UKTV to launch Leeds tech hub

UKTV is set to launch a regional office in Leeds later this month, which will act as a technology hub for the broadcaster. The office will initially house a team of 10 staff members that will be tasked with enhancing the broadcaster’s content distribution capabilities. UKTV said that its first round of recruitment is at […]

Ericsson ups Ekudden to group CTO

Ericsson has promoted company veteran Erik Ekudden to group CTO and head of technology and architecture. Ekudden, who has almost 25 years of experience at Ericsson, is due to take up his new role on July 1, and will lead the company’s tech strategy with a focus on network evolution. He will be tasked with […]

SeaChange cuts 10% of staff

Video technology provider SeaChange is cutting 10% of its global staff in a “streamlining” effort designed to create savings of US$11 million (€9.7 million) per year.  In a statement released this week, SeaChange said the staff cuts have been implemented immediately in the US and, to comply with non-US legal requirements, will be implemented internationally […]

Xstream names new CEO as Thorup steps down

TV technology company Xstream has named Simon Høgsbro as its new CEO, replacing Frank Thorup, who is stepping down after 15 years. over on March 16. Prior to joining Xstream, he led New Zealand-based VoD service Lightbox’s incubation from its strategy and business planning phase to launch. Lightbox marked service provider Spark New Zealand’s entry […]

Harmonic invests in and VJU

Technology company Harmonic has made strategic investments in encoding service and cloud-based cloud-based playout provider VJU.  Harmonic has already collaborated with on projects including the launch of its cloud-based transcoding service earlier this year based on Harmonic’s ProMedia Carbon file-based transcoding software. In addition to making what it describes as a significant equity […]

GS Group launches new hybrid receiver for Russia

Russian technology provider GS Group has launched the first of a new hybrid set-top boxes, the GS E212.  The box is the first unit design in the line of receivers under the General Satellite brand that is able to receive both satellite and terrestrial signals. It can support multiple streaming formats and is designed to support […]

Teleste signs €20 million access network deal with Altice Group

Video and broadband technologies firm Teleste Corporation has signed a five-year deal with multinational cable and telco firm Altice Group to provide access network equipment.  The agreement, which has an estimated value of €20 million, will enable Altice to deliver new broadband services according to DOCSIS 3.1 standard, which supports multigigabit broadband speeds. Teleste claims […]

BBC moves Future Media and tech jobs to Manchester

The BBC announced yesterday that it will move around 120 Future Media roles and 102 Technology department roles from London to its northern base in Salford in 2015. The BBC said the relocation will enhance its “strong digital presence” at its MediaCityUK offices in North Manchester and forms part of the BBC’s ongoing strategy to […]

Fluendo turns to Fraunhofer for H.265

Digital video technology company Fluendo has teamed up with German research body the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute and is acquiring Fraunhofer’s H.265/HEVC decoder in order to extend HEVC support to Fluendo’s cross-platform multimedia Oneplay software products.  Barcelona-based Fluendo works with cross-platform software open source framework GStreamer, providing products including proprietary codecs, together with their respective […]

EBU elects new technical team

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has elected a new team to lead its technology initiatives.  Egon Verharen, research and development manager at Dutch public broadcaster NPO, has been named as the new chairman of the EBU technical committee. Klaus Illgner-Fehns, managing director of IRT, the technology centre for German-speaking members of the EBU has been […]

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