Horizon TV coming to Ireland; SK Broadband adds 131,000 IPTV subs

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> Horizon TV will launch in Ireland this summer and Germany later in the year, Liberty Global President-CEO Mike Fries said. Story

> SK Broadband added 131,000 new subscribers in the first quarter, according to a company earnings press release.

> Microsoft's next Xbox will do one thing a traditional set-top box won't: it will work when the Internet doesn't, the company said. Story

> Croatian service provider Hrvatski Telekom (T-HT) and its sister company Iskon will raise the prices of their Internet and IPTV offers starting June 1 in action mandated by national regulator HAKOM. Story

> Nearly two in three of Hungarian TV subscribers now opt for digital services with a total of 891,314 consumers subscribing to cable and IPTV, according to data published by the regulator NMHH. Story

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> IAC Chairman and Aereo investor Barry Diller defended the startup online video company in a recent interview with Bloomberg TV. Article

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> CenturyLink is catering to the sports fanatics who subscribe to its Prism IPTV offering by signing a multiyear carriage agreement with Universal Sports that will enable the carrier to offer new sports content in nine markets, including Las Vegas, Phoenix, central North Carolina and southwest Florida. Article

And finally … Du, one of the two main telcos in the United Arab Emirates, saw a small improvement in the number of subscribers for its IPTV service during the first quarter of this year to reach 124,000, up 6 percent annually. Broadband additions fared slightly better, rising 11 percent annually in the first quarter of 2013 to reach 145,000. Story

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