Advanced Television


BBC Huggers: future is Canvas

The BBC’s director of new media and technology Erik Huggers says that the future for free-to-air digital platforms like Freesat and Freeview is ‘unclear’ – suggesting that only IPTV and Project Canvas venture will give consumers the services and features that they need. Huggers said that, despite work on adding HD to Freeview and continued […]

July 7, 2009

Operators miss tru2way deadline

Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications don't yet have tru2way interactive-services technology enabled across their entire footprints, despite having pledged it should be active by July 1st in agreements with consumer-electronics companies last year. But executives from Samsung Electronics and Panasonic, said the two biggest cable operators have made good-faith efforts to date on […]

July 3, 2009

Broadband remains a top spending priority

Consumers are unwilling to part with their broadband services at home even in the midst of the economic downturn, preferring to cut spending on things like dining out and leisure travel, according to a series of studies sponsored by Alcatel-Lucent. Broadband services appear to be nearly recession-proof, with 84 per cent of consumers identifying broadband […]

July 1, 2009

Germany slams door on mergers

Germany’s federal cartel office has confirmed it won't be changing its mind on banning the merger of the main three MSOs KDG, Unity and Kabel BW. It also made it clear it would also disallow a merger between any two of them. In a swipe at the companies now struggling investors, the president of the […]

June 26, 2009

Tiscali: Broadcasters should pay for online TV

Tiscali director of television Simon Hunt has backed BT's recent call for broadcasters to pay for the online distribution of their content. “The example I always come back to is the BBC and satellite. The BBC spends a lot of money on Sky so we can watch its programmes at home. It also spends a […]

June 26, 2009

US cablecos shape TV Everywhere

Comcast and Time Warner announce a partnership on the “TV Everywhere” initiative. Both companies have been leading proponents of the “authentication” online concept, intended to reinforce the pay-TV model by including access to programming delivered via the Internet as part of the monthly subscription. But until now, they’ve taken different approaches. Time Warner' TV Everywhere […]

June 26, 2009

US ranks 20th in broadband household penetration

Sixty per cent of US households accessed the Internet via broadband in 2008, according to a report published by analyst firm Strategy Analytics, compared to 95 per cent of South Korean households. This number puts the US in 20th place out of 58 leading countries worldwide. Five of the top ten scorers in the Strategy […]

June 22, 2009

Carter: Broadband tax is the only option

UK communications minister Lord Carter has defended plans to levy a £6-a-year tax (E7.1) on every phone line to raise up to £1.5 billion to help pay for the next generation of super-fast internet networks, as the most transparent way of investing in a critical part of Britain’s infrastructure. Having looked at the investment plans […]

June 22, 2009

BT will expand hi-speed net

BT is to examine expanding its superfast broadband network to cover 90 per cent of homes after ministers published plans to subsidise the roll-out of high-speed internet access across the country.CEO Ian Livingston told the Financial Times the government's planned broadband tax meant BT could investigate going far beyond its existing commitment to provide a […]

June 18, 2009

Cable broadband market holding steady

Communications market research firm Infonetics Research has released the first quarter) editions of its Cable Broadband Aggregation Hardware and Subscribers and Broadband CPE and Subscribers reports. Jeff Heynen, Directing Analyst at Infonetics Research, said that on the heels of record-high revenue in 2008 ($1.23 billion), the cable broadband hardware market held steady in the first […]

June 18, 2009