Advanced Television


Arquiva paid £8m for Kangaroo

Arqiva is understood to have paid in the region of £8m (E9.3m) to buy the assets of Project Kangaroo. Arquiva also acquired Project Kangaroo assets such as the brand name See Saw, which it has the option to use for its own proposed video-on-demand service that will launch in the coming months. The remaining Kangaroo […]

July 29, 2009

Arqiva VOD service through Kangaroo

Arqiva is to buy the technology behind the defunct broadband TV venture Project Kangaroo and launch a video-on-demand service of its own. The company is now talking with broadcasters and content providers to stock up for the service. Arqiva said the new video-on-demand service would appear in the coming months and feature “both free-to-air and […]

July 29, 2009

Five joins Canvas

UK terrestrial channel Five has signed up to be a joint venture partner in Project Canvas. The formal expression of interest from RTL-owned Five means it joins fellow broadcaster ITV and telecoms operator BT in the venture get the green light. Channel 4, which has been eyeing Canvas closely, has not yet joined the project […]

July 29, 2009

62% of US online adults watch video

The share of online adults who watch videos on video-sharing sites has nearly doubled since 2006, according to a survey by the Pew Research Centre’s Internet & American Life Project. Audiences for Web sites like YouTube and Google Video continue to grow swiftly across all demographic groups, far outpacing the adoption rates of many other […]

July 29, 2009

First Retail Deal for FetchTV,

IP Vision's FetchTV, the first Freeview+ IPTV service to offer its users access to video-on-demand (VOD) and catch up content direct to their TV screen with tied-in subscription model, has its first retail deal with John Lewis. The SmartBox provides free access to a growing range of web video services. Users are able to watch […]

July 18, 2009

OTT video will transform VOD provisioning

Next generation video-on-demand technology—known as Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) and Data Centres—will dramatically change the business model and the user experience for video delivery services. CDN-provisioned Video-on-Demand will allow content owners more control over their creations and provide viewers with more choices in programming and delivery methods according to In-Stat. "As Content Providers build or […]

July 18, 2009

Paid video to overtake free video online in 2009

Strategy Analytics’ digital media analyst, Martin Olausson, has predicted that the global paid online video segment will reach $3.8 billion in 2009, and exceed the free online video segment, which is expected to reach $3.5 billion this year. The total online video sector is predicted to grow 38 per cent annually until 2012, with the […]

July 16, 2009

4oD with Facebook

C4's VOD strand has is testing Test Tube Telly – a combo of 4oD with Facebook Connect that tells Facebook friends which C4 shows you're watching. Aggregators Joost and Boxee have broadcaster-wide social viewing feeds.

July 15, 2009

Canvas or Tiscali TV for Talk Talk?

Charles Dunstone, chief executive of Carphone Warehouse (owner of Talk Talk and Tiscali UK) is studying whether its Talk Talk phone and broadband business should expand Tiscali's TV service and whether that would be via Canvas or the existing platform. Carphone completed its deal to buy Tiscali's UK assets for £236m (E275m) last week, including […]

July 15, 2009

CBS joins 'TV Everywhere' trial

CBS has become the first network to sign up to trials of an online VOD in the US. The broadcaster's alliance with Comcast, the cable group which unveiled plans for its On Demand Online service last month, could help CBS build up an alternative to Hulu, the fast-growing online video site backed by three rival […]

July 15, 2009