Advanced Television


DirecTV takes over AT&T partnership

DirecTV Group has confirmed that AT&T has picked it to offer a co-branded package of video, home telephone, wireless phone and Internet service from February 1st, 2009.The news mean AT&T will not be renewing its five-year partnership with DISH Network raising new concern about future of the second largest satellite TV provider. DirecTV will begin […]

September 29, 2008

BT re-starts Phorm trials

BT is about to start further trials of a controversial internet advertising technology. The Phorm Webwise system watches what people do online and shows adverts tuned to their interests. From 30 September, a sample of BT’s customers will be invited to "opt in" to a trial of the technology. Early trials ran without the consent […]

September 29, 2008

US broadband video consumption doubles

According to an ABI Research survey of online households in the US, the number of consumers watching video streamed through a browser has doubled over the past year, going from 32 per cent a year ago to 63 per cent today. ABI Research believes this is due to growth in the amount of rich content […]

September 29, 2008

Virgin VOD over 50%

The proportion of its subscribers accessing Virgin Media's on demand service has passed 50% for the first time. Virgin announced that the number of views had increased from 34 million in January to 45 million views in August 2008. The figure compares favourably with other international providers such as UPC Netherlands, which has reached 40%.The […]

September 29, 2008

EC: universal broadband

The fast growth of broadband has lead the European Commission to bring forward a review of the basic telecoms services Europeans can expect. Current statistics suggest about 36% of households in EU member nations have high-speed net access. When a majority of EU citizens are using a telecoms service, EC rules dictate that it becomes […]

September 29, 2008

Carrier Ethernet required for future networks

From Colin Mann in FaroPredicting that telco network traffic requirements will increase 100-fold in coming years, Bernd Schumacher, Head of IP Transport at Nokia Siemens Networks told delegates at the NetEvents Press Summit that Carrier Ethernet – the extensions to Ethernet necessary to enable telcos to provide Ethernet services to customers and to utilise Ethernet […]

September 29, 2008

Clix launches 100 Mbps triple-play service in Portugal

From Branislav Pekic in RomeBroadband operator Clix, owned by Sonaecom, has commercially launched its TV, internet and telephony offer via fibre optic cable. Although there is still no regulatory framework regarding Next Generation Networks, Sonaecom is planning to invest E240 million over the next three years, to bring fibre optics to the homes of one […]

September 26, 2008

Cable Europe: "no must carry for on demand"

The European cable lobby group Cable Europe has issued a cautious welcome for the EU's promotion of infrastructure based competition, (Daily News 25.09.08), but it has warned against mandating competitive access to ‘ducts' and is particularly resistant to any extension of ‘must carry' rules to include on demand material.Cable Europe says networks in Europe pass […]

September 26, 2008

Google: give us white space

Google co-founder Larry Page called on the Federal Communications Commission to give companies unlicensed access to television airwaves before the November election. Page also said the multiple rounds of tests conducted by FCC engineers are highly unusual, and he accused broadcasters and wireless microphone manufacturers who oppose the proposal of creating unneeded controversy.Broadcasters and wireless […]

September 26, 2008

BskyB unlimited broadband

BSkyB is preparing to launch an ad campaign claiming it is the only company to offer truly unlimited broadband usage. The company is preparing the campaign after deciding to remove its fair usage policy, which caps heavy downloaders, from its top-tier Sky Broadband Max product.It also said that because it does not ';traffic shape' – […]

September 23, 2008