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Virgin Media boosts HD line-up with UKTV additions

Virgin Media is expanding its HD line-up with the addition of UKTV’s five HD channels. The UK cable operator will soon add Eden HD, Good Food HD, Watch HD and Dave HD to its platform, with Alibi HD to follow next year. This will take Virgin Media’s high-definition offering to 37 channels of which 24 […]

Connected TV presents challenges and opportunities, say cable marketers 

The growing popularity of connected TV presents a number of challenges and opportunities to cable operators, CTAM Europe EuroSummit attendees heard this morning. Reducing complexity while providing a next-generation user experience to existing cable customers was the goal set by UK cable operator Virgin Media when delivering its TiVo advanced set-top box, according to Aleks […]

CNBC launches connected TV app for EMEA

CNBC has launched its first connected TV app for the EMEA region. The CNBC Real-Time TV app gives users access to content from the business and financial news broadcaster’s TV and online platforms via connected TVs and Blu-ray players from Panasonic, Philips and Samsung. The app is also available on Virgin Media’s TiVo platform in […]

DNA breaks Virgin Media’s cable broadband record

Finnish cable operator DNA has delivered broadband speeds of 1.58Gbp on its network, which it claims is a world record for cable broadband speeds. DNA tested the speed of its network in collaboration with Cisco and Santa Monica Networks. The test was carried out over a distance of 20km. “Currently we are offering our customers […]

Scripps acquires Virgin Media stake in UKTV

US-based Scripps Networks Interactive has struck a deal to acquire Virgin Media’s 50% stake in UKTV. Scripps will pay £239 million (€273 million) for Virgin Media’s common equity and a further £100 million for the outstanding preferred shares and debt owned by UKTV to Virgin Media. BBC Worldwide will retain its 50% stake in UKTV. […]

PBS to launch UK channel in November

PBS, the US Public Broadcast Service, is to launch a channel in the UK on November 1 on the BSkyB pay TV platform. PBS has secured a licence from media regulator Ofcom for the channel, which will be managed by Richard Kingsbury, previously the head of thematic channel provider UKTV’s Good Food and Yesterday channels. […]

Virgin Media to expand fibre network

Virgin Media’s high-speed fibre network will pass at least 100,000 additional homes by the end of 2011. During the first six months of the year Virgin Media has extended the infrastructure to an additional 73,000 homes and the network now reaches half of the UK. The cable operator said a “substantial new construction project” is […]

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