The DVB has approved the commercial requirements for version 1.4 of the CI Plus specification. Separately the DVB has formed a partnership with the 3D@Home Consortium to encourage the development of standards for 3D TV and to share knowledge.The commercial requirements for CI Plus version 1.4 build on the current version 1.3 of CI Plus by adding support for dual-stream operation with a single module – meaning that a dual-tuner DVR host can be supported – as well as support for DRM-protected IP delivered content. Other features include CI Plus browser extensions, additional uniform resource identifiers, signaling and extensions and clarifications for module applications running on host middleware.The move follows an agreement with CI Plus LLP that DVB will take responsibility for future development of the CI Plus specification. It is anticipated that the technical work will take a year. Following its publication CI Plus LLP will adopt the specification.The DVB has also formed a partnership with the 3D@Home Consortium. The consortium was formed in 2008 with the mission to speed the commercialisation of 3D and provide the best possible viewing experience by facilitating the development of standards. In February 2011, the DVB Steering Board approved the specification for a first phase 3DTV delivery system based on the commonly used ‘frame-compatible’ system.“3D@Home is an important organisation for 3DTV. They have many areas of interest, including the study of ‘human factors’ associated with 3DTV viewing that we are hoping to learn from. For our part, our work developing delivery specifications for 3DTV, will be helpful for 3D@home. Both organizations have things to share with each other,” said David Wood, chair of DVB’s Commercial Module on 3DTV.
Google CardboardGoogle is reportedly developing an “all-in-one virtual reality headset” that runs independent of a smartphone, games console or computer.According to the Wall Street Journal, the new VR headset will include a screen, high-power chips from startup Movidius and outward-facing cameras that track the motion of the user’s head.Citing people familiar with its plans, the paper said that Google will aim to provide a quality experience not tethered to a PC or console with the new headset.It also claimed that Google plans to develop a “more advanced” version of tis low-cost Google Cardboard VR reader, which acts as a cradle for a smartphone. This new plastic viewer will include chips and censors, according to the WSJ.The news follows a report earlier this month saying that Google-owned YouTube is planning to add support for 360-degree live-streamed video, in its latest push into the VR space.It was also recently claimed that Apple has built prototype VR headsets in a bid to take on rival devices like Facebook’s Oculus Rift headset or Microsoft’s Hololens device.In January, Google is understood to have set up a dedicated VR division and appointed company executive Clay Bavor to run the unit.
US pay TV providers will lose 26% of their legacy subscriber base by 2030 amid growing competition from virtual pay TV providers, according to The Diffusion Group (TDG).The research and advisory firm said it expects legacy multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) to experience “considerable subscriber losses” in the coming years.TDG tips legacy pay TV penetration to fall from 81% of US households in 2017 to 60% in 2030. Over the same time period it expects the penetration of virtual pay TV services – such as Sling TV, DirecTV Now and YouTube TV – to grow from roughly 4% of US households to 14%. This marks an increase of 350% but from a very small base.“TDG said early on that the future of TV was an app. Unfortunately, most incumbent MVPDs weren’t taking notes,” said Joel Espelien, TDG senior analyst.“The question is no longer if the future of TV is an app, but how quickly and economically incumbents can adapt to this truth and transition to an all-broadband app-based live multi-channel system.”Overall TDG’s report, ‘The Rise of the Virtual Pay TV Provider’, claims that the penetration of live multi-channel pay TV services will decline from 85% of US households in 2017 to 79% in 2030.It said that while this represents a loss of only 7%, it illustrates the “ongoing secular decline of a once healthy market space”.TDG predicts that by 2030, roughly 30 million US households will live without an MVPD service of any kind.
Eutelsat has ordered a new very high-throughput Ka-band satellite to deliver high-speed broadband across Europe.Eutelsat has ordered the Konnect VHTS from Thales Alenia Space. The new craft is scheduled to go into orbit in 2021.The satellite will have a Ka-band capacity of 500Gbps and will include what Eutelsat describes as the most powerful on-board digital processor ever put in orbit.Eutelsat has secured multi-year distribution commitments from Orange and Thales. A retail partnership was signed with Orange to address the fixed broadband market in European countries where the Group has a retail presence, and a distribution partnership was inked with Thales to serve the government connectivity services market.The Konnect VHTS project replaces a plan for a joint investment with ViaSat in a ViaSat 3 satellite for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and is covered by Eutelsat’s capex objective of spending an average of €420 million per annum.Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat, said: “We are delighted to sign this agreement with global partners, Orange and Thales, which confirms the place of satellite-based solutions in the drive for enhanced high-speed internet coverage. As a core complement to terrestrial broadband networks, high-speed broadband will be a critical driver of Eutelsat’s growth from 2020 onwards. Over the next decade, VHTS satellites will bring enough capacity to serve high speed internet and in-flight connectivity markets at scale, offering fiber-like services both in terms of price and speed.”Stéphane Richard, chairman and CEO of Orange, said: “Satellite is one of the technologies that contribute to building tomorrow’s inclusive digital society, especially for delivering broadband connectivity in rural areas where it is sometimes challenging to set up traditional broadband networks. With this agreement, we will enhance our portfolio of very high speed internet solutions delivered by satellite, offering all our customers across Europe digital services of premium quality.”
This morning hundreds of people are marched alongside Bloody Sunday families through the City Centre as they went to the City Hotel to find out the PPS decision on soldier prosecutions.Many family members held up photographs of their loved ones, while others carry a banner declaring: ‘Towards Justice.’A number of political representatives have joined the march, including SDLP leader Colm Eastwood, Sinn Féin leader in the North Michelle O’Neill, local councillors and local Sinn Fein MP Elisha McCallion.During the march, The families paused to sing a verse of ‘We Shall Overcome.’The PPS has been considering if the evidential test for prosecution has been met based on ballistics, witness evidence and statements the soldiers made in the aftermath of the killings to Royal Military Police. Following the Saville Inquiry, the PSNI’s Legacy Investigation Branch carried out a separate probe into the murders before submitting files to the PPS.Members of the Parachute Regiment also gave oral evidence to the Widgery tribunal and made statements in 1972 to the Treasury Solicitors Department, a government body that provided legal services to the Ministry of Defence.Soldiers who gave evidence to Lord Saville during the Bloody Sunday Inquiry were granted anonymity and assured if they incriminated themselves it could not be used in any subsequent criminal proceedings.However, none of the soldiers incriminated themselves to Lord Saville, most claiming to have little or no recollection of events on the day when 13 people were shot dead, a 14th person dying months later from his injuries.Soldier G who shot 22-year-old Jim Wray in the back as he lay on the ground injured at Glenfada Park, and is thought to have shot dead father-of-eight Gerry McKinney, has since died.Soldier O, who has given a number of interviews to the BBC, controversially disputing Saville’s findings and maintaining it was a “job well done” is not expected to face prosecution.Soldier F, who it has been previously alleged was linked to a number of shootings on Bloody Sunday, is among those expected to face charges.Killed on Bloody Sunday: The victimsBreaking News: Only one soldier to face murder charges over Bloody Sunday killings was last modified: March 15th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Bloody Sunday relatives on the march for justice this morning in DerryTHE Public Prosecution Service has revealed that if plans to charge only one solder with over the 14 murders of unarmed civilians on Bloody Sunday, January 1972.The news was first broken to the relatives of the victims during a private briefing in Derry this morning at 10 am by senior PPS officials in Derry’s City Hotel. An hour later, the decision to prosecute the soldiers was announced to the media at an 11 briefing in The Guildhall.The PPS said it will prosecute Soldier F with the murders of James Wray and William McKinney and the attempted murders of four others – Joseph Friel, Michael Quinn, Joe Mahon and Patrick O’Donnell.It said today that there was insufficient evidence to charge other soldiers with murders or attempted murders.The PPS also announced that two former members of the Official IRA will also not face charges. ShareTweet Breaking News: Only one soldier to face murder charges over Bloody Sunday killings