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No, the latest firmware update for Bell TV's 6141 HD STB doesn't magically add a hard drive within, but it does open up the ability for said box to record content if one is attached via USB. The new software (v.165) enables a single USB 2.0 HDD up to 1TB in size to be attached, and once it's recogn...

January 15th 2009 at 10:19pm 0 Comments
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Now, here's a concept: prepaid DTH satellite service. In fact, it's a reality in Czech Republic and Slovakia, and evidently locals are all about it. Reportedly, there is a grand total of over half a million active card customers between the two nations, making it the "leading satellite platform in t...

December 15th 2008 at 11:19am 0 Comments
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You know, we could just aimlessly fire off unnecessary congratulatory remarks about the 20th birthday of satellite TV in the UK, but instead, we'll use this as a launching point for somewhat of a rant. A score ago, the ASTRA A1 lifted off in order to eventually provide direct-to-home (DTH) satellit...

December 11th 2008 at 11:19pm 0 Comments
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If you've been content just focusing on sectors in your own nation, you may have missed all the DTH congestion in India. At last count, there are five different satcasters serving the country, and now some are making accelerated pushes to get high-def programming on the air in order to stand out. A...

December 7th 2008 at 8:58pm 0 Comments
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After Sun Direct became the first carrier in all of India to offer up MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) direct-to-home broadcast service, the company is now expanding its offerings to Delhi and the National Capital Region, the latter of which consists of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Noida and Ghaziabad. The starting packag...

October 27th 2008 at 8:25am 0 Comments
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Bharti Airtel, India's largest private sector telecommunications company, is getting set to dabble in the crazy world of DTH satellite service. Beginning today, it will offer television to 62 cities in India, and according to Atul Bindal, president, Bharti Telemedia Services, the outfit will be "agg...

October 9th 2008 at 3:48pm 0 Comments
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Reliance Communication just gave a whole swath of Indians a new way to receive television programming with the launch of Reliance Big TV. The service is built around MPEG-4 technology, which bodes well for it keeping its promise of adding 8 to 10 high-def channels by the end of this year. Currently...

August 24th 2008 at 10:56am 0 Comments