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TalkTalk goes quadplay

TalkTalk has struck an MVNO deal with Telefónica UK to launch mobile services over its network as it plans a quad play package. Dido Harding, chief executive, told the FT: “We see the market genuinely moving to quad play. This will accelerate that business rapidly.” TalkTalk and Telefónica are expected to announce the deal this week, TalkTalk is expected to […]

US Q3 pay-TV subs down 150K

Finding from Leichtman Research Group suggest that the thirteen largest pay-TV providers in the US – representing about 95 per cent of the market –lost about 150,000 net video subscribers in Q3 2014, compared to a loss of about 25,000 video subscribers in Q3 2013, and more net losses than in any previous third quarter. The top pay-TV providers account […]

Mediapro lines up LatAm F1 channel

Spanish multimedia communications group Mediapro is to launch a 24 hour Formula One channel for the entire Latin American region (except Brazil) in 2015 devoted to everything surrounding and related to the championship. The new channel, which will be produced and distributed with Direct TV, will offer live broadcasts of all the Grand Prix races, 10 of which will be […]

Ofcom: 4G for 98% of UK in 2017

Ofcom has published its first in the UK since the 4G auction in 2013. The research measured the performance of 4G and 3G services on smartphones from the four main mobile operators – EE, O2, Three and Vodafone – in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Manchester. Helping to improve mobile coverage and quality of service are important objectives for Ofcom. […]

Oregan joins RDK community

Oregan Networks, a specialist in pay-TV systems, has become a member of the RDK (Reference Design Kit), a pre-integrated software bundle that provides a common framework for powering customer-premises equipment from TV service providers, and announced a strategic intent to align its engineering expertise and services with RDK’s initiatives. The RDK is supported by more than 180 licensees including CE […]

Apax, Bain gatecrash PT bid

Private equity firms Apax Partners and Bain Capital have made a €7.075 billion offer for the Portuguese assets of  Oi, the Brazilian telecoms group, rivalling the €7.025 billion bid from Altice, the European cable group and the bid from Isabel dos Santos. Oi, the largest landline carrier in Brazil, said that the joint offer included two €400 million deferred payments […]

Virgin superfast for 5,000 more Glasgow homes

Virgin Media is expanding its network to 5,000 more homes across Glasgow, providing Internet access at speeds up to 152Mb – eight times faster than the national average . Work is underway to connect more households in Cumbernauld, Duntocher, Barrhead and Uddingston and is expected to be complete by the end of November. Tom Mockridge, Virgin Media’s Chief Executive Officer, […]

Vodafone UK TV unveiled


Vodafone is launching UK TV services next spring using its Cable & Wireless business fibre network and BT’s Openreach network to provide its broadband and TV service. Pricing, and what TV content will be offered, has yet to be announced. Vittorio Colao, Vodafone’s chief executive, said: “We have recently launched a combined fixed broadband and TV service in the Netherlands, […]

CNN to quit Russia


BBC Monitoring is reporting that CNN is to leave Russia at the end of the year. Reportedly CNN’s local MD has sent a letter to assorted cable and DTH broadcasters saying: “With this letter we inform you that Turner is stopping the distribution of the CNN International television channel on the territory of the Russian Federation from 31 December 2014”. […]

Industry reacts to Obama net neutrality call

Communications industry players, consumer bodies and legislators have lined up to offer their comments on President Barack Obama’s call for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality. Not unsurprisingly, some of the most trenchant criticism comes from Republican politicians who will be seeking to thwart the President’s aspirations on the matter now […]

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