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UAE licence for mobile TV by mid 2008

The telecom watchdog of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will issue a licence for the mobile digital TV service in the country by the middle of 2008. The UAE Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) have appointed a consultant to advise it on licensing issues and procedures, according to local newspapers. TRA is to issue the licence […]

January 4, 2008

Guangdong Telecom invests RMB5bn in IPTV

Guangdong Telecom says it will invest another RMB5 billion (E0.46bn) to expand IPTV services. Guangdong began to deploy IPTV in the second half of 2004. It later tested the IPTV system of mainstream manufacturers in early 2005 and arranged a bidding for the IPTV programme at the end of 2005, which benefited about 100,000 users. […]

January 4, 2008

BSkyB to appeal?

Sky has until February 25th to decide whether to appeal the Competition Commission’s ruling that it must sell more than half its stake in ITV, a decision that was endorsed by the government this week. Sky said it will recognise a £343 million (E460m) impairment charge on the whole 17.9 per cent stake in its […]

December 31, 2007

BSkyB ordered to reduce ITV stake

From Colin Mann in London UK Business and Enterprise Secretary John Hutton has ordered BSkyB to reduce its 17.9 per cent holding in ITV to a level below 7.5 per cent, having concurred with the Competition Commission’s decision that the transaction resulted in a substantial lessening of competition within the UK market for all television. […]

December 30, 2007

Pace profits

UK STB maker Pace Micro posted strong profits for the second half of 2007, and said it was confident of meeting full-year 2008 expectations. The company, currently in the process of buying Philips Electronics set-top box business for a reported E95 million, reported a net profit of £14.4 million (E19.3m) for the seven months, compared […]

December 30, 2007

NDS strong Q2

CA and DRM specialist NDS has released its operating results for the quarter ended December 2007. Total revenue for the three-month period was $214.9 million, an increase of 30 per cent over the corresponding period of the previous year. For the six-month period ended December, 2007, revenue was $419.8 million, an increase of 28 per […]

December 30, 2007

Verizon one million

Verizon has announced it has now over one million subscribers to its fibre FiOS IPTV service. In Q4 2007, the service gained 226,000 customers, for a year-end total of 943,000. The company is now the tenth largest provider of television services in the US. Launched in September 2005, FiOS TV offers hundreds of digital video […]

December 30, 2007

Bertelsmann: no to remainder of RTL

German media group Bertelsmann said it decided not to buy the remaining 10 per cent of European broadcaster RTL Group it does not already own because of legal uncertainties. But Bertelsmann retains the right to increase its stake in RTL and to consider all options to reach its aim to delist RTL shares from the […]

December 24, 2007

Carlyle buys stake in Numericable

US investment fund Carlyle is set to acquire a 35 per cent stake in French cable operator Numericable, formerly known as Noos, and which has almost total dominance in the French market. Numericable’s current shareholders are Altice with a 30 per cent stake and Cinven with 70 per cent. In a joint statement, the three […]

December 24, 2007

Ericsson acquires HyC

Ericsson has acquired HyC Group, a leading Spanish company in TV consultancy and systems integration. The acquisition further strengthens Ericsson’s position in the services and multimedia domains as a systems integrator of IPTV solutions. The HyC acquisition follows Ericsson’s acquisition of Tandberg Television, provider of advanced video compression technologies, at the beginning of the year. […]

December 21, 2007