DVB brings HDR closer, Ofcom lifts Sky Sports 'must offer' rule, jail for Virgin Media TV pirate and Sky News VR first: DTG daily news November 23rd 2015

DVB phases High Dynamic Range into UHD spec

High Dynamic Range—deeper blacks and whiter whites in the same picture—has been agreed for Phase 2 of the DVB's first generation Ultra HD specification (also known as UHD-1 Phase 2).

The DVB Commercial Module will now pass to the DVB Technical Module the task of deciding which of the competing versions of HDR goes into the final spec, with Higher Frame Rate and Next Generation Audio options also likely to sit alongside 4k resolution and HDR.

Ofcom drops 'must offer' rule for Sky Sports

Sky will no longer be forced to offer the Sky Sports 1 and 2 channels on a wholesale basis to BT and Virgin Media, after Ofcom decided they were now being sold to other providers on commercial terms.

The 'must offer' rule was introduced in 2010 after Sky and BT failed to agree commercial terms, but Sky Sports is now available wholesale on TalkTalk TV, while BT Sport is retailed directly to Sky customers, and Virgin Media carries sports channels from both providers.

Virgin TV pirate and cocaine dealer faces 32 months in jail

A Leicester man has been jailed for 32 months after pleading guilty to fraud charges for selling up to 300 set-top boxes, illegally programmed to provide free access to Virgin Media TV services.

Mark Brighty also pleaded guilty to possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply, after more than £600 of cocaine was found by police officers, who accompanied investigators from the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) in a raid on his house in February 2015.

Sky News makes first VR report

Sky has produced its first virtual reality news report, with journalist Alistair Bunkall taking a Jaunt 360-degree camera to the Greek island of Lesbos to follow migrants arriving from Turkey.

Migrants Crisis – The Whole Picture uses the new 24-lens Jaunt One professional camera, a company in which Sky has been investing and working on VR production trials since 2013.

Image: Sky News

DTG Staff  |  23.11.2015

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