Advanced Television


Comcast-NBC merger on course for January approval

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has revealed that he will vote to approve the proposed merger of Comcast and NBC Universal as long as certain conditions are met. Julius Genachowski December 23 issued a draft order of approval for the merger on the condition that the companies promise to share TV shows not […]

December 24, 2010by Colin Mann

FCC neutrality rules get mixed reception

As expected the party-line 3 to 2 vote in favour of the FCC’s new Net Neutrality rules got mixed reviews. President Obama congratulated the FCC and said that the government would “remain vigilant and see to it that innovation is allowed to flourish, that consumers are protected from abuse, and that the democratic spirit of […]

December 22, 2010

France: Hadopi sends few warnings

French anti-Internet piracy body Hadopi is reportedly sending only a fifth of the warning emails expected. The body, which has been operational since October, is meant to warn people found to have illegally downloaded copyright music and videos on the Internet, by email and then recorded delivery letter. In theory, if there are further offences […]

December 22, 2010

FCC set to make net neutrality ‘basic Internet value’

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to pass net neutrality rules today after its chairman secured cautious support from two Democratic commissioners who favour stronger regulation of Internet traffic. The move, on the eve of today’s meeting to approve an “open Internet” order pave the way for a compromise that will prevent broadband […]

December 21, 2010

Optimus, Vodafone Portugal to share fibre network

Portuguese cellcos Optimus and Vodafone Portugal have formalised an agreement to roll out a shared fibre network in the cities of Lisbon and Porto. The partnership will enable each company to launch its own independent commercial services. Optimus commented: ‘This partnership will allow the two operators to achieve commercial offerings under the new framework, in […]

December 21, 2010

Netia trials IPTV

Polish telco Netia has commenced a trial IPTV services in the cities of Wroclaw and Torun. The trials are e available to around 25,000 households. Netia is also testing VDSL2 technology, and hopes to offer speeds of up to 50 Mbps using VDSL2, and up to 100 Mbps over its Ethernet network. The base package […]

December 20, 2010

US cable penetration hits 21 year low

Wired-cable penetration of American TV households hit a 21-year low as more consumers opted to receive video programming via an alternate delivery system (ADS) than ever before, according to a TVB analysis of Nielsen Media Research data for November 2010. According to Nielsen NTI data, national ADS penetration reached 30.5 per cent of television households […]

December 17, 2010

Ericsson’s TV division has “extraordinary” year

Staffan Pehrson, Ericsson’s VP and head of their Solution Area TV division, described this  past year as generating “extraordinary levels of business” for the company, perhaps still best remembered as Tandberg Television. Pehrson said the company’s order book is full after a “tremendous” 2010, with growth exceeding forecasts and expectations. While not revealing any hard […]

December 17, 2010By Chris Forrester

CSIRO trials TV aerial Wi-Fi

The CSIRO has commenced testing its wireless broadband technology, which uses existing TV antennas, at the first National Broadband Network roll-out site of Smithton in Tasmania. The system, named Ngara, works by installing antennas on existing TV broadcasting towers that transmit wireless broadband to households through their existing TV antennas, although slightly modified as some […]

December 17, 2010

GLDS and Telelynx launch Digital in Japan

Great Lakes Data Systems (GLDS),  provider of PC-based subscriber management and billing systems for the cable television industry, and Telelynx have successfully automated digital video service delivery at Mediatti Broadband .  Based in Okinawa, Japan, Mediatti offers advanced cable TV and high-speed Internet services to more than 14,000 military members and their families. GLDS has […]

December 17, 2010