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BT confirms Netflix deal

UK telco BT has confirmed that it is to make available Internet TV streaming service Netflix as part of its offering. BT revealed the initiative as it reported its Q2 results, which saw it add 38,000 TV customers in the quarter. “We continue to focus on strengthening our TV proposition and are excited to announce we have entered into a […]

Time Warner Cable disappoints with video subs

Time Warner Cable the cable company awaiting regulatory approval to merge with Comcast reported profit behind analysts’ estimates as more video subscribers canceled service and programming costs rose. Time Warner Cable lost 184,000 video customers in the third quarter, while rising costs for sports programming cut into profit. The company lowered its revenue forecast for the year to $22.8 billion, […]

SES to deliver connectivity to planes

Satellite operator SES is linking with Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) to provide bandwidth for in-flight connectivity to airlines around the world.  GEE supplies aircraft with WiFi, movies and TV to some 150 airlines around the world. GEE’s “Row 44” division serves more than 520 aircraft including those of Southwest Airlines, Icelandair, Norwegian Air, Transaero, mango, “We see this as the […]

Verizon bundles free Netflix

Verizon Communications will be giving all new customers in the US a free one-year subscription to Netflix if they subscribe to its FiOS triple play service. The announcement follows Verizon’s failed partnership with Redbox to start its own streaming service, Redbox Instant. The service was launched in March 2013 but was shut down earlier this month. “The joint venture partners […]

CASBAA: ‘Light touch’ needed for pay-TV regulation

John Medeiros, chief policy officer at the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA), has called for governments in the region to exercise a light touch in their regulation of pay-TV networks, which he says should be freed from archaic regulations, inequitable censorship controls and unfair tax burdens which are not levied on online content supply. He also warned […]

FCC proposes updated MVPD definition

Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman, says the industry has passed from an era where it was necessary to build a purpose-specific pathway to deliver video, and accordingly, the Commission is putting forth proposals to update FCC rules to recognise this new reality and, as a result, expand competition and consumer choice, a move that could benefit OTT players such as Aereo […]

Tata launches IZO network

Tata Communications, the global comms provider, has launched IZO, a global network platform for enhanced hybrid cloud enablement. IZO brings a new way of tackling the challenges that businesses face in realising the potential of the cloud. A single provider offers access to a full ecosystem of network, cloud and data centre connectivity making it simple for a business to […]

HbbTV momentum continues to grow

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The HbbTV Association, a global initiative dedicated to providing an open standard for the delivery of broadcast and broadband services through connected TVs and set-top boxes, is achieving strong global momentum with new members, contributions and deployments, it reports. Within the last 12 months, the Association has achieved membership growth of 25 per cent, has had hundreds of apps deployed, […]

US broadband subs to exceed pay-TV

While residential broadband penetration will soon top 100 million US households, legacy pay-TV subscription services have peaked and are in decline. According to The Diffusion Group (TDG), during the next few months, and for the first time in history, the number of home broadband subscriptions will surpass the number of home pay-TV subscriptions. While asserting a causal relationship between these […]

FilmOn seeks MVPD redefinition

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Antenna-based Internet television streaming operation FilmOn has joined similar service Aereo in filing a required ex parte notice disclosing its recent conversations with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), when it informed the Commission of its intent to commence retransmission of local television broadcast stations to authenticated subscribers in local markets consistent with FCC Rules applicable to Multichannel Video Programming Distributors […]

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