Investigation ordered into SABC-Multichoice news channel deal

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has called for the country’s Competition Commission to investigate a news channel agreement between MultiChoice and SABC. The request follows an agreement dating from last summer that saw public broadcaster SABC (the South African Broadcasting Corporation) provide a 24-hour news channel on pay TV operator MultiChoice’s DStv platform. In a […]

Amazon launches Fire TV set-top box

Amazon has launched its much-anticipated TV streaming device, Amazon Fire TV, taking on the likes of Apple TV and Roku with its own internet-connect set-top. Available to order now in the US, the small US$99 (€72) box makes it easy for viewers to access Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service from their TVs – as well […]

Freesat signs smart TV deal with Vestel

UK free-to-air satellite platform Freesat has signed a deal with TV manufacturer Vestel to offer its Freetime service on a range of new Vestel smart TVs and set top boxes. Freetime is Freesat’s smart TV guide – which lets users scroll back through seven-days of programmes, access the on-demand services of the major UK terrestrial broadcasters […]

ALi launches new Android set-top chip

Chipset manufacturer ALi has launched the M3932, a new high-definition smart set-top system on a chip based on the Android 4.4 KitKat platform. The chipset targets applications including smart DVB or IPTV set-top boxes, OTT multimedia players, hybrid set-top boxes, and TV dongles, according to ALi. Mass production of M3932 is scheduled in the second […]

Inview appoints former Thomson set-top chief to board

UK hybrid TV technology provider Inview Technology has appointed former Thomson set-top division CEO Koen Van Driel to its board.  “This is an exciting new challenge for me,” said Van Driel. “Inview Technology has over 15 years of TV industry expertise and offers a wide range of interactive broadcast and IP services, with its lightweight […]

Freetime connected TV boost for Freesat

Freetime connected TV set-tops now account for 40% of UK free-to-air satellite platform Freesat’s installed base after strong growth in the fourth quarter of last year.  Sales of Freetime connected DVR boxes grew 160% year-on-year. Freesat itself added 31,000 new households in the quarter to December and the platform now reaches over 1.8 million homes. […]

Russia’s Kartina VoD service and PeerTV launch OTT set-top

Russian expatriate-targeted on-demand service provider Kartina has launched the Kartina IQ set-top in partnership with technology provider PeerTV. The box, based on PeerTV’s eTV platform is aimed at Russian speakers living overseas. Kartina predicts sales of between 30,000 to 50,000 units. PeerTV said it is working on working on a second generation of its Android-based […]

Horizon to launch in Baden-Württemberg

Liberty Global’s Horizon advanced set-top box is to be made available to subscribers in Baden-Württemberg. The Horizon platform was launched in Germany last year by Liberty Global’s Unitymedia KabelBW unit, but only in North-Rhine Westphalia and Hesse. Unitymedia KabelBW said the official launch of the platform in Baden-Württemberg is scheduled for the second half of […]

Sky Deutschland revamps set-top home screen

Sky Deutschland has launched a new interactive and customisable landing page for its set-top boxes, designed to give an overview of the day and week’s best programmes across linear and on-demand TV. Sky Home launched this week on selected DTH Sky boxes and is due to roll out more widely in the coming weeks. The […]

Exset teams up with MStar for developing markets set-top

Exset, a specialist in TV systems for developing markets has teamed up with set-top technology provider MStar to create a chipset and software platform.  The alliance has seen the combining of MStar’s silicon, hardware conditional access and software stack to create a set-top box architecture and reference design suited to Exset’s Digital Monetisation System (DMS), […]