AT&T drops Dish and switches satellite offer to DirecTV
AT&T will exclusively sell DirecTV services alongside its own U-verse TV offering when its current agreement with Dish Network expires, extended by a month to the end of January 2009. AT&T previously had marketing agreements with both Dish and DirecTV. It looks like bad news for Dish Network, which recently announced its first ever net subscriber loss and relies on AT&T for 15% of its new customers.
IPTV market grows as service providers run to stand still
Television services delivered over broadband will reach just under 20 million subscribers by the end of 2008, just over 1% of households, according to research company Gartner. That number is forecast to rise to 2.8% by the end of 2012. However, Screen Digest suggests that for most operators IPTV has not covered its costs in reduced churn rates and has resulted in little or no growth in the broadband market.
DigiMeld offers live peer-to-peer internet video streaming
DigiMeld is the latest company to offer a peer-to-peer approach to streaming live video over the internet. The Manhattan based company has completed an initial funding round of $2 million from angel investors. It has launched an online video portal for independent and commercial video producers to self-publish live or on-demand streaming channels using its DigiMeld SuperStream technology.
China overtakes America to become broadband leader
As China takes its first steps in space it has also overtaken the United States as the country with the most broadband lines. Broadband research company Point Topic says that China and the United States both had around 78 million broadband lines at the end of August, but the number in China is now growing twice as fast as in America.
OpenTV buys Ruzz TV and gets into workflow automation
As part of its move from interactive television to transforming television in general, OpenTV has acquired Ruzz TV, an Australian company that provides software systems for television broadcasters. Based in Sydney, with just ten employees, Ruzz TV was founded in 1999 by Robert Rutherford, who will continue as managing director and chief technology officer of Ruzz TV following the acquisition.