Freeview New Zealand has appointed Digital TV Labs to run the Conformance Lab for its new FreeviewPlus HbbTV service.
Al Jazeera English has been named as the first channel outside of the UK’s public service broadcasters to take HD capacity on the terrestrial platform Freeview.
The UK DTT platform Freeview has recorded the highest ever number of households receiving the service on the main TV set.
Ofcom has signaled its intention to renew Multiplex B on the UK’s DTT system – the multiplex used by the country’s HD channels.
Sales of 1.3 million receivers in the run up to Christmas have taken the number of Freeview HD devices sold to 4.4 million as of December 2011.
Ofcom has invited applications for what would be the fifth high definition channel to broadcast on the Freeview terrestrial platform.
Freeview is estimating around 642,000 homes are now watching the Freeview HD high definition transmissions, based on sales of 1.2 million units in the nine months since the service went live.
Broadcasters and content owners will be able to run catch-up TV services on Freeview using the MHEG Interaction Channel (MHEG-IC) from next spring.
Cumulative sales of Freeview boxes and IDTVs capable of receiving the DTT platform have reached 60 million, the organisation has announced, a figure equivalent to the population of the United Kingdom.
Ofcom has granted permission for the BBC to restrict access to electronic programme guide data to HD DTT receivers that include content management technology.