Monthly Archives: July 2012

early-television July 31

The end of TV or just the end of the aerial?

The House of Lords have proposed that Britain should move all TV services to the internet and free the airwaves for mobile services. On the surface, this looks like a bold statement, and in many ways it is, but it’s also a safe bet. The writing has been on the wall for a while now. […]

Bundesarchiv_B_145_Bild-F001105-0004,_Köln,_WDR_Fernsehstudio July 30

Beyond HD – Super Hi Vision, a new approach to live events

On Friday, I had the privilege of watching the opening ceremony of the Olympics in the BBC’s Pacific Quay Studio B over the first ever live transmission of an event using Super Hi Vision, the high resolution broadcast technology created by NHK, the national broadcaster of Japan. Super Hi Vision is the first entry in […]

800px-Broadcasting July 24

4G auction in the UK

Ofcom have announced their plans for a 4G spectrum auction. Will we see repeat the outcome of the 3G auctions where £22 billion was raised, which came close to sinking several of the operators? The consensus is, “no.” Ofcom has predicted £1.4 billion, and there are estimates of up to £4 billion being possible. This […]

early-television July 13

Cloud PVR spreads over Europe

Good article in Broadcast Engineering: Cloud PVR spreads over Europe. The “Cloud PVR” (Or DVR, if you’re in the US) is a bizarre sort of thing, designed to solve a legal problem, not a technological one. It boils down to this – if a distribution company such as a cable of satellite operator, as opposed […]