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11th April, 2014 - 7:39 am (4 Comments)

Customers of the BT TV service have been told that the operator intends to ”close” their original silver BTVision broadband IPTV box service. Owners of the related set top box devices will instead be offered an upgrade to the new YouView based STB kit “at no extra cost“, but you’ll have to re-contract both your TV and broadband for another 18 months first.


8th April, 2014 - 12:14 pm (16 Comments)

Customers who pay £4.99 a month for the Entertainment Pass on Sky’s broadband-based NOW TV service now have more than those annoying “Rights Restrictions” messages (here) to worry about after the live broadcast of popular TV show Game of Thrones (Season 4 : Episode 1) caused a surge in demand that disrupted connectivity.


7th April, 2014 - 8:03 am (5 Comments)

The battle for broadband and TV dominance between BSkyB and BT took another twist today after it was revealed that the latter had nabbed the former Director of Sky Broadband and voice services, Delia Bushell, to take the new role of Managing Director at its TV and BTSport division.


28th March, 2014 - 9:26 am (3 Comments)

The future of YouView’s broadband based TV (IPTV) platform, which has recently come under pressure from a similar Freeview Connect proposal, has been given a boost today after the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva, as equal shareholders, all agreed a guarantee of funding for “at least” the next 5 years.


26th March, 2014 - 2:40 pm (5 Comments)

Marc Watson, CEO of the BT TV Group and one of the architects behind the operator’s storm into the United Kingdom’s broadband-based Pay TV market, has announced his decision to leave the telecoms giant in pursuit of a “fresh challenge“. The announcement comes before the next round of a battle with BSkyB over ownership of TV sporting rights.


20th March, 2014 - 7:51 am (5 Comments)

Sky (Sky Broadband) has confirmed that in the coming weeks their existing Internet-based on-demand movie rental service – Sky Store – will also begin taking on Apple’s iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Prime (formerly Lovefilm) by offering movies which you can download to Buy-and-Keep.


6th March, 2014 - 10:33 am (0 Comments)

Budget communications provider TalkTalk has reduced the price(s) of their triple-play Essentials TV and Plus TV (YouView) broadband bundles to £5 and £10 per month respectively for the first 6 months of service (£7.50 and £15.50 thereafter). A £50 Love2Shop voucher has also been included.


3rd March, 2014 - 2:59 am (11 Comments)

Customers that spent £4.99 a month to purchase the Entertainment Pass for Sky’s broadband-based NOW TV service, which is supposed to include access to 10 of their top pay-tv channels (e.g. Sky Atlantic, Sky 1, Discovery etc.), have been left disappointed because many of the shows are blocked due to “Rights Restrictions“.


25th February, 2014 - 1:47 pm (0 Comments)

Customers of BT’s YouView (IPTV) and broadband powered TV service have today been introduced to a much smaller version of their set-top-box (DTR-T2100) device (partly because it doesn’t need a fan), which adopts a similar style to the operators Home Hub 4 and Home Hub 5 routers. But still no built-in WiFi connectivity.


11th February, 2014 - 2:16 pm (4 Comments)

Who needs YouView (IPTV) anyway? The BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Digital UK appear to be considering a third bash at the Internet based catch-up TV game (aka – Freeview Connect) after their last attempt, YouView, ended up becoming more of a commercial customer retention tool for the big broadband ISPs (e.g. TalkTalk and BT).


5th February, 2014 - 10:34 am (6 Comments)

The CEO of BT Group, Gavin Patterson, has confirmed that the operator is already conducting trials of 4K video streaming (Ultra HDTV – 3840 x 2160 pixels) technology for its BT TV and sport content. But you’ll need a good broadband connection to benefit.


31st January, 2014 - 8:00 am (7 Comments)

The retail division of BT has ended 2013 with a total fixed line broadband ISP subscriber base of 7,111,000 and that represents a stable growth of +150k in Q4 2013 (down slightly from +156k in Q3). The figure includes 1.9 Million superfast BTInfinity (FTTC) customers (up by +228k in Q4 vs +195k added in Q3).


23rd January, 2014 - 9:17 am (2 Comments)

Internet technology giant Google has launched a new Video Quality Report service, which effectively benchmarks the performance of different broadband ISPs by how effectively they can stream videos from its hugely popular YouTube video streaming site. Now if only it was available to the United Kingdom.


14th January, 2014 - 3:14 pm (5 Comments)

Global financial services firm UBS has triggered an uplift in BSkyB’s (Sky Broadband) stock price after suggesting that the company could merge its European pay-TV assets to form Sky Europe and or then pick-up a mobile operator by merging O2 (Telefonica UK) or Vodafone UK into their operations.

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