The United States established its national standard for terrestrial broadcasts of high-definition digital television, known as ATSC (for Advanced Television Systems Committee), in 1996. The European Union settled on its standard, Digital Video Broadcast-Terrestrial, or DVB-T, in 1997. Japan developed its Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) in the 1980s and adopted it in 2003. But China just finalized its digital television standard in late 2006, beginning transmission with last summer’s Beijing Olympics. Being late in this particular game is not necessarily a bad thing. It allowed China to take advantage of advances in information-coding technologies that make digital television in China—unlike that in the rest of the world—work well even in bad weather. These technologies mean that China’s digital television can be viewed on the go; it won’t break up even at 200 kilometers per hour—you can watch a broadcast on a cellphone … [Read more...] about Does China Have the Best Digital Television Standard on the Planet?
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Having conquered much of the Internet, it seems only logical for Google to try to take over television, too. But the Google TV platform unveiled at the firm’s annual I/O developers’ conference in San Francisco yesterday could face many problems. The goal of the platform, said senior product manager Rishi Chandra, is to offer the “best of what TV has to offer today, and the best of what the Web has to offer today.” However, closer analysis of what is known about Google TV so far suggests that the firm has some work to do if its new platform is to live up to that promise. Google TV consists of a modified version of the open-source Android mobile phone operating system. It’s designed to run on Internet-connected set-top boxes and high-definition televisions. The platform was developed in collaboration with Sony, Logitech, and chipmaker Intel, which is supplying relatively powerful Atom processors–chips already used in some laptop … [Read more...] about Google TV Faces Some Prime-Time Challenges
Steve Jobs couldn’t hide his frustration. Asked at a technology conference in 2010 whether Apple might finally turn its attention to television, he launched into an exasperated critique of TV. Cable and satellite TV companies make cheap, primitive set-top boxes that “squash any opportunity for innovation,” he fumed. Viewers are stuck with “a table full of remotes, a cluster full of boxes, a bunch of different [interfaces].” It was the kind of technological mess that cried out for Apple to clean it up with an elegant product. But Jobs professed to have no idea how his company could transform the TV. Scarcely a year later, however, he sounded far more confident. Before he died on October 5, 2011, he told his biographer, Walter Isaacson, that Apple wanted to create an “integrated television set that is completely easy to use.” It would sync with other devices and Apple’s iCloud online storage service and provide “the simplest … [Read more...] about Apple’s Next Innovation: TV
KVH Industries, a provider of in-motion satellite TV and communication systems, and Microsoft’s MSN TV division today announced a collaboration which will bring in-motion web browsing and interaction with Microsoft/MSN web-based applications to marine vessels cruising in U.S. waters. The new Mobile Internet Receiver with MSN TV will be available later this year. The Mobile Internet Receiver with MSN TV, said the two groups, is a customized version of the MSN TV 2 Internet & Media Player set top box. Working with a marinized, amplified antenna and a built-in data modem, the Mobile Internet Receiver will provide mariners high speed, wireless EVDO (Evolution Data Optimized) service where available. When not available, the system will switch over to standard 1xRTT data service, which is available in most cellular coverage areas. Other features of this new boat based Internet setup will include support for audio and video streaming services from MSN, a wireless keyboard, … [Read more...] about Go Boating with MSN TV
Back in August, satellite TV operator Dish Network launched an ambitious plan to create a 4G mobile broadband network based on LTE technology. The idea is similar to the service that LightSquared is currently trying to roll out: Dish Network would deploy a number of terrestrial base stations to support mobile broadband devices, and those stations would be linked into a network not by backhauls and fiber, but by satellite uplinks. However, where there has been considerably concern that LightSquared’s service could interfere with GPS reception, Dish Network says there are no such interference issues with its proposal—and it could bring wireless broadband to almost every American.“Dish, a satellite operator with a proven track record of investment, competition, and innovation, seeks the transfer of underutilized spectrum and satellite resources from the hands of two bankrupt companies—a move that will put DISH on sure footing to begin to compete aggressively with … [Read more...] about Dish Networks defends its satellite LTE plan
The competition may be lagging behind Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store which are both home to hundreds of thousands of apps, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find some great apps on Windows Phone, Windows 8, or BlackBerry as well. In this app roundup, we offer up the best mobile apps that are available on all platforms. There’s no discrimination here, just great apps for you.If you happen to switch operating systems from time to time, these are the apps that can follow you everywhere.TuneIn Radio (Free)If you enjoy listening to the radio on your smartphone or tablet, TuneIn Radio is an essential install. We’re talking about more than 70,000 stations of music, news, and sports. You can get a world view or tune in to the local airwaves. The app also offers access to over 2 million podcasts and shows of every flavor on demand. You can browse the categories, check out recommendations, or search for precisely what you want. All that content is … [Read more...] about Best Apps on Every Platform: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows 8, and BB10
Where does all the programming come from?The idea of launching an Internet-delivered pay-TV service is not new: Companies like Sony, Dish Network, Apple, and Microsoft have all sat down with media companies recently to discuss possibilities. And these sorts of talks aren’t new, at least for many players: Microsoft, Google, and Apple have been looking at the possibility for years.What’s been holding them back? Licensing deals. Although firms like Netflix, Apple, and Amazon have had reasonable success getting streaming and download licenses for video programming, those licenses are subject to exclusivity windows — Netflix is out to 56 days with Warner Bros., and the clock only starts ticking with a DVD release that’s potentially many months after broadcast. Furthermore, those licenses are a wholly separate matter from the licenses that would enable Internet-based services to carry live television content from broadcast networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC, or … [Read more...] about Can Intel succeed as a pay-TV provider?
A recentPew Research Center study found that adoption of traditional high-speed Internet in the U.S. has fallen to 67 percent, the lowest level since 2012.More consumers were using mobile phones, the study found. Thirteen percent of respondents said they were smartphone-only customers, compared with 8 percent in 2013.The reduction in home broadband use accelerated among certain communities, including the poor, African Americans and rural communities, Pew said.Fifteen percent of respondents said they have cut the cord on paid cable and satellite TV, largely because of the increased amount of streaming content available through other channels.Advanced Internet access has changed little since 2013, with about 80 percent of adults having either a smartphone or a home broadband connection in 2015, compared with 78 percent two years ago.However, many more Americans considered having home broadband important, with 69 percent saying not having this service is a major disadvantage in finding a … [Read more...] about Home Broadband Use Falls as Consumers Go Mobile
I've been an Apple product enthusiast and watcher for years, and if there's one product that I lusted after two years ago, it was a real Apple TV -- a cool HDTV with a big screen and a kickass Apple navigation system with live content and content on demand. Since then my ardor has cooled considerably, and it's not because Apple executives apparently briefed an analyst and basically told him, "not so fast." That's just the icing on a collapsed cake.So why am I not all hot and bothered by an Apple HDTV anymore? Because I'm starting to believe that Apple is not up to the job at hand. Blasphemy for an Apple fan, right? I know. It's painful to write. So I'll start at the beginning.First, even if Apple rethinks and recreates a wonderful new HDTV design, it won't matter so much because you can't touch it. The absolutely best and most successful Apple products of all time are the ones that either get held, get carried or invite you to touch it in close proximity. The iPhones feel great in the … [Read more...] about OPINION Don’t Count on Apple to Slice Through TV’s Gordian Knot
More capable, feature-rich smartphones are finding their ways into more consumers' pockets, and for TV broadcasters, this means everyone's carrying a potential television set with them everywhere they go. It's an opportunity many are latching onto -- local broadcasters are working to bring mobile digital television to mobile devices."Nine broadcasters in the Washington, D.C., market have signed on the air with mobile digital television," Dave Arland, spokesperson for the Open Mobile Video Coalition, told the E-Commerce Times. "Broadcasters in several other markets have begun to transmit in the new format."Meanwhile, a mobile digital TV standard optimized for viewing on small screens has been approved, IBM is offering a digital media platform, and Netflix is adopting content protection for streaming video.Local broadcasters are hoping they can break into the burgeoning mobile ad market with mobile digital TV. However, it's not clear how rapidly demand for TV on mobile devices will pick … [Read more...] about Clearing the Picture on Mobile Digital TV