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Canvas still blank

From Nick Snow at IPTV World Forum A common question here is "what do you think of Canvas?" or, as often, "what do you think Canvas is?" It's a good question but not one that was entirely answered by Richard Halton, Programme Director IPTV for BBC, when he addressed the plenary session. When the Canvas […]

March 27, 2009

France: war of words escalates

From Sotires Eleftheriou in Paris Orange has held a hastily organised press conference in Paris to respond to the recent attacks by other operators Vivendi and Iliad (Free). "The aim is to set the record straight", said Louis-Pierre Wenes, Orange France Deputy General Manager. "We have been subject to attacks for several weeks now, hardly […]

March 27, 2009

Cisco to acquire Pure Digital, i-CABLE deal

Cisco has announced its intent to acquire privately held Pure Digital Technologies. San Francisco-based Pure Digital, creator of the best-selling Flip Video brand is a specialist in developing consumer-friendly video solutions with mass-market appeal. “The acquisition of Pure Digital is key to Cisco's strategy to expand our momentum in the media-enabled home and to capture […]

March 23, 2009

BSkyB concerned by BBC broadband role

The UK government's suggestion that the BBC should be part of the drive to make broadband universal in the UK would distort markets and distract the broadcaster from its main purpose in making programmes, BSkyB has suggested in its submission to the Digital Britain review headed by Lord Carter, the communications minister, BSkyB said the […]

March 23, 2009

Crisis, what crisis? Cable (mostly) OK in crunch

From Nick Snow in Berlin The finance panel here at Cable Congress was a frank but fairly upbeat affair. It is no secret that with most MSOs controlled by highly leveraged private equity capex is going to be scarce. John Hahn of Providence (which has major positions in KDG and ONO) confirmed as much, “investment […]

March 23, 2009

J:COM subs up

Jupiter Telecommunications (J:COM), the largest multiple system operator in Japan based on the number of customers served, has announced that the total subscribing households as of February 28th, 2009 served by J:COM's 24 consolidated franchises reached approximately 3.18 million, up 478,700, or 17.7 per cent since February 29th, 2008.

March 23, 2009

Cable Congress – no more arguing over throne?

From Nick Snow in Berlin Tony Ball, chairman of KDG, got the 50th Cable Congress underway by cheerfully admitting he had spent much of his career (at Sky) trying to make cable fail. Now, of course, he’s changed his mind and is particularly proud KDG has invested over E1bn in its network – with no […]

March 23, 2009

Cable Europe optimistic

From Nick Snow in Berlin Figures released at Cable Europe’s annual Cable Congress indicate a strong increase in industry revenues and market penetration, as growth in cable services defied signs of a downturn in other parts of the European economy. Volumes among cable customers remain robust, with double-digit European growth In 2008 in digital TV, […]

March 23, 2009

Digital media grows 20% in 2008

According to Strategy Analytics Digital Media Strategies (DMS) research, the top 27 digital media companies in the world increased earnings by more than 20 per cent, to $74 billion in 2008 up from $61.5 billion in 2007. Among the top five digital media companies in the world, Apple's 'Other Music Related Products and Services' segment, […]

March 23, 2009

EU to simplify rules on broadband financing

Europe’s top antitrust official Neelie Kroes has said she will update and simplify EU rules on state aid for the information and communications technology sector to help nations roll out next-generation broadband networks. Broadband-for-all and next-generation networks are part of the European economic recovery plan. The new communication will explain in which cases and under […]

March 23, 2009