Digital television delay approved by Congress
Congress has voted to postpone the end of analogue television in America by four months to give consumers more time to prepare for the digital transition. The bill passed on its second presentation, by a vote of 264 to 158, to go forward to President Barack Obama for his signature. The incoming Obama administration maintains that preparations for the digital transition had been mismanaged.
Competition Commission blocks Kangaroo
The Competition Commission has blocked UKVOD, otherwise known as Project Kangaroo, the proposed video on demand joint venture between the BBC, ITV and Channel Four. It has concluded that none of the other remedies proposed could remove the threat to competition in the video on demand market.
Digital delay uncertainty confuses switch off message
The end of analogue television transmissions in America continues to be covered in confusion. The House of Representatives failed to reach the required two thirds majority to pass a fast-tracked delay to the end of analogue broadcasts. The Senate had unanimously approved a bill to postpone the planned switch off on 17 February until June 12. The bill could still be passed by a simple majority.
Digital Britain promises universally slow broadband
The future of Digital Britain has been revealed. The bad news is that the country will continue to fall behind if there is not significant investment in next generation networks. The government outlined its plans in an interim report that promises universal access to broadband—with speeds of at least 2Mbps by the time London hosts the 2012 Olympics. Scream if you want to go faster.
Wi-Fi high-definition home distribution from Axar Media
A British company aims to provide access to high-definition television throughout the home using wireless connections. Axar Media has developed a video sender and receiver that uses H.264 compression and Wi-Fi to deliver high quality high-definition video across all rooms in the home. The product is attracting interest from pay-television providers as a user-installed way of supporting secondary displays.