Beijing-based telecoms equipment vendor UTStarcom has posted a US$ 5mn net loss for the first quarter of this year, but expects profitability to improve once it can count the IPTV business it sold last August as discontinued operations.
Demand for IPTV services picked up "significantly" last year, according to US research firm MRG, which estimates that the number of IPTV subscribers worldwide rose 36% in 2012 to reach 77mn, with strong growth in all geographic regions.
Malaysia's biggest telco will shortly be making its IPTV service 'HyppTV' available nationwide and outside the home with the launch of two new services - HyppTV Over Broadband and HyppTV Everywhere.
It was allegedly Lord Leverhulme, the British soap tycoon, who complained that half his advertising budget was wasted. The trouble, he said, was that he didn’t know which half. Advertisers like to think they have improved measurement in the past hundred years, but now there is a new risk.
According to the results of Informa Telecoms & Media’s annual industry survey, innovation is a key priority for global telecoms and media players in 2013. Over 500 senior executives from across both these sectors were asked how their businesses and markets would perform in 2013 and the role innovation would play in driving future revenue growth.
Broadcasters and TV operators take note: consumers are tired of clunky user interfaces, weary of digital rights issues, and willing to run into the arms of a big technology company like Apple or Google if these problems are not resolved, and fast.
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