AT&T launches home management; BT not scared of OTT

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> AT&T launched a competitive home management and automation system in 15 markets nationwide to consumers "regardless of their wireless or wireline broadband provider." Press release

> A BT executive made it clear that he's not afraid of smart TVs competing with his IPTV service, and he views Netflix as a helper, not a competitor. Story

> France Telecom's Orange TV service is now available to over 6 million households, mostly in France or Poland, via IPTV or satellite. Story

> Estonian IPTV service provider Elion grew its subscriber base by about 10 percent in 2012 and now has 160,000 subscribers. Story

> Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) wants permission to use about a quarter of the capacity of the new Vinasat-2 satellite to provide IPTV services after using up capacity on Vinasat-1 faster than expected. Story

> Moldovan service provider Moldtelecom is deploying Entone's Kamai 500 hybrid media players to deliver advanced TV services that include network-based digital video recording, pause and restart of live TV programs and catch-up TV. Story

> Bosnian operator m:tel is offering a 50 percent discount on the monthly subscription for its IPTV, unlimited Internet and fixed telephony service. Story

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> Time Warner Cable has developed technology that would allow subscribers to transfer TV shows and movies stored on a DVR to PCs, smartphones and tablets. Article

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> Frontier Communications is close to completing its middle mile broadband stimulus project in West Virginia, one that will provide services to various anchor institutions throughout the state. Article

And finally … Swisscom has announced that customers using its IPTV service will from 29 April be able to access it even if they are travelling out of the country.  Story