Topic / Television (Industry)

The ‘Ubuntu Concept Design’ from Canonical is actually an Ubuntu-based connected TV prototype

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Canonical has revealed the subject for their soon to be revealed ‘Ubuntu Concept Design’ to BBC News. Jane Silber, Canonical CEO, told the BBC that the Ubuntu-based television prototype will be shown during next weeks CES 2012 conference. This year’s CES is the first time that there has been a Canonical booth and they’re not going to be wasting any of that space, with a number of laptops and netbooks […]

China to launch 3D TV trial, aims for Chinese New Year launch

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Sony's HMZ-T1 Personal 3D Viewer (Image: Sony) China will soon embrace 3D television with a trial channel to be launched during Chinese New Year. Operated by China’s state television – China Central Television – and five local stations, it will also be free-to-air. it will broadcast 4.5 hours of programming that will be repeated twice. What will be on the channel, however, is unknown. I’m guessing that it has been […]

SMH: Hulu to launch in Australia

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American television streaming service Hulu is said to be preparing for an Australian launch, and could do it without the support of the free-to-air networks, who hold the terrestrial and (now) internet streaming rights of several productions its owners air. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the television networks have been reluctant to show support due to it could drive people away from television to the internet, despite Hulu being […]

ABC News 24 has a date… July 22

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Looks like those problems seems to be fixed as the ABC has now announced a launch date for its new 24-hour news channel dubbed ABC News 24. It will launch on digital boxes on July 22 on 7:30pm, with a simulcast on ABC1 – taking over from The 7:30 Report. While the channel will be in HD, ABC HD (which simulcasted ABC1 programming from NSW) has been dropped in order […]

iiNet offers customers TV via broadband

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Perth-based internet service provider iiNet has announced a new partnership with FetchTV to allow customers to watch a range of free and subscription television channels with their broadband connection. This effectively meaning that customers on iiNet will now have one single provider for internet, telephone and television services.

ABC to bring subtitles to iView programming

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The ABC has announced that it will be providing subtitles to all of its primetime programs on ABC1 and ABC2 from tomorrow, assisting those who need a text-based version of the audio. The new service will combine pre-crafted captioning (those already embedded in the file) and live captioning, and users will be able to select if they want this feature or not by pressing the CC button. The new service […]

It’s official – Comcast takes majority stake in NBC Universal

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In the biggest management shakeup in the media industry, GE and Comcast have announced the long rumoured deal that would see Comcast gaining a 51 percent majority stake of the media empire NBC Universal, after GE bought the final 20 percent of its original 80 percent holding of the company from Vivendi. GE will still hold a 49 percent stake. Comcast will give approximately $6.5 billion to GE for the […]

Rumour: Heroes told to prepare for ending

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RUMOUR MILL: It looks like Heroes could be given its final chapter, with rumours of its demise circling around the web today. Sources talking to sci-fi site Airlock Alpha has said that executives from NBC (the channel that airs it in America) have told producers to wind down the series, with the finale pencilled in in May. “There isn’t much happening with this show in terms of audience, and giving […]

Seven Network launches second channel on November 1

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Seven Network has today announced that it will be naming its second channel, on channel 72, 7TWO and will be launching the channel on November 1 at noon. The channel will join ABC3, SBS TWO, GO! and ONE as the new channels that will join the Freeview platform. “I am pleased to announce that 7TWO will be the home for premiere episodes of our international hits including J.J Abrams’ Lost, […]

Foxtel to bring new channel, dubs it ‘Next Generation’

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Foxtel has announced it will be bringing another 30 channels to its platform during the year, and will make significant upgrades to its new guide and active services, revamp its channel packages and bring downloadable content to users. Its new service, dubbed “FOXTEL Next Generation”, will be launched on November 15, while its new service that will allow you to download movies and TV shows relating to your packages will […]

Digital television uptake increases

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Digital television uptake has increased, according to Senator Stephen Conroy, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy; as new figures show that 54 percent of all Australian households are now using digital television, up from 47 percent from last year. “Digital switchover is the largest national format change since decimal currency and progress to date suggests Australians are on board,” the minister said. “There is still a significant […]

60 people arrested over illegal TV broadcasts via internet

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A total of sixty people have been arrested after hacking and gaining access to broadcasts of pay-per-view channels in Spain, according to the El Pais newspaper (Spanish). This has been said to be the first time a person has been arrested for streaming the content online. The people are also facing charges of broadcasting or rebroadcasting content to subscribers who did not any authorisation to watch the channels, with the […]

Nine, Seven roll out new catch-up plans

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Seven and Nine have now started playing the catch-up game against Network Ten, and the two public broadcasters (ABC and SBS), as both will bring out new digital video plans that could potentially see your internet download cap dwindle. This comes with news from Network Ten as its MasterChef Australia program has served up 5.2 million views for its full episodes and clips as the competition heats up in its […]

So, what is the future of television?

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Digital Television is set to dominate our televisions when 2013 finally comes, when the Government will finally switch off the last analogue television signal in the metropolitan cities – but after the switchover, what will happen next? We seem to have never asked ourselves what will happen in the future of television. Will it become non-existent because of the Internet, or will it still play a potential role for news? […]

Bringing one passion, sport : One starts its broadcast

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Australia has now a new place to watch sports, and it has just started broadcasting. Called One HD, the channel promises to broadcast AFL, Netball and Cricket matches, along with the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and American sports like NASCAR, NBA and the MLB. The Channel Ten-owned network will be broadcasting two sports in different regions: the Telstra Skins in NSW and QLD, while the other sports will be seeing […]