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IPTV English News by InformITV (15/12/2008)

iptvnewsBBC announces partnership plans to share its iPlayer
The BBC has outlined plans to share its iPlayer with other broadcasters and bring it to the television set by developing a common industry approach to on-demand and internet services. It says the plans are already being progressed by a group including the BBC, ITV and BT. They have yet to be approved by the BBC Trust. The British public broadcaster could face further competition concerns unless the plans are shared with the industry as a whole on an open basis.

Phorm new board to deal with privacy concerns
Controversial targeted advertising company Phorm has appointed former British chancellor Norman Lamont and former Ofcom executive Kip Meek as non-executive directors. It follows the departure of the former chief operating officer and three other non-executive directors due to differences over the management and direction of the company.

Livestation shows iPhone version of its video service
Livestation, an online television platform, has shown a version of its player working on the Apple iPhone. The live online demonstration came days after Joost released an application for the Apple device. Livestation has yet to have its application added to the Apple store. The Joost and Livestation applications can currently only be used over a Wi-Fi connection, but Joost says 3G will be enabled soon.

Sky and ITV launch new Silverlight online video players
British satellite broadcaster Sky and commercial network ITV have separately launched new online video players based on Microsoft Silverlight. While the BBC is backing Adobe with its iPlayer, Sky has relaunched its Sky Player and ITV has relaunched its own service, which it is rebranding as ITV Player. Both use the latest version of Silverlight, Windows Media and PlayReady encryption to support Windows and Mac computers.

MobiTV adds subscribers and passes five million mark
MobiTV, which provides a managed service for mobile television and radio on networks including Sprint and AT&T in the United States, has now passed the five million subscriber mark. The presidential election saw an increase in viewing. A million subscribers signed up in the last five months. MobiTV previously pulled out of Europe, but has plans to expand back into that market.

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