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IPTV English News by InformITV (10/11/2008)

Fliqz offers video deal for former Brightcove customers
Brightcove is to discontinue its free advertiser supported video hosting service as it concentrates on premium accounts. Brightcove has given customers of its basic service a matter of weeks to upgrade to a paid plan before their accounts are shut down. In a shrewd move, a competitor called Fliqz is offering customers a migration route, aiming at occupying the space that Brightcove is vacating.

Kangaroo submits case to the Competition Commission
The Kangaroo project, backed by a consortium of BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4, known as UKVOD, has submitted a further justification of its proposed video service to the Competition Commission. The proposals are currently being investigated to determine whether they will result in a substantial reduction in competition. So far the Kangaroo consortium seems to have failed to address the key competition issues.

Sky maintains growth in challenging environment
British satellite broadcaster Sky has increased its subscriber base to over nine million and says it is still on track to reach its target of ten million. Revenue for the last quarter was up 5% to £1,249 million, while operating profit was up by 21% to £182 million compared to a year ago.

Massive mobile television growth expected in China
There are reported to be 1.2 million mobile television users in China. That number is predicted to reach 10 million by the end of 2009 and 50 million in 2010, according to the China Satellite Mobile Broadcasting Corporation. CSMBC was recently assigned by SARFT, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, to take charge of the operation of services using the China Mobile Multimedia Broadcasting standard.

Fibre broadband finally reaches British homes
There could be over four million British homes and businesses on high-speed fibre broadband within five years. Forecasts by broadband analysts Point Topic suggest that a fifth of the 22 million broadband lines expected in the United Kingdom by then could be directly fed by fibre optics. However, most of these connection will only use fibre as far as the street cabinet. The last few hundred yards will still use copper telephone lines.

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