Advanced Television


Cable must be wary of free content

CTAM cable marketing delegates have been warned that business models must be in place before they provide content everywhere. Thomas Franzen, CEO of Swedish cable operator Com Hem, said subscribers had a right to expect access to their content but he said too many rushed to provide free services for fear of being left out […]

September 30, 2009

FCC chairman backs wireless neutrality

Wireless carriers shouldn’t be allowed to block certain types of Internet traffic flowing over their networks, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission chairman said in a speech that drew immediate condemnation from providers. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said wireless carriers should be subject to the same “open Internet” rules that the agency has begun […]

September 23, 2009

Cable companies support DVB-C2

Nine of Europe’s leading cable network operators, representing more than 35 million connected homes, have shown their immediate support and declared their intention to exploit the operational potential of DVB-C2. In a signed statement cable network operators YouSee (Denmark), Numericable (France), Kabel Baden Württemberg, Unitymedia, Kabel Deutschland (Germany), Ziggo (The Netherlands), ZON (Portugal), ONO (Spain) […]

September 23, 2009

Blockbuster alliance with Suddenlink and Mediacom

Vfilm rental giant Blockbuster has announced a strategic alliance with cable broadband Multi-System Operators (MSOs) Suddenlink Communications and Mediacom Communications Corporation to set the stage for Blockbuster to bring its multichannel offering to Suddenlink and Mediacom customers. The alliance is scheduled to roll out in phases beginning in September. Blockbuster will team up with Suddenlink […]

September 23, 2009

Virgin, Disney three-screen deal

Virgin Media has made a major agreement with Disney featuring a raft of new kids' content to be made available across Virgin Media's three entertainment platforms. This is the first deal of its kind for Virgin Media, and means customers will soon be able to watch Disney content in their home or on the move. […]

September 17, 2009

Roadmap for Europe’s digital dividend

The results of an extensive study titled "Exploiting the digital dividend: a European approach" led by Hogan & Hartson LLP, media consulting firm Analysys Mason, and economics consultancy DotEcon, have been published. The consortium was tasked by the European Commission with ascertaining what coordinated action is needed at the EU level in order to maximise […]

September 16, 2009

OTT revenue to top $5.6bn by 2014

According to a report from The Diffusion Group, revenue from the delivery of Internet video to the TV will grow nearly six-fold in the next five years, from a meagre $1 billion in 2009 to $5.7 billion in 2014. TDG says that in 2009, pay-per-view services will account for 96 per cent of global OTT […]

September 16, 2009

Hulu to go part-pay?

Two of the partners in Hulu — News Corp. and NBC Universal hinted at an investor conference that they are investigating the possibility of further monetizing the online video venture, including charging a subscription for the service. “Are we looking at it with a view toward adding subscription services and pay per view? Yes we […]

September 16, 2009

Taiwan Mobile to buy Carlyle's Kbro

Taiwan Mobile, the country's second-largest phone carrier, has agreed to buy cable television operator Kbro rom Carlyle Group for $1 billion in stock and cash to become the market leader. Taiwan Mobile's plans to use its cable television business, its fastest-growing division, to boost revenue from so-called convergence services that combine phone, Internet and television. […]

September 16, 2009

Cablevision launches interactive ads

Cablevision Systems is rolling out a service to enable subscribers to interact with commercials via their remote controls. The company is hoping to boost advertising revenue with the premium-priced interactive service that marketers can use to reach cable viewers, who click the ‘select’ button to receive product samples and brochure information. The first advertiser to […]

September 16, 2009