New Apple TV arrives, BBC funding options touted, and UHD upgrade for HD STBs: DTG daily news September 10th 2015

Apple TV revamped with motion-sensitive controller, Siri voice control and App Store

The long-rumoured next evolution of Apple TV arrived at Apple's annual September hardware fayre, featuring an app store to open up to new services, voice control through Siri and video games support.

The new device, with 32GB or 64GB and priced at up to $199, has its own operating system called tvOS and comes with a motion-sensitive rechargeable Bluetooth remote control including a swipe pad for gesture control.

Whittingdale backs household tax to replace TV Licence fee

Culture secretary John Whittingdale continued to avoid pre-judging next year's green paper on the future of the BBC by supporting a shift from the TV Licence fee to a progressively-scaled household levy.

The alternative funding solution would be collected in a similar way to the Council Tax and would probably rise in line with inflation, he added.

Dongle upgrades HD set-tops to secure UHD

DMT has showcased a 38 x 38 x 25 mm dongle at IBC which enables HD set-top boxes to show secure Ultra HD pay-TV content.

The companion device, called Deseo, also supports high dynamic range content and VP9 decoding, with Verimatrix VideoMark watermarking to secure the content.

DTG Staff  |  10.09.2015

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