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Trade row on electronics?

The US is considering action against the European Union with the World Trade Organization over tariffs the EU imposes on some electronics products, Trade Representative has told the CES in Las Vegas. Schwab said the US is talking to other countries who also feel that EU tariffs on products like set-top boxes are a violation […]

January 11, 2008

Analogue switch-off fails in Spain

From David Del Valle in Madrid Spain has failed to switch off Local TV analogue transmissions breaking the law that stated that from January 1st all 1,000 existing local TV stations should be migrating to digital. Two years before the complete migration to digital, scheduled for April 2010 for nation wide TV channels, the road […]

January 11, 2008

Sony VOD for Belgacom

Sony Pictures has signed a Video-On-Demand agreement with incumbent telecom operator, Belgacom, in Belgium. Through the deal Sony is providing an extensive range of movie content from the Sony Pictures current slate along with titles from the Studio's library. The service enables Belgacom TV customers to view movies on their TVs through their set top […]

January 11, 2008

Al Jazeera English for Hong Kong Cable

Al Jazeera English has announced a deal with one of Asia's leading cable operators, Hong Kong Cable Limited, for the channel to broadcast in Hong Kong. The agreement is yet another step forward for Al Jazeera English's rapid distribution growth – the channel now reaches over 100 million households worldwide

January 11, 2008

Industria partnership with Anevia

Industria, IPTV solutions provider, and Anevia, French designer of the Toucan VOD/nPVR servers, have signed a partnership agreement that is intended to ensure successful sales activities between Industria’s products and services and Anevia’s products. The main focus of the partnership will be on marketing and sales of integrated solutions featuring Industria’s flagship product, the Zignal […]

January 11, 2008

Microsoft anywhere DVR

Microsoft has announced the availability of DVR Anywhere on the Microsoft Mediaroom platform, giving DVR customers the flexibility to watch recorded programmes on any TV in their home. Microsoft Mediaroom’s DVR Anywhere is software-based, so no TV tuners are needed, so playback and multiple recording can take place simultaneously. It also requires that only one […]

January 11, 2008

Portuguese reject DTT subsidies

From Branislav Pekic Rome Portugal's Minister for Parliamentary Issues, responsible for the Social Communications Portfolio, has rejected subsidising DTT decoders, pointing out that the Government does not have the obligation of paying for digital TVs or decoding devices. “The incentives that the Government has already made available are for the improvement of the offer via […]

January 11, 2008

FCC will probe Comcast throttle

Kevin Martin, head of the Federal Communications Commission confirmed at CES that it will investigate complaints that Comcast actively interferes with Internet traffic as its subscribers try to share files online. Last year the Associated Press found that Comcast in some cases hindered file sharing by subscribers who used BitTorrent. The report in October confirmed […]

January 10, 2008

Verizon upgrades with G-PON

Verizon say they are upgrading FiOS with next-generation electronics to enhance the speeds, and thus the capabilities, of Verizon’s all-fiber-optic FiOS broadband, video and voice network. Known as gigabit passive optical network (G-PON) equipment, the new electronics can increase the line-rate bandwidth on the Verizon fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network by four times downstream to the customer […]

January 10, 2008

NBC in alliance to fight video piracy

NBC Universal has formed a coalition with a group of technology companies, including AT&T and Microsoft, with the aim of developing anti-piracy measures that would restrict the illegal transfer of copyrighted video content over the internet. NBC, which is owned by General Electric, is also understood to have approached Apple to discuss how anti-piracy technology […]

January 10, 2008