Arqiva signs three-year football deal with IMG Media

Communications infrastructure and media services company Arqiva has signed a new three-year contract with IMG Media to distribute Barclays Premier League globally in HD. Arqiva will provide the encoding, encryption and satellite capacity and says it has implemented new distribution technology that will allow it to transmit at a higher bit-rate, without the need to […]

Ireland’s UTV goes HD on FreeSat and Sky

Northern Irish TV station UTV has launched its channel in high-definition on the FreeSat and Sky platforms for the first time.  The launches mean that UTV is now available in HD on all TV platforms, the firm said. In October 2010 UTV made its first HD steps by launching a high definition feed of its […]

Tele Columbus expands HD offering

German cable operator Tele Columbus is to expand its HD offering from seven to 17 channels from November 5. The cable operator says it will offer the largest number of commercial HD services of any German cable operator as well as the full range of public HD channels. Tele Columbus is changing its programme allocation […]

Numericable adds Voyage in HD

French cable operator Numericable has begun broadcasting travel channel Voyage in HD. Voyage offers a mix of travel documentaries, reports and magazine programming, including Les châteaux de la Loire, Voyage au bout de l’enfer and J’irai dormir chez vous.

Freesat launches new low-cost HD box

UK subscription-free satellite TV service Freesat has launched a new low-cost Freesat HD box that includes its connected TV service freetime.  The Humax-manufactured box goes on sale today at a recommended price of £99 (€118) from retailers including John Lewis, Currys PC World. Freesat’s Chief Technology Officer, Matthew Huntington, said that the new Freesat HD […]

Russian HD channels grow fivefold

The number of HD channels in Russia has multiplied by almost five times in the last year and a half, according to research group TelecomDaily. According to TelecomDaily, the number of HD channels available in the Russian market has grown from 10 to 45 over the last 18 months, with the expectation that this will […]

YouView to expand IP offerings

UK connected TV service YouView has had applications for more than 130 IP channels “which is expects to launch in the next year” according to broadcast organisation Digital UK.  The non-profit, which was set up to assist consumers in the conversion to digital TV and is now focused on EPG issues, made the revelation in a statement […]

BBC World News launches in HD in Middle East

BBC World News is launching in HD in the Middle East for the first time next week, when its international HD channel goes live via satellite operator Arabsat. The channel is due to go live on Monday and will give audiences the chance to watch, in HD, ongoing BBC coverage of global issues, as well […]

Encryption would boost HD in MENA, say industry players

The Middle East and North Africa region is still lagging behind advanced markets in the development of HD services, despite being ahead of Europe in terms of HD screen sales growth and HDTV growth relative to the total number of TV channels, according to a study by HD platform operator YahLive, satellite operator SES and […]

Global HD viewing expected to explode over next four years

The proportion of global TV households watching HD programming is expected to grow from under 14% at the end of last year to almost 42% by the end of 2017, according to Informa Telecoms & Media’s latest Global HDTV Forecasts report. Informa Telecoms & Media predicts that the number of active HD households will rise […]