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IPTV Slipups

12:37 PM -- Outside the Valley, across the Pond, past the Golden Gate -- things aren't all rosy in IPTV.

The big-ticket news is Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) shelving IPTV until at least 2009.

Their strategy of "doing less properly" sounds like a cop-out -- but then again, maybe AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) could have used that kind of scaling back before issuing its first U-verse projections. (See AT&T Readjusts U-verse Forecast .)

Meanwhile, The Register is giving Salt SA a hard time about a self-imposed IPTV deadline. It's not looking good.

This item isn't in the same league, but: Chunghwa Telecom Co. Ltd. (NYSE: CHT) apparently isn't quite ready to say it's broadcasting IPTV from the 2008 Olympics.

Of course, other countries are still taking the lead in IPTV. Here in my non U-verse corner of the Valley, I'm just happy to have what the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considers "broadband."

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 2:58:10 PM
re: IPTV Slipups OK -- *now*, Chunghwa has officially gotten the rights to broadcast the Olympics, via IPTV, the Internet, and handsets.


Not that it's a surprise; they just hadn't made it official at the time of earlier press reports.
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