Advanced Television


Virgin, Perform sports e-player

e-Player will be made available to digital publishers in the UK and embedded into websites to deliver a range of sports highlights and video clips, updated daily. The multi-channel player offers selected highlights from Virgin Media's Barclays Premier League and Coca-Cola Football League match content, as well as a portfolio of sports channels from Perform's […]

August 4, 2008

Comcast up, subs down

Comcast added 320,000 digital-cable subscribers that now account for 67 per cent of its total, meaning 16.3 million video subscribers take its digital service. Seven million, or 43 per cent of its base, have advanced services, such as digital-video recorders. Looking forward, Comcast reaffirmed its guidance that 2008 will end with consolidated revenue and operating […]

July 31, 2008

Cable can compete

The researcher finds that Europe’s cable operators have been focusing on triple-play services – with telephony rolling out at a rapid rate. Spain and the UK lead in triple play, with over 80 per cent of cable homes taking telephony and more than 60 per cent per cent taking broadband services.

July 25, 2008

Cable can compete

A period of consolidation in the industry has been followed by heavy investment from private equity groups meaning they can compete with telcos and other The researcher finds that Europe’s cable operators have been focusing on triple-play services – with telephony rolling out at a rapid rate. Spain and the UK lead in triple play, […]

July 24, 2008

Court says U-verse IS cable service

AT&T failed to convince a federal judge to vacate a legal precedent declaring that U-verse TV is a cable service. The telco had petitioned the US District Court of Connecticut to declare as moot that court’s July 2007 ruling striking down a finding by the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control from 2006.That regulators, in […]

July 17, 2008

J:COM subs

Jupiter Telecommunications, the largest multiple system operator in Japan, has announced that the total subscribing households as of June 30, 2008 served by J:COM's 20 managed franchises reached 2.87 million, up 180,300, or 6.7 per cent since June 30, 2007. Combined RGUs for cable television, high-speed Internet access and telephony services reached 5.12 million, up […]

July 17, 2008

OPTA forces Dutch cable TV to allow resellers

Dutch cable television operators will be forced to allow rivals to resell TV subscriptions under a draft decision by telecoms regulator OPTA. At the same time, OPTA plans to free the former telecoms monopoly KPN from some restrictions in the consumer market for telephony, saying competition was sufficient.KPN has long complained that it has to […]

July 16, 2008

TRAI seeks to restructure cable TV industry

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended a separate licensing framework for local cable operators and multi system operators, in its draft recommendations to restructure cable television services.India’s cable television industry, which covered 78 million households at the end of 2007, is facing challenges of technology, resources and fragmented distribution, leading the regulator […]

July 16, 2008

Operators take more STB risks

Faced with stiff competition in the cable market and from telcos vying for TV viewers, traditionally risk-averse cable operators are becoming increasingly ‘bipolar’, supporting a roadmap that may require the deployment of new STBs with more advanced features and functions, while also apparently aiming to drive the ubiquitous STB to extinction.Meanwhile, STB vendors are offering […]

July 14, 2008