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The UK’s Digital Television Group (DTG) has unveiled next-generation features for the Freeview digital-terrestrial platform. The features will be set out in detail in the updated ‘D-Book’, which will be published at the end of March.New features will include an enhanced EPG with the ability to go both backwards and forwards, remote booking allowing viewers to book recordings or set reminders remotely and a clear reference to MHEG-standardised interactivity.The DTG also said it would begin work on new features to enable second-screen and home networking applications in the spring.The latest enhancements build on the current edition of the D-Book, D-Book 7, published in 2011. The second version of the ETSI MHEG standard, published in 2011, brought it in line with D-Book 6.2 and introduced a number of technical solutions from other platforms that have adopted MHEG. The new version of the D-Book, references ETSI directly and contains only clarifications and profiles that are specific to the UK’s requirements.The DTG’s director-general, Richard Lindsay-Davies said: “The Digital TV Group has balanced UK business requirements and high consumer expectations with the increasing demands of globalisation and business complexity to deliver another world leading digital television standard for Freeview.”The DTG has also set up a new accessibility group to build on existing ‘U-book’ specifications to drive enhancements to subtitles, audio description and text-to-speech for connected devices.The DTG’s technology director and editor of the D-Book, Simon Gauntlett, will discuss the enhancements in detail, as well as the D-Book’s adoption of international standards, at the DTG Summit on Friday.
Italian broadcaster Mediaset needs to continue to invest in order to protect its share of the television market, according to analysts.Investment bank Morgan Stanley noted that the broadcaster has been forced to implement its first cost cutting plan in recent history as a result of difficult conditions facing its domestic TV operations.“The rapidly increasing penetration of digital TV allows Italian households to receive more free-to-air channels, This is leading to the fragmentation of audiences. Mediaset needs to keep investing to protect its 55% share,” it wrote in a report.“Mediaset is suffering from its size. Indeed, since it is the dominant TV operator (55% market share) while TV is by far the largest medium in Italy (57% of Italian ad spend), the group is very heavily sensitive to fragmentation, even coming from much smaller operators. Every percentage point of market share lost by Mediaset is equivalent to €40 million i.e. more than 10% of Italian EBIT,” the bank added.
Daniel Reszka has joined Canal Plus Cyfrowy as an advisor to the Polish pay TV operator’s content and programming strategy board.Reszka will be responsible for strengthening and optimising the range of channels on the platform. He will report to Beata Monka, chairman of the board at Canal Plus Cyfrowy.Reszka moves from Viacom International Media Networks Northern Europe, where he served as vice-president of programming.