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Echostar shares up on AT&T speculation

EchoStar Communications Corp shares rose 4 per cent on speculation that US telco giant AT&T could buy the satellite television provider within a year. Echostar’s television service would complement AT&T’s efforts to expand a high-speed fibre network it is building to sell TV services to better compete with cable and telecommunications rivals.

October 18, 2007

CASBAA hails APEC

Industry body the Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) has applauded a call by regional political leaders for Governments to “effectively address” the issue of satellite and cable TV signal theft. “The new priority given by the APEC ministers to this problem is great news,” said Marcel Fenez, the Chairman of CASBAA. “With […]

October 18, 2007

Germany to approve mobile TV project

Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile, Vodafone and O2 have agreed to meet German regulatory conditions to win approval for their venture to broadcast television on mobile phones. The conditions will ensure that competition isn’t hampered. The approval will become final in October provided that it isn’t challenged before then. The companies agreed not to bundle services and […]

October 18, 2007

Vimeo goes HD

Video sharing Web site Vimeo is set to begin distributing videos in high-definition. While movie trailers and certain other professionally produced videos can be viewed online in high-definition, Vimeo is the first Web site to make HD available for user-generated videos.

October 18, 2007

UTStarcom, Bharti Airtel launch IPTV

UTStarcom has made a contract to supply its RollingStream end-to-end IPTV solution to Bharti Airtel, one of India’s leading integrated telecommunications service providers with more than 46 million customers. UTStarcom’s RollingStream solution will enable Bharti Airtel to offer a new service to its customers consisting of live broadcast television, time-shifted TV and video-on-demand (VoD) bundled […]

October 18, 2007

Seven to pay News Corp legal costs

Aussie network Seven will be required to pay legal costs of $23.5 million to a number of News Ltd companies, following the failure of the broadcaster’s long running C7 pay television litigation. Seven had launched a marathon campaign to prove News, PBL and Telstra conspired almost seven years ago to kill off its C7 pay-television […]

October 18, 2007

Sky and emuse impulse NZ ad

Sky Television and emuse absolutely have launched of the first Impulse Response Interactive Television advertisement in New Zealand for Mitsubishi Motors. Viewers who see the Mitsubishi Lancer advertisement will be invited to press Red on the SKY remote to request more information on the car. They simply follow the prompts on screen to select their […]

October 18, 2007

BBC Mac friendly, Cloud deal

The BBC and Adobe Systems have revealed a strategic relationship around the delivery of web video. By adopting the Adobe Flash Player software, the BBC will make its free catch-up TV service – BBC iPlayer – available as a streaming service across Macintosh and Linux, as well as Windows, by the end of year. The […]

October 17, 2007

EU broadband – big but patchy

Access to broadband has increased in the European Union to 90 million lines, but it should act to increase competition and tackle EU states that are lagging behind, the Commission says. Broadband access in the EU’s 25 oldest member states — excluding Romania and Bulgaria — increased by 28.7 per cent from July 2006 to […]

October 17, 2007

Vodafone Portugal entering IPTV market?

Vodafone’s Portugal unit is considering entering the IPTV market and is also contemplating participating in Portugal’s digital terrestrial television (DTT) tender, Jornal de Negocios reported, citing the company’s deputy CEO Antonio Coimbra. ‘Vodafone is ready to launch an IPTV offer in the short term if it decides to do so,’ Coimbra said. Though the company […]

October 17, 2007