The ITU has released a new recommendation that it says will serve as the basis for a standard for ultra high-definition television (UHDTV).The draft standard, developed by the ITU Radiocommunications Sector’s Study Group 6, has been submitted to ITU administrations for approval. The recommendation lays out a two-step process for the development of UHDTV. The first level of UHDTV picture levels has the equivalent of about 8 megapixels (3 840 x 2 160 image system), more commonly known as 4K, and the next level comes with the equivalent of about 32 megapixels (7 680 x 4 320 image system), more commonly known as 8K.ITU secretary-general Hamadoun Touré said: “UHDTV is an earth-shaking development in the world of television,” Dr Touré said. “Watching UHDTV in the near future will be a breath taking experience, and I look forward to it.”David Wood, chairman of ITU-R Working Party 6C (WP 6C), which developed the draft new recommendation, said: “This is the dawn of a new age for television that will bring unprecedented levels of realism and viewer enjoyment. It’s a historic moment. Some years will pass before we see these systems in our homes, but come they will. The die is now cast, thanks to the untiring efforts of the international experts participating in WP6C.”
Nicolas de Tavernost, president of French commercial broadcaster M6, has said he will remain vigilant on Canal Plus’s implementation of its acquisition of free-to-air channels Direct 8 and Direct Star following the French competition authority’s green light for the deal.Speaking to analysts, De Tavernost said that M6 would analyse the competition authority’s decision in detail when it was published and had not ruled anything out at this stage. He said the conditions imposed by the regulator appeared to be “relatively light”.M6 was hit by a weak advertising market in the second quarter, with the main channel’s ad revenues declining by 6.6%.
Spanish telco Telefónica has unveiled its Spanish football programming line-up but has yet to strike a deal with Catalan broadcaster Mediapro to carry its BeIN Sports channel, giving it access to European Champions League and Europa League matches as well as coverage of European and international leagues.The Liga Adelante offering on Telefónica’s Movistar+ service will include coverage of La Liga matches in HD, with 11 fixtures daily to be aired on the Canal+ Liga.Telefónica is also introducing eight-camera coverage of matches, with two mini-cameras providing coverage of the changing rooms of the teams for the final three minutes before they go out onto the field.The telco will also provide multiscreen coverage via Yomvi and the Movistar+ Fútbol App.Telefónica has yet to strike a deal with Mediapro to include BeIN Sports as part of its offering, despite the latter being available via the services of rival telcos Vodafone and Orange and Asturias region cable operator Telecable.According to sports news website Palco23, citing unnamed sources familiar with the negotiations, talks are stalled over the question of Mediapro’s demand for minimum guaranteed payments.
SINN Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper has welcomed the news that Derry City & Strabane District Council is to provide four large community grit boxes to areas across the city.This will allow community organisations to distribute grit to streets which do not meet the criteria for grit boxes. Councillor Cooper said: “I have been lobbying council hard on this issue for some time and It is anticipated the boxes will be in place before the end of the financial year.“Through the scheme four large grit boxes will be located in Creggan, Shantallow, Waterside and the rural district.“The logistics will involve consignments of grit being provided by Road Service for collection and distribution by community organisations during periods of extreme weather.“The grit will be stored in the boxes which will be administered by the local community organisations.“It can then be distributed into areas of the city where grit boxes are not provided by Roads Service as the streets in question do not meet the criteria for a grit box.“The community organisations will be able to liaise with elected reps and other community activists to identify where the demand for grit exists to ensure the supply is used most effectively.“I am sure that residents of streets which are regularly affected by icy footpaths but which don’t have a grit box will be delighted that this additional service will now be available,” added Cllr CooperCOMMUNITY GRIT BOXES ON THE WAY TO DERRY – COOPER was last modified: February 13th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet COMMUNITY GRIT BOXES ON THE WAY TO DERRY – COOPERCOUNCILLOR MICKEY COOPERCRegganroads serviceshantallowSinn FeinWaterside