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Digital TV News

December 10, 2010

LG announces new range of 3DTVs, and Q&A video

by Darren Allan
LG will be launching a new range of passive glasses powered 3DTVs which will be on sale in April 2011. According to a report on the Inquirer, at the unveiling of an interactive Q&A promotional video, LG confirmed it would be unleashing a new range of 32 to 55 inch 3DTVs. The promotional video itself is up on the LG ...

December 8, 2010

Retail Vision TV launches

by Brian Turner
A new online TV channel dedicated to the retail industry has been launched, bringing the latest news, interviews, developments and innovations in the sector to a global audience. Retail Vision features an online stream of TV programmes covering all that is new and exciting about store formats, product innovation and customer experiences, together with candid interviews with retail industry leaders. ...

December 3, 2010

New Sony Bravia KDL-22PX300 comes with built-in PS2

by Darren Allan
Sony has launched a new Bravia TV set with a difference. The 22 inch LCD comes with its very own integrated console, a PlayStation 2. In actual fact, the console itself is the base of the stand which the display sits on. It's a slightly odd move, but one which may please some retro gamers who fancy breaking out ...

December 2, 2010

Apple gets no-glasses 3D patent

by Darren Allan
Apple has been granted a patent for an autostereoscopic system of 3D viewing, in other words, 3D without the glasses a la the Nintendo 3DS. There are plenty of companies interested in 3D display technology, given that it's the latest craze, and getting rid of the goofy glasses is a major boon. Yesterday, we heard news of the ...

December 1, 2010

Telegent Ships 100 Million Mobile TV Chips

by Brian Turner
Telegent Systems today announced that it has achieved a key industry milestone with the shipment of its 100 millionth mobile TV receiver last month. Handsets incorporating Telegent’s solutions, which enable reception of live, free-to-air broadcast TV in mobile devices, have been widely adopted by consumers in emerging markets around the world, including Southeast Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, ...

Serbia Broadband announces VOD TV services

by Brian Turner
Serbia Broadband (SBB), the largest Serbian broadband and direct to home satellite (DTH) operator, yesterday announced the launch of a full suite of transactional VOD and subscription VOD TV services to SBB subscribers in Serbia and Slovenia. The services include blockbuster and classic movies, popular TV series, comedy, drama, documentaries, kids programming and music videos, which SBB subscribers will be able ...

November 30, 2010

Estimated 4 million 3DTVs sold worldwide in 2010

by Darren Allan
Despite the recession, analysts Futuresource Consulting reckon that sales of 3DTVs are chugging along at a healthy pace. The firm expects global sales of 3DTVs to push over the 4 million mark in 2010, with Western Europe seeing some 1.2 million of those sales. In 2011, the prediction is that this number will be upped to 3 million in ...

November 29, 2010

TechniSat HDFS wins 2010 Freesat HD Receiver of the year award

by Brian Turner
Judged by the editors of What Satellite & Digital TV, Home Cinema Choice, and consumer technology website Techradar.com, the Freesat Product Awards 2010 reward innovation across the categories of Freesat HD, Freesat + Recorders, and TVs. Products were acknowledged for excellent design, build quality, AV performance, and for including features that exceed the Freesat specification to bring greater functionality to ...

November 24, 2010

Sky to close Bravo in New Year

by Janet Harris
Both Bravo and Bravo 2, which focus on male interests, are being closed on 1 January 2011. The move follows Sky’s £160 million acquisition of the Living TV Group, which was formerly known as Virgin Media TV. Sky decided to scrap Bravo, which has been running for 25 years, because it was too similar to Sky1. However viewers ...

November 22, 2010

Royal Wedding could boost 3D TV market

by Janet Harris
Just as the Queen's coronation boosted television sales in 1953, next years’ royal wedding might be just what the 3D TV market needs, if rumours of a 3D broadcast prove true. When Prince William marries Kate Middleton in 2011 there is speculation that the wedding could be shown in 3D both on television and in cinemas. With an ...

November 17, 2010

Kogan website launched in UK with keenly priced TVs

by Darren Allan
After a new TV? If it's a smaller panel you're considering, then you could do worse than to check out Kogan, the electronics retailer which has just expanded to cover the UK. Ruslan Kogan founded his self-named brand over in Australia, and it specialises in televisions, GPS devices, and other home appliances. The site pledges to end “rip-off Britain” prices ...

BBC sells Animal Planet to Discovery Channel

by Janet Harris
BBC Worldwide is selling its 50% stakes in the Animal Planet and Liv channels to its joint-venture partner Discovery Channel for $156 million. The move is in line with the recommendations of the BBC Trust’s 2009 review, which said that the BBC’s commercial arm should sell its stakes in non-BBC branded international channels at a time that was appropriate ...

November 10, 2010

BT Vision adds 3D content

by Janet Harris
IPTV service BT Vision has entered the 3D market through deals with NBC Universal and distributor Vertigo. The deal with NBC Universal gives BT Vision on-demand rights to all NBC Universal 3D movies produced over the next year. The 3D offering will include British-made Street Dance 3D and the animated Despicable ...

November 3, 2010

BBC One HD launch imminent

by Janet Harris
BBC One HD is due to launch at 7 this evening, providing a simulcast of the London version of BBC One and running alongside BBC HD. At the moment regional variations of programmes such as the news will not be available on the channel, but will continue to be available on BBC One in standard definition. Current affairs programme ...

November 1, 2010

DTT Launched in Ireland

by Janet Harris
Ireland’s Minister for Communications, Eamon Ryan, has announced the launch of a trial of the RTÉ Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) service. The DTT service can now be received by 90% of the Irish population from 24 sites around the country. Simulcasts of RTÉ One, RTÉ Two, TV3 and TG4 will be broadcast on the new service, with more ...

October 28, 2010

Switchover causes number of dumped TVs to soar

by Janet Harris
People seem to be using the digital switchover as a reason to upgrade their TVs, and recycling centres are overflowing with the unwanted equipment. In Warwickshire, which is due to switchover in September next year, record numbers of TV sets are being dumped, even though seventy per cent of them still work and could easily be converted to ...

October 27, 2010

Sony unveils VAT back scheme for Christmas

by Darren Allan
The prospect of thrifty consumer spending this Christmas, what with the economic climate and fresh austerity measures, is prompting companies to examine new ways to encourage open wallet surgery. And Sony is wheeling out the big guns in the form of a VAT back scheme. As the name suggests, the 17.5% VAT you pay purchasing a piece of Sony ...

October 21, 2010

BBC strengthens digital media division with new director

by Janet Harris
The BBC has appointed a new director of digital media to help develop new services based on cutting edge technology. Ralph Rivera will bring a wealth of experience to his new role as Director, Digital Media, Future Media & Technology at the BBC, effective from 8 November 2010. He joins the BBC from Major League Gaming in New ...

October 20, 2010

No increase in TV licence for 6 years

by Janet Harris
A new TV licence fee settlement has been announced which will force the BBC to tighten its belt. The fee will remain at its current level of £145.50 for a colour licence, until 2016, offering some respite for viewers who are being hard hit by the government’s spending cuts in other areas. However, the BBC will also be required to ...

October 19, 2010

BBC supports Children in Need with 3D ‘Strictly’ film

by Janet Harris
As part of this year’s Children In Need event the BBC has produced a 3D film of ‘Strictly Coming Dancing’ professional dancer Flavia Cacace and her partner performing an Argentinean tango. The three-minute film will be shown in cinemas prior to the fundraising event on 19 November. It was produced by the BBC as part of its trials of ...

Sharp BD-HP90S 3D Blu-ray player announced

by Darren Allan
Sharp has announced the BD-HP90S, a 3D capable Blu-ray player which should be out in the UK next month. It's a stylish ultra-thin unit which can lie flat, stand upright, or indeed it can be wall mounted, which will go nicely with your flat screen if you've hammered that up on the wall. The unit provides what Sharp describes as ...

October 14, 2010

LG 72LEX9 is world’s largest LED backlit 3DTV

by Darren Allan
While it's not the biggest 3DTV set in the world, the boffins at LG have just wheeled out the largest screen LED backlit model. As you can probably guess from the name, the LG 72LEX9 features a 72 inch LED backlit screen boasting 480Hz TruMotion and a 10,000,000:1 contrast ratio. Web TV features are also on board. No less than ...

October 7, 2010

Freeview device sales hit 60 million

by Janet Harris
The sale of Freeview devices such as set-top boxes, TVs and DVRs, has reached 60 million and Freeview HD is now available in nearly 250,000 homes. With Freeview tuners now standard in many sets, the rise of the technology looks set to continue. Around 100 Freeview models are now available. The Freeview DTT platform was the most popular digital TV service ...

Cisco Umi brings video calls to HDTV

by Janet Harris
Cisco has announced Cisco umi which allows video calls to be made through an existing broadband connection and HDTV set. While many people are now familiar with video calling via their mobiles, Cisco umi promises to take the experience to a whole new level. The company claims that the technology provides "the most lifelike, natural video communication experience available to consumers ...

October 4, 2010

Toshiba announces glasses-free 3D LCD TVs

by Janet Harris
Toshiba announced two new 3D TVs at CEATEC in Japan, and viewers will be able to enjoy the 3D effect without having to wear glasses. The disappointing feature of the TVs though is the screen size, just 12 inches or 20 inches, which is going to seem pretty small now we’ve become accustomed to 40 inch screens in ...

October 2, 2010

BBC makes historic Super HD broadcast

by Darren Allan
The BBC has come up with a broadcasting first, streaming Super HD footage – a technology developed by Japanese broadcaster NHK – of a Charlatans gig from the UK to fans in Japan. The so-called Super Hi-Vision picture makes HD look like a poor cousin in comparison, coming with a resolution of 7680 x 4320 – sixteen times sharper ...

September 29, 2010

Sky 1 HD to launch on Virgin Media

by Janet Harris
Sky 1 HD will be available to subscribers to Virgin Media’s ‘XL’ TV package from 1 October, at no extra cost. Highlights on the channel will include comedy sports quiz, A League of Their Own; travel show An Idiot Abroad, which features Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant; US medical drama, House; forensic crime series, Bones; the new season ...

September 28, 2010

Sky reveals 3D channel line-up

by Janet Harris
Sky is gearing up for the launch of its 3D channel on 1 October and has announced its programme line-up. The channel will be showing a mix of sports, movies, documentaries and live events. Sport: Ryder Cup (1-3 October) Euro 2012 qualifiers Autumn Rugby Union internationals Live Barclays Premier League Matches World Heavyweight Title fight Movies: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Toy Story 1,2 and 3 ...

September 23, 2010

MTV partners with Sky for Nickelodeon HD launch

by Janet Harris
MTV Networks International is launching a Nickelodeon HD channel on Sky, on 5 October. The channel will then roll-out internationally in 2011, to countries such as Poland, Russia, Israel and Brazil. Nickelodeon HD will be available to Sky+ HD customers as part of the Kids pack and will offer programmes such as Fanboy & Chum Chum, iCarly and The Troop. ...

Slingbox Pro-HD launched in the UK

by Darren Allan
Sling Media has slung another streaming box out onto the UK market, this one bringing support for full High Definition content. The Slingbox Pro-HD is capable of streaming High Definition content from a home TV, including over-the-air HD digital signals, satellite receivers, or HD DVRs, to a laptop or desktop computer anywhere around your home. Or indeed to a mobile ...

September 22, 2010

Sky solves Anytime problem

by Janet Harris
Sky customers had a problem with their Sky+ HD boxes either freezing up or going into standby mode, when they tried to open the Anytime service over the weekend. Anytime records Sky programmes and movies overnight and stores them on the set-top box’s hard disc, ready to watch at a convenient time. Sky stopped adding programmes to Anytime for ...

September 16, 2010

Man jailed for selling fake Virgin Media equipment

by Janet Harris
Virgin Media received a boost to its campaign to stamp out the sale of illegally modified set-top boxes, when a Birmingham man, Mohammed Ali, was jailed for five and a half years last week. Three other men also received lesser sentences for their involvement in the sale of the illegal equipment. Virgin Media has nearly completed rolling out new encryption ...

September 14, 2010

Sir Michael Lyons to leave BBC Trust

by Janet Harris
Despite previously saying he would like to seek re-appointment, Sir Michael Lyons has decided to step down a chairman of the BBC Trust when his term in office ends in May 2011. In an open letter to culture secretary Jeremy Hunt, Sir Michael gave an increasingly demanding workload as the main reason for his decision to leave. With a new ...

September 13, 2010

Scotland may create BBC rival

by Janet Harris
Scotland’s culture minister, Fiona Hyslop, has launched a review of whether Scotland needs its own public service broadcaster. The Scottish Parliament would like a dedicated Scottish digital network, offering both TV and internet channels, which would rival the BBC. The independent review panel will look at whether such a service is viable and how it could be funded. It will ...

September 9, 2010

Grazia Magazine launches online TV series

by Janet Harris
Woman’s magazine Grazia is launching a digital television platform offering fashion, beauty and entertainment news programmes. Five-minute weekly ‘webisodes’ will link in with the magazine’s "Ten Hot Stories" section. The series, which has been produced by Signal TV, will launch on 17 September on Grazia’s website, to coincide with London Fashion Week. The first episode is being produced in partnership with ...

September 6, 2010

Lovefilm gears up for digital push

by Janet Harris
Lovefilm, which has traditionally focused on renting out DVD via mail order has strengthened its board as it transforms its business model to digital downloading. Kristian Segerstrale, chief executive of social network game publisher Playfish, and Roland Steindorf, the former head of Kabel Deutschland, have both been appointed as non-executive directors. The move follows the recent appointment of Simon Waldman ...

September 2, 2010

Philips Cinema 21:9 Platinum Series TV goes 3D

by Darren Allan
Over at the IFA in Berlin, Philips has been showing off a new version of its acclaimed elongated 21:9 ratio cinema TV, which is specially designed for showing movies in the format they were meant to be viewed, minus any black letterbox effect. The new Platinum Series set comes with a slightly bigger 58 inch screen, TechRadar reports, an ...

August 26, 2010

3DTVs not a hit with the British public

by Darren Allan
With the first 3DTVs not long having hit the market, it seems like they aren't set to make much of an impact on the British public. T3 reports that research conducted by Deloitte suggests that over the coming year, only 2% of UK citizens are planning on buying a three dimensional goggle box. The rest are happy with the odd ...

August 25, 2010

Dragons fight over Kymera wand

by Janet Harris
The Kymera wand took the Dragons Den by storm, with all five entrepreneurs making a bid for a share in the company. The wand controls infra-red devices, from TVs to light switches, with just a flick of the wrist. Inventors Chris Barnardo and Richard Blakesley have sold over 20,000 wands since it was launched a year ago. Up ...

August 24, 2010

Bit Cauldron and XpanD announce universal 3D specs

by Janet Harris
Two manufacturers have this week announced universal 3D glasses. Bit Cauldron’s glasses, which are said to eliminate the problem of flicker when the viewer looks away from the screen, are coming to market via Monster Cable in September priced at £165. Monster claims that the Monster Vision Max 3D range offers the world's first universal 3D eyewear ...

August 23, 2010

Back to the Future star returns to TV

by Janet Harris
Michael J Fox who starred in the iconic Back to the Future films is returning to the television screen as a guest star in US drama The Good Wife. The star has Parkinson’s disease, which will feature in his portrayal of his character in The Good Wife – a lawyer who plays on the condition to get his own way. ...

August 20, 2010

X Factor trailer launches on Facebook

by Janet Harris
The bookies are predicting that the new X Factor series will attract the highest number of viewers yet and TalkbackThames Digital is helping this along with a bigger and better digital marketing campaign this year. Fans who sign up to the show’s Facebook page will be able to watch trailers of the show, highlights, interviews and other exclusive ...

August 19, 2010

Polaroid announces non-geeky 3D glasses

by Janet Harris
Polaroid Eyewear has joined up with RealD to launch 3D specs designed to be more stylish and more effective than the current ones available. The Polaroid Premium 3D Glasses have a curved-lens design and use the same ThermoFusion Technology used by the company to produce polarized lenses for its range of sunglasses. The glasses, which come in a range of ...

August 18, 2010

Panasonic launches lower price 3D TVs

by Janet Harris
Panasonic’s latest 3D TVs for the US market feature 2D-to-3D conversion technology which the company previously said it wouldn’t use as it preferred Full HD 3D. Nevertheless, the TC-P42G25 and TC-P50GT25 range of televisions do use 2D-to-3D conversion and are significantly cheaper that Panasonic’s VT20/25 series of 3D TVs. The 42 inch version is designed for 3D gamers and has a ...

August 16, 2010

Pop Idol winner stars in Living drama

by Janet Harris
Living has commissioned its first original UK drama and has cast former Pop Idol, Will Young, in a major role. The channel is better known for factual entertainment and US shows. The six-part supernatural thriller, called Bedlam, is set in a former asylum which is being redeveloped into modern apartments where strange events soon start to happen. Will Young, who plays ...

August 9, 2010

UKTV to launch HD channels on Sky

by Janet Harris
UKTV has announced plans to launch Good Food and Eden on Sky, in high definition. Good Food HD is expected to be the first to launch, on 31 August and Eden HD will follow in October. The launch of Good Food HD will include new content such as Ronnie Corbett’s Supper Club, which will feature the veteran comedian asking celebrities ...

August 6, 2010

Aiptek 3D launched, budget 3D camcorder

by Darren Allan
The Aiptek 3D has just been released, a portable and budget friendly HD camcorder which, as the name suggests, comes with three dimensional recording. The device is capable of recording in 720p HD, and it has two separate lenses and image sensors to enable shooting in 3D. The product also has an HDMI out so you can hook it ...

Virgin Media launching Comedy Central HD

by Janet Harris
Virgin Media will add Comedy Central HD to its channel line up in September, making shows such as Two and a Half Men, 30 Rock and South Park available in high definition. Some of the channel’s HD programmes will also be available on demand. The launch of the new channel will take Virgin Media’s HD channel line-up to ...

August 5, 2010

Ofcom gives Discovery Europe a 3D licence

by Janet Harris
The Discovery Channel has received a 3D channel licence from Ofcom, taking it a step further towards making its programmes available in 3D for European viewers. At the beginning of the year the company announced 3D plans in the US, in partnership with Sony and IMAX, but has not yet revealed any details of a possible 3D ...

August 4, 2010

ITV announces profit and pay-TV plans

by Janet Harris
ITV has become profitable again and has announced plans to help it stay that way. An 18% increase in advertising helped ITV’s pre-tax profits soar to £97m in the first half, compared with a £105m loss in the same period last year. However the broadcaster isn’t resting on its success and has announced a five-year transformation plan that ...