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U-Verse deployment in decline

According to UBS Research, AT&T is slowing the deployment of their “next-generation” VDSL IPTV service, U-Verse. UBS initially expected AT&T to pass 11 million homes in 2009, but has 're-guesstimated' that AT&T will pass just 4-5 million homes this year. That would be down from 9 million in 2008. AT&T admits there’s been a recession-related […]

June 10, 2009

Canvas not under sail

The BBC Trust has delayed its decision on the go-ahead of the BBC lead Project Canvas as it calls on more detail from BBC executives and their partners BT and ITV. The Trust, which had decided there was no need for a commercial impact assessment, was due to make a decision in July, however all […]

June 9, 2009

Italian telcos unite for IPTV website

Italian telcos Fastweb, Telecom italia and Wind have partnered to launch a website providing consumer information on IPTV services, intended to fuel subscriber growth to their respective IPTV services. The site also provides information to Italian consumers in the run up to the digital switchover in 2012. The site offers information on IPTV platforms, the […]

June 1, 2009

TV Guide investment

Lionsgate said it will sell a 49% stake in TV Guide Network – which it recently acquired from Macrovision Solutions — to JPMorgan Chase’s private equity arm and TV producer Allen Shapiro for about $123 million in cash. One Equity Partners, the global private equity investment arm of JPMorgan Chase, will become a 49% equity […]

June 1, 2009

Malone: there will have to be aggregators

Broadband content – including the deluge of made-for-the Web videos – will need “content aggregators” to package programming for viewers, Liberty Media Chairman John Malone said. “We’d love to be the aggregator; so would the cable industry,” he said, citing the historic parallel of Home Box Office assembling a roster of films to create the […]

May 28, 2009

Internet-video devices to see sales boom

Driven by the broadband access boom, global shipments of consumer-electronics devices capable of supporting Internet video are set to rise by nearly a factor of five from 2009 to 2013, according to iSuppli Corp. By 2013, 376.5 million entertainment-oriented consumer electronics platforms with the capability to support Internet video will be shipped, up from 80.5 […]

May 28, 2009

Youku revenue increases 900%

Victor Koo, CEO of online video-sharing portal Youku, says it can now guarantee more than RMB10 million of revenue each month, adding that year-on-year revenue growth for the previous month was 900 per cent. Youku’s application to the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) for a licence to provide 3G video services is […]

May 27, 2009

BBC Worldwide and YouTube renew partnership

BBC Worldwide and YouTube have renewed their global partnership for BBC Worldwide YouTube channels and short-form videos. In addition, BBC Worldwide has debuted its new YouTube channel Explore with clips from BBC factual shows. In the coming weeks, BBC Worldwide will unveil dedicated channels for comedy and natural history clips and a US only channel […]

May 22, 2009

LG Dacom 100k IPTV subs

Korean telco LG Dacom reached 100,000 subscribers for its IPTV service ‘myLGtv’ – up from 12,000 at the end of January of this year. LG Dacom has said that it will now aggressively market the service to its 2.3 million broadband subscribers. Competition is fierce in the Korean IPTV market, with rival SK Broadband currently […]

May 22, 2009

Belgacom TV sees subs growth

Belgacom SA’s first-quarter net profit fell 10 per cent on higher costs from two acquisitions. However, the Belgian telecom company stuck to its forecast for 2009, saying sales to residential customers were holding up well amid the economic downturn, even though sales to business customers have suffered. Net profit fell to E212 million in the […]

May 22, 2009