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Telco TV boom benefits headend vendors

The telco TV market is quickly adding new deployments and subscribers, which is boosting headend equipment sales as each deployment requires at least one headend, reports research firm In-Stat. Growth in the ranks of subscribers means more revenue from licence, service, and support fees for vendors of middleware, content protection, and on-demand platforms, the high-tech […]

December 20, 2007

BT Vision and emuse IPTV Tasman browser

BT Vision, the next-generation digital-TV service, now features a new viewer magazine banded 'On Vision'. Designed by BT Vision, and produced and hosted by emuse, it runs in the Microsoft Mediaroom Tasman TV browser for BT Vision customers to view on screen. On Vision keeps viewers informed about the quality programming they can expect in […]

December 19, 2007

SK Telecom Internet-TV service

SK Telecom, South Korea’s top mobile carrier, is planning to launch a video-on-demand TV service that can be used through any Internet operator. SK Telecom will intends to launch the service with Samsung Electronics providing set-top boxes. Detailed schedules for its launch are not yet known.

December 19, 2007

Channel 4 launches series on MySpace

Channel 4 is previewing the first episode of the new series of its flagship drama Shameless exclusively on MySpace. Shameless already has a profile on the social networking site with 16,800 fans so far. The first episode of the fifth series will be split into four eight-minute segments and premiered on MySpace from 26th December.

December 19, 2007

IPTV equipment sales up 23% in Q3

After a 32 per cent jump in sales in the second quarter, worldwide IPTV equipment sales hit $682.5 million (E473.7m) in the third quarter of 2007, up 23 per cent sequentially, according to Infonetics Research's quarterly IPTV report. Likewise, manufacturers of IP set-top boxes (STBs) saw revenue jump 35 per cent worldwide in Q3 from […]

December 19, 2007

ITU releases global IPTV standards

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has confirmed the first set of global standards for IPTV. The standards were built with technical contributions from service providers and manufacturers from the information and communication technology sector. The new standards were developed by the Focus Group on IPTV in ITU’s telecommunication standardisation sector. Contained within the documents produced […]

December 19, 2007

TUS Telekom selects Envivio

Envivio, technology provider of IP video convergence encoding solutions, is providing a Convergence Generation video headend for TUS Telekom's live standard definition and high definition IPTV services in Slovenia. TUS Telekom will expand its existing SD IPTV service to 108 channels, add 6 channels of HD content, and migrate from MPEG-2 to a more efficient […]

December 19, 2007

Qwest not keen on IPTV

US telco Qwest Communications will invest an extra $300 million in capital to build fibre-to-the-node networks (FTTN) to reach 1.5 million homes in 20 markets but is not planning to deliver IPTV service over those networks. Qwest Chairman and CEO Ed Mueller also promised more details about Qwest's plans in late February of 2008 when […]

December 19, 2007

O2 UK IPTV service

Mobile phone company O2 is seeking to extend deals with media companies such as Warner Bros and Paramount as it aims to bring its TV service to the UK. The company, owned by Spain’s Telefónica, already has a residential broadband offering in the UK after acquiring Be Broadband a year ago. It now wants to […]

December 18, 2007

Sogecable, Orange joint triple play offer

From David Del Valle in Madrid Following the recent agreement with Telefónica to launch the triple play service Trio Plus, operational since the beginning of December, Sogecable is now negotiating with France Telecom-controlled IPTV service Orange TV to launch a similar offer in those areas where the telco company is not present. Both companies had […]

December 18, 2007