Broadcast News Archive for April, 2003
30/04/2003 Avid announce direct sales of high end products
Avid Technology are to increase their direct sales presence in the UK, to complement the current London Direct team based in Poland Street Soho. From May 1 2003, Avid intend to foster a closer relati

30/04/2003 Competition Commission raise issues over ITV merger
The Competition Commission have sent 'issues letters' to Granada and Carlton as part of their inquiry into their proposed merger. Such letters are always sent before the Commission reach any conclusi

30/04/2003 Double Platinum in Houston for World Wide Pictures
London-based audiovisual communications agency, World Wide Pictures, have won five awards at Worldfest Houston 2003. 'Changing neighbourhoods, changing lives', a 13-minute video commissioned by the O

30/04/2003 Helen Mcfarlane joins Eyeheight
Eyeheight are expanding their management team with the appointment of Helen McFarlane as personal assistant to managing director Martin Moore. McFarlane joined silversmith P.H. Vogel Ltd as an accou

30/04/2003 Innovative CG offers eight audio channels
Pixel Power have announced the introduction and immediate availability of Audio Clips for Clarity2, their hardware platform for state of the art broadcast graphics. The audio clips are part of a new

30/04/2003 NXN alienbrain to provide 'change set' functionality
NXN Software have announced that the next major release of their NXN alienbrain product family will introduce a new change management concept based on 'change sets'. The new feature will apply to all

30/04/2003 PACT launch campaign to save film tax breaks
PACT have warned that the UK's influential film tax breaks could disappear completely in July 2005. While the tax relief mechanism under Section 48 is due to expire in 2005, the film industry are hop

30/04/2003 Reflecmedia win ‘Award for Innovation in Media’
Reflecmedia won the ‘Award for Innovation in Media’ at NAB 2003. Reflecmedia won this major award for their ChromaFlex product, which gives video, television and film producers’ an easy to use, port

30/04/2003 SSS and Quantel partnership formed
The Screen Subtitling Systems Polistream system has been manipulated to produce a Quantel compatible plug-in, via an interface to its generationQ product range, to support the creation, editing and bu

30/04/2003 Talks revived at Scottish Media
Further talks are planned on pay at Scottish TV and Grampian before a BECTU work-to-rule commences in May. At shopfloor meetings in Glasgow and Aberdeen this week union members agreed to accept a man

29/04/2003 BBC sackings prompt strike vote
An industrial action ballot is underway among BECTU members at BBC World Service. They are being asked if they will take industrial action in support of two NUJ members who were recently dismissed b

29/04/2003 Discreet report steadily increasing HDTV output
Discreet have recorded a significant increase in HDTV programming being finished on their systems over the last twelve months. A recent sample of their worldwide HD client base revealed that many ha

29/04/2003 DOCdata UK expand Telford facility
DOCdata, a leading European manufacturer of CDs and DVDs, have recently extended their Telford facility and installed the first of four state-of-the-art DVD production lines. Managing Director Steve

29/04/2003 EPG pressure grows on Freeview's DTT service
Freeview, the BBC/BSkyB free-to-air digital terrestrial television (DTT) initiative are being pressured to incorporate an Electronics Programme Guide into their service. Industry insiders claim that

29/04/2003 International stars say 'Yes' to UK production
Simon Abkarian ('The Truth About Charlie', 'Ararat'), Sam Neill ('Jurassic Park'), Shirley Henderson ('Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets', 'Bridget Jones's Diary') and three-time Oscar nominee J

29/04/2003 MTI brand film subsidiary and product line
Mathematical Technologies Inc. (MTI) have unveiled the branding of their film subsidiary, MTI Film, and their new and expanded cross-platform product suites. The new branding showcases the company's

29/04/2003 New range of eMediamax routers launched
The new eMediamax range of routers has been launched. Complementing the 32x33 products introduced late last year, the new 16x17 range of SDI, ASI and AES routers provide "unprecedented features at ul

29/04/2003 Omnitek and Pixelmetrix form strategic partnership
Innovative test and measurement manufacturer, OmniTek, and award-winning Preventative Monitoring company Pixelmetrix, have announced the formation of a strategic partnership. This partnership sees t

29/04/2003 SSS announce collaboration with Avid
The Screen Subtitling Systems Polistream system has been manipulated to produce a MetaSync-compatible integration with the Avid range of editing products, designed to support the creation, editing and

29/04/2003 TerraSonde release Digital Audio Toolbox
TerraSonde recently showcased their Digital Audio Toolbox at NAB in Las Vegas. TerraSonde have created a device that can effectively measure any stereo digital audio signal and also is capable of gen

28/04/2003 Danny Boyle to shoot new film in Liverpool
Danny Boyle has chosen Liverpool to shoot his latest film. Boyle, the man behind 'Trainspotting', one of the most critically acclaimed British movies of the last decade, will start filming 'Millions'

28/04/2003 Kreatel sign up for Macrovision copy protection
Kreatel have signed a contract to install Macrovision's copy protection in their IP broadband set-top boxes in "response to customer demand". Lars Bengtsson, Kreatel CEO, said: "Copy protection is fa

28/04/2003 Mathematical Technologies appoint UK reseller
Mathematical Technologies, a leading multi-platform, multi-resolution solutions provider, are to continue their international expansion by appointing premier reseller root6 in London to represent thei

28/04/2003 MPC chosen for landmark BBC documentary
MPC have won the pitch to produce the CGI for 'Colosseum' a one-off landmark documentary for BBC Specialist Factual, co-produced with BBC Worldwide. This follows on from MPC’s stunning graphics for

28/04/2003 MPC showcase magical 'Harry Potter' effects
MPC will be presenting key visual effects sequences from their work on 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' at at the Australian Effects and Animation Festival (AEAF) in Melbourne. MPC created o