KoolConnect puts IPTV in hotels; Sky's Now TV launches on YouView

More IPTV news from around the globe--or at least the World Wide Web.

> KoolConnect is offering hotels a "hybrid interactive TV experience" where guests can access an EPG with direct channel tuning as well as a large array of Web apps like Netflix, Pandora, USA and others. Story.

> Sky's Now TV has officially launched on YouView IPTV--at least for anyone who has purchased a YouView set-top box so viewers can access a variety of Sky content without signing up for one of the broadcaster's TV bundles. Story.

> Cable still owns a 50 percent share of the Dutch pay TV market as IPTV ranks third at 7 percent behind even digital terrestrial reception. Story.

> Hungarian telco Magyar ended the year with a 68.7 percent increase in IPTV subscribers to 276,344 and a 21.5 percent decrease in cable subs to 259,483. Story.

> The oldest Russian pay TV service, Kosmos TV, is shutting down after its broadcast frequencies were awarded to telcos Vimpelcom, Megafon and Rostelecom for LTE. Story.

> Tamil language general entertainment channel Vijay TV is now available in France on Freebox TV, the IPTV platform of Free. Story.

And finally… Deutsche Telekom now counts 1.83 million IPTV customers, a 40.7 percent increase over a year ago. Story.