Archive for the ‘Europe’ Category

Europe pushes for DMB mobile TV

June 13, 2009

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Five European countries have established a coalition to push mobile TV services over the DMB and DAB network standards.

The International DMB Advancement Group (IDAG) was founded by representatives from the Netherlands, Norway, the UK, Malta and Italy, with the goal of promoting TV, radio and data services via DMB, DAB and DAB+ with a nod towards enhanced functionality via other networks, such as 3G and wifi.

The group said it will focus on creating a bigger Pan-European market for DMB terminals through purchasing partnerships, collaborations with other companies and organizations, coordination of technical solutions and the development of business models.

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Switzerland enacts open set-top-box market

June 11, 2009

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Cable customers in Switzerland will be able to choose which digital receiver they want to use for TV reception from 2011. The Swiss parliament has approved the regulation and commissioned the government to prepare the appropriate legal framework.

The move is a reaction to the business practices of cable operators such as heavyweight Cablecom which utilise basic encryption for free-to-air TV channels on their networks, making reception possible only with a set-top-box for sale or rent from the cable company. The new law will permit encryption of free-to-air TV channels only under the condition that customers can choose their own receiver.

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Panasonic and DivX announce World’s first DivX certified portable Blu-ray player

June 10, 2009

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DivX, a digital media company, and Panasonic Corporation today announced the launch of the world’s first DivX Certified portable Blu-ray Disc player. Available now in the United States, Canada, France and Australia, and soon in the rest of the world, the portable Panasonic DMP-B15 joins Panasonic’s growing list of DivX Certified stand alone Blu-ray players, enabling consumers to enjoy DivX videos when they are at home or on the go.

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UPC offers Video-On-Demand service in Austria

June 10, 2009

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Austrian cable operator UPC has launched a real-time video-on-demand service. As with a DVD, viewers can start, pause, fast forward and rewind films ordered through the service and view them repeatedly.

The video library, available to all digital TV customers, comprises more than 170 titles. Current films cost €3.98, classics €1.98 and erotic films €5.98. Access to each movie is granted for a 24 hour period.

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France suspends Three Strikes policy for illegal downloading

June 10, 2009

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France’s constitutional court today deemed the Hadopi law illegal. Hadopi (the acronym of the French government agency after whom the three strikes law was named) created a penalty of suspending an individual’s internet connection for two to twelve months if they repeatedly downloaded unlicensed copyright material from the internet.

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