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Broadband

US Cable adds more broadband subs than telcos

Leichtman Research Group has reported that the nineteen largest cable and telephone providers in the US – representing about 94 per cent of the market – acquired 2.2 million net additional high-speed Internet subscribers in the first quarter of 2008. The top broadband providers now account for 64.1 million subscribers with cable companies having about […]

May 20, 2008

J:COM subscription figures

Jupiter Telecommunications (J:COM), the multiple system operator in Japan controlled by Liberty, has announced that the total subscribing households as of April 30, 2008 served by J:COM's 20 managed franchises reached approximately 2.85 million, up 180,000, or 6.7 per cent since April 30th, 2007. Combined revenue generating units for cable television, high-speed Internet access and […]

May 19, 2008

ONO E8m profit in the first quarter

From David Del Valle in Madrid Spain’s largest cable company ONO reported a profit of E8 million for the quarter against a E13 million loss for the same period last year. EBITDA amounted to E164 million, up 10.6 per cent, with total revenues reaching E400 million, 75 per cent of them from the residential business. […]

May 19, 2008

Virgin arrests churn, Sky back?

UK's Virgin Media added 4,900 net new customers for its services in the first quarter and said better customer retention and stabilising revenue per customer left it positioned for growth. “Our first-quarter results represent another solid operational performance. In particular, churn continued to decline, reflecting the emphasis that we have placed on this area,” commented […]

May 6, 2008

Comcast profit, but getting tougher

Comcast has reported quarterly profits of $588 million excluding one-time gains, compared with $537 million last year. Last year, Comcast posted a $300 million gain from the dissolution of a cable partnership with Time Warner Cable. Revenue was up 14 per cent to $8.39 billion in the latest quarter. Revenue rose as people spent more […]

May 5, 2008

Cabovisäo to launch digital platform

Portuguese cable operator Cabovisäo will launch its digital platform at the beginning of May. The new service will permit clients to select the moment when to watch their favourite programs, higher audio and video quality as well as internet access functions and game consoles that can be accessed via the remote control. The Cabovisäo Digital […]

May 5, 2008From Branislav Pekic in Rome

TW spins out cable, income slides

Announcing Q1 results Time Warner's CEO Jeff Bewkes finally confirmed the company's intention to spin off TE's 84 per cent stake in Time Warner Cable, the country's second-largest operator. But no details were immediately given on how the Time Warner Cable stock would be separated. “We've decided that a complete structural separation of Time Warner […]

May 1, 2008

Virgin brings BBC iPlayer to TV

Virgin Media confirmed plans mentioned last week by CEO Neil Berkett, a partnership with the BBC to launch BBC iPlayer onto its platform, making its 3.5 million TV customers the first in the UK to get the popular service on TV. Viewers using BBC iPlayer on Virgin Media will be able to watch full screen […]

May 1, 2008

ISPs must let subs set filters

ISPs who agree to filter illegal music and video out of P2P or other networks would have to tell subscribers about the practice – and let them turn the feature off, under a recommendation from the body that drew up the European Convention on Human Rights, rpeorts paidcontent. Deploying deep-packet inspection technology is one suggestion […]

April 4, 2008

Comcast super speed

Comcast the largest US cable operator has started offering a super-fast premium service launched in Minneapolis-St. Paul. The new service offers speeds starting at 50 megabits per second, compared with the previous fastest connection speeds of 16 mb per second. Comcast said the new service is aimed at residential and business customers. But at $149.95 […]

April 4, 2008