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Euronews: August 26

8:30 AM -- There's a bit of a TV theme in today's roundup of European telecom news snippets, with a video-on-demand (VoD) deal and two surveys in the mix.

  • First up, UK giant BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has struck a deal with Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) to bring ABC TV On Demand, a VoD service, to users of its BT Vision IPTV offering. Lucky subscribers can lie back and enjoy full seasons of shows such as Cougar Town and Desperate Housewives. Now that's progress. (See BT Teams With Disney for VoD.)

  • White-coated boffins at Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC)'s ConsumerLab have released the findings of a new study, "Multi Screen Media Consumption 2010," which unsurprisingly reveals that we are watching the box in all sorts of different ways now, rather than being all gathered 'round at an appointed time like The Ovaltineys of yesteryear. Half of those surveyed confessed to using Internet-based on-demand TV/video every week. (See Ericsson Study Maps TV Trends.)

  • But, hey, let's not get carried away with this modern viewing lark: A report in the Daily Telegraph says that, according to a poll conducted by YouGov for Deloitte Development LLC, only 2 percent of Brits are likely to buy a 3D-enabled TV set in the coming year. It's that old "Do I look daft in these goggles?" problem, I guess...

  • In other non-TV news, Orange Business Services in France has announced it has bought Alsy, a Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) communications solutions integrator that has 140 employees and recorded revenues of €14 million (US$17.7 million) in 2009. More importantly, it also has multinational clients -- an area with which mobile operators have been seeking to get more involved in recent months. (See Orange Business Services Buys Alsy and Mobile Operators Woo Multinationals.)

  • TeleGeography reports that Telekom Slovenije 's first-half EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and something beginning with A) dropped 5 percent year-on-year, despite a 2 percent rise in revenue over the same period.

  • Love is in the airwaves... Cellular-News reports that Italians are the most likely to be looking for love via their mobile devices, with a frankly scary 7.1 percent of users accessing dating services each month. The silly survey in question, conducted by comScore Inc. , also found that the Spanish came second in the mobile love stakes, with 6.1 percent, while the repressed Brits predictably -- and reassuringly -- trailed in fifth, with 3.5 percent. And never in the afternoon.

    — Paul Rainford, freelance editor, special to Light Reading

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