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Brazil's TVA to launch IPTV, mobile TV services

Brazilian pay-TV operator TVA, in partnership with Spain's Telefónica, is investing BRL 123 million (E52 million) for the launch of an IPTV service via fibre optic cable, which is currently being tested in the Jardins area of São Paulo. Launching in 2009, the IPTV service would integrate TV, video and the internet, with subscribers being […]

August 14, 2008

France Telecom for Digital Plus?

Speculation is increasingly mounting in Spain about France Telecom’s interest in acquiring Sogecable’s pay-TV unit, Digital Plus. The telco joins names such as Rupert Murdoch, Carlos Slim and Telefónica, among others, as being linked with the operation. Sogecable’s approach to France Telecom-controlled IPTV service Orange TV with the recent launch of a triple play offer, […]

August 14, 2008

EchoStar signs for tru2way

This agreement grants EchoStar the rights required to implement OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) middleware and the CableCARD interface on devices using tru2way technology, allowing users to take full advantage of two-way, interactive cable services. Tru2way is a national software platform that enables cable’s interactive services to be delivered to two-way plug and play TVs, set-top […]

August 14, 2008

Freeview ';biggest impact'

Of the 2,046 viewers polled, 35 per cent picked Freeview as their most important TV innovation over the last decade, closely followed by PVRs at 22 per cent. Mobile TV received no votes from consumers, reinforcing the view held by many TV execs polled (31 per cent) that mobile TV has had the most muted […]

August 12, 2008

Record six months for commercial TV

During January to June, the UK watched 2.4 billion broadcast TV ads a day, an average of 42 per person. Within BARB's total figure, commercial impacts are also up for key advertiser audiences. ABC1s are watching nine per cent more TV ads and 16 to 34s are watching three per cent more. The figures, published […]

August 12, 2008

Dish loses subs

Although the subscriber loss meant lower installation costs for Dish, which helped lift its second-quarter profit above expectations, analysts said that the customer loss boded ill for the company's growth prospects. Dish said it lost a net 25,000 subscribers during the second quarter. A year ago, Dish added 170,000 subscribers in the second quarter. The […]

August 11, 2008

New satellites for Europe

Mobile satellite systems use radio spectrum to provide services between a mobile earth station and one or more stations either in space or on the ground at fixed locations. They have the capability to cover a large territory and reach areas where such services were not economically viable before. The new European selection procedure could […]

August 11, 2008

BBC opens Olympic hamper

Over the 17 days of the games, the BBC will broadcast 2,750 hours of coverage from 192 events in 28 Olympic sports and 31 venues. The BBC is offering double the amount of TV coverage compared to the Athens Olympics in 2004, with BBC1 and BBC2 between them showing 17 hours every day. For the […]

August 11, 2008

DirecTV posts solid quarter

The outfit, of which Liberty Media owns a controlling interest, reported earnings of $455 million on second-quarter revenue of $4.8 billion. DirecTV's revenue jumped 16 per cent from the $4.1 billion it recorded in the second quarter of 2007, though quarterly profits grew only 2 per cent from the $448 million from a year ago. […]

August 11, 2008

China fights Olympic piracy

The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, China's Internet and broadcast content regulator, has ordered all Web sites to respect CCTV's broadcast rights, online and offline. CCTV, also China's top broadcaster and domestic licensee for the 2008 Olympics, has partnerships to provide online and mobile content to 160 Web sites, in China and the […]

August 8, 2008