Advanced Television


Studios appeal iiNet verdict

Studios have lodged an appeal against the controversial Australian Federal Court verdict that ISP iiNet was not responsible for its subscribers illegal downloading. Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) representing the 34 studios said: “The court found large scale copyright infringements, that iiNet knew they were occurring, that iiNet had the contractual and technical capacity […]

February 26, 2010

FTTH Council reports European penetration

The FTTH Council Europe has unveiled the latest figures showing which European countries are leading the way in the penetration of fibre-to-the-home at year-end 2009. Although Sweden, Norway and Slovenia have maintained their places in the top five, they have been overtaken by Lithuania, which made a dynamic jump to the number one position with […]

February 26, 2010

Connected TVs 25% of new in US

More than one quarter of all TVs purchased by US consumers in January were linked to the Internet, according to a survey conducted by iSuppli. Among US consumers that purchased new televisions in January, 27.5 per cent indicated their sets were connected to the Internet, either though the internal capabilities of their TVs, or via […]

February 25, 2010

Kabel Deutschland confirms IPO plans

Kabel Deutschland, Germany’s biggest cable network provider, has confirmed plans to float its shares. The company didn’t provide details on the stake it intends to float, on the size of the initial public offering nor on a time frame for the listing. According to reports, Kabel Deutschland has decided to proceed with an initial public […]

February 24, 2010

Broadband tax 'regressive' say MPs

A government proposal to charge people with fixed phone lines 50p (E0.57) per month to help fund ultra-fast broadband has been condemned as “unfair” by MPs. The cross-party Business Innovation and Skills Committee said most of those who would pay the tax would not benefit from the faster broadband service. The focus should be on […]

February 24, 2010

Unlimited downloads may boost Aussie online video

For the first time, an Australian ISP has ditched quotas and is offering an unlimited broadband plan. AAPT already had a number of plans with unrestricted usage during off-peak times, but wanted to shake up the market, according to Chief Executive Paul Broad “AAPT has committed to unlocking broadband restraints for the past year and […]

February 17, 2010

Sogecable fined E44m for failure to supply rival

A Spanish court has ordered Sogecable to pay compensation of E43.94 million for its refusal to offer its premium channels to the cable operator Auna. The Madrid judge ruled Sogecable had been in breach of conract for its refusal to sell movie channel Gran Vía and Cable Sport to the cablenet in contravention of an […]

February 15, 2010

KDDI lowers stake in Jupiter

Japanese telecoms operator KDDI said it had lowered the voting stake it plans to acquire in the Jupiter cable TV network from US group Liberty Global after regulators questioned the $4 billion deal. Last month, KDDI said it would buy Liberty's 37.8 per cent stake in J:Com. But legal experts raised doubts about the deal, […]

February 15, 2010

KDG attacks 'open cable'

Kabel Deutschland (KDG), Germany's largest MSO that is currently considering its options between sale and IPO, has used the occasion of its results announcement to reject outright the demands of Deutsche Telekom for regulation of the cable market to open up the networks to competitors. KDG pointed to ADSL's dominance in the market for fast […]

February 12, 2010

Consumer experience to drive bandwidth demands

From Colin Mann in Barcelona Social networking-driven video-sharing will be one of the drivers in placing increasing bandwidth demands, according to panellists at a NetEvents Press Summit. Vince Vittore, Principal Analyst, Yankee Group, suggested that video has moved way beyond the one-time passive broadcast experience and will increasingly be driven by consumer activity, as well […]

February 12, 2010