CenturyLink Prism TV gets exclusive deal with Orlando Magic; Freeview plots streaming service

Quick news from across the Web.

> The NBA's Orlando Magic has signed a multi-year deal with CenturyLink's Prism TV service as the team's exclusive video provider. Story

> U.K. service provider Freeview HD is plotting the launch of VuTV, a premium subscription streaming service of U.S. cable networks. Story

> Finland's national TV operator Anvia TV is using Elemental Technologies and Teleste for multiscreen viewing services. Press release

> Germans are more often than not using smartphones, tablets and laptops to supplement TV, and 43 percent are using Facebook and Twitter while they watch TV, according to a Kabel Deutschland survey. Story

> IPTV subscribers account for 109,300 of 407,600 homes receiving digital pay-TV services in Lithuania. Story

> German private and public broadcasters are launching a campaign to tell viewers of the possibilities of their smart TVs and how HbbTV offers on-demand programming, EPGs, extended information, high quality teletext pages, live streams, special events and more. Story

> TalkTalk claims YouView is the U.K.'s fastest growing pay-TV service after reaching the 500,000 subscriber mark in its first year. Story

> Singapore's StarHub launched "SmartPipe," offering subscribers Internet access, voice and IPTV over the country's Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (NGNBN). Story

> Video data streaming is expected to drive 40 percent growth in the content delivery network (CDN) market between now and 2016. Story

Cable TV News

> CBS and Time Warner Cable have ended their month-long battle over retransmission fees, announcing CBS programming will return to Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks customers within 24 hours. Full article

Telecom News

> Bell Canada has spent $157 million to extend its growing Fibe TV service to Ottawa, bringing its coverage to 3.8 million households. Ottawa follows Montréal, Toronto, Québec City and multiple other locations in Ontario and Québec to be able to get the IPTV service. Full article

And finally… Russian national operator Rostelecom has expanded its FTTB network in the Samara region, where it has 35,000 IPTV customers. Story

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