Satellite to mobile offers next opportunity for broadcasting
A new generation of satellites, and spectrum assigned to mobile satellite services, will play a prominent role in the next major development in television and radio broadcasting. New satellite to mobile services will enable relatively rapid roll-outs across major regions of the world. That is the conclusion of a major new report published by informitv and launched at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam.
Microsoft and Emuse show next generation of interactive TV
Microsoft has shown a new interactive television application developed for the Microsoft Mediaroom platform by Emuse Technologies in co-operation with the BBC. Building on the success of red button interactive television, the BBC iPlayer and the BBC web site, it offers access to web style material through an intuitive interface. Microsoft also announced support for H.264 in Silverlight and a secure architecture for television tuners in personal computers.
OpenTV gets Flash and pushes next generation interfaces
OpenTV and Adobe have announced an agreement to integrate Flash Lite software with OpenTV middleware. OpenTV is also joining the Open Screen Project to help define the television profile and requirements for user experiences on television screens. At IBC OpenTV has been showing its next generation concept interface.
Dolphin offers intelligent point and click remote control
A new remote control offers point-and-click interaction using motion control sensors. The Dolphin remote control is based on technology from Hillcrest Laboratories and allows on-screen items to be selected by simply pointing and clicking. A similar remote will also be used in a new multimedia player from Kodak. Hillcrest Labs has meanwhile filed a patent suit against Nintendo over the use of motion-sensing control in the Wii games console.
Sky cancels Picnic blaming delays on decision from regulator
Sky has suspended its plans for a terrestrial pay-television service in the United Kingdom, blaming the regulator Ofcom for delays in approving its proposals. Ofcom says it is a matter for Sky. In the meantime, Sky News and Sky Sports News will remain available without subscription on Freeview.