STBs open up EST, SES opposes shared C-band, BBC Store opens doors and first commercial HDR UHD: DTG daily news, November 5th 2015

Set-top boxes open new buy-to-own video markets

Buy-to-own video services based on traditional set-top boxes are opening the market to new consumers who haven't made online electronic sell-through purchases before.

Decipher's latest Mediabug survey reports that half of the UK consumers who bought through an STB had never used EST before, and that the growth of subscription VoD services like Netflix is slowing down.

WRC-15: SES opposes C-band sharing

Satellite operator SES has published a white paper calling on WRC-15 delegates to protect C-band spectrum for broadcasting, with an emphasis on critical services.

'The Vital Hertz: Radio Spectrum' opposes sharing C-band with mobile broadband use on the basis that it is vital for disaster response solutions, e-health, e-learning and e-banking.

You can find out how the decisions made at WRC-15 will affect the UK at the DTG Dynamic Spectrum Access Forum's WRC-15 Review seminar on December 14th—click the link on the right to register.

BBC Store opens archive content for sale

Thousands of BBC shows which are no longer free to watch on the iPlayer can now be purchased through the BBC Store, for around £1.89 per episode, or up to £9.99 for a complete series.

The service, which is integrated with iPlayer, has around 7,000 hours of content and will add between 50 and 70 hours each week, although iPlayer must also show links to other suppliers such as iTunes and Amazon.

High Dynamic Range UHD coming to Japan

Japanese pay-TV operator SkyPerfect will upgrade its Ultra HD transmissions to High Dynamic Range in 2016.

The 4k HDR signals will be demonstrated later this month, using the Hybrid Log-Gamma system jointly developed by NHK and the BBC, and demonstrated by the DTG at this year's IBC exhbition.

DTG Staff  |  05.11.2015

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