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 […]

Ofcom approves PSB teleshopping services in the UK

UK communications regulator Ofcom has ruled that, for the first time, UK public broadcast channels can air teleshopping programming. The decision means that ITV, the BBC and Channel 4 are permitted to run teleshopping services from midnight to 6am. The existing rules for non-PSB free-to-air channels, which limit teleshopping programming to three hours a day […]

German cable execs clash on digital TV strategy

While Germany’s cable industry has made solid progress in attracting subscribers to its broadband and telephony services in recent years, consensus on how to take digital TV penetration beyond its current base remains elusive. 
 Speaking on the introductory panel session at the ANGA Cable trade show in Cologne yesterday, leading German cable and broadcast […]

KDG teams up with O2 for mobile

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has teamed up with mobile network operator O2 to provide a quad-play offer. The service, which is available to KDG broadband and fixed-phone subscribers, has been dubbed Mobile Phone. Speaking at the ANGA trade show in Cologne, KDG CEO Adrian von Hammerstein said: “We hesitated before we started this […]

Kable BW to launch VOD trial with Harmonic and EventIS gear

German cable operator Kabel BW has chosen Harmonic and EventIS to provide technology for a video-on-demand trial to be launched later this year. The companies announced the deal at the ANGA trade show in Cologne. The trial, which will be Germany’s first major cable VOD deployment, will use the full range of Harmonic’s VOD […]

Iridium seeking Russian mobile satellite licence

Mobile satellite service provider Iridium has set up a subsidiary in Russia to pursue a licence to provide mobile satellite services in the country. Iridium, which provides services via its constellation of low-Earth orbit satellites, aims to provide a range of services in Russia, notably in its remote Arctic regions.