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Mobistar TV on Astra

SES Astra has announced that the Belgian telecom provider Mobistar has launched a new “Mobistar TV” offer that will include digital and HD TV channels received from the Astra satellites. The satellite TV offer, including Flemish national channels and a wide range of European free-to-air channels, will be integrated into a fully-hybrid DSL/ DTH solution, […]

September 21, 2010

37% of younger Netflix users cutting cord

Netflix subscribers aged 25 to 34 have cancelled their pay-TV services in favor of Netflix’s streaming service, according to a survey of about 250 subscribers conducted by Credit Suisse. Another nearly 30 per cent of 18-24 year-olds said they are opting for Netflix over cable. The company recently debuted applications that allow the video streaming […]

September 20, 2010

Oregan to launch Onyx HD Internet media player

Oregan Networks, a developer of media browsing technologies for television, has announced imminent launch of the Onyx STB manufactured by Korea-based Consumer Electronics brand Digital Streams. The new device offers a simple way for consumers to stream UK’s popular Internet video services and music, as well as accessing photo sharing and social networking sites on […]

September 20, 2010

New iPlayer bugs

The new-look BBC iPlayer has attracted thousands of posts to the catch-up service’s message boards, with a huge number claiming the new version is riddled with bugs that are causing problems, particularly with those who download programmes on the service.

September 17, 2010

Canvas becomes YouView

Following its incorporation as YouView TV Ltd at the end of last week, Project Canvas, the proposed joint venture between the BBC, ITV, BT, Channel 4, Channel 5, Talk Talk and Arqiva to build a standards based, open Internet-connected TV environment, is being rebranded as YouView, and has launched a new website – – […]

September 16, 2010

Arqiva to license VOD solution

  Communications infrastructure and media services company Arqiva has confirmed that it will begin licensing to third parties the VOD technology that powers its SeeSaw online TV service. The online video aggregation platform will be offered internationally as a bespoke solution configured to meet customers’ specific requirements, or as a more standard product closely aligned […]

September 10, 2010From Colin Mann in Amsterdam
BBC iPlayer

BBC launches ‘social’ iPlayer

The revamped iPlayer service features a new design that makes it easier to find television programmes, personalisation tools, so that users can tailor-make their viewing experience, and social networking integration, to enable Facebook and Twitter. “A main theme here is personalisation,” said James Hewines, iPlayer product lead. “Simply put, that means a way to get […]

September 6, 2010

Canvas: ‘roll up’

  The Project Canvas partners have issued a formal invitation for expressions of interest from CE makers to develop and bring Canvas devices to market in 2011. Consumer manufacturers have until August 25 to come forward in process Canvas says “will enable the joint venture to rapidly engage new device partners and develop a broad […]

August 12, 2010

UKTV to expand VOD

UKTV is aiming to launch so-called ‘pull-on-demand’ services on Virgin Media and BSkyB’s pay-TV platforms by the end of the year and is in talks with Project Canvas, according to commercial chief Julia Jordan. Earlier this month, UKTV signed a 10-year, billion-pound ad deal for Channel 4 to handle all its ad sales, including VOD […]

July 30, 2010

Viewers want OTT content choice and simplicity

Qualitative consumer research, conducted by Evolution Digital, a provider of integrated IP Hybrid devices and IP Video solutions for the global cable industry, shows that pay-TV subscribers are eager for a new way to have access to both traditional cable TV channels and popular OTT services, and want cable set-top box technology to simplify their […]