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You can now control EE TV set-top boxes using Alexa voice commands

17th August 2017

EE TV has launched voice control through the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices. TV customers have the ability to ask for information about what is showing on TV and to record shows.

Leading the way in the UK, the BT-owned outfit is the first UK service provider to offer an Amazon Alexa skillset on its set-top boxes...Read more >>

Freesat’s thriving customer base shows in more than two million homes

25th May 2017

UK free-to-view satellite service Freesat is now in over two million homes after a record 90% increase in TVs and set-top boxes sold last year.

Freesat added 58,000 new homes over the course of the 2016-17 financial year, taking the total number of Freesat homes...Read more >>

Roku users streamed 3bn hours of content in Q1

17th May 2017

According to Roku, users have streamed more than three billion hours of video and music in the first quarter of 2017.

This compares to some 9 billion hours of content for the full year of 2016, indicating an increase in the amount of programmes and music consumed...Read more >>

Eurofins certify LG’s award-winning 2017 range of 4K TVs

15th May 2017

LG Electronics (LG) has announced that all 4K TV models in its 2017 award-winning OLED and UHD TV line-up have received the 4K HDR Ultra HD seal of recognition from Eurofins Digital Testing, the world’s leading quality assurance organisation.

Providing exceptional picture quality, they are the first products to meet the high standards of the Eurofins Digital Testing program...Read more >>

Spain adopts HbbTV 2.0.1 for DTT receivers

16th March 2017

The Asociación Española de Televisión Digital Interactiva (AEDETI) and the HbbTV Association, have announced that the Spanish Digital TV Tech Forum (Foro Técnico de la Televisión Digital) has adopted the new standard HbbTV 2, version 2.0.1 in its DTT receiver’s specification for the Spanish market.

AEDETI spearheaded the Forum’s adoption of HbbTV 2 with the participation of Spanish TV broadcasters and CE manufacturers...Read more >>

Eurofins digital testing facility expands in Hong Kong to support Global demand

15th March 2017

Eurofins Digital Testing is pleased to announce that the Hong Kong based Testing Facility has moved on 1st March this year to larger offices at Units 8-10, 16th Floor, Peninsula Tower, 538 Castle Peak Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

The new offices feature extended facilities including dedicated hosting rooms...Read more >>

Freeview Play TVs and STBs sales surpass one million

1st March 2017

“Thanks a million” says Freeview boss as the first one million Freeview Play TVs and STBs sold.

Freeview UK has today announced that sales of Freeview Play TVs and set-top boxes have surpassed one million*. Launched in late 2015...Read more >>

The HbbTV Association supports Nordic move to HbbTV 2.0

16th February 2017

The HbbTV Association has welcomed NorDig’s new specification, which marks the Nordic region’s first move from HbbTV 1.5 to HbbTV 2.0.

NorDig – which stipulates the technical specifications for digital TV in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Ireland – released specifications earlier this year to back the adoption of HbbTV 2.0...Read more >>

Facebook tapping into the TV market with an app for set-top boxes

3rd February 2017

Facebook is developing a video app for television set-top boxes as the social-networking giant aims to compete for TV advertising revenue.

Mark Zuckerberg once said that Facebook is a tech company, not a media company. Since then, he implied that the social media giant was a “non-traditional” media company. Today, it seems...Read more >>

New IPTV plans means Sky TV will be satellite dish-free in 2018

27th January 2017

Sky has unveiled plans in the UK to launch a complete subscription television package without a satellite dish for the first time.

From next year, customers who cannot have a dish installed will be able to receive Sky TV over broadband, using its advanced Sky Q service. The move...Read more >>

Turkey making rapid headway with HbbTV

13th January 2017

Various broadcasters in Turkey have begun to use the HbbTV platform and services provided by Castoola and its local representative Broadcast Muhendislik Ltd.

The platform has been permitted for channels including Show TV, BloombergHT, Haberturk, NTV, Star TV and TV8, whose intention is to measure the reach of their audience...Read more >>

Amazon Opens up FireTV Interface and Alexa voice control for TV and DVR

5th January 2017

Several manufacturers will be showcasing these features on new models of TV at this week’s CES. Functionality will include the ability to handle over the air and streamed content including the Amazon Fire TV Experience and and support for a voice remote with Amazon Alexa.

TV and display manufacturers Seiki, Westinghouse Electronics and Element Electronics have announced a new line of 4K ultra HD smart TVs, called Amazon Fire TV Edition....Read more >>

Freeview’s future is all-HD

22nd December 2016

High definition TV will become the ordinary in the UK from 1st January next year as the Freeview logo is withdrawn from new SD TVs and set-top boxes.

Guy North, Managing Director of digital terrestrial TV platform Freeview, described the move as...Read more >>

STB market expected to be worth $30BN by 2024

8th December 2016

A report by Grand View Research has found that the global demand for set-top boxes is increasing significantly due to migrations toward digital TV from analogue TV and compliance with the regulations mandating the digitisation of cable TV.

Predictions that the global STB market will be worth $29.78 billion by 2024 are propelled not only by the key drivers already...Read more >>

YouTube Launches Support For 4K Live Streaming

30th November 2016

YouTube today announced it is increasing the resolution of live streams, rolling out support for 4K livestreaming on both standard and 360-degree videos.

Broadcasts can now be consumed in 4K on supported devices, and one of the first major programming initiatives that will enable viewers to experience...Read more >>

YouView launches its next-generation user experience

23rd November 2016

UK connected TV platform YouView today announces a milestone in its history, with the complete redesign and re-engineering of its entire platform to make it respond quickly to the fast-changing needs and tastes of TV viewers, advertisers and partners.

The transformation is enabled by YouView’s bold move to the Cloud, making the company one of just a handful of TV platforms in the...Read more >>

EKT integrates Qarva client to deliver ultra-fast IP channel switching

16th November 2016

EKT and Qarva announced a new long term cooperation whereby EKT has integrated the Qarva Fast Channel Change technology in the proprietary solidTV software solution.

TV Channel Change speeds for IPTV have plagued the industry for too long. Subscribers want ultra-fast, reactive TV content instantaneously. You can avoid subscriber...Read more >>

Freeview considers ‘deeper integration’ with OTT services Netflix, Amazon and Now TV

10th November 2016

Freeview is considering whether over-the-top services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Now TV should be “deeper integrated” within its connected Freeview Play offering.

Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit yesterday, Freeview marketing director, Owen Jenkinson, described OTT services as...Read more >>