Staying with 4K, Japan will start broadcasting in the new, eye-popping format in July 2014, about two years earlier than originally planned, Broadband TV News reports, citing the Asahi Times. Broadcasting in UltraHD in Japan will start during the finals of the World Cup in Brazil next July, a move that TV manufacturers hope will lift sales of sets that can support 4K video.
Miranda Technologies Inc. has acquiredSoftel Ltd., a U.K.-based company that provides gear and software to handle video captioning, subtitling and interactive applications for programmers, broadcasters and cable operators. Among plans related to the deal, Miranda said it will integrate Softel's captioning technology into its iTX video playout system for linear TV and on-demand video. Miranda, acquired by Belden Inc. in July 2012, expects to complete the integration of Softel by this summer.
The Comcast Media Center (CMC) in Denver has secured a deal to manage and deliver video-on-demand (VoD) programming for Vme Media Inc.'s Spanish-language network. The CMC's VoD footprint now covers 56 million homes in the U.S. and Canada and delivers more than 12,000 hours of on-demand content per month.
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable