Advanced Television


BBC buys into Lonely Planet

BBC Worldwide has bought a majority stake in travel guide company Lonely Planet. The corporation’s commercial arm has acquired a 75 per cent stake in the privately owned company. The Lonely Planet operation will boost BBC Worldwide’s travel output, which includes over 500 hours of travel programming such as Michael Palin’s New Europe and Planet […]

October 2, 2007

Eyelab develops CBS content

To cater to what it believes is the short attention span of online audiences, the CBS network is launching CBS EyeLab, a digital-production studio that will create and distribute short clips cut together from the network’s most popular shows. At a time when its competitors are focused on how to best distribute full-length TV shows […]

October 1, 2007

Multimedia Polska launches VOD

Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska has launched the first VOD service in the country. The service is initially available in the cities of Gdynia, Kalisz, Lublin, Lódz, Olsztyn and Torun, which together account for around 90 per cent, or 450,000 homes, of its subscriber base. The library currently consists of 600 titles, though the total […]

October 1, 2007

Branson: Virgin still wants ITV

Richard Branson has signaled that Virgin Media has not abandoned its plans to buy UK commercial broadcaster ITV. Branson, Virgin Media’s largest shareholder, also suggested his Virgin group would retain its 10.5 per cent stake if the cable company is sold. “I think it’s extremely unlikely the Virgin brand would ever be withdrawn from Virgin […]

October 1, 2007

MySpace UK Video Content

News Corp owned social networking site MySpace will launch sponsored video channels in the UK next month that will include advertising. MySpace has opted to experiment with placing advertising next to professionally-produced content rather than the user-generated content around which it built up its audience.

October 1, 2007

KPN chooses Bluestreak to deliver 3G

Bluestreak Technology, the developer of the MachBlue platform for mobile phones and digital television, will provide its MachBlue Mobile solution to support KPN’s start of mobile TV by offering MobielTV. The service will be free of charge to early adopting customers until the end of 2007. MachBlue Mobile is a platform for mobile phones that […]

October 1, 2007

Deutsche Telekom buys Orange Netherlands

Germany’s Deutsche Telekom has concluded a deal to buy Dutch mobile phone and broadband Internet operator Orange Netherlands from France Telecom for E1.3 billion. Deutsche Telekom said it expects the combination to result in savings of about E1 billion over the next few years. About half of those savings would be generated in the first […]

October 1, 2007

BBC Vision launches multiplatform strategy

Simon Nelson, Controller of Portfolio & Multimedia, has announced a new strategy for multiplatform commissioning, content creation and delivery across BBC Vision. Key elements of the new multiplatform strategy include the ambition to double investment with an additional £30 million (E43.4m) in funding over the next three years, subject to the BBC’s reprioritisation plans. Also, […]

October 1, 2007

Microsoft Extenders and Internet TV

Microsoft has revealed details about its new 'Extenders' for Microsoft Windows Media Centre. These devices, which are expected to be available for purchase before the end of the year, will allow easy access to premium cable, high-definition TV, popular video formats including DivX, music, paid movies, photos from any TV in the house, with a […]

October 1, 2007

IPTV for Brasilia

Brazil’s third largest fixed line operator Brasil Telecom has launched the first commercial IPTV service in the country. The service, called Videon, will initially be available in the capital Brasília. It plans to extend Videon to the main state capitals and cities where the company already has a presence. BrT will initially offer two types […]

October 1, 2007