There have been no significant changes in the coverage of traditional broadcast terrestrial, satellite and cable networks over the past year according to Ofcom’s Connected Nations Report (previously called the Infrastructure Report) which charts the UK’s evolving communications infrastructure, and our progress towards becoming genuinely connected nations.
Some 43.4% of the world’s population, roughly 3.2 billion people, are now online according to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
A new report from regulator Ofcom says 57% of TV Households can access HD services, but there is evidence that not all viewers are taking advantage of the shows, even when an HD version is available.
Zattoo, Magine TV and TV Spielfilm live face a new competitor: German social TV provider Couchfunk has rolled out a fully-fledged internet TV platform offering public and commercial TV channels as live-streams.
US media company Liberty Global will unify the names of its cable subsidiaries in Austria and Switzerland under the joint label UPC, the umbrella brand of its European cable assets.
A number of companies, including AT&T, Netflix and Yahoo, are being sued because their websites are said to use a version of HTTPS that infringes a patent relating to encryption.The Register reports that Texas-based company CryptoPeak Solutions is in possession of a patent which describes a series of “auto-escrowable and auto-certifiable cryptosystems.” While the details get pretty technical, the gist of the company’s claim is simple: it reckons that websites which use elliptic curve cryptography to create secure HTTPS connections violate its patent.
With the Open Networking Foundation preparing to take a direct presence in Australia, networking veteran and the Foundation’s executive director Dr Dan Pitt came within reach of our operatives at Vulture South. So we interviewed him.