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HDTV News

September 23, 2010

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 ...



June 3, 2010

Samsung owns 90% of the 3D TV market

by David Allen
It is estimated that around 300,000 3D Ready televisions have been sold worldwide and yet one company Samsung, already dominates the market with sales of 270,000 3D Ready televisions. According to data assembled by the Korean based newspaper Chosun, Samsung have been quick out of the trap in bringing this new technology to the consumer, but even before 3D ...



3D camcorder demonstrated

by David Allen
With 3D being the new HD, the race is on to get the consumer to buy the latest 3D Ready televisions, but as with HD, consumers soon find that there is nothing to watch apart from the odd sports event or film. The solution for the consumer could be the latest device from Aiptek, its 3D capable camcorder complete ...



May 28, 2010

63″ inch Samsung 3D Ready TV

by David Allen
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There was a time a 42” television was the maximum that you could expect to reasonably have in the home, but flat screen technology has changed all of that and until now the 50” TV has become the TV of choice. However, Samsung are about to blow that one out of the water with the 63in 3D ...



May 19, 2010

Skype TV allows Video Calls on your Panasonic HDTV

by Franz Bicar
More and more features are added to big-screen HDTVs nowadays. They are now looking more like oversized smartphones - without the mobility. Internet-enabled models can be acquired anywhere easily that would allow users to browse web content through built-in web applications. Manufacturers like Samsung is taking it even further by launching an HDTV app store. Now, Panasonic's new line of Viera ...



April 27, 2010

Australia’s Channel Nine announces 3D plans

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News With Samsung already advertising its 3D-capable TV sets on Australian television, all that is needed is some programming to watch on the set. That will arrive next month, courtesy of Channel 9, which unveiled its surprise 3D plans today. Channel 9 will be the first Australian network (and, it claimed, the first free-to-air broadcaster in the ...



Panasonic Inceases Production of 3D HDTV as Sales Go Up

by Franz Bicar
3D HDTV sets are on the rise. Panasonic has announced plans to increase its production of their 3D HDTV sets. With the recent popularity of 3D movies and the availability of 3D content, demand for 3D HDTV sets goes higher and higher. Manufacturing companies pounce on this new development to further boost their sales and market. Panasonic's latest 3D-capable plasma ...



April 23, 2010

FreeviewHD gains ground in NZ

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News Nearly a quarter of New Zealand homes (23.5%) are now accessing free-to-air digital TV and radio through Freeview. Sales figures for the first quarter of 2010 show that total homes receiving Freeview is now 376,389, up from 346,116 at the end of 2009. The digital-terrestrial platform, FreeviewHD, has now nearly caught the satellite version, Freeview, which launched in ...



April 22, 2010

Panasonic boosts 3D production after US sell out

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News The head of Panasonic’s TV business, Mr Hirotoshi Uehara, says the Japanese electronics company will boost its 3D-TV output, following the “sell out” in less than 7 days of its entire US stocks. The demand was enjoyed by other 3D set-suppliers following the announcement that TV network CBS would capture the US Masters golf tournament in 3D. Panasonic ...



April 21, 2010

DirecTV doubts Dish’s 200 HDTV channel claim

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News DirecTV was quick to respond to Dish Network’s claim that it was now transmitting 200 HDTV channels. Our report stated that many of these claimed channels are only VOD services. But DirecTV has criticised Dish Network’s claims, saying that Dish “grossly inflates” HD numbers. DirecTV came out with all guns blazing on Tuesday, stressing DirecTV was delivering ...



April 20, 2010

Dish Network broadcasts 200 HDTV channels

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News Charlie Ergen’s Dish pay-TV operation says it is now broadcasting 200 high-def channels to its subscribers. True, some of these are VOD services, but it is still a praiseworthy number. Dish modestly says it is the only broadcaster to offer this degree of HD choice. Latest additions to the full-time HD line-up include EPIX HD, G4 HD, ...



Strong demand for Kabel BW HDTV Receiver

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News An increasing number of customers of Germany’s third-largest cable operator Kabel BW are opting for high-definition television. Since an HDTV receiver was introduced as the standard box at the end of 2009 and an HDTV hard-disk recorder has been offered, more than 40,000 households have ordered one of the two. Kabel BW, which serves 2.3 million households, says ...



April 19, 2010

NHK toughens licence fee demands

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News Japanese newspapers are reporting that public broadcaster NHK will implement tougher legal procedures that would allow it to forcibly collect subscription fees from certain households and businesses that refuse to pay. The move would likely come this summer, and would represent the first time the public broadcaster has taken such a step. As of the end of ...



April 16, 2010

France Télévisions halts bid talks with Lov-Publicis

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News France Télévisions’ directory board has this week suspended negotiations with consortium Lov-Publicis over the acquisition of 70% of the public service broadcaster’s advertising subsidiary. French public group has explained its decision by the fact that the full 2011 ad-ban, initially settled by law, on public networks is still too uncertain at the moment to go on talking. During ...



April 12, 2010

Sky Mexico begins HDTV transmissions

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News DTH operator Sky Mexico has started its HD transmissions. The offer enables live pause and rewind on an advanced EPG, HD recording, parental control and caller ID on the screen. Jointly with the financial group Banamex, Sky offers a promotional package that includes a subscription and a ‘full HD’ Samsung TV set. Sky Mexico is backed by ...



April 9, 2010

Three leaders debate in HD

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News BSkyB has unveiled plans for the largest-ever advertising campaign for its Sky News channel, and the launch of an HDTV version. The campaign says: “The Sky News Leaders’ Debate in HD”. It means that the upcoming Sky News ‘three leaders’ debate on April 22 will be covered in high-def for the UK’s HD-equipped homes (around 3m). No ...



FIFA unveils 3D plans for World Cup

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News FIFA joined forces in London April 8 with Sony to disclose their plans for the upcoming World Cup, including 3D coverage of the event. FIFA has selected 25 games to be given the exclusive 3D treatment, including games in five centres (Jo-burg’s Soccer City and Ellis Park, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elisabeth). The first game will ...



March 31, 2010

Sumo gets the HDTV treatment

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News Just imagine: a half ton of prime Japanese fighting machines in glorious high-def! Total Sports Asia Japan (TSA) has signed a license with Big Media Holdings for Japanese pro-wrestling sports marketed by TSA, including Grand Sumo matches, for a new - as yet unnamed - HD channel and is under wraps at the moment. ...



March 25, 2010

3D boosts cinemas

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News 3D movies like Avatar and Alice in Wonderland are helping create extremely positive momentum for the growth of digital cinema – and movie fans love the technology. Screen Digest says that there are now 16,405 digital cinema screens around the world, up a massive 86.4% on the end-2008 position. “Further growth will come in 2010 as digital 3D ...



March 19, 2010

CASBAA focuses on Vietnam’s pay-TV market

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News Asian pay-TV industry body/lobby group the Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) is turning its attention to the high-growth market of Vietnam. All be it starting from a low base, Vietnam has enjoyed pay-TV growth of almost 400% from 2006 to 2009. CASBAA has organised a Vietnam Pay-TV Industry Seminar in Hanoi on April 28. Themed ...



March 18, 2010

SES Astra reports strong growth for satellite in Europe

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News SES Astra's latest numbers show the strength of satellite in Europe grows and grows, with satellite homes overtaking cable homes for the first time ever. Yesterday a UK terrestrial network (Ch 5) decided to place its HDTV eggs firmly onto the satellite market, having not been able to secure ‘terrestrial’ distribution. Ch 5 becomes BSkyB’s ...



March 17, 2010

AXN HD channel launches in SE Asia

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News Action/adventure channel AXN will launch a high-definition version in south-east Asia from May. Carriage on two unnamed platforms has already been secured. SPE Networks is rolling out the HDTV version in south-east Asia following its launch in South Korea in March 2009. In South Korea, AXN HD is available on DTH platform, SkyLife, as well as all ...



March 16, 2010

Animax invites viewers to be creative

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News Sony Pictures Entertainment is revamping the Asian version of Animax as part of a global refresh of Animax TV networks worldwide. The added gimmick is that Animax will allow viewers to “directly shape and colour the on-air look and feel of a television channel”. Changes to the channel’s appearance will be complemented by the addition of more live-action ...



March 12, 2010

3D prices not too steep

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News Samsung’s latest range of TVs will go on sale in the US at the end of March. Indeed, some models are already available, and will be in key European markets very shortly. We know their prices, and the 3D sets will not be cheap. Samsung’s debut into the 3D set market is its range of UNC7000 models which are ...



March 11, 2010

Spain mandates HDTV tuners

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News Spain's Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce will oblige TV sets from 21 inches up to integrate high definition tuners by a Royal Decree. The decree is in the preparation phase. This Decree will also incorporate the standards for HDTV in Spain according to Francisco Ros, general secretary for Telecommunications and the Information Society. Currently, some TV sets ...



Samsung/Panasonic 3D prices unveiled

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News Samsung’s latest range of TVs will go on sale in the US at the end of March. Indeed, some models are already available, and will be in key European markets very shortly. We know their prices, and the 3D sets will not be cheap. Samsung’s debut into the 3D set market is its range of UNC7000 models ...



March 7, 2010

India’s Tata Sky to go HD

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News
India’s Tata Sky DTH operator, one of seven in the nation, will start HDTV transmissions this year. New Delhi-based Tata Sky (70% owned by the Tata conglomerate, 20% by News Corp’s Star Group and 10% by Singapore’s Temasek) will start HD services this year. Tata Sky transmits around 170 channels. It has already launched ...



3D Six Nations Rugby in France

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News
Upcoming rugby union match France vs UK from the Six Nations Championship 2010 will be broadcast live and in 3D in more than 30 French movie theatres. The broadcast will mark the first time a rugby match has been shot in 3D in France. The match airs next Saturday, March 20 at 8.45pm. The event ...



Sky Deutschland to broadcast 3D football

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News
German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland will for the first time in Germany screen a live transmission in high definition 3D-TV – a soccer match in March. On March 14 the soccer Bundesliga game between Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburger SV will be produced in 3D by national soccer league DFL and its subsidiary Sportcast and ...



March 4, 2010

Futuresource: only 4 years to 50% 3DTV

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News
Fresh on top of yesterday’s buoyant forecasts for the sales of 3D-TV sets comes another upbeat report on 3D’s television prospects. This time it is Futuresource which suggests that within four years the majority of TV sets available will be 3D-equipped. The end result is that a good proportion of homes in the US, ...



Sun Direct to carry Discovery HD in India

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News
Discovery HD has gained carriage in India for the first time, signing with DTH platform Sun Direct, and joining Discovery Science and Discovery Turbo as new channels in the country. Science and Turbo won carriage with Tata Sky in January and are now up and running. Discovery HD will launch this month as ...



Orbit-Showtime chooses Harmonic for HDTV

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News
Dubai-based pay-TV operator Orbit-Showtime has chosen Harmonic to supply its new digital head-end and playout for its HDTV channels. Orbit-Showtime is playing out its HDTV using MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) compression, and uses Harmonic’s Electra 8000 multi-channel universal encoder, along with its ProStream 1000 processing platform for bulk scrambling and descrambling. Harmonic’s local partner GloCom has ...



Canal+ Spain to go 3D

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News
Canal+ Spain will inaugurate its first 3-D transmissions this year, hoping to become the country's first TV channel in offering this new technology. canalplus3d3-D content will be accessible through the iPlus box, the advanced terminal of Sogecable's pay-TV operator Digital+ which also allows HDTV reception. Starting in the first half of this year Canal+ Spain ...



3DTV prices to fall fast

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News
3D-TVs are pretty rare just now. Samsung has a model at $2500 in the US, while Sony and Panasonic are just a few weeks away from releasing their 3D sets. But prices are set to tumble, say two new reports. Insight Media, in a 126-page study just released, says that 3D television will quickly ...



March 2, 2010

Shutter 3D TV Glasses to cost £100

by David Allen
Paying out around £2,000 for a new television would usually mean a great viewing experience once it is all connected up, but that is not going to happen with the latest 3D Ready televisions that are coming out onto the marketplace. It is only now that all of the finer points are coming out. Where the Samsung 3D TV is ...



Sony Bravia Freeview HD TV out today

by David Allen
The electronics giant Sony is aiming to be the first company in the UK to launch a television with a Freeview HD tuner installed. The Bravia range TVs will not only give the consumer a choice of televisions ranging from 32” to 60” but with no subscription users will get access to high definition content provided by the free-to-view ...



February 25, 2010

LG Unveils Thin Plasma TVs

by Franz Bicar
LG, South Korea's third largest conglomerate that produces electronics, chemicals, and telecommunications products and the world's second largest LCD maker unveiled two new HDTVs that boasts a very thin outer frame. Based on the picture shown below, these sets may be one of the thinnest out in the market today. The plasma sets, ...



February 23, 2010

LG puts weight behind LCD sales targets

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News
Electronics company LG says that global demand for LCD display panels will grow this year, as the world increasingly moves towards flat-panel TV sets. “We estimate that LCD TV demand worldwide will be 20 million more [units] this year compared to the previous year,” said Kyuchan Her, LG’s LCD TV Asia Group Regional Business ...



February 22, 2010

Blu Ray makes headway with consumers

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News
At last there’s positive news that Blu-ray is making some progress. While retailers and the distribution industry can measure very specifically the number of players and titles sold in any one month, it seems the chip-set industry is also making headway. Indeed, analysts at InStat* say the transition from DVD to Blu-ray players and recorders ...



Sony moves away from OLED

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News
It wasn’t so long ago that Sony was suggesting that Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) flat-panels were the best thing since sliced bread. OLEDs delivered the ‘Wow’ factor in terms of screen brightness and resolution. Not any more. Sony said Feb 16 that it would stop selling its 11-inch, ultra-thin XEL-1 flat panel which sold ...



February 18, 2010

Ocean Blue suggest one digital TV software solution for all standards

by Janet Harris
Ocean Blue suggest one digital TV software solution Digital TV software specialist Ocean Blue Software, has released a white paper that explores the feasibility of a single software stack for the European digital TV market, encompassing new standards HbbTV and Canvas amongst others. The paper explains the technical issues surrounding different digital TV software standards, such as MHEG-5, ...



February 17, 2010

AOC to launch 80cm LCD TV

by Janet Harris
Freeview HD iPhone app launched AOC is expanding its wide range of innovative TV displays. The L32HA91, an impressive 16:9 widescreen LCD TV, suits near to any furnishing style. With its 80cm diagonal, the classic black flat screen offers sharp HDTV entertainment in widescreen format. Its numerous connection ports make it the ideal focal point for home entertainment. AOC’s latest ...



Freeview HD iPhone app launched

by Janet Harris
Freeview HD iPhone app launched Freeview, the UK’s most-watched digital TV service, today announces the launch of a newly developed app for the iPhone and iPod touch, designed to help viewers plan their TV viewing whilst on the go. The Freeview iPhone app gives instant access to the Freeview programme guide, ...



February 11, 2010

Panasonic pushes for 3D Blu Ray

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News
Electronics giant Panasonic kept its promise, made at CES in January, that its latest 3D/1080p plasma display would not be long before hitting the retailer’s shelves – or to be more accurate, their wall and floor space. Because their flagship 55” beast is still a wonderful monster of a set. Snappily named the Viera VT2 ...



Apple to Offer $1 TV Downloads

by Franz Bicar
Apple is doing everything it can to ensure the success of the iPad. Reports have turned up about cheaper iTunes TV download. For just a dollar ($1), you can download and watch your favorite TV show episodes. This offering is said to coincide with the release of the ...



February 10, 2010

Toshiba unveils Freeview HD televisions

by Janet Harris
Toshiba unveils Freeview HD televisions Toshiba UK has today revealed a selection of innovative new products for 2010, including its first ever Freeview HD televisions, a touchscreen ultraportable laptop and impressive line up of Blu-ray and DVD players. The 2010 REGZA range Toshiba has announced the new REGZA LCD TV range for 2010, including the first models to offer ...



February 3, 2010

IMAX enjoys Avatar movie success

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News
James Cameron’s 3D Avatar is a spectacular success around the planet, and is helping IMAX earn a few extra dollars. Indeed, Avatar has brought in more than $150m in Imax theatres worldwide. During its seventh weekend, the film grossed $6.02 million from 179 Imax theatres domestically, representing approximately 21% of the film’s total domestic ...



Virgin Media brings HD version of 'Che' to UK

by Janet Harris
Virgin Media brings HD version of 'Che' to UK PictureBox will premiere the HD version of Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh’s Che on UK television when it airs the two part Che Guevara biopic, exclusively on Virgin Media. Part One, The Argentine, will launch on February 5th, and Part Two, Guerrilla will follow a month later on ...



January 26, 2010

Mitsubishi to present 149″ OLED TV at ISE 2010

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News
Mitsubishi Electric says it will show a 149" prototype OLED screen at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE 2010, Feb 2-4, Amsterdam). Claimed to be the world's first scalable OLED screen technology, the new system aroused considerable world-wide interest when it was revealed at last October's CEATEC show in Tokyo. Mitsubishi is already a powerful name ...



January 25, 2010

Hispasat offers expanded HDTV services

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News
Spain's satellite system Hispasat has doubled its HDTV offering for Spain and Portugal, broadcasting nine HD channels as well as the complete HDTV offering of the operators Portugal Telecom's MEO Sat and ZON TV Cabo. Hispasat has just included a new HDTV package so that ZON's subscribers will be able to have six new HDTV ...