DTG daily news round-up: Audio description for Netflix, SES launches SAT>IP Alliance, TV Licence in election crosshairs and more

MARVEL'S DAREDEVIL BRINGS AUDIO DESCRIPTION TO NETLFIX

Netflix has added audio description to its new Marvel superhero series Daredevil after complaints the blind superhero's adventures weren't accessible to visually-impaired viewers.

Audio description narratives have also been promised soon for titles including House of Cards, Orange Is The New Black, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Marco Polo.

SES LAUNCHES SAT>IP ALLIANCE AT NAB

Satellite operators SES and Hispasat have launched the Sat>IP Alliance to encourage the development and adoption of the technology, which makes it possible to distribute satellite TV services in an efficient way to any device connected to a domestic IP network.

The non-profit alliance includes Panasonic, NAGRA, ALi Corporation and MaxLinear as launch partners.

HARMONIC CREATES OTT CHANNEL TO SHOWCASE 4K

Digital video infrastructure provider Harmonic has launched a pair of OTT channels showcasing 4k video for engineers and seekers of eyeball-candy.

The Harmonic Video Network has one channel focussed on workflow, content creation, channel playout and distribution, video service delivery, cable edge and multiscreen issues, with a second celebrating the beauty of the moving image with cultural and environmental vignettes from around the world.

CONSERVATIVES AND GREENS PUT TV LICENCE ON MANIFESTO

The Conservative Party has promised to freeze the TV Licence at £145.50 while top-slicing the BBC's income to subsidise an extension to BT's superfast broadband rollout.

The Green Party manifesto pledges to scrap the licence fee altogether and fund the BBC through a guaranteed inflation-linked payment from general taxation.

LTE-A+ BROADCAST TRIALS START IN FRANCE AND ITALY

France's TDF and Italy's RAI have begun trials of LTE-A+ Broadcast, which allows DVB-T2 and LTE

TV signals to use the same spectrum from traditional tall transmission towers.

The tests in Paris and Aosta will run two data streams on the same UHF channel in time-division: HD over DVB-T2 alongside a 4G LTE mobile stream, with HEVC on both signals.

DTG Staff  |  15.04.2015

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