Wireless could pose threat to cable, say execs

Aggressive marketing of mobile broadband by wireless telephony operators could pose a threat to cable’s business model, UPC Austria CEO Thomas Hintze told delegates at the ANGA Cable Congress in Cologne yesterday. “I think wireless is the single biggest threat to our industry,” said Hintze. Hintze said that over 30% of all broadband connections in […]

KDG records impressive revenue rise

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) increased revenues by 15% in the 12 months to the end of March, with particular growth coming from internet and telephony services. Revenues reached €1.37bn for the year and EBITDA stood at €571m, up 25% year-on-year. By the end of March, KDG served a total of 11.6 million RGUs […]

Sky chooses S3 for set-top testing

Silicon and Software Systems (S3) has announced that UK pay-TV operator BSkyB has licensed its StormTest product to automate the testing of its set-top boxes. S3 said its StormTest set-top box test and analysis system removes the need for manual testing, which can be time-consuming and expensive. Separately, conditional access specialist Irdeto is to use […]

QTel expands IPTV reach

Qatar-based telco QTel has announced that its IPTV service is now available to 80% of the country’s population, according to local reports. Its Mosaic TV Plus service has now signed up 10,000 customers, which accounts for approximately 10% of the country’s broadband subscriber base. Qtel recently upgraded its broadband network in order to double […]

Kabel BW selects MediaHighway

German cable operator Kabel BW has chosen NDS’s MediaHighway set-top-box middleware, XTV integrated DVR technology and a VOD solution to launch a new range of services. NDS said MediaHighway would enable Kabel BW to manage its entire set-top box population and to introduce new services including HD DVR and VOD, powered by NDS’s secure, integrated […]

Endemol and Bebo tune in to Beat

International producer and distributor Endemol has teamed with UK social network Bebo to launch an online music series Beat. The Endemol-created show will run for thirteen weeks and bow on June 19. It will focus on new and emerging talent and feature new live content from events and music festivals every day on Bebo. The […]

Korean operator deploys largest cable IPTV service to date

Technology company Harmonic is supplying its Direct-2-Edge (D2E) cable IPTV technology to Korean hybrid FTTH, DSL and cable network operator SK Broadband to support the largest cable IPTV deployment globally to date. 
SK, which does not currently offer broadcast services on its network for regulatory reasons, will use Harmonic’s NSG 9000 EdgeQAMs and D2E to […]

Arris and OpenTV join for ad insertion technology

Cable technology group Arris and interactive TV specialist OpenTV have designed an advanced advertising solution for digital TV operators. The so-called ad insertion-in-a-box solution combines Arris’s ConvergeMedia SkyVision advertising applications suite and OpenTV’s Eclipse campaign management product. It includes digital splicers, campaign management systems, cue management and encoding/transcoding, installation services and technical assistance to support […]

Microsoft adds virtualisation to mediaroom

Microsoft has announced that it has brought virtualisation to its IPTV platform. Microsoft said Mediroom with virtualisation can deliver up to a six-fold reduction in the number of physical serves required to support an IPTV service, which reduces hardware and management costs. The time to market for Mediaroom customers can also be reduced by up […]

Eurosport launches betting site and expands to Middle East

Pan-European sports broadcaster Eurosport has revealed plans to launch an online betting venture and an Arabic website. The announcements came during celebrations marking its 20th anniversary. The broadcaster will launch in the UK next Monday. The website, developed by Societe des Paris Sportifs (SPS) as a joint-venture between Eurosport and Serendipity Investment, has been […]