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August 03, 2013

Cable Spotlight Week in Review

By Michelle Amodio, TMCnet Contributor

It’s the weekend, which means it’s time to look at a recap of the latest headlines in technology. Let’s look at what’s happened in the cable spotlight.

This week Foxtel announced its IPTV (News - Alert) service, Foxtel Play, which is scheduled to launch August 11 in Australia. With this service, users can enjoy more than 40 live channels, such as Fox Sports, Foxtel Movie, ESPN (News - Alert), Cartoon Network, Lifestyle, History, Discovery and Disney, to name a few.

Customers will also be able to view channels from everywhere using their mobile devices, such as iOS and Android (News - Alert) devices.

There are several packages customers can subscribe to. Check out the full report to learn how Foxtel is making its foray into Australian IPTV market via the full report.

A special report this week takes a look at Time Warner (News - Alert) Cable’s modem fee practices, noting that a new price hike fee of $5.99 from a previous $3.95 ups the ante in competition.

Basically, this enables the company to keep its package prices low while generating revenue from their modem fees and sales. Customers will have the option to buy the device outright.

Israel’s satellite television provider, yes, made headlines this week as it deployed HomePNA technology in order to power its yes.Multiroom whole-home digital video recorder services.

“yes is a technology-driven company that strives to offer its customers leading edge products that enhance their viewing experience. We have depended on HomePNA (News - Alert) home networking technology over the last two years for our successful Video on Demand (VoD) service deployments. The success of that experience made HomePNA the obvious choice for our new yes.Multiroom, providing a reliable high speed backbone to distribute DVR service throughout our customers' homes,” said Itzhak Elyakim, vice president of engineering and CTO at yes.

That’s it for this week’s cable spotlight week in review. Be sure to visit Cable Spotlight for the latest news on all things cable.

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