30th Oct. TV5, Thailand ready for digital service
The Royal Thai Army’s TV5 is ready for a trial of digital terrestrial broadcasting service this year. According to Lt-General Chatchai Sarikulya, President of Royal Thai Army Radio and Television, after heavily investing in digital technology in previous years, TV5 would launch a trial digital service before the end of 2012.
In 2011, the company started construction of a Bt1.6-billion, 22-storey building on the same grounds as the TV5 and Thai Global Network (TGN) stations. The project is expected to be completed and begin operating by late next year.
According to nationmultimedia.com, the new tower will house 12 new studios equipped with digital technology, up from the four studios operating now. “So we will be ready to produce our own TV programmes, particularly live shows, and transmit them in digital format through various digital channels in two years,” Chatchai said. Read more
27th Oct. CCTV upgrades its Kenya bureau with robotic cameras
Central China Television (CCTV) installed specialised cameras in its Africa television studios in Nairobi, Kenya, which allow for easier control and creation of repeatable presets and on-air camera moves in a small bureau environment,telemetricsinc.com reports.
The Kenya studios are part of a network of of news bureaus that CCTV has been establishing in different cities around the world.
According to the system designer Kevin Centanni, making the small studio appear bigger to the viewer required a little extra ingenuity, but the solution was readily found with a Telemetrics linear camera track system. Read more
25th Oct. BBC Radio’s digital networks continue to thrive
The record holders are Radio 4 Extra which now has 1.7 million listeners per week; BBC 6 Music, which reaches 1.62 million listeners; and BBC Asian Network, which in its 10th year reaches a record 584,000 people each week.
Tim Davie, Director, BBC Audio & Music, said: “It’s encouraging to see that the radio industry as a whole is in good health and impressive that it has held up over the Olympic summer. I’m thrilled that, despite there being so much competition for people’s time and attention, three of our digital stations have hit record highs.” Read more
24th Oct. Analogue TV disappears from UK
76 years of television history in the UK came to an end this week when the analogue TV signal was switched off in Northern Ireland. It completed the UK’s five-year digital switchover process, at a cost of more than £1bn, which began in 2007 and was first mooted in 1999.
Digital UK, the body responsible for co-ordinating the switchover and information campaign that accompanied it, said it had delivered on time and under budget. “Clearly television is a very popular thing and getting it wrong would have been very public,” said David Scott, chief executive of Digital UK.
The switchover process was assisted by advances in small screen technology, not just from analogue to digital but flat screen, high definition and 3D sets which encouraged people to buy new TVs quicker than they once might. Read more