Archive for February, 2002

Sweden’s B2 deal with BBC Prime

Sweden’s B2 Bredband has signed a deal with BBC Prime to enable their 70k subscribers to watch it through their PC. This is the first deal that BBC Prime has signed and it’s good to see BBC Worldwide becoming adventurous with the way they deliver their content.

BT ADSL wholesale price drops to £14.75

Ben Verwaayen, CEO of BT announced the reduction in the wholesale price of ADSL from 1 April to 14.75ukp this morning. They’ve set a target of one million ADSL user by summer 2003 and pledged to improve network performance and quality of service, which is needed.

Details of BT ADSL price cuts

Reports in the UK Sunday Times that BT will cut its wholesale price to 20ukp, which should lead to retail prices of around 30ukp from the current 40ukp. I’ve heard from someone who is close to top BT management that they might half the price. We’ll should get to know the facts on Tuesday.

Film deal for the first Canadian VOD trial

Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution are to provide films for the first Canadian VOD trial. 1,000 customer of Toronto-based Rogers Cable will take part in the trial.

Italian broadcaster RAI to stream TV

Alcatel and Italian broadcaster RAI have announced they will be streaming their 24hr news channel, RAI News 24 over 3G at 384 kbit/s during the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes. I’m looking forward to reports on its results.

Broadband connected TV from Panasonic

Another broadband connected device, this time a TV from Panasonic. It will also have a dial-up modem and is reported as being able to download content at off-peak hours ready for viewing later, so I assume PVR functions.

Ultra Wideband murmurs

Ultra Wideband (UWB) – its civilian use has been talked about for a while (the military been using it for about twenty years) and now the US FCC has revised some of its rules to enable be used commercially.

Intertainer get rights to MGM films

MGM have agreed to have their movies distributed by Intertainer. This adds to the deal they did last year with Universal. Viewers will be able to watch the movies on-demand (VOD). Intertainer currently only distribute their content to users who live in a number of region in the US and have at least a 580kbps connection. Not a great deal of chance of them distributing in the UK as the base BT ADSL service offers UPTO 500k – even if they could sort out movie distribution deals.

SightSound Technologies claim distribution patents

An initial ruling by a US federal magistrate on patents held by SightSound Technologies states they cover the distribution of audio and video content over all telco networks, including the Internet. The ramification of this could be that all online music and movie venture will have to pay a license fee to SightSound.

BT to roll out satellite broadband across Scotland

After a tiny trial of twelve companies, BT is now rolling out their satellite delivered broadband across Scotland.