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  • Sky Anytime’s early success, but not for channels

    by David Mercer | Nov 12, 2007
    One way of keeping people away from the video on their PC screens is to give them better television through their set-top boxes. Sky is one of the first broadc... ...
  • BT Vision - Revenues the main concern

    by David Mercer | Nov 12, 2007
    Most of the commentary on BT's announcement of its second quarter results focused on its BT Vision numbers - 60,000 customers - and whether this was below or on... ...
  • Sony adds Placeshifting to PS3

    by David Mercer | Nov 07, 2007
    Sony Computer Entertainment Europe announced the latest version of its PS3 system software to allow access by PSPs to the PS3 hard drive from remote locations o... ...
  • November’s arrived - so CES is nearly here

    by David Mercer | Nov 01, 2007
    I am bad at remembering names, so apologies to the nameless 80-year-old comedian whose joke I certainly do remember: after a long and illustrious career, he obs... ...
  • Devicescape eases WiFi pain

    by David Mercer | Nov 01, 2007
    I am sure we all have our own favourite hotspot horror stories. One of my more recent experiences, about which I penned but never published several angry paragr... ...
  • Global DVR population reaches 50 million

    by David Mercer | Oct 17, 2007
    One of the many nuggets offered by our latest survey digital home device markets is that more than 50 million TV homes around the world will be using a digital ... ...
  • Sweden completes TV switch-off as UK begins

    by David Mercer | Oct 17, 2007
    As one country finishes its analogue switch-off, another begins. On Monday morning at 8.45am Sweden’s Culture Minister, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, switched off th... ...
  • Sony launches Europe’s cheapest Blu-ray player: with games on the side…

    by David Mercer | Oct 08, 2007
    As we predicted, BD player prices are plunging in time for the Christmas buying season. At €399 (£299), Sony’s new 40GB PS3 will be a tempting option for any ea... ...
  • Realism finally descends on Italy’s digital plans

    by David Mercer | Oct 02, 2007
    Italy's Telecommunications minister, Paolo Gentiloni, has announced that the country's analogue switch-off date will now be 2012. This compares to the current o... ...
  • Has Sling Been Tivo’ed?

    by David Mercer | Sep 25, 2007
    Following Sling's recent deal to distribute its Slingbox through UPC, the pan-European cable operator, announced at IBC, I drafted a comment that Sling could en... ...
  • OpenTV interface

    by David Mercer | Sep 11, 2007
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  • Microsoft launches Silverlight

    by David Mercer | Sep 11, 2007
    At IBC Microsoft was giving demonstrations of Silverlight , first introduced at NAB in April. This is Microsoft's browser plug-in answer to Adobe Flash, allowin... ...
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  • OpenTV prepares for next-gen interactive TV

    by David Mercer | Sep 11, 2007
    OpenTV's Matthew Huntington gave us an update on the company's progress at IBC. Matthew and I both go back to the early days of interactive TV, so there was som... ...
  • German cable prepares for battle

    by David Mercer | Sep 08, 2007
    We met today with Gerhard Bickmann, CFO of German cable operator, Kabel BW, who spoke at NDS's annual IBC press lunch. In a one-to-one discussion, Herr Bickman ... ...
  • Does Entavio Spell the End for Free Digital TV?

    by David Mercer | Sep 06, 2007
    SES Astra's top brass, Ferdinand Kayser, President and CEO, and Alexander Oudendijk, Chief Commercial Officer, kicked off IBC tonight with an update to press an... ...
  • CNN confirms HDTV as mainstream

    by David Mercer | Sep 05, 2007
    I noted back in May that news channels would soon come under pressure to move to HD, and sure enough CNN has made its move. The channel launched CNN HD on Septe... ...
  • IBC is nearly here

    by David Mercer | Sep 05, 2007
    The world's largest broadcast technology convention gets under way this Friday in Amsterdam. Except that broadcast is becoming broadband and that's making thing... ...
  • Akamai says web is ready for HD

    by David Mercer | Sep 05, 2007
    as we reported some time ago... Akamai of course is referring to its own approach of managed edge delivery networks. We, on the other hand, have seen "good en... ...

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