Advanced Television


thePlatform reaches for the SKY

White-label video management and publishing company thePlatform has been selected by New Zealand pay-TV operator SKY Television to provide the back-end video management for the iSKY online TV service. The iSKY service is currently available to SKY subscribers and provides the opportunity to view their favourite programmes and movies on their computers. John Fellet, CEO […]

February 1, 2011

Netflix ranks broadband delivery

Cable operators — led by Charter Communications — delivered superior performance for the Netflix movie streaming compared with telcos over the last three and a half months, according to the video-rental company’s ranking of 16 US Internet service providers. Netflix plans to publish the rankings monthly to shine a spotlight on which ISPs are capable […]

January 28, 2011

YouView delay?

BT’S pay-TV ambitions have been dealt a blow with the delay of a new and potentially ground-breaking service to bring VOD to Freeview. The launch of the YouView service will be delayed six months beyond the summer according to reports in the Daily Mail. The paper says technical problems and discord between the partners mean […]

January 17, 2011

BT denies ‘two tiers’

BT’s New Year introduction of Content Connect has come under immediate fire from Internet groups who claim it implements a two tier service which is anti- net neutrality. The new service allows Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that use BT’s network to charge content firms for high-speed delivery of video. “This is a sea change in […]

January 4, 2011

Comcast tests hybrid Internet-cable device

Comcast is testing a new service that knits together television and the Internet, in an effort to compete against other integrated service providers. Under the new system, which is being tested in Augusta, content flows through a set-top box that combines features of the Internet with those of a DVR. Users can watch and search […]

December 14, 2010

UK plans super fast broadband future

The UK Government has revealed plans to spend £830 million (€979m) in an effort to give the UK the best broadband network in Europe by 2015. An action plan – Britain’s Superfast Broadband Future – published by Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, sets out the ambition to create a ‘digital hub’ in every community in the […]

December 6, 2010From Colin Mann in London

Comcast is Internet ‘toll booth’ says Netflix provider

Internet backbone provider Level 3 Communications says Comcast is demanding a recurring fee for transmitting internet movies and “other content” to Comcast customers, accusing the cableco of violating the FCC’s “net neutrality” principles. Comcast says Level 3 is misrepresenting the negotiations between the two companies. “Comcast is effectively putting up a toll booth at the […]

November 30, 2010

Vaizey: ISPs can charge content providers

UK broadband minister Ed Vaizey has declared ISPs should be free to favour traffic from one content provider over another as long as they inform customers. Speaking to the FT Conference this morning Vaizey says the market will decide how far ISPs can go in charging for preferential or guaranteed content delivery and QoS. The […]

November 17, 2010From Colin Mann at FT Conference

Huggers: BBC won’t pay for preferential Internet

Erik Huggers, Director of Future Media and Technology at the BBC has described maintaining an open and neutral Internet as “absolutely crucial” to the Corporation’s ability to deliver services. He told delegates at the FT Conference that certain ISPs had at one stage implemented traffic management that had severely affected the quality of users’ iPlayer […]

November 17, 2010From Colin Mann in London

EU: No to Net Neutrality laws

Neelie Kroes the European Commission’s Vice president for the Digital Agenda says the EU won’t pass laws for net neutrality. Speaking at a Net Neutrality Summit in Brussels, Kroes said: “In general, providers have upheld the principle of open access and end users may access most of the applications and services of their choice.” She […]

November 15, 2010