Advanced Television


O3b gets $137m in financing

Jersey-based O3b is a would-be satellite operator looking to serve the ‘other 3 billion’, that is the millions who live either side of the Equator and are unserved by broadband availability. O3b’s largest investor is SES, but other investors include Google, Liberty Global, HSBC and others O3b has now raised another $137 million to pay […]

November 10, 2011

BT under pressure to block Pirate Bay

A coalition of companies and trade bodies within the creative industries led by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has formally requested that BT block The Pirate Bay, one of the largest filesharing websites in the world, after winning a landmark high-court ruling designed to enforce UK copyright law. The BPI has written to BT, asking […]

November 4, 2011

Ericsson: ISPs shouldn’t be piracy police

Copyright holders should back off attempts to make Internet service providers (ISPs) across the globe enforce copyright on their behalf, according to network vendor Ericsson. As New Zealand begins enforcing its three-strikes copyright-infringement policy, with ISPs dishing out the first warning notices to customers, Ericsson has this week released a discussion paper on copyright-enforcement approaches […]

November 3, 2011

Carlyle scoops Telecable

Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group has reached an agreement to acquire an 85 per cent share of Spanish triple-play cable operator Telecable de Asturias. Liberbank will retain a minority stake after the transaction, which is expected to close by year-end. The transaction values the company at €400 million; equity for this investment will […]

October 19, 2011By Colin Mann

BT, TalkTalk: New challenge to Digital Economy law

BT and TalkTalk have won permission to appeal against a High Court ruling that had backed the provisions of the government’s Digital Economy Act which expects ISPs to police piracy. The Digital Economy Act had been the subject of ongoing legal challenges since it was rushed through Parliament just before the general election. Under the […]

October 7, 2011

Coalition targets House in online piracy battle

Members of a broad coalition of industry and labour groups have stepped up their campaign to rally support for legislation that would give them new tools to crack down on foreign websites engaged in piracy and counterfeiting by lobbying the US House of Representatives en masse. Some 40 representatives of the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and […]

October 5, 2011

Mexico’s Maxcom plans online TV service

Mexico’s Maxcom Telecomunicaciones is set to launch an online video and live television rental service using a technology that allows streaming with a very low broadband speed. The telco already offers phone and Internet services in Mexico, where it has around 100,000 broadband users, The service will pitch it into competition with Netflix’s recently-launched operation […]

September 26, 2011

Hunt pressures ISPs on pirates

On Wednesday, Jeremy Hunt, Culture Secretary, is expected to pile on the pressure to ISPs to block pirate sites. He will exhort them to make ‘life more difficult’ for online pirates telling an audience of media executives that internet companies, advertisers and credit card firms should do more to clamp down on alleged rogue websites. […]

September 13, 2011

Internode debuts fetchtv IPTV service over NBN

Australian broadband company Internode has become the first company to deliver the fetchtv IP TV service over Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), showing it in action at a house in the western Sydney suburb of Bunya. Although the multicast service designed to provide IPTV is not scheduled for release on the NBN until mid-2012, Internode […]

September 8, 2011By Colin Mann

KPN multi-screen

KPN, Dutch incumbent telco, is launching a multi-screen version of its IPTV service Interactieve TV. Interactieve TV Online, will deliver 20 channels and interactive services to subscribers via laptops or tablets and will be available to all 416,000 subscribers of the IPTV service. As well as the Dutch public broadcast services, channels from RTL and […]

August 24, 2011