Pay-TV lite boosts spending, new BBC3 consultation and more: DTG daily news, August 13th 2015

Pay-TV 'lite' bumps household comms spend

Low-cost pay-TV services and broadband upgrades have seen household spending on communications rise for the first time since 2009, Ofcom's latest communications data has revealed.

While mobile and landline communications are costing less, services like Now TV and BT TV TalkTalk TV have seen new uptake of pay-TV services, while others are upgrading to superfast broadband to make more use of online video.

Lasers deliver ultrafast satellite TV signals

The European Space Agency has successfully tested a laser-based satellite connection 1,000 times faster than conventional radio-based communications, using two experimental spacecraft.

The demonstration system, which will be built into a Eutelsat commercial satellite later this year, could expand capacity where current technology is congested or not available.

New BBC3 consultation calls for youth appeal

The BBC Trust wants BBC One and Two to make programmes for a younger audience when BBC Three is moved online as it launches a furhter consulation on the youth channel's future.

The consultation, which runs until September 30th, also calls for a broadcast commitment to new talent and ideas, and a more managed transition from broadcast to online in 2016.

WBU demands broadcast TV protection

The World Broadcasting Union will not support re-allocation of broadcast TV frequencies to other use at the World Radiocommunications Conference 2015 this November.

The body will reject calls for co-primary allocation with mobile users of UHF frequencies at 470-694MHz and C-band (3.7 – 4.2 GHz) or extended C-band in the Fixed-Satellite Service (FSS).

DTG Staff  |  13.08.2015

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