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Dutch digital TV market now 6.7m

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The number of digital TV connections in the Netherlands grew by 0.8 per cent during the second quarter of 2014 to 6.76 million on June 30th 2014. Digital TV was used by 87.7 per cent of TV subscribers in the Netherlands, including 3.73 million cable subscribers who also have analogue TV connections.  The total TV market grew to 7.71 million […]

Superfast altnets developing long-term outlook

The UK’s alternative superfast network operator market looks buoyant with new investment flowing in from a variety of sources, and new relationships being built between network operators and service providers. These are the findings from a new report reviewing the past six months in country’s superfast broadband sector. “There is a real buzz in UK superfast broadband with prospects looking […]

India cable stats “not transparent”

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The under-reporting of subscriber numbers has long been a scandal in many countries, and costs programmers – and rights owners – a fortune in lost revenues. Now, India’s regulator (TRAI) has reminded cable operators, both Multiple System Operators and the nation’s smaller local operators (LCOs) that TRAI is going to get tough. The current obligations are not new having been […]

DOCSIS channels pass 1m in Q2

Infonetics Research has released excerpts from its 2nd quarter 2014 CCAP, CMTS, and Edge QAM Hardware and Subscribers report, which tracks cable broadband equipment and subscribers. “Easily beating last quarter’s record, combined CCAP (converged cable access platform) and CMTS upstream and downstream DOCSIS channel shipments reached 1.2 million in the second quarter of 2014, the first time total DOCSIS channel […]

Vivendi picks Telefonica for GVT sale

Vivendi has picked Telefonica for exclusive talks over the sale of its Brazilian broadband unit GVT, spurning a rival bid from Telecom Italia. Telefonica will fold GVT into its Brazilian mobile phone carrier Vivo to create the country’s biggest telecom group. It will then use GVT’s pay-TV and broadband know-how and its broad network to chase higher-value customers and keep […]

Telenet goes for 1GHz

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Belgium’s Telenet is to invest a total of €500 million to upgrade the cable network in Flanders to Europe’s first 1Gb network. Telenet will be upgrading from 600 MHz to 1 GHz, as a result in time the network will be able to support connection speeds of at least 1Gb/s. The investment project will create 250 new jobs in Flanders […]

Samsung commits to global 4K

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Amazon’s 2014 original series line-up will soon be available to stream via Samsung Ultra-HD TVs with the launch of the Amazon 4K video streaming service. Samsung has confirmed that Amazon’s Ultra-HD VoD service will launch globally on its 4K TVs in October. Samsung has also announced that the Netflix Ultra-HD Service is expanding in Europe, after being made available in […]

India revokes India MSO licence

India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has cancelled the digital transmission licence and registration of Kal Cable. The Ministry says it is because Kal Cable has failed to obtain a security clearance by India’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Evidently the MIB sent a formal letter to Kal on August 20th, saying it had 15 days to wind up […]

Liberty’s Ziggo buy ‘will be cleared’

Liberty Global will be given permission to take over its Dutch competitor Ziggo by the European Commission. However, the approval will be conditional on Liberty Global selling its Film 1 channel to head off competition concerns, according to Bloomberg. Liberty Global made a formal offer of €34.53 a share for Dutch cable market leader Ziggo in January. Ziggo was formed […]

DISH warns of Comcast/TWC merger ‘harms’

Citing irreparable harm to competition and consumers, DISH Network has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deny the merger of Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable. The petition to deny outlines, among other things, the critical role high-speed broadband plays in the video industry and the potential for the merger to significantly damage competitive development of over-the-top (OTT) video […]

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