During this year’s CES, Cisco introduced new set-top boxes from its Scientific Atlanta business unit with the Cisco brand, signalling the end of Scientific-Atlanta, one of the household names in the industry.
The German cable operator KabelBW has started distribution of the NDS VideoGuard smart cards to its customers in the city of Stuttgart. A simultaneous upload of new software will allow customers to access new services including VOD and interactivity.
Huawei Technologies is to supply a WiMax solution to the Bulgarian alternative telco TransTelecom, allowing it to roll out a network in the country’s major cities including Sofia and Varna.
Scientific-Atlanta, Tandberg Television, Tektronix, Thomson and CNN all prospered in the 59th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) presented the awards for broadcast, broadband and personal television.
UPC has launched a major upgrade programme to convert its Irish subscribers to the digital format. The campaign will give customers on the Chorus and NTL networks a free upgrade to digital TV and a basic package of over 100 TV and radio channels.
Subscribers to BT’s broadband services will be able to use the Microsoft Xbox 360 to access the access the BT Vision video-on-demand service. Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and Robbie Bach, president of the Microsoft Entertainment & Devices Division made the announcement during the keynote address at the 2008 International CES in Las Vegas.
Motorola is to take over as the lead supplier of set-top boxes for the BT Vision IPTV service, a role previously held by Philips Set-Top Boxes and Connectivity Solutions, the division in the process of being sold to Pace Micro Technology.
US online DVD rental service Netflix and Korean electronics-giant LG have announced they are working on a set-top box which will stream movies directly over the internet to a television set.
Pace CEO Neil Gaydon has told Broadband TV News that the purchase of Philips’ set-top box division was initiated earlier this year following an approach from the Dutch electronics company. “Philips came to us earlier this year and we got down to talk in September-October.” Gaydon said the conversations grew out of the sort of […]
UPDATE: Philips today announced it has reached an agreement in principle to sell its Set-Top Boxes and Connectivity Solutions businesses, currently part of its Home Networks business unit within the Consumer Electronics division, to UK-based technology provider Pace Micro Technology. The announcement followed the earlier suspension of trade in Pace shares on the stock market. […]