Bollywood ready to star on FiOS; Bell Aliant expands IPTV footprint

> Verizon FiOS VOD customers can watch the best of Bollywood films as part of a deal between International Media Distribution and the MVPD. News release

> Bell Aliant has expanded its FTTH network to include Amherst, Nova Scotia, effectively bringing TV service to the 5,400 residents. Press release

> New Zealand's national broadcaster TVNZ is launching on-demand catch-up TV using technology supplied by cloud content services vendor Brightcove. Press release

> South Korean telco LG U+ has passed the 1 million IPTV subscriber mark. Story

> Colombia's state-owned utilities provider Emcali will start offering IPTV services in 2013. Story

> Russian IPTV provider Beeline TV has added 11 HD channels as part of a 16-channel expansion. Story

Online Video

> Just based on the popularity of services like YouTube and Netflix, the online video market should be worth $37 billion by 2017, researchers at Informa Telecoms & Media have said. Story

Cable TV

> DirecTV is attempting to woo subscribers shopping online Monday with a $25 monthly subscription video package that includes 140 cable networks and three free months of HBO, Showtime and Starz. Story

Telecom

> Competitive Australian broadband provider iiNet reported that it has more fiber-based broadband customers than the government-funded National Broadband Network (NBN) open access network. Story

And finally… China Telecom is suspicious enough to demand that IPTV set-top box bidders who submit bids below cost must provide a "sufficient explanation" of why or they'll be rejected. Story

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