultiChoice’s DStv bouquet, of trying to weaken the digital-terrestrial platform by […]

French government mulls expansion of free DTT offering

The French government wants to authorise the launch of six new channels on the country’s digital-terrestrial TV platform, according to local reports. A meeting of ministers is expected this week to take a firm decision. According to Le Figaro newspaper, the government is minded to ask regulator the CSA to launch an appeal for bids […]

Denmark to trial digital radio over DVB-T2

Denmark is to launch a digital radio trial using the DVB-T2 digital-terrestrial TV standard, rather than the DAB or DAB Plus standards. The trial will be launched in November. Open Channel, which has obtained a trial licence for the use of 1.7MHz of channel bandwidth, believes that DVB-T2 will provide a more efficient use of […]

Boyon report calls on DVB-T2 for all future French DTT channels

A report on the future of digital-terrestrial in France has called on the country to adopt the DVB-T2 standard for the launch of all future channels. Michel Boyon, the president of media regulator the CSA, yesterday presented a report on the future of the digital-terrestrial platform calling for the immediate adoption of DVB-T2 for all […]

Pace supplying DVB-T2 boxes for MultiChoice GOtv

UK set-top provider Pace is supplying boxes to MultiChoice Africa to support the launch of GOtv, MultiChoice’s new digital-terrestrial pay TV service for sub-Saharan Africa. The GOtv service is being delivered to customers via Pace’s next generation set-top boxes, capable of receiving DVB-T2 standard transmissions. Pace set-top boxes have so far supported the launch of […]

Ofcom offers fifth HD DTT channel

Ofcom has invited applications for an extra HD channel on the UK’s DTT network. The communications regulator has called for applications from commercial public service broadcasters for a fifth HD slot on the Freview platform to join BBC HD, BBC One HD, ITV HD and 4HD. The move could see Channel 5 launch a HD […]

DVB to highlight DVB-T2 Lite

The DVB will highlight for the first time progress made in the DVB-T2 Lite profile. T2 Lite is a new subset of DVB-T2, which pares down DVB-T2 parameter settings for what is required for mobile/portable reception. This chosen subset allows the reduction of the complexity of T2 Lite-specific receiver chips by 50%, resulting in lower […]

France looking to DVB-T2 for next stage of digital-terrestrial

The French government is considering delaying the launch of new digital-terrestrial channels in order to take advantage of the more spectrum-efficient DVB-T2 standard already used by countries including the UK (where it was used to launch HD channels on the platform) and Italy. The government confirmed to local press on Monday that it had submitted […]

T-VIPS contributes to DVB-T2 rollout

Video technology company T-VIPS has deployed its DVB-T2 gateways and SFN switching system with transmission services provider Arqiva for distribution of UK digital-terrestrial platform Freeview. The rollout, of the T-VIPS TNS541 TS monitoring switch and the CP560 DVB-T2 gateway, is set to be completed ahead of the 2012 London Olympics. In order to preserve SFN […]

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