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AT&T shopping for DTH?

AT&T has been rumoured to be examining a bid for a DTH operator for some time and is now set to pounce, according to reports. The telco is said to have been consulting lawyers in Washington to see how long it would take to get government approval to buy either EchoStar Communications or DirecTV. The […]

October 26, 2007

Google, Nielsen ad serve research

Google has announced a deal with Nielsen that will see the TV ratings company provide it with demographic data for TV audiences, strengthening its plans to become a significant player in TV ad sales. In April Google revealed it was conducting trials of TV ad serving along with partners EchoStar and Astound Cable. The Nielsen […]

October 26, 2007

3 Italia to become integrated TV provider

From Branislav Pekic in Rome 3 Italia, the mobile media company owned by the Hutchison Whampoa group, aims to become a integrated fixed/mobile TV provider for digital terrestrial TV from 2010. According to CEO Vincenzo Novari, from the summer of 2010 their network will be converted, allocating 50 per cent for mobile phones and 50 […]

October 26, 2007

Microsoft stake in Facebook

Microsoft has beaten off competition from Google to pay $240 million for a 1.6 per cent stake in Facebook that values the popular social networking site at $15 billion. Microsoft will also sell internet ads for Facebook outside the United States as part of the deal that took several weeks of negotiating. Microsoft already provides […]

October 26, 2007

AT&T sceptical on mobile TV

Mobile video is struggling because the economics don't work yet, so says Mark Collins, vice president of consumer data services for AT&T. He said that every major U.S. carrier, including Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, is looking at video as a potential driver of data traffic and revenue. But so far, Collins says, no one has […]

October 26, 2007

Test group prepares Hong Kong digital television

The group – Hong Kong Digital Terrestrial Television Local Testing Group – is to support both the rollout and testing of digital TV broadcasting technology in Hong Kong, particularly the testing of set-top boxes and digital TV sets, its business development and technology support. “Our testing can help manufacturers from Hong Kong, the mainland and […]

October 26, 2007

NDS launches Metro HD DVR

NDS has introduced its HD DVR, an Amino AmiNET530 set-top box powered by Metro middleware, for the IPTV market. NDS Metro is an integrated IPTV middleware and conditional access solution that provides a complete end-to-end offering for telecommunications companies and broadband operators. SES Americom, the only company delivering MPEG4 IPTV service to telcos in the […]

October 26, 2007

No subsidies for DTV in North Rhine-Westphalia

The European Commission has decided that plans to finance part of the fees commercial broadcasters pay for the transmission of their programmes on the DVB-T network in North Rhine-Westphalia are not compatible with the EC state aid rules. The Commission said it fully supported the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting, however, the proposed measures […]

October 26, 2007

Miniweb from SkyKeys MBO

Miniweb Interactive Limited has launched with the intention of delivering a unique interactive TV experience, combining TV viewing, online services and interactive advertising across multiple TV distribution systems. The privately funded, UK h company has been formed following a management buy-out of the assets and infrastructure of the SkyKeys/Internet Sites service and the global licensing […]

October 26, 2007

Five VOD to go free

UK broadcaster Five is set to expand its online TV download offering in the new year. Five intends to move away from making paid for content viewable in a 14-day window and to instead offer an ad-suppoorted VOD service. The broadcaster is also reportedly looking into gaining carriage on a pay-TV platform such as Virgin […]

October 26, 2007