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March 24, 2011

Global broadband subscribers passes 523 million

Global broadband ended 2010 with more than 523 million subscribers with Global IPTV subscriptions growing by 34.6%.

The figures which have been released by Point-Topic.com were announced yesterday and showed that the total global broadband subscribers by the end of 2010 stood at 523,066,022 which was a net addition for the year of 55 million lines.

July 2010 saw global broadband pass the half a billion landmark figure.

Europe is leading the way with the most broadband subscribers with 188.8 million closely followed by Asia with 184.5 million, Americas had 133.8 million with the Middle East and Africa being way behind with just 15.6 million broadband subscribers.

When it comes to specific countries it is however China that is leading the way with 136 million subscribers, within Europe Germany are leading the way with 26.7 million.

The top 10 broadband countries based on subscribers numbers to the end of 2010 was as follows:

  1. China (all territories) -  136,496,883
  2. USA – 87,172,827
  3. Japan – 34,467,000
  4. Germany – 26,715,350
  5. France – 19,887,530
  6. UK – 19,607,600
  7. South Korea – 17,202,641
  8. Italy – 14,257,650
  9. Brazil – 12,656,200
  10. Russia – 11,619,000

Globally the type of broadband connections subscribers are using currently sees DSL way out in front with 63% of the market (331 million subscribers), Cable (mostly popular in America) accounts for 20% (106 million subscribers) while Fibre broadband connections account for around 14% globally (72 million subscribers). Fixed Wireless Access and Satellite broadband only account for around 2.5% combined.

The market share that Cable has is slowly getting eaten up though with Fibre optic broadband growing fast, a good example is in the UK market where fibre broadband is being rolled out across the UK with the BT Infinity network which should reach around 66% of the country when complete.

IPTV has Europe leading the way with 20.7 million IPTV subscribers, Asia with 16.3 million, Americas with 8 million and the Middle Easy and Africa with 0.2 million.
The top 10 countries for IPTV includes 6 that are within Europe, the UK doesn’t feature in this.

Top 10 IPTV countries:

  1. France – 10,255,000
  2. China (all territories) – 10,002,000
  3. USA – 7,301,800
  4. South Korea – 3,645,650
  5. Japan – 2,213,117
  6. Germany – 1,513,200
  7. Belgium – 975,000
  8. Spain – 858,200
  9. Italy – 819,000
  10. Sweden – 770,000
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July 1, 2010

Prices for Sky Sports 1 & 2 with BT Vision

BT Vision (BT’s Internet TV service) have announced the prices for customers o take Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 for a monthly price of just £16.99 per month.

sky sports Prices for Sky Sports 1 & 2 with BT VisionEarlier this week we had the news that the Sky Sports 1 & 2 channels were to be available for BT Vision customers in a move that would mean that customers could pay just for the sports channels and not have to pay for the basic channels with it.

What’s more is that customers can take the Sports channels on a month by month contract if they wish, also if they only want one of the Sky Sports channels they can do so for just £11.99 per month, although a 12 month BT Vision and broadband contract are required.

The deal gets even sweeter for those customers who are willing to sign up for a 24 month broadband and calls deal, on offer then is the “total sports package” which starts at just £6.99 for Sky Sports 1, ESPN and “on demand” sport from BT Vision or for £11.99 per month if they take Sky Sports 1 & 2, ESPM and “on demand” sport which BT say works out £205 cheaper than Skys current equivalent deal and £281 cheaper than Virgin Media over the course of a year (bundle of Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2, ESPN, broadband excluding line rental).

BT Retails Chief Executive said:

Football fans will be cheering our new prices, which mark an end to paying for basic channels when you only want the sport.

“We expect that entry prices as low as £6.99 will welcome in a huge number of extra customers who’d love to enjoy these channels, but thought they were too expensive.

“A more competitive market will ensure that customers continue to get the best sport for the sharpest prices and this opening of the market will be in the best interests of customers.

Customers are able to sign up for the new deals now and be ready for the start of the new Premier League season which kicks off on 14th August.

However, BT are likely to lose money on everyone who signs up for this now as Sky pulled a cheeky move in increasing it’s retail price by £3 per month for Sky Sports to it’s customers, this is linked to the wholesale price that the likes of BT and Virgin Media pay Sky so these prices to BT will also go up by £3 per month, up from £10.63 per month to £13.42 for a single Sky Sports channel and the pair of channels raising from £17.14 per month to £19.07.

Sky were reportedly planning on increasing it’s prices anyway due to having an increased coverage of Premier League matches this season, up from 92 last season to 115 that it will show this season.

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June 28, 2010

BT Vision add Sky Sports 1 & 2 to viewing channels

BT Vision customers will now be able to watch Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 after a deal between BT and BSkyB will see the wholesale supply of the channels.

BT Vision is BT’s broadband based TV service (IPTV) and will be able to offer subscribers the two Sky Sports channels from the 1st August, with sign ups for them being taken in early July. This comes just in time for the new Premier League football season which is due to kick off on August 14th.

The Chief Executive of BT Retail, Gavin Patterson said:

We are delighted to have reached this milestone, which means that we can be certain of offering Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 to our customers before the football season kicks off.  We know our customers will be keen to sign up for the two channels.

There is currently no pricing for how much it will cost to take up these channels with BT Vision but they will be announced soon. For a basic BT Vision subscription it costs £7.50 per month for BT Broadband customers.

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June 18, 2010

Watch England v Algeria World Cup Game online with broadband

This evening England take on Algeria in their second game of the group stages of the World Cup with fans able to watch the action online.

world cup trophy Watch England v Algeria World Cup Game online with broadbandFor those who want to watch the game online via their broadband connection they can do by going to the ITV Live website where the game will be streamed live online.

The England v Algeria Group C game takes place at the Cape Town Stadium with Kick Off at 7.30pm but coverage on ITV starting at 7pm.

Those watching World Cup games online at the ITV Live website can also chat live with other fans and also read stats about the teams as the game is taking place if they wish or there is also the option of having just standard viewing with no other distractions if you wish.

To watch the World Cup games online that that ITV have, visit: http://live.itv.com


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June 11, 2009

BT want BBC to pay iPlayer bandwidth contributions

BT is calling for the BBC to pay up if they want their iPlayer content to be available over their network. BT say the cost in terms of bandwidth is huge for delivering content for the iPlayer. The iPlayer allows users to watch BBC programmes online via their broadband connection and as it’s popularity continues to grow and more aqnd more broadband users make use of it the more it is costing in bandwidth bills.

BT was found to be throttling iPlayer traffic between 5pm and midnight when demand on the network was at it’s greatest, with users reporting that their broadband speeds dropped considerably when using iPlayer. It is not only BT who have done this, with many other ISPs also doing the same with many also saying that the BBC should pay contributions to the cost for delivering their content.

It would not just be the BBC with the iPlayer that contributions would be requested from, YouTube and other very high traffic video steaming sites could also be asked for contributions.
It is not unfeasible to see that the iPlayer could in future be delivering many peoples television direct into their living rooms  as people choose exactly what they want to watch and when they want to watch it.

One thought is the fact of net neutrality, why should one sites data be throttled and limited to customers and users just because it is popular and other sites get all their data sent at full unrestricted speeds which makes it an un-level playing field.

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- Filed under: Home Broadband,IPTV
- Tags: BBC iPlayer, Broadband costs, BT, BT Broadband, IPTV, Trottling
Author: Mark @ 11:52 am

June 5, 2009

Tiscali TV launch new Enhanced Programme Guide

Tiscali broadband who are being acquired by The Carphone Warehouse are to launch a new Electronic Programme Guide (EPG)  for it’s Tiscali TV service.

The new EPG is to be launched on 10th June and uses HD graphics, widescreen, faster and has (according to Tiscali) the most user friendly and personalised interface.

Some differences include when the user turns it on it will announce “Hello Mark” or the name of who turns it on, and then the menu system to find what the user wants to watch longer has 40 options but a new icon bar that will help users get to what they want form the 110 channels, 19 radio stations, Catch-Up programmes 5,000 hours of on demand and up to 1,000 movies, and 8,000 music videos.

A new text message type search has been integrated to let users search for what they want to watch from current and recorded programmes, the search will find anything from programme titles to the credits and programme synopsis.

Tiscali TV users don’t need to do anything as the update will automatically be sent to the set top box.

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- Filed under: IPTV
- Tags: IPTV, Tiscali, Tiscali TV
Author: Sheri @ 1:35 pm


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