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ITV The London Studios

TLS closure continues ITV facilities withdrawal

ITV’s decision to close The London Studios is part of an ongoing strategy to reduce its stake in the facilities sector.

Deluxe restoration project

Deluxe restoration closure: the industry reacts

The Deluxe Entertainment Services Group’s decision to close its UK restoration department has been met with surprise and sadness among rival firms and the wider facilities industry.

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Wheatstone buys console firm PR&E

Audio equipment manufacturer Wheatstone has acquired the assets and intellectual property of sound console maker Pacific Research & Engineering (PR&E) from GatesAir for an undisclosed fee.

ITU calls for H.265 successor

The ITU is asking the industry to devise a video compression standard to succeed HEVC (H.265).

Sony shifts manufacture of HDC-4300 camera to Wales

Sony has begun manufacturing its 4K HDC-4300 camera at its Pencoed factory in Wales.

Clearance of 700MHz DTT band to begin in March

The process of clearing the frequency currently used to deliver digital terrestrial TV (DTT) services will begin next month as the first stage of a major engineering programme gets under way.

Planet Earth II to air in 4K on US satellite channel

TV viewers in the US will get to see the BBC natural history series Planet Earth II in 4K from this weekend after a deal was struck with satellite provider Dish Network.

Avid MediaCentral

Avid gathers opinion from nearly 4,000 users

Nearly 4,000 Avid users shared their opinions with the manufacturer during the first round of the Avid Customer Association (ACA) vote.

Nicholas Smith

GMG bolsters team with marketing director hire

Gravity Media Group (GMG) has appointed Nicholas Smith to the newly created role of marketing director.

Blackmail Hitchcock

Deluxe to close UK restoration operation

Deluxe is to close its UK restoration operation at the end of March with the potential loss of 12 jobs.

Alexa SXT

Arri, Red and Sony scoop technical Academy Awards

Arri, Red and Sony were among the manufacturers to pick up Academy Awards for scientific and technical achievements earlier this week.

The Farm

Jigsaw24 finalises deal to acquire rival reseller Root6

Jigsaw24 has bought rival reseller Root6 in a deal that also includes its systems integration team and its technology division.

Piksel

Former Sky exec O'Sullivan joins Piksel board

Piksel has appointed former Sky and Fox News executive Gerry O’Sullivan to its board of directors.

Cooke Lenses

Cooke to open second plant as demand for lenses soars

Cooke Optics is to open a second factory in its native Leicester to meet increased demand for its ‘Cooke look’ Prime camera lenses.

Guido Meardi: V-Nova

V-Nova acquires patents from Faroudja Enterprises

V-Nova, the London-based company behind the Perseus compression technology, has bought video imaging manufacturer Faroudja Enterprises’ full global patent portfolio for an undisclosed sum.

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SSGB

SS-GB, BBC1

Create a title sequence for the 5 x 60-minute adaptation of Len Deighton’s alternative history novel

TV3

TV3 adds Avid GFX kit in Studio One overhaul

Ireland’s TV3 has installed a new graphics system from Avid’s Studio Suite as part of a refresh of its daily studio output.

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Kodi

Battle against piracy goes on

Sales of adapted set-top boxes are a new threat to the film and TV industry, says Christopher Schouten

Planet Earth II

Possibilities are endless for VR wildlife documentaries

Immersive technology will transform how we make natural history, says Erfan Saadati

CES 2017

CES 2017: hearing voices in Vegas

Amazon’s voice control app Alexa was a powerful presence at CES, says Mark Harrison

Digital Edition

Broadcast TECH FebMar

Digital edition: Broadcast TECH

In the February/March issue: how OTT platforms provide a personalised service; the pitfalls of producing HDR content; behind the scenes of Norwegian drama Valkyrien and the post-production workflows used for two fast-turnaround Trump documentaries.

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Extremely British Muslims

Extremely British Muslims, C4

With the attempted US ban on Muslims and Brexit this series feels more important than ever

Libya's Migrant Hell

Ross Kemp: Libya’s Migrant Hell, Sky 1

A matter of life and death in the Middle East

The Trouble with Dad

The Trouble With Dad, C4

Blurred lines between our subject’s dementia and his ‘true’ personality made for a difficult shoot