Advanced Television


Beijing Olympics boosts China's cable market

Screen Digest’s ‘China Television Market: Assessment and Forecast to 2012' has concludes that the world's largest TV market is enjoying a period of strong growth and despite regulatory hurdles still offers significant investment opportunities for global technology suppliers. In particular, the Beijing Olympics is driving domestic digital cable take-up which is set to grow from […]

March 27, 2008

Verizon wants easier sub transfer

Verizon Communications said that it asked the Federal Communications Commission to make it easier for consumers to switch from cable providers to video services offered by phone companies. The move comes amid increasing rivalry between phone companies and cable service providers. Verizon and AT&T offer high-speed Internet and video services that compete with cable, while […]

March 27, 2008

Irdeto selected by Shanxi

Irdeto has announced that Shanxi Cable Broadcasting Network has chosen the Irdeto Digital TV conditional access solution to accelerate their digital migration process. Under the agreement, Irdeto will deliver one million smart cards over the next 24 months. Shanxi province in China has nearly four million cable TV subscribers.

March 26, 2008

Cable main broadband competitor

Figures from industry body Cable Europe, claim broadband Internet connections via cable grew 22 per cent in 2007, cementing the sector as the main competitor to telcos. Cable Europe says the industry is investing strongly in the future of its fibre-coax network with a CAPEX ratio of 24 per cent. The latest cable technology (DOCSIS […]

March 21, 2008

Cable must get interactive act together

Interactive television won’t succeed until cable companies reach agreement on measurement standards, according to Starcom MediaVest executives. The initiative undertaken by six major cable companies, called Canoe, is a step in the right direction, said Jen Soch, MediaVest USA’s VP and director of advanced TV. Tracey L. Scheppach, vice president/video innovation director at Starcom USA, […]

March 17, 2008

Quative selected by B.Net Croatia

Quative, a Kudelski Group company, has been selected by B.Net Croatia, the national cable operator, to provide an end-to-end interactive TV solution for their broadband cable system. The solution features the Quative Service Platform (QSP) and the Lysis Content Management System (CMS), along with Harmonic's complete video delivery solution encompassing compression, stream processing, on-demand delivery […]

March 13, 2008

ONO clears 1 million subs

From David Del Valle in Madrid The largest cable operator in Spain, ONO, has surpassed one million subscribers to its pay-TV offer, following the company adding 51,000 clients in the last quarter of 2008. The operator is leading the audience ratings in the pay-TV market with an average share of 7.34 per cent in February, […]

March 13, 2008

Neilsen in cable STBs

Nielsen will offer a new service that uses cable set-top boxes to shed light on people’s TV-viewing habits. Under the deal with Charter Communications, Nielsen receives information from 320,000 households in Los Angeles and then develops second-by-second data that it can sell to clients like media agencies and advertisers. Nielsen has worked for years with […]

March 13, 2008

Time Warner to shed cable?

TW CEO Jeff Bewkes has signalled he is leaning towards a complete spin-off of Time Warner Cable, telling investors a split between the two companies could be beneficial for both. The board has been conducting a formal review into whether and how Time Warner should change its 84 per cent ownership of Time Warner Cable, […]

March 13, 2008

VOOM HD for Norway

VOOM HD Networks has launched the VOOM HD channel by Get, Norway's second leading cable television provider. Get, which has aggressively incorporated high-definition television into its evolving digital platform, will feature VOOM HD in its new HD channel line-up this month. Building on VOOM HD's growing reach throughout Scandinavia, this latest carriage deal was made […]

March 11, 2008