In the US, regulator FCC voted to put a proposal to ‘open up’ the set-top box market, despite fierce lobbying against it from cable and satellite platforms.
Mobistar has commenced operational testing of its internet and digital TV services on cable.
Belgian cable operators VOO and Numéricable also have to open up their networks to third parties.
The introduction of Open Cable regulation in the Belgian market has moved a stage closer.
Telenet has signalled its intention to appeal against plans to further regulate Belgium’s broadband and television markets. The cablenet said the Open Cable proposals from Conference of Regulators (CRC) had missed the opportunity to align its regulatory decision with earlier comments from the European Commission.
UPC Nederland is to work with Tele2 to avoid customer confusion in the wake of the Open Cable ruling by the Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal.
Dutch alternative television provider Your.TV says it is no longer dependent on being granted access to Dutch cable networks UPC and Ziggo under Open Cable and will instead launch an over-the-top TV service before the end of the year.