At last Oftel announce that the UK needs stong competition to create a thriving BB market. The new thought is to route traffic though the BT network, rather than the competitiors having to buy BT wholesale products or install their own kit in exchanges. Oftel are saying this may happen by the summer.
Continued development of DSL access in the Hebei province around Beijing.
News that the BBC has ruled out having their own set top box wasn’t particularly surprising. Discussions with other UK broadcaster are still ongoing.
Funded by the European Regional Development Fund and South West Regional Development Agency, Cornwall will benefit from 33,000 ADSL connections
SonicBlue are now stepping up the pressure on TiVo (Sonicblue threatens to sue TiVo)) after the award of their patent covering a couple PVR feature, including the ability to pause live TV.
Microsoft announced at Streaming Media East yesterday their ‘Third generation’ product – code named “Corona”, that they are aiming at BB delivery.
A smart play from Microsoft that will get Windows Media Audio and Video in to the chips that currently get put into 90% of the DVD made. Putting MPEG-4 decoders
The BBC announce their pivotal role in the ‘Curriculum Online’. It could be very positive for the UK industry, as long as the money is spread around rather than just placed with a small number of large broadcasters.
Interesting to see RealNetworks are going to support MPEG-4. As long as it’s going to be open standards MPEG-4, not the proprietary version Microsoft uses, this is good for the electronic video delivery generally. This could also be interpreted that Real aren’t that concerned about their format any more. As long as people view it though their player and through their subscription service (RealOne) – they’ll be happy. Gives added weight to the perception of a major shift in their business, which has been happening for a while.