Next week BroadLogic Network Technologies will show the first digital cable set-top-box to put out a complete analog channel line-up reconstructed from a digital cable service. The analogue channels are converted from the cable operator’s digital tier by a prototype residential gateway using the chipmaker’s TeraPIX enabled chip. This will allow cable operators to do […]
BSkyB is to directly enter the set-top box business by acquiring Sir Alan Sugar’s Amstrad in a £125 million (€171m) deal. Sir Alan will himself net a £42.4 million windfall. BSkyB believes the purchase, made through the Sky Digital Supplies subsidiary, will help it to bring down costs and give it greater control over product […]
Cable clients Kabel Deutschland and UPC helped Thomson increase its market for access products in the first half of 2007. Thomson has a reported that it has shipped a total of 11 million access products in the first six months of the year compared to 9.6 million units in the same period in 2006. The […]
Sony is pressing the television industry to provide products and services for the blind and partially sighted. The manufacturer’s Bravia television range now provides access to the audio description service available over the digital terrestrial network. Audio description provides an additional explanation of visual plot points to enable the visually impaired better follow the storyline. […]
BT is to dump its white label mobile TV service after sole customer Virgin Mobile announced it would cease the carriage of the service less than a year after its debut. In a statement BT said that although customer feedback for BT Movio had been positive, take up had been lower than expected, due to […]
OpenTV has confirmed its technologies will be used in Casema’s new high definition television services. The Dutch cablenet plans to deploy HD digital video recorders with OpenTV Core2 middleware, OpenTV PVR2, and OpenTV HTML browser. Plans to use Scientific-Atlanta’s Explorer 8455 DVB unit were confirmed by Broadband TV News during the Anga Cable event in […]
Harmonic has acquired the transcoding software vendor Rhozet Corporation for $15.5 million (€11.3 million) in a mixture of cash and 1.1 million Harmonic shares to compliment its line of compression products for broadcast and IP-based platforms. The deal is expected to close by the end of this month. “With the addition of the Rhozet universal […]
The incumbent Slovenian telco Telekom Slovenije has opted for a solution supplied by Iskratel for its national FTTH network. It is planned that the network will provide optical access to over 100,000 subscribers by the end of next year and nearly 70% of Slovenian households by 2015.
The incumbent Latvian telco Lattelekom and Russia’s Golden Telecom have announced the launch of a new Internet channel with speeds of up to 1Gbps linking the two countries. Whereas previously traffic was routed indirectly through London and Frankfurt, it will now go though Stockholm, halving the delivery speed to 10-15 milliseconds. Among the first to […]
The Latvian broadcaster TV5 has acquired an IP-based networked prompting solution named QMaster. The system is produced by Autocue, which lists the BBC, Bloomberg, NBC and CNN among its clients.