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Veoh not liable for pirated video

A federal judge in the US has ruled that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s safe harbour provisions protected Veoh, the video-sharing site – from liability for hosting pirated clips uploaded by users. “The DMCA does not place the burden of ferreting out infringement on the service provider,” the judge said. Universal Music had sued Veoh […]

September 16, 2009

Optima Telekom launches IPTV

Optima Telekom , a Croatian provider of fixed telephony services, has launched a digital television service brandeded OptiTV. Available with five different triple-play packages which also include Opti Telefon fixed telephony and OptiDSL or OptiCarnet broadband Internet services, OptiTV includes 70 TV programmes, free access to the Snimalica DVR service for three months, and the […]

September 16, 2009

Hulu to go part-pay?

Two of the partners in Hulu — News Corp. and NBC Universal hinted at an investor conference that they are investigating the possibility of further monetizing the online video venture, including charging a subscription for the service. “Are we looking at it with a view toward adding subscription services and pay per view? Yes we […]

September 16, 2009

Internet TV sales to rise six-fold by 2013

After more than a dozen years of failing to live up to its promise, web access on the television is finally ready for prime time, with retail sales of Internet-Enabled Televisions (IETVs) set to rise by a factor of six by 2013, according to iSuppli. The research group predicts worldwide sales of IETVs will rise […]

September 16, 2009

CMT for more TV liberalisation and tougher fines

From David Del Valle in Madrid The Spanish Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT) is proposing to open up the TV market and, at the same time, impose tougher fines to avoid breaking the legislation. In a report on the new Audiovisual Law Bill, the CMT recommends to raise up to E20 million (20 times the current […]

September 16, 2009

OTT revenue to top $5.6bn by 2014

According to a report from The Diffusion Group, revenue from the delivery of Internet video to the TV will grow nearly six-fold in the next five years, from a meagre $1 billion in 2009 to $5.7 billion in 2014. TDG says that in 2009, pay-per-view services will account for 96 per cent of global OTT […]

September 16, 2009

Virgin goes IPTV

UK MSO Virgin Media is planning to migrate its legacy digital video delivery infrastructure to an IPTV platform and has selected Cisco Systems as its technology partner for the project. When completely deployed, the new TV platform will be capable of delivering advanced services to more than 12.6 million homes across Virgin Media’s footprint in […]

September 15, 2009

US TV viewing moving online

Nearly one out of four US households watches TV online, up from 20 per cent last year, reports The Conference Board and TNS. And Hulu.com is fast becoming the hot site – just behind YouTube.com – for watching TV programmes. The number of households visiting Hulu.com has increased almost fourfold in the last year. The […]

September 11, 2009

Croatia to get fourth IPTV platform

From Branislav Pekic in Rome Croatia is set to get its fourth IPTV platform, after T-Com's MAXtv, Iskon's Iskon.tv and Metronet. The country's largest alternative telecommunications services provider, Optima Telekom, plans to launch its own IPTV platform called Opti.TV by October 1st. This will enable it to finally offer a triple-play package with telephony, high […]

September 11, 2009

OIPF Architecture Specification for IPTV

The Open IPTV Forum (OIPF) has published the Architecture Specification for IPTV infrastructure elements and services to be included in Release 2 of the OIPF Specifications. The Architecture Specification is freely available for download from the Publications section of the Forum website www.oipf.tv. Release 1 of the OIPF technical specifications was published early in 2009, […]

September 10, 2009