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IPTV English News by InformITV (23/02/2009)

iptvnewsSirius XM Radio faces serious money problems
Sirius XM Radio, the American satellite radio company formed from the merger of Sirius and XM, faces a debt repayment deadline. It which could lead to a takeover by satellite television company Dish Network, or a deal with the company that now controls its rival DirecTV. Failing that, it could be forced to file for bankruptcy protection.

BT Vision gains viewers but has a long way to go
BT Vision has increased its installed base to just under 400,000 homes at the end of 2008. The British telecommunications company says that “an increasing number” of new BT Vision customers are subscribing to one or more of the on-demand programming packages that are available, but declined to give any further figures.

Virgin catches up with change in video on demand
Virgin Media reported a change in viewing habits in Britain, as its 3.4 million digital cable television homes generated over half a billion video on demand views in 2008. Over half its customers regularly use its video on demand service, which of course means that half still do not.

Freeview may miss out on Full HD broadcasts
Freeview digital terrestrial television in the United Kingdom will have high definition channels in the future, but they may not be in 1080p Full HD. The communications regulator Ofcom is proposing a profile that will not support the highest resolution progressively scanned format.

Miro reflects future of online video distribution
Miro, the open-source video player project, has released its 2.0 version with a new interface and a number of improvements. Unlike some open source efforts, it has a high level of fit and finish. The product of this non-profit initiative looks a million dollars and could give a number of commercial ventures a run for their money.

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