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Cable News

March 25, 2010

Virgin Media customers call for compensation

by David Allen
Over recent months customers of the cable broadband and TV provider Virgin Media have been facing some tough times with the service being down and in some cases these issues have lasted for several days at a time. However, customers in the Leeds 11 area have found that for the third time in less than two weeks the service ...



March 23, 2010

Virgin Media choses Ruwido for new HD box

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News Austria-based Ruwido is best known for some of the most appealing television and set-top box Remote Controls in the business. Ruwido has won Virgin Media’s business for its new V-HD box. Specifically Virgin has gone for Ruwido’s ‘Unified’ remote complete with a new design and button layout. This is not the first time Ruwido has supplied UK ...



VM upsets man with junk mail

by David Allen
Some people are understandably upset by junk mail as it means having to dispose of it, and that must take at least a minute or two to do. But for twenty four year old Aaron Needham from Nottingham, junk mail from the cable TV and broadband services firm, Virgin Media, went a bit too far. The letter introducing Mr Needham ...



Virgin Media STB is 3D Ready

by David Allen
The cable television provider Virgin Media is looking to start offering its own 3D TV content to its subscribers through the on demand service. This would be instead of launching a stand alone 3D channel. Virgin Media is currently at the Ideal Home Show at Earls Court in London, where it has been displaying its 3D TV content, made up ...



March 22, 2010

Virgin Media to show off 200 Mbps

by David Allen
The Ideal Home exhibition has always been a placed for home improvements and what better improvement to technology in the home could there be than a broadband connection running at 200 Mbps? This is what Virgin Media is demonstrating at the Ideal Home Exhibition at Earls Courts until the 5th April. These claims are fine for the few locations that ...



March 19, 2010

Ono moves from loss to €50 profit

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News Spain's main cable operator Ono can celebrate its recent positive economic results in the middle of the current deep crisis. The company ended last year with a net profit of €50 million compared with losses of €26 million in 2008. Ono also surpassed its expectations for EBITDA, ending the period with €730 million compared with €701 million ...



March 18, 2010

No extra charge for Virgin Media HD

by David Allen
Yesterday it was announced that the cable TV provider was launching the all new Cisco-designed high definition set top boxes. It was made clear that the new HD service provided by Virgin Media would be for available for subscribers on the XL package, but now it seems that may not be so. According to Virgin Media, the new Cisco ...



March 17, 2010

Virgin Media HD STB Launched

by David Allen
A brand new high definition TV set-top-box is about to be launched in the UK and this time it is Virgin Media subscribers who will have the chance to go HD. The V HD Box is due to be launched on the 22nd March. It will be available to all Virgin Media subscribers, new and old, for the price of ...



March 16, 2010

Virgin Media beams in Sci-fi HD

by David Allen
As from the 13th April, subscribers to Virgin Media cable television will be able to see the Sci-Fi Channel in HD, following the cable firm’s agreement with the owners of the Sci-Fi Channel, Universal Networks International. This will mean that subscribers to the Virgin Media XL TV service will be getting to see the newly made V and other ...



March 15, 2010

i-Cable relying on soccer for rebound

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News i-Cable, the company which owns and operates the Hong Kong Cable platform, says that pay-TV revenues bottomed out in mid-2009 and are now “on a course of firm rebound” ahead of the forthcoming soccer World Cup and a new English Premier League season. Revenues for the year ended Dec 31 2009 decreased by 16% from 2008's HK$2,080 ...



TiVo VM set top box announced

by David Allen
The speculation about a deal between the software firm TiVo and the cable TV provider Virgin Media has been confirmed by the cable company. According to Virgin Media the new TiVo software will become available to its customers before the end of the year. Currently there are just under four million Virgin Media cable customers, who will at some point ...



March 12, 2010

Pay TV pirates stopped by STMicroelectronics Chip

by David Allen
Recently Virgin Media has had a problem with set-top-boxes being altered so that the user can receive more services without paying for them. For pay-TV operators this pirating is serious worry, as most of the time they are unaware that it is occurring. However, STMicroelectronics has come up with a chip for set-top-boxes that prevents signal theft and therefore in ...



March 10, 2010

Kabel BW open for merger

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News Germany’s third largest cable operator Kabel BW would be open for a merger with another cable company. “This is a strategic option,” CEO Harald Rösch said at a press conference in Stuttgart, adding that a regional operator such as Kabel BW, which only serves federal state Baden-Württemberg, would reach its limits. Rösch did not elaborate on possible ...



March 9, 2010

Film 4 HD on Virgin Media

by David Allen
There is a potential problem brewing when it comes to high definition television. For the consumer who is used to terrestrial TV, switching to digital is becoming more confusing as broadcasters launch HD channels. One of the latest channels to be given the HD treatment is the Channel Four movie channel Film 4. According to Virgin Media, Film 4 HD ...



Virgin Media confirms Tivo in new STBs

by David Allen
Finally the cable TV provider Virgin Media has confirmed that it will be deploying the TiVo software to it set top boxes towards the end of the year. According to the CEO of Virgin Media, Neil Berkett, speaking at the Cable Congress, Virgin Media will be putting TiVo inside all of its customers set top boxes. TiVo is a flash-based ...



March 8, 2010

Oscar Shorts available via VoD

by David Allen
The short film category for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards or, as they are more commonly known, the Oscars, is ideal for video on demand. Clearly online TV suits these short films and therefore offering them to the public would appear to be a good move. Magnolia Pictures and Shorts International are teaming up to ...



Cablevision viewers get Oscar coverage – just

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News Disney-owned ABC was made available to Cablevision subscribers at 8.43pm local time, but some 13 minutes into the Oscar awards ceremony. Viewers were told by means of an ‘on-screen’ crawl that Cablevision and ABC had "reached an agreement in principle that recognizes the fair value of ABC7, with deal points that we ...



March 4, 2010

Cable industry set for mergers and acquisitions

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News
Liberty Global’s CTO Shane O’Neill, speaking at the Cable Congress on Mar 4 predicted a year ahead of merger and acquisition activity. He is not alone with these thoughts. First of all there are his fellow colleagues at Liberty Global, sitting on a $3bn war chest of cash and a desire to ‘buy now ...



New TiVo set top boxes launched

by David Allen
The launch of the new TiVo set top boxes in the US could be a sneak preview of what is in store for subscribers of Virgin Media, following the cable TV company’s tie up with TiVo, due to take place at some point during this year. The TiVo set top boxes will come in Premiere and Premiere XL versions ...



March 2, 2010

Cartoonito to join Virgin Media

by David Allen
A new deal has been agreed between the cable TV operator Virgin Media and the pre school TV channel Cartoonito. The deal will see the channel that regularly shows such favourites as Care Bears, Fireman Sam and Hi 5, available to Virgin Media customers on the L and XL Cable TV package, as from the beginning of April. As of ...



Virgin Media to offer cut price football

by David Allen
The cable TV provider Virgin Media is looking to offer its subscribers cut-price live Premier League football matches, provided that the media regulator decides that the monopoly which satellite broadcaster BSkyB has had for a number of years, can no longercontinue. The decision made by Ofcom could change the way that content is delivered in the wholesale market, which ...



February 26, 2010

Virgin Media returns a strong quarter

by David Allen
The cable, broadband and phone provider Virgin Media has announced that it added 34,200 new cable TV subscribers during the last quarter, taking the provider's total market share to over 3.7 million. As a content provider Virgin Media Television, which includes Bravo, Challenge, Living and Virgin 1 and owns half of the UKTV group of channels with the BBC, ...



February 25, 2010

ASA raps Virgin Media over advert

by David Allen
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has been giving cable TV and broadband provider Virgin Media a hard time over one of its direct mail marketing campaigns. The campaign claimed: "Delivering TV, broadband and phone down the same fibre optic cable is better value and keeps everything in one simple bill." But BSkyB claimed that Virgin Media was saying that ...



February 23, 2010

Kabel Deutschland announces IPO

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News
Germany’s largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has decided to go ahead with an IPO. The company to be listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange will be parent group Kabel Deutschland Holding GmbH, which will first be converted into a stock corporation, KDG announced in Munich. “The shareholders will probably only place a minority ...



February 17, 2010

Zee Turner removes channels from Hathway Cable & Datacomm

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News
India’s Zee Turner distribution venture has carried out its threat, removing its channels from the networks of Hathway Cable & Datacomm. Zee Turner threatened to take the action in a statement last week, saying that the two companies had failed to come to an agreement over a sum of money Hathway owes to Zee Turner. ...



February 16, 2010

Virgin Media to review marketing accounts

by David Allen
The cable broadcaster and phone provider, Virgin Media, is about to review its current creative, direct and digital marketing agencies, with a view to bringing these services in house, or at least to come up with a more fluent way of communicating with consumers. Currently it is using several advertising agencies and has actually spent around £70 million on ...



Virgin Media sparks backside row

by David Allen
Has the cable broadband and TV provider Virgin Media gone too far with its latest marketing campaign, which has been conceived to expose the real broadband speeds of rival BT? It seems that Virgin Media brought in a top glamour model and several of her work colleagues to stand right outside the famous BT Tower with exposed derrieres and ...



February 15, 2010

Virgin Media results to be made by webcast

by David Allen
The fourth quarter results for the cable TV, broadband and phone operator are due within a couple of weeks. In true Virgin Media style these results will be broadcast via the web, at 7am on Thursday the 25th February. The company will be holding a conference call for all investors and analysts to discuss the results, which should be ...



February 11, 2010

Sogecable fined for monopoly abuse

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News
Spain's main audiovisual group Sogecable has been fined by judges and must pay the country's main cable operator ONO €44 million in compensation for the monopoly in the commercializing of prime time cinema and top sporting contents. The compensation dates back to following after the merger of former satellite pay-TV operator Vía Digital and Sogecable's ...



Kabel Deutschland rejects regulator moves

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News
Germany’s largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has rejected the demands by telco Deutsche Telekom for regulation of the cable market by federal network agency Bundesnetzagentur, thereby opening up the networks to competitors. Only through KDG’s entry into the telecommunications market in 2005 real competition between infrastructures in the areas of internet and telephony has ...



Switzerland opts for open cable market

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News
Through new legislation Switzerland wants to prescribe the development of an open set-top-box market for cable households as is already the case with DTH and DTT reception. With the proposed change of law, announced by communications regulation authority UVEK, cable operators will be obliged to offer their customers a digital basic package of at least ...



More HD content from Virgin Media

by David Allen
The cable TV provider, Virgin Media, is continuing the acquisition and roll out of high definition TV channels for its UK subscribers with the addition of Discovery HD. However, although the announcement clearly states that Discovery HD will be available soon, this could mean mid to late spring. Once the channel is broadcast it will be showing around fifteen hundred ...



February 9, 2010

Virgin Media to offer Valentine’s Day specials

by David Allen
Despite the government figure proclaiming that the UK is officially out of the recession, it seems that consumers have become rather savvy when it comes to spending. With Valentine’s Day only a few days away, it looks like many couples will be spending the evening at home rather than going out and spending their hard earned cash. This opens up ...



February 8, 2010

Hathway Cable gets new investors

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News
Hathway Cable’s upcoming IPO has attracted five institutional investors which together will take 18% of the available shares in the cable operator, according to reports. Paying Rs240 per share, the anchor investors are: Franklin Templeton (2.08 million shares, for Rs500 million); DSP Blackrock (1.19 million shares, for Rs285 million); Reliance Capital trustee (416,675 shares for ...



February 4, 2010

Eurosport HD joins Virgin Media

by David Allen
Subscribers to Virgin Media's cable TV services will soon be able to watch sporting events broadcast in high definition following an agreement between the cable provider and Eurosport HD. Eurosport HD will be a simulcast version of the main Eurosport channel that delivers high quality sporting events from around the world. Subscribers to Sky TV have been able to view ...



February 2, 2010

Virgin Media record for VoD

by David Allen
The cable and broadband provider Virgin Media is celebrating a fifty per cent increase on the year for its video on demand services. During the month of December the company saw a six per cent increase in views on the previous month, taking the total up to seventy six million for the month and a massive seven hundred and ...



January 28, 2010

J:Com pushes on HD and 3D against downturn

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News
KDDI will have known the figures already before agreeing the purchase, but others got a look yesterday at what it had agreed to buy, when Japanese MSO Jupiter Telecommunications (J:Com), which Liberty Global is selling to KDDI, revealed its 2009 results. What is revealed is a cable operator just managing to grow in a “stagnant ...



Virgin Media TV to use Zentive platform

by David Allen
The cable TV provider, Virgin Media, is looking to improve the quality of its digital television services with the introduction of a new provisioning activation platform. The company has chosen the Trugateway software from the provider Zentive. The software is believed to let Virgin Media offer more services to customers subscribing to the company’s digital TV service. For Virgin Media, the ...



Kabel ripe for the taking

by David Allen
The takeover of the German cable TV company, Kabel Deutschland, could mean a big pay out for the current owners, Providence Equity Partners, a company that is headed up by the former CEO of BSkyB, Tony Ball. It seems that Kabel is nearing the launch of an Initial Public Offering (IPO) and has attracted the interest of private equity ...



January 27, 2010

VM customers Tweet complaints

by David Allen
It seems that the days of waiting on the phone to speak to a customer service representative could be over for some customers, as it seems that Twitter is fast becoming the communication method of choice. This seems to have started when customers were unable to watch their favourite television programmes due to a major fault at Virgin Media. Customers ...



January 26, 2010

Liberty Global cleared for Unitymedia take-over

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News
The EU Commission has given the green light to the take-over of German cable operator Unitymedia by US-based media concern Liberty Global. The Brussels-based authority concluded that the move would not significantly impede competition in the European Union or any substantial part of it. Unitymedia, which was so far owned by financial investors BC Partners ...



January 25, 2010

XXHome FTA files insolvency

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News
The lights have gone out at XXHome, the German thematic channel covering DIY and gardening: Operating company Cubico Media TV has filed for insolvency at the district court of Berlin-Charlottenburg. The owners are now looking for fresh capital. “All hopes are now on a new investor with whom we have been negotiating since last year,” ...



January 22, 2010

ESPN free weekend on VM TV

by David Allen
Today is the start of ESPN’s free weekend, which means that Sky satellite and Virgin Media cable viewers will be able to watch ESPN and ESPN HD1 free of charge until late Sunday evening. This is a clever move from the new UK sports satellite broadcaster because this weekend is FA Cup weekend and therefore no Premier League or ...



January 18, 2010

Bravo goes for Leverage

by David Allen
A hit US series starring Timothy Hutton will be coming to the UK, as part of a carriage deal with Virgin Media for its channel Bravo. There are two series already made and a third is currently in production. The programme has been seeing a level of success in the US with a series average of 3.9 million viewers ...



January 6, 2010

Warner launches VoD service in Europe

by David Allen
The big studios from the US have finally realised that there is money to be made through on demand services and so one studio, Warner Bros, is to make changes to how it makes its content available in Europe. The normal process, after a film has finished its run at cinemas, is that the film comes out on DVD ...



December 31, 2009

BBC Worldwide completes deal in Hong Kong

by David Allen
The BBC will be launching three new channels on one of the largest cable networks in Hong Kong. The month long introduction to BBC programming began just before Christmas and will run until the 21st January 2010. The free viewings will mean that BBC Entertainment, BBC Lifestyle and CBeebies will be joining forces with the BBC Knowledge channel that ...



December 22, 2009

3DTV testing starts in Finland

by David Allen
Welho, the cable broadcaster based in Finland, has begun testing out 3D TV with customers located around the Helsinki area. The company is another broadcaster looking to offer a full 3D TV channel at some point during 2010. This is great for 3D TV, as the more it is used and developed the easier it will become for households ...



December 17, 2009

Now Virgin Media falls into the ginger trap

by David Allen
Supermarket chain Tesco has had to remove a Christmas card depicting ginger haired children as being unloved, and it seems that the cable TV provider Virgin Media has fallen into the ginger trap too. An advert run by the cable company has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) because it was deemed to be offensive to people ...



Virgin launches Digital Help

by David Allen
This is the time of the year that gadgets and other electrical items are flying off the shelves. The problem is that not everyone is savvy with these devices and help is needed. Enter Richard Branson’s Virgin Digital Help service, a software solution that it is hoped will ease away the most common technical problems people encounter, by offering one ...



December 16, 2009

Cable TV could crash due to mobile phones

by David Allen
It seems that the next generation of mobile phones may be capable of producing some spectacular features and lightning speeds, but at the same time this new technology could have a detrimental effect on cable television services. The 800 MHz spectrum will be used for the new Long Term Evolution (LTE) or, as it is more commonly known, 4G. This ...