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Polish police make arrests over illegal IPTV network

Police in Lublin, Poland arrested three men last week who were charged with illegally distributing pay TV. The men, aged between 30 and 57 years old, were accused of illegally streaming more than 160 TV channels over the web, in a case that was highlighted by the AAPA (Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance). Polish police said the […]

Europol and AAPA shut down illegal streaming network

Europol and the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA) have helped to dismantle an illegal IPTV streaming business following raids in Cyprus, Bulgaria and Greece. Europol said that four people were arrested and 17 houses searched in a strike against a crime group suspected of hosting a large-scale illegal business, which allegedly distributed Greek, Cypriot and foreign […]

Orange taps Harmonic for IPTV and OTT delivery

Orange has chosen video technology company Harmonic to provide a live encoding and transcoding platform for IPTV and OTT service delivery. The operator will use Harmonic’s Electra software-based system as a unified solution for delivering IPTV and OTT content to some 6.6 million subscribers in France. “Harmonic’s OTT innovation is unmatched with recent achievements in […]

Huawei and Dolby launch Dolby Vision HDR set-top box

Huawei and Dolby Laboratories have unveiled what they claim is the first IPTV set-top box to support the Dolby Vision high-dynamic-range (HDR) technology. The Huawei Q22 set-top box will include the same Dolby HDR technology that can be found in cinemas, delivering greater brightness and contrast and a fuller range of colours in the home. […]

HbbTV Association publishes IPTV spec

Hybrid digital-terrestrial and IP standards outfit the HbbTV Association has finalised and published its IPTV Specification, building on its HbbTV 2 spec. The new specification has been published by ETSI as TS 103 555 and it defines how HbbTV devices such as set-top boxes and TVs can be used with IPTV services. Two distinct types […]

UK government: 15% of web users watch content illegally

Approximately 6.7 million UK internet users, some 15%, consumed at least one item of online content illegally during the three months prior to March 2017, according to government stats. The UK Intellectual Property Office’s ‘IP Crime and Enforcement Report 2016/17’ claimed that “criminality threatens to implicate millions of ordinary consumers” as the use of set-top […]

Vivacom grows IPTV base

Bulgarian service provider Vivacom grew its IPTV subscriber base to 426,000 at the end of June, up from 390,000 a year earlier. The proportion of overall subscribers taking the TV service rose from 40% to 44% in the same period. Vivacom claims to be the leading IPTV operator in Bulgaria. The company is the country’s […]

Rostelecom takes lion’s share of Russian IPTV adds

Russian service provider Rostelecom added half a million TV subscribers in the year to June, taking its total to 9.5 million pay TV homes, up 6%. The number of IPTV homes served by Rostelecom increased by 18% to 4.6 million. The operator claimed to account for over 80% of Russia’s IPTV additions in the first […]

Conax strikes major reseller agreement with ZTE

Kudelski-owned conditional access specialist Conax has entered a global IPTV reseller agreement with Chinese technology giant ZTE. Under the terms of the deal Conax’s conditional access technology will be bundled with ZTE’s offering for the IPTV market. Conax is providing its Connected Access security client to ZTE, which combines conditional access and DRM in a […]

Pay TV subscriber numbers grow 35% between 2010-2016

The global number of pay TV subscribers climbed by 35% between 2010 and 2016, taking the figure to 969 million at the end of last year, according to Digital TV Research. The new report estimates that operators added 254 million pay TV subscribers across 138 countries between 2010-2016, with customer growth in digital cable TV […]

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