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IPTV English News by InformITV (06/04/2009)

iptvnewsSky upgrades EPG for the high definition era
Sky is upgrading the electronic programme guide for Sky+HD, with a high-definition widescreen user interface. Several years in development and originally due to launch last year, the new guide is being rolled out progressively to Sky HD boxes. The upgrade is an improvement on the standard Sky interface but given the time it has taken, it is surprising that there are still some usability issues.

Satellite launch enables European mobile television
A new satellite that will enable television to be delivered to mobile receivers across Europe has been successfully launched from Kazakhstan. The W2A satellite carries an S-band payload for Solaris Mobile, a joint venture between Eutelsat and SES Astra, which will provide mobile video, navigation and emergency assistance services.

Sky get Keane on first 3D TV transmission
Sky has broadcast the first live 3D TV event to a domestic television in the United Kingdom. The transmission of a performance by the band Keane was delivered over the existing Sky satellite platform to a set-top box and a special ‘3D Ready’ TV. The event was also shown in a cinema and streamed online in a special 3D presentation.

Executives told television has changed forever
Media executives gathered in a rainy Cannes for the MipTV convention this week were told that the television industry may have changed forever. In the past new media has been something of sideshow to the main purpose of buying and selling television programmes. Now, it seems increasingly clear that media models of production, distribution and consumption are changing radically and there is no alternative but to embrace new distribution platforms.

CableLabs releases Tru2way source code
CableLabs, the research and development consortium for the cable television industry in the United States, will release a source code reference implementation of the MHP based tru2way specifications. It aims to accelerate the development and deployment of interactive television devices and applications. In conjunction with the Canoe Ventures initiative, it has also announced a reference architecture for advanced advertising systems. The cable industry is slowly tooling up for interactivity and talking up the technology at The Cable Show.

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