Ofcom hands out terrestrial high definition licences to Channel 4 and ITV broadcasters
Though we’ve been pretty sure that all the major terrestrial broadcasters would have a place on the new high definition Freeview, Ofcom today brought that a step closer to reality by awarding licences to Channel 4/S4C and the ITV channels across England, Scotland, Ulster, and the Channel Islands.
Channel 4 and S4C (the Welsh language version, with a wide selection of its own programming) put in a joint bid, promising a wide variety of films (over 150 hours worth on peak-time 4HD in the first year), a range of drama, comedy, science programmes and documentaries, plus popular US imports like Desperate Housewives, and specific sports and kids programmes on S4C…
Microsoft brings HD DVD emulator software out of beta
Microsoft has announced that its HD DVD emulation software is now out of beta. The software probably won’t be much use to the average consumer, but for smaller HD DVD authoring companies, it could be very useful.
The system works around the Xbox 360 and its add-on HD DVD drive. A one-time $2,999 licence fee gives access…