Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Digital TV – right here, right now

Whitehaven might not be the first place one would think of when it comes to innovation in television, but the small Cumbrian town is the first in the UK to undergo the official switchover from analogue to digital TV.

With BBC2 switched off today, and the other analogue channels set to follow suit by 14 November, some 25,00 homes in the area will have to get a set-top box, cable, satellite or broadband system to watch TV. The rest of UK will be completely digital by 2012.

But how will this affect the viewer? Whilst people are ready for the switch in terms of having the right equipment, some might be a little daunted when confronted by the variety of options in front of them for the first time. So the industry, more than ever, needs to ensure that services are easy to use and that user interfaces are straight forward and simple to navigate. Get this right and set-top box sales will continue to grow.

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

ANT confident about IPTV market growth

ANT is ideally placed to take advantage of future IPTV market growth, according to Simon Woodward, CEO of ANT Software, in a recent interview with international investment news site

Simon highlights that some of the company’s successes include its software being licensed to all Tier 1 set top box manufacturers and its inclusion in 70% of operator deployments worldwide.

You can hear Simon’s interview in full by clicking on this link

Monday, 1 October 2007

Do we want more TV ad time?

Interesting story in the Media Guardian today, about Ofcom and whether it should raise the amount of TV advertisement time.

Currently broadcasters can carry an average seven minutes of advertising an hour, which can rise to eight minutes between 6pm and 11pm – that amount is capped at 12 minutes per hour. If Ofcom brings us in line with Europe, the average can be increased to 12 minutes at all times, an increase of around 50 per cent.

The problem, is that there is no demand for more TV advertising, with people either irritated at the current level of interruptions to their viewing, or the more tech-savvy increasingly using hard drives to record programmes and skip past the adverts altogether. Throwing more time at TV adverts is at best short-sighted. There will come a time when TV ads as we know them now will not exist, so the industry needs to look to new ways to drive revenue instead of burying its head in the sand..