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Smart home connected appliances to exceed 10m by 2017

A report from Juniper Research forecasts that the installed base of connected appliances in Smart Homes will beat the 10 million mark by 2017, rising from 4 million in 2013. The report found that consumer awareness of connected appliances, such as smart fridges and washing machines was gradually increasing, but that such devices are not widely considered to represent attractive [...]

Mobile broadband connections to double next year

By the end of 2015, active mobile broadband devices are forecast to reach 34 million, a nearly 50 per cent increase from 2013, according to The NPD Group Connected Intelligence Mobile Broadband Market Share and Forecast Report. Two-thirds (66 per cent) of those devices will be tablets. Driven primarily by enterprise demand, USB stick modems were the primary mobile broadband [...]

EQT plans to exit Taiwan cable TV unit

Swedish private equity fund EQT Partners has put Taiwanese TV network GTV on the market for T$6 billion (€144 million), becoming the latest foreign investor aiming to exit Taiwan, according to the Economic Daily. Potential buyers are said to include the founding family of Formosa Plastics Group, one of Taiwan’s biggest business conglomerates. EQT Partners bought the TV network in [...]

CASBAA hosts Cable TV seminar in Taiwan

Taiwan’s plans to restructure its regulation of the cable-TV industry were the focus of a day-long seminar in Taipei on April 8th before 100 industry leaders, government officials, academics and foreign experts. CASBAA hosted the seminar together with Taiwan’s NCC, which is considering options for the restructuring. NCC Chairman Howard Shyr told delegates at the opening session that NCC saw [...]

Telecom Italia to offer Sky TV to broadband subs


Sky and Telecom Italia have agreed a deal that will allow Telecom Italia customers to access the entire Sky Italia television offer through its ultra-broadband networks, using a My Sky HD decoder specially created for Internet TV. The pair say the partnership confirms the industrial importance for the two companies, leaders in their respective sectors, of operating in the broad [...]

Home Network penetration to surpass 33%

Worldwide home network penetration is expected to climb from 24.8 per cent in 2013 to 33.2 per cent by 2018. Growth is driven by the continued spread of broadband services and demand for multiscreen video services. What is seen as commonplace in mature markets, including server provided broadband routers with integrated Wi-Fi access points and leveraging fixed broadband connections to [...]

China: Sumavision partners with Hunan

Beijing-based digital video and IPTV system provider Sumavision has signed an agreement with Hunan Cable TV Network Group, a subsidiary of Hunan TV & Broadcast Intermediary, that will see the two companies jointly operate Internet TV services as well as cooperate on distribution of smart terminals and development and marketing of smart home gateways and routers. Under the partnership, Sumavision [...]

Inmarsat brings Hollywood to the high seas

The latest Hollywood blockbusters will soon be available to commercial shipping companies across the world, delivered directly to vessels at sea via Inmarsat’s global satellite network. Inmarsat and NT Digital Partners, are planning to launch Fleet Media during the summer of 2014. The globally-exclusive, five-year agreement covering the digital distribution of the latest Hollywood releases, as well as television programming [...]

IPTV subs up 21% in 2013

Year-end figures for broadband and IPTV, published by the Broadband Forum, show a slowing but steady growth in broadband subscribers with some significant trends in technology and regional growth in new markets. The figures, prepared by Point Topic, highlight the addition of over 40 million new users worldwide, an annual increase of 6.15 per cent, bringing the global total up [...]

Broker downgrades BT on TV and competition fears


Global investment management firm Sanford C Bernstein has downgraded BT, saying it may over-spend on TV sports rights and face more competition from rival Virgin Media. Bernstein, which reduced BT to ‘market-perform’ with a fair value of 385p, said “much good can be said” about BT and its investment case, although a good deal of that was well-understood and priced [...]

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