Northern Scotland gets switchover date

Over half a million homes in northern Scotland have been given dates for digital switchover. Viewers in the Shetland Islands will begin the switchover process on May 5, while the Orkney Islands will follow on May 12 and Caithness on June 2. Switchover will begin in parts of the West Highlands and Islands in July, […]

Ofcom discovers wide differences in UK broadband

There are significant differences in broadband download speeds provided by UK internet service providers, according to research carried out by Ofcom, technical partner SamKnows and research agency GfK. While a majority of consumers were satisfied with the speeds they received, 26% said their speed did not match that advertised by the service The average speed […]

Thomson supplies new hybrid box to Orange

Technology company Thomson has begun delivering a new version of its hybrid digital-terrestrial and IPTV set-top box to service provider Orange for the Orange TV service in France. The HD set-top will support both free-to-air and subscription services, as well as Orange’s on-demand services. Separately, Thomson has been contracted to provide a range of […]

BT secures Sony movies on-demand

BT Vision, the UK telco’s IPTV service, has signed a deal with Sony Pictures Television for video-on-demand rights to a range of new and catalogue movie titles. The deal will bring new titles including Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, Angels & Demons and The International to BT Vision viewers, as well as recent movies including […]

BBC strikes video sharing deal with newspapers

The BBC has signed a deal with a number of newspapers to share its video content on their websites. The Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Independent and Daily Mail will be able to feature certain BBC video news content on their websites for free. Video news covering UK politics, business, health and science/technology will be made available […]

Primacom likely to merge with Tele Columbus

German cable operators Primacom and Tele Columbus are likely to merge in an attempt to alleviate the financial problems of their joint parent company Orion Cable. Primacom CEO Michael Buhl told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper that a merger takeover by Primacom (a publicly-listed company) of Tele Columbus (of which Buhl has also been CEO […]

New gay-interest channel for UK

Gay media firm TV Polari is launching gay and lesbian channel TogetherTV via IPTV in the UK. The channel will focus on same sex couples and their families and friends. The channel, which will air shows including Designer Civil Partnerships from production companies such as Top Gayer, will be available via GDBTV’s Go UK IPTV […]

Latens joins MHEG promotion group

Conditional access company Latens has signed up to IMPALA, the International MHEG Promotion Alliance, which promotes the use of the MHEG-5 standard for interactive services. IMPALA, which was founded by Strategy & Technology, Cabot Communications and EchoStar Europe, has recently signed up a raft of new members, including Eight, Fortec Star, MStar Semiconductor, Shenzhen Coship, […]

Ofcom initiates search for C4 chairman

UK communications regulator Ofcom has appointed a number of headhunters to search for a replacement for Channel 4 chairman Luke Johnson, when he steps down at the end of the year. Many expected the regulator to delay the process until the future of Channel 4 and its widely publicised deal with BBC Worldwide is sorted […]

Broadband still growing despite recession

Global broadband subscribers grew by 17.3% over the last year, despite the global recession, according to data provided by research group Point Topic. Point Topic predicts that broadband will grow by a further 12.5% over the next 12 months, and that there will be half a billion broadband subscribers globally by 2010.