CCP Industry Updates – October

DIGITAL MEDIA DIGEST – OCTOBER
 
Section A:  Digital Television

 
1.    Korea: Digital TV conversion picks up pace
The Korea Herald – 2 September

 
According to the Korea Cable Television and Communications Association, digital cable television subscribers accounted for 15.1 percent of the country’s 15.3 million cable subscriptions at the end of June. The proportion of cable subscribers having switched to digital services has been rising at an increasing rate.
 
At the end of the first quarter last year, only 7.4 percent of subscribers had switched to digital, which rose to 9.5 percent at the end of the first half of last year. The figure then rose to 11.1 percent by the end of the third quarter and then to 12.6 percent at the end of 2008.
 
At the end of the first quarter of this year, the figure had risen to 13.8 percent.
 
The country plans to effect full digital conversion in 2013, and the Korea Communications Commission’s recommendations for the end of the year is 30 percent.
 
http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/NEWKHSITE/data/html_dir/2009/09/02/200909020063.asp
 
2.    S2 Licensing to Unveil DVB-S2 License Offering at IBC2009
4g-wirelessevolution.tmcnet.com – 2 September

DVB-S2 (Digital Video Broadcasting – Satellite, 2nd Generation) is a second generation DVB system for broadband satellite communications, covering digital TV and HDTV broadcasting, interactive services, and professional links by satellite.
 
S2 Licensing said it will be presenting a license under the combined DVB-S2 patent portfolios (currently representing over twenty patent families) of DTVG Licensing, a subsidiary of The DirecTV Group, the European Space Agency (ESA) and Radiotelevisione Italiana SpA (RAI).
 
The license is available to all parties practicing or planning to practice the DVB-S2 standard, and provides favorable terms to speed adoption of the DVB-S2 standard. For consumer applications, such as satellite television set-top box receivers, a license under the combined portfolios is available for a one-time royalty of US$0.50 for each encoder or decoder present in a product for quantities exceeding 500,000 over the term of the license, and US$1.00 per encoder or decoder in lower quantities. Professional products may be licensed under any of multiple licensing models, for the convenience and at the selection of the adopter.
http://4g-wirelessevolution.tmcnet.com/broadband stimulus/news/2009/09/02/4350807.htm
 
3.    Elber, Adtec Digital extend strategic partnership
Broadcast Engineering – 2 September

 
Italian microwave link provider Elber and Adtec Digital have formed a strategic partnership to expand DTV delivery over DVB-T, IP and DVB-S networks.
 
With more than 10,000 microwave links in operation on six continents, Elber offers fixed and mobile broadcasting solutions. Elber is using Adtec Digital’s equipment for digital compression of SDI video and audio feeds internationally over its microwave links.
Elber uses Adtec Digital’s edje5110-RM encoders for SD and mediaHUB-HD Pro for HD, along with Adtec’s DTA3050-ASI multiplexer, to create a multiprogram transport stream for transmission at the remote antennas for distribution to major regional, national and international carriers, particularly in South America and Africa.
 
Italian clients include La7, MTV, Tele A, Canale Italia, RAIWay (the technical division of Italian state television) as well as regional and local broadcasters.
 
http://broadcastengineering.com/news/elber-adtec-digital-extend-strategic-partnership-0902/
 
4.    Norway: TV 2 Selects Cisco Technology to Launch High-Definition Digital TV Services
Marketwire.com – 2 September

 
Cisco announced that TV 2 Norway has selected a Cisco® MPEG encoding and Internet Protocol (IP) video system platform for its new high-definition digital terrestrial television (HD-DTT) play-out facility in Bergen, Norway. Cisco’s turn-key, end-to-end solution includes MPEG-4 HD and standard-definition (SD) encoding, Cisco Digital Content Manager (DCM) statistical multiplexing and network management systems. It was designed, installed and commissioned within eight weeks of the contract being awarded in order to meet TV 2 Norway’s HD service launch date.
 
TV 2 Norway is, with viewing figures of 30 percent, the largest commercial television station in Norway. TV 2 started transmission in 1992 after the Norwegian government established the concession for commercial TV transmission. Today TV 2 also operates TV 2 Nyhetskanalen, TV 2 Zebra, TV 2 Filmkanalen and TV 2 Sport.
 
http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Cisco-NASDAQ-CSCO-1038975.html
 
5.    Berlin: Marvell debuts Family of Single Chip Hybrid Demodulators for Integrated Digital Televisions
PRNewswire – 3 September

 
Marvell, an industry leader in storage, communications and consumer silicon solutions, announced the Marvell(R) 88DE80xx family of hybrid demodulators. The Marvell 88DE8020 and 88DE8025 are the first in a family of solutions that Marvell is developing for worldwide TV Radio Frequency (RF) sub-systems. The 88DE8020 and 88DE8025 are single chip hybrid demodulators for Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) and analog video broadcasting worldwide. The 88DE8020/88DE8025 demodulates Intermediate Frequency (IF) signals from the hybrid tuner and generates Digital Transport Stream and Analog Composite Video with Sound Intermediate Frequency (SIF). The Marvell-designed integrated RF sub-system is designed to enable TV makers to develop a single TV controller chassis for worldwide needs and localize it with region specific tuners and demodulators.
 
http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/09-03-2009/0005087701&EDATE=
 
6.    Irdeto to Protect Ala TV Media Content and Deliver Pay TV Services to Kyrgyzstan
Reuters.com – 3 September

 
Irdeto, the leading expert in multimedia content and business model protection solutions and services, announced Ala TV, Kyrgyzstan’s first digital cable pay TV operator, has selected the company`s Conditional Access System (CAS) to provide vital content protection and support for its inaugural digital TV service offering.

Pay TV revenues in developing markets like the Eastern Europe/CIS region are particularly vulnerable to content piracy. Without the implementation of effective Conditional Access systems in this region, piracy-related losses could spike nearly 37 percent yearly, according to Datamonitor. As a regional pioneer in the pay TV market, Ala TV selected Irdeto’s CAS to provide a high level of protection against the theft of content that will ultimately yield a wide range of revenue- and royalty-generating services to help enhance and grow its business model.

http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS139140+03-Sep-2009+BW20090903

 
7.    South Korea: Analog TV Services to Be Stopped in 3 Counties
Korea Times – 1 September
 
South Korea is stepping up efforts for a quick end to analog television broadcasting following the national telecommunication regulator’s decision to stop services in three regional counties from next year.

The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) said analog TV services in Danyang, North Chungcheong Province, Uljin, North Gyeongsang Province, and Gangjin, South Jeolla Province, will be stopped from the latter half of 2010.

The digital TV transition will mark the end of analog television broadcasting that had been in use for more than 50 years. After 2013, all TV stations in South Korea will broadcast digital signals.

 
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/biz/2009/09/123_51212.html
 
8.    Broadcom Integrates S&T’s MHEG Technology into Set-Top and Integrated Digital TV Platforms
Interactive TV – 2 September

 
A UK-based company that specializes in solutions for standards-based interactive TV said that it has licensed its RedKey 2 MHEG solution to semiconductor company, Broadcom, for the delivery of interactive TV within emerging HD digital terrestrial TV markets worldwide, including the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.
 
Broadcom has integrated the RedKey 2 MHEG-5 technology as part of a complete DVB software support package offered in both Common Interface Plus (CI+) browser standard and HD versions across its entire product portfolio of set-top box and digital TV solutions.
 
By fully implementing the D-Book 6.1 specification that was published earlier this year by the Digital Television Group, S&T claims, the RedKey 2 MHEG software provides a standardized solution for the delivery of content via both an IP connection and broadcast reception to next-generation DTT set-top box and digital TV solutions.
 
http://www.itvt.com/story/5534/broadcom-integrates-sts-mheg-technology-set-top-and-integrated-digital-tv-platforms
 
9.    On.net Deploys Digital Terrestrial in Macedonia with TANDBERG Television Solution
Reuters.com – 3 September

TANDBERG Television, part of the Ericsson group announced that On.net, a subsidiary of Telekom Slovenije, has deployed a 60 channel digital terrestrial TV (DTT) service in the Republic of Macedonia using its MPEG-4 AVC headend solutions. It will also include two channels of HDTV.

The nationwide digital TV service will increase the number of channels available for Macedonians, who are limited to five national channels when receiving analog transmissions. On.net is using MPEG-4 AVC video compression to maximise bandwidth efficiency and enable high definition channels. The number of channels represents one of the largest DVB-T deployments, fulfilling a pay-tv business model.

 
http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS103965+03-Sep-2009+BW20090903
 
10.    Gray Television, Inc. Launches Mobile Digital Television
prnewswire.com – 3 September

 
Gray Television, Inc.  introduced the future of television with Gray’s first successful launch of a "Mobile DTV" signal.
 
Gray Television’s NBC affiliate in Omaha, Nebraska, WOWT, unleashed ground breaking technology July 24, 2009 with the television groups first "mobile DTV" signal, giving viewers within the station’s coverage area a signal that can be received on mobile devices, directly from the transmitter.
 
The video can be received virtually anywhere within WOWT’s coverage area. The technology is expected to be available to consumers early next year or possibly late this year.
 
http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/09-03-2009/0005087614&EDATE=
 
11.    Verimatrix Receives Second InfoVision Award at Broadband World Forum Europe 2009
Marketwatch.com – 11 September

 
Verimatrix, setting the standard in content security technologies that enhance the value of pay-TV networks, received the 2009 InfoVision Award for its Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS(TM)) for DVB solution in the Content, Entertainment, Applications and Services category. The International Engineering Consortium (IEC) announced the winners on Monday, Sept. 7 at the Broadband World Forum Europe 2009 awards ceremony in Paris.
 
VCAS for DVB was recognized for enabling the combination of Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) technology and IP-based interactivity to operate under a single security solution. The modern content security solution supports multiple communication network configurations from one head-end, with support for both one- and two-way systems. Its advanced client design incorporates passive, active and adaptive security features making the set-top an elusive and moving target for potential hackers.
 
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/verimatrix-receives-second-infovision-award-at-broadband-world-forum-europe-2009-2009-09-11
 
12.    AJA Video Keeps the Ball Rolling for Timeline Television
DMN Newswire – 11 September

 
AJA Video Systems, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, announced that its KONA 3 video capture and playback cards and FS1 frame syncs are in use by UK broadcast systems provider Timeline Television via AJA reseller Jigsaw Systems, Ltd., to enable HD and SD broadcasts of outdoor sports and news events.
KONA 3 is AJA’s top-of-the-line uncompressed capture card for SD, HD, and Dual Link 4:4:4 HD for Apple Mac Pro systems, and the FS1 is a universal HD and SD, video and audio frame synchronizer and converter supporting virtually any input or output format.
 
http://grassvalley.broadcastnewsroom.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=841447
 
13.    Japanese digital TV model poised to rule Latin America
France24.com – 11 September

Officials from Brazil met with their Venezuelan homologues in Caracas as part of a prolonged campaign to enlist Venezuela to the Japanese-Brazilian “ISDB-Tb” digital television model.

An agreement with Venezuela will likely trigger the adoption of the Japanese-Brazilian standard across the continent, in a decision worth millions of dollars in the sale of compatible television sets and broadcasting technology.

But according to John S. Eggerton, Broadcast and Cable magazine’s Washington bureau chief, the political decision is huge, as the implementation of digital standards can take many years and will spill over into other industries.

“Digital broadcasting is just part of it,” Eggerton told FRANCE 24. “Digital is where any country has to be; it is the currency of the new world.”

 
http://www.france24.com/en/20090911-japanese-digital-tv-model-poised-rule-latin-america-lula-kirchner-isdb-tb
 
14.    Russia’s digital TV, radio broadcasting may be approved in Nov
Rian.ru – 12 September

 
Russia’s mass communications ministry hopes that the federal target program on the development of digital television and radio broadcasting will be approved by the government in November, a deputy minister said.
 
The federal target program on the development of the digital television and radio broadcasting between 2008 and 2015 was approved by all relevant departments and submitted by the economics development ministry to the government for its further approval in June this year.
 
Zharov also said that foreign companies may take part in various tenders within the framework of the program.
 
http://en.rian.ru/science/20090912/156101024.html
 
15.    US Broadcaster KAXT Debuts Digital TV Service with Solutions from Harmonic, Linear and Triveni Digital
Tradingmarkets.com – 11 September

 
Harmonic Inc. announced that KAXT-CA, a low-power community television station based in San Jose, California, has deployed a digital ATSC television service–capable of broadcasting up to 20 MPEG-2 video and audio services within the 19.39 Mbps ATSC spectrum.
 
Using video processing solutions from Harmonic, transmission equipment from Linear Industries and PSIP generation from Triveni Digital, KAXT said it is currently broadcasting 12 video channels and four audio channels and planning to add more audio services later.
 
The channel capacity is providing KAXT with multiple sub-channels, giving viewers more content choices, and bringing several new revenue opportunities to the station.
 
http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stock%20News/2525100/
 
16.    Pace promises HD DVB-T2 box in 1H next year
Rapid TV News – 13 September

 
Set-top box maker Pace has unveiled its next-generation high-definition DVB-T2 unit at IBC, a box that will launch in the UK in the first half of 2010 to receive Freeview HD. The company plans to follow that with a Freeview+ HD digital TV recorder version.
 
Pace said the box is likely to be one of the first on the market to receive the new HD channels available on the UK’s DTT platform, made possible by the nationwide enhancement DVB-T2 will bring. By optimising bandwidth in the network, DVB-T2 allows broadcasters and service providers to bring HD content terrestrially for the first time in the UK. Freeview hopes to achieve up to 50% HD coverage across the UK by the time the World Cup begins in June 2010.
 
The box can be deployed in any country that opts for DVB-T2, which Pace is hoping will help drive widespread HD adoption.
 
http://www.rapidtvnews.com/index.php/200909134706/pace-promises-hd-dvb-t2-box-for-1h-2010.html
 
17.    Public Polish Television TVP Launches Free-to-Air Platform on ASTRA
Reuters.com – 15 September

SES ASTRA, an SES company announced that the public Polish television Telewizja Polska SA (TVP) will launch a free-to-air platform on ASTRA. TVP has therefore extended its satellite capacity contracts for the use of two transponders at ASTRA`s main orbital position 19.2 degrees East. TVP has been using this capacity since 2005. TVP is the largest public TV broadcaster in Central and Eastern Europe.

Based on the new contract, TVP will use a spot beam which is available on ASTRA
1KR. This will allow TVP to broadcast all its Polish free-to-air channels in an
unencrypted form to the Polish market. The TVP offer on ASTRA will comprise the
entire TVP package including TVP 1, TVP 2, TVP INFO, TVP POLONIA, TVP KULTURA,
TVP SPORT, TVP HISTORIA and TVP HD. TVP also considers an option for additional
pay-TV programmes.

http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS90103+15-Sep-2009+BW20090915

 
18.    GPU-Based Platform enhances digital video distribution
Thomasnet.com – 17 September

 
Quadro Digital Video Pipeline provides broadcast, new media, and film production professionals with integrated platform for real-time acquisition, processing, and delivery of high resolution video. Based on CUDA parallel computing architecture, solution enables incorporation of high quality, graphic-rich effects and virtual sets into live broadcasts. It can also capture HD broadcast-quality video and perform real-time transcoding for use in Internet streaming services.
 
http://news.thomasnet.com/fullstory/565902
 
19.    ENENSYS and Arqiva collaborate to broadcast live DVB-T2 signal across IBC
Openpr.com – 19 September

 
ENENSYS Technologies and Arqiva partner will showcase the significant DVB-T2 technology advantages that allow more TV services over digital terrestrial networks while improving the user experience. Since April, Arqiva has been transmitting a live DVB-T2 signal for the Ofcom pilot from Crystal Palace in south London utilizing the ENENSYS DVB-T2 modulator. At the IBC, the DVB-T2 signal is broadcast by Arqiva from the Amsterdam Tower and covers the whole exhibition center, enabling 4 HD services to be received from one DVB-T2 multiplex.

Following the success of its DVB-T2 modulator with the Ofcom pilot, ENENSYS unveils at IBC its complete end-to-end solution for DVB-T2 broadcasting with the release of the world’s first DVB-T2 Gateway, NN6-T2Gateway and the first DVB-T2 analyzer and professional receiver. The ENENSYS DVB-T2 end-to-end solution relies on broadcast grade equipment that is ready for commercial deployment. The new DVB-T2 offering completes the ENENSYS Digital TV offer that ranges from SFN Adaption, with innovative 1+1 seamless switch-over redundancy solution, to IP distribution that secure SFN delivery over IP networks, up to transmission sites with various products including broadcast grade modulators and SFN synchronization equipment.

 
http://www.openpr.com/news/96706/ENENSYS-and-Arqiva-collaborate-to-broadcast-
live-DVB-T2-signal-across-IBC.html
 
20.    Latin America: Ensuring Democratisation of Digital Broadcasting
ipsnews.net – 23 September

 
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announced that the ISDB-Tb (Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting – Terrestrial) standard with MPEG4, developed by Japan and adapted by Brazil, had been chosen as the system of digital television that will be implemented in this country of 17 million people.

The first official digital transmissions are scheduled for 2010, and the transition deadline is set for 2018, when the country will have to abandon the analogue system completely.

Argentina and Peru have also opted for the ISDB-Tb standard, while Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica and El Salvador have chosen the ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) standard developed by the United States.

Uruguay, Colombia and Panama, meanwhile, have decided to adopt the European DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting Terrestrial) standard, while no country in Latin America plans to use China’s DTMB (Digital Terrestrial Multimedia Broadcasting).

The digital revolution brings enhanced image and sound quality, a greater number of channels and possibilities for transmission through mobile devices – aspects that are touted as the democratisation of communications.

Brazil decided to adopt the ISDB-T standard developed by Japan in response to the interests of its television networks, in particular the dominant Red Globo, Brant said. The choice was justified by the high picture quality it promises and its mobility features (reception in cell phones and mobile television devices).

 
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=48563
 
21.    Africa: Slow digital migration hurts mobile TV in areas
infoworld.com – 23 September

The slow progress of digital television migration and a lack of clear telecommunications policies are hampering the development and use of mobile TV in South Africa.

The conversion process started on Nov. 1 last year and is now scheduled to end on April 30, 2012. South Africa’s digital migration process encountered a major setback after E-TV lodged an urgent suit with the Gauteng High Court seeking to stop the implementation of the regulations that govern the conversion of the country’s analog broadcasting signal to digital.

In other parts of Africa, mobile TV has taken off, with Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana leading. The service is currently free and offered in collaboration with mobile phone companies. DStv mobile is hoping to attract a huge number of the 51 million mobile phone users in Nigeria as well as Ghana’s 7 million and Kenya’s 15 million.

 
http://www.infoworld.com/d/hardware/slow-digital-migration-hurts-mobile-tv-in-areas-africa-033
 
22.    T-Mobile offers DVB-H service
Techwatch.co.uk – 23 September

 
T-Mobile, Deutsche Telekom’s mobile division, is building a network of DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting- Handheld) transmitters in partnership with Mobile Broadcast, and hopes to launch a mobile TV service in Germany, using the DVB-H standard, next year.
DVB-H would solve T-Mobile’s problems with its UMTS network, which has been overloaded because of strong demand for its soccer Bundesliga offer LIGA total!
 
T-Mobile is also busy in North America, where it has become the continent’s fastest mobile broadband network.
 
The company has launched an HSPA+ service in Philadelphia, which provides speeds of 21 megabits a second.
 
As usual, however, this is a maximum speed and most sites will have to manage with a mere 7.2 megabits a second.
 
http://www.techwatch.co.uk/2009/09/23/t-mobile-offers-dvb-h-service/
 
23.    DEN Networks launches Blogging Application for its Digital Television Platform
indiaprwire.com – 23 September

 
Networks Limited (DEN), one of the leading cable television companies in India today announced the launch of blog.telly, social networking application on Digitelly, digital TV platform of DEN.

The application will enable consumers to interact with one another on relevant discussion topics and also express on the content shown on TV. Subscribers can blog and comment on TV through SMS or on the Digitelly website. All comments will be broadcasted on TV.

Blog.telly offers various discussion forums revolving around current affairs, socio-economic issues, movies, sports and TV gossip. The initial categories segmented are News View, Movie Masala, GupShup and Sports Mania. Best comments from bloggers would also be selected under the category “Blogs of the Day”.
   

http://www.indiaprwire.com/pressrelease/information-technology/2009092334350.htm
 
24.    GTSS and ABS signed multiple transponder deal
CASBAA – 25 September

 
GT Satellite Systems S.A. (GTSS) and Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) announced that they have signed a long term, multiple transponder deal which would provide GTSS with expansion capacity on the new ABS-2 satellite scheduled to be launched in 2012.

As part of the multi-year contract, GTSS will significantly expand its existing capacity on ABS-1 by leasing multiple Ku-band transponders on the powerful ABS-2 Russia/CIS Beam for further expansion of its TV distribution services from the most popular CATV channels location in Russia, and its newly launched “Raduga TV” DTH platform.

 
http://www.casbaa.com/NewsDetail.aspx?id=96271cd070fa4f9c8bfee86de93c9169
 
25.    Intel debuts new processor for web, 3D TV
Digital Production Middle East – 27 September

 
Intel has unveiled its new media processor designed to integrate internet access into digital television receivers, DVD players and set top boxes (STB).
 
The CE4100 processor, formerly codenamed “Sodaville,” is the first 45nm-manufactured consumer electronics (CE) SoC based on Intel architecture. It supports Internet and broadcast applications on one chip, and has the processing power and audio/video components necessary to run rich media applications such as 3D graphics.
 
http://www.digitalproductionme.com/article1809 intel_debuts_new_processor_for_web_3d_tv/
 
26.    New digital TV station added to lineup
The State Journal – 28 September

 
Central Illinois has another television station on the dial — and it is a sign of the possibilities available with digital broadcasting.
 
WBUI-DT2, also known as THIS TV Illinois, went on the air earlier this month with a lineup made up mostly of movies and a few classic television shows.
 
The station is possible in part because of this year’s nationwide switch to digital broadcasting.
 
THIS TV Illinois is a sister station of Decatur’s The CW affiliate WBUI-TV (Channel 23, Comcast cable Channel 6). THIS TV Illinois broadcasts on Channel 23.2. It is available for free to anyone with a digital TV set or a set equipped with a digital signal converter.
 
Over-the-air viewers who can receive WBUI-TV should be able to watch THIS TV Illinois. In Springfield, Comcast digital cable subscribers can watch THIS TV Illinois on Channel 232.
 
http://www.sj-r.com/homepage/x593057802/Digital-TV-station-added-to-central-Illinois-lineup
 
27.    First Mobiele TV NL tests to take place in the Hague
Tradingmarkets.com – 29 September

 
Mobiele TV Netherlands, which received its frequency license in February of this year, wants to begin broadcasting this fall. The mobile TV broadcaster will begin with test broadcasts in the region of The Hague, with the goal of introducing nation-wide services in the first quarter of next year. MTVNL will use the t-DMB technology (terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting), which had not yet been introduced in the Netherlands. DMB tests have taken place in Germany. The European Commission wants to have EU DVB-H (digital video broadcasting-handheld) as the norm. KPN uses the technology for its Mobiel TV service. Vodafone and T-Mobile offer mobile TV via MTS, but Vodafone is understood to be moving away from the technology.
 
http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stock%20News/2551704/
 
28.    Foxtel ups the ante in digital TV battle
Theage.com.au – 30 September

 
FOXTEL has responded to intensified competition in the digital television market from free-to-air networks by unveiling a number of new products, including a downloading platform.
 
The service, Foxtel Download, will be available free to pay-TV subscribers from November 15 and will hold up to 400 hours of content from 38 channels, which will be expanded to 600 hours within a month.
 
A new sports channel, ESPN360, has begun live streaming. Other developments, including Foxtel’s multi-channel coverage of the Vancouver Winter Olympics, will launch in 2010.
 
http://www.theage.com.au/news/entertainment/tv–radio/foxtel-ups-the-ante-in-digital-tv-battle/2009/09/29/1253989911976.html

Section B: Digital Rights Management

 
29.    Canada: QuickPlay Bows Mobile Set-Top Box Functionality
Homemediamagazine. Com – 3 September

 
Toronto-based QuickPlay Media has launched software that allows cable and IPTV set-top box owners to access and control television programming and movies for viewing via live TV, video-on-demand (VOD) and downloading on personal computers and related portable devices.

Dubbed “Mobile Set-Top Box,” the software offers digital rights management (DRM) functionality and digital video recording (DVR) capabilities that enable users to set the device of their choice to automatically download, pause and rewind their favorite programs.

Additional features ensure that content can be accessed only by approved customers, that content is delivered to a device during periods of intermittent network availability and provides options for users to access and download content over Wi-Fi, high-speed cellular networks and through side-loading.

 
http://www.homemediamagazine.com/vod/quickplay-bows-mobile-set-top-box-functionality-16956
 
30.    ‘Lips’ (X360) September DLCs revealed
Worthplaying.com – 5 September

 
“Lips” is the only singing game that offers wireless motion-sensitive microphones and the ability to sing from your own music collection of DRM-free songs.
 
Keiichi Yano, celebrated developer behind some of the industry’s most beloved rhythm games, brings his vision of collaborative and social musical entertainment to “Lips.” It is the first and only singing game that offers interactive motion-sensitive microphones. This will help people jam like never before with other great music games on Xbox 360, first with “Guitar Hero Metallica.” A title update this summer will also activate mic compatibility with “Rock Band 2.” Additional titles that support the “Lips” microphones will available later this year, and only on Xbox 360.
 
http://worthplaying.com/article/2009/9/5/news/68152/
 
31.    Cloakware launches Comprehensive OMA Digital Rights Management (DRM) Solution for Secure Content Del
Itwirre.com – 17 September

 
Cloakware, an Irdeto Group company that provides proven software solutions for securing business and digital assets, announced a new Open Mobile Alliance (OMA)-compliant Digital Rights Management (DRM) solution for the secure delivery of digital content across the popular Android open source platform. This solution, Cloakware OMA DRM 1.0 Client for Google’s Android Operating System, is a natural expansion of the company’s proven Windows Mobile offering and was developed in response to the groundswell of Android-supported mobile devices, including smartphones, netbooks, and other consumer electronics devices on the market today.
 
http://www.itwire.com/content/view/27843/545/
 
32.    Microsoft patents a DRM scheme theinquirer.net – 23 September

Microsoft has been awarded a patent for a distributed DRM system that works over peer-to-peer (P2P) networks.
 
Patent number 7,594,275 is entitled, "Digital rights management system" and uses encrypted public and private keys as the licensing mechanism.
 
The patent was filed in 2003 when DRM was hated but had not been dead and buried.
 
However this patent is interesting because it is only a matter of time before the entertainment industry will finally realise that P2P is the only real way to distribute.
 
It will want the P2P networks to provide some assurances that the material will not be copied and Microsoft’s DRM could be a useful tool.
 
This system actually uses the P2P network as a way of making sure that the downside of DRM, the licence server, actually works.
 
Instead of an unreliable expensive central server, the system uses a distributed public licensing infrastructure for its digital rights management systems.
 
http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1555761/microsoft-patents-drm-scheme

Section C: Other News

 
33.    Nokia Delays U.S. Launch of Music Service
Wired.com – 1 September

 
Nokia will postpone the launch of its ‘Comes with Music’ music subscription service  in the U.S. to next year, according to reports.
 
Nokia launched  the service, widely seen as a potential iTunes competitor, in the U.K. last year by bundling free unlimited music downloads with some of its handsets. The first of Nokia’s phones, the 5310 XpressMusic, featured the service. Nokia would offer a year’s worth of music to its users free and charge users for it after that. Customers were allowed to keep all the music they already downloaded.
 
If successful, Nokia could be in a position to challenge Apple’s iTunes hegemony in the music distribution business, said some analysts.
 
However, the service met with lukewarm reception in Europe. In the U.K. only one carrier partnered with Nokia to offer the service.
 
The company’s problems with the service have been much greater in the U.S.  Nokia stumbled in its launch of the 5800 XpressMusic phones after users complained of crippling connectivity problems with the device. Nokia pulled the U.S. version of the phone off its shelves and offered the handsets a few days later after a fix.
 
The company is now reportedly rethinking its strategy for the music subscription service in the U.S. Without subsidies from carriers such as AT&T and Verizon, American mobile phone users are unlikely to pay the high cost of handsets that are bundled with music. Nokia will also have to simplify the Digital Rights Management (DRM) issues in the service that could potentially cripple how users listen to the music before it is introduced in the U.S.
 
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/09/nokia-music/
 
34.    ViXS(R) Xtensiv(TM) Delivers Powerful Application Software for Multimedia Solutions
Reuters.com – 1 September

 
ViXS Systems Inc., the leader in highly innovative and advanced networked multimedia solutions, announced the availability of its new Xtensiv(TM) software for Set Top Box (STB), PC and Consumer Electronics (CE) manufacturers. ViXS(R) Xtensiv(TM) software is a highly differentiating suite of software tools and applications designed to accelerate software development and help deliver extraordinary multimedia solutions. Xtensiv(TM) is used in conjunction with the XCode(R) family and takes full advantage of the most advanced multimedia processing technology available on the market today to deliver end consumer products that are truly best in class.

All software available in the Xtensiv(TM) suite has been developed by ViXS, proven in customer’s applications, certified and deployed in customer’s end products. Manufacturers can enjoy the benefits of a reliable and robust application development environment without the burden of any associated license fees common with other 3rd party software vendors hence contributing substantially to the customer’s bottom line profit.

http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS191342+01-Sep-2009+PRN20090901


35.    Digital TV software provides talking menus for the visually impaired, deaf and elderly
Examiner.com – 2 September

 
Bristol/Hong Kong-based Ocean Blue Software, a specialist digital TV software house, has developed “talking” digital TV technology for set top boxes and televisions that could potentially benefit millions of people who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, severely dyslexic, and elderly.
 
The technology, produced in conjunction with The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and other digital technology companies, works by converting on-screen based text menus into speech output. Consumers will be able control how the audio information is spoken to them, and have the ability to change the level of speech and the language through a customizable interface.
 
http://www.examiner.com/x-18867-NY-Disability-Examiner~y2009m9d2-Digital-TV-software-provides-talking-menus-for-the-visually-impaired-deaf-and-elderly
 
36.    Adobe offers CinemaDNG format for raw video
Labs.adobe.com – 10 September

 
Adobe Systems released a beta version of a file format called CinemaDNG. The company hopes it will simplify higher-end digital video processes and improve its quality.
 
The company behind Photoshop has developed a technology for still cameras called DNG, short for Digital Negative, and is trying to standardize it to encourage broader adoption. CinemaDNG takes the technology and applies it to video
 
For higher-end cameras such as SLRs, DNG records the raw data from the image sensor with no in-camera processing. That means there are no compression artifacts, no sharpening or contrast filters applied, no camera assumptions made about lighting conditions such as shady or sunny, and no discarding of richer 12-, 14-, or even 16-bit data in the conversion to 8-bit JPEG. The drawback to this flexibility and quality is that images require processing before they can be viewed.
 
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-10349300-264.html
 
37.    FM Digital Booster Technology Development Advances
National Association of Broadcasters – 23 September

 
iBiquity Digital Corporation and NAB FASTROAD announced that the first two stages of a project to develop on-channel digital booster technology for FM in-band/on-channel (IBOC) digital radio have been completed. This work has been undertaken by iBiquity Digital Corporation, developers of the HD Radio IBOC system used by U.S. broadcasters to transition to digital radio, and is being co-funded by iBiquity and NAB FASTROAD.
 
On-channel digital booster technology is one of the principal techniques proposed for improving FM IBOC digital radio coverage. The boosters, strategically located within the coverage area of a radio station, would transmit only the digital portion of the hybrid IBOC signal. The approach to digital booster development being undertaken by iBiquity is aimed at a booster design that is interoperable among the various transmission equipment manufacturers. The technology is reverse-compatible with existing receivers and supportable by existing FM IBOC broadcast products, such as exciters, through upgrading.
 
http://www.nab.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Press_Releases1&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&CONTENTID=14950
 
38.    New Quality Measurement Technique for FM IBOC Developed
National Association of Broadcasters – 23 September

 
A new, standardized method for determining the transmission quality of an FM IBOC signal called Modulation Error Ratio (MER) has been developed by a group of technologists that promises to offer broadcasters a new, standardized technique for verifying the quality of FM IBOC transmissions. As a result of this development, transmission and signal measurement equipment manufacturers will be able to offer the industry new and improved devices for making FM IBOC signal quality measurements.
 
This development effort resulted from the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC) drafting of NRSC-G201, NRSC-5 RF Mask Compliance: Measurement Methods and Practice, which was adopted by the NRSC in April 2009. The NRSC is a technical standards-setting body co-sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
 
http://www.nab.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Press_Releases1&CONTENTID=14953&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm
 
39.    India: TRAI issues Telecommunication Mobile Number Portability Regulations, 2009
TRAI – 23 September

 
Mobile Number Portability (MNP) allows subscribers to retain their existing mobile telephone number when they move from one Access Provider to another irrespective of the mobile technology or from one cellular mobile technology to another of the same Access Provider, in a licensed service area. Through these regulations, the authority is laying down the basic business process framework for implementation of MNP.
 
http://www.trai.gov.in/WriteReadData/trai/upload/PressReleases/701/pr23sep09no68.pdf
 
40.    Digital Utilities Ventures to acquire Jamaica Network Access point, Ltd
Iprnews.com – 29 September
Digital Utilities Ventures, Inc. (DUTV), an innovator in over the IP video transport systems with its breakthrough New Last Mile Platform, announced today that it had signed an agreement to acquire Jamaica Network Access Point, LTD (JNAP).
 
The merger creates a combined technology portfolio that extends from the traditional point of one-service product offerings to using DUTV’s New Last Mile Technology to converge critical infrastructures and services such as Television Broadcasting via the Internet directly to the TV and Cell Phones with WiMAX (4G), WiFi, 3G, Fiber, or Cable as the delivery systems to form one common network transport system, all through its Network Operating Center (NOC) located at the Company’s World Operating Headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica.
 
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/digital-utilities-ventures-to-acquire-jamaica-network-access-point-ltd-62681377.html
 
41.    McAfee And Adobe To Provide Integrated Security Solutions
Rttnews.com – 28 September

 
McAfee Inc. (MFE: News ) and Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE: News ) announced a global alliance partnership. As part of the partnership, McAfee and Adobe will deliver an integrated Data Loss Prevention or DLP and Enterprise Digital Rights Management or DRM solution to expand the reach of data protection beyond the enterprise boundaries.

McAfee has also made a free diagnostic tool, McAfee Security Scan, available as an optional download to customers when installing Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash Player software from Adobe.com. The McAfee tool enables consumers to easily check for anti-virus software and firewall protection on their computers.


http://www.rttnews.com/ArticleView.aspx?Id=1077796

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