Report: IPTV sub growth to 70 million by 2015; March Madness heats up online video


> Subscriber growth in China, Latin America and Eastern Europe will help double the number of IPTV subscribers worldwide to 70 million by 2015, according to a report from IMS Research, which calls IPTV the "platform of the future," and says including over-the-top content has gone from being a luxury to a necessity for pay-TV operators. Article

> Canadian Telecommunications systems provider Tbaytel has selected the Calix B6 Ethernet Service Access Node for its launch of advanced IPTV services. Tbaytel will leverage VDSL2 and Active Ethernet fiber access technology to bring Microsoft Mediaroom-powered video services to residential subscribers in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Release

> College basketball fever hits this Sunday as the NCAA Men's basketball tournament brackets are announced and fans go crazy researching teams and players for their top pool "winning picks." A PC Tools survey of 1,000 U.S. adults shows nearly one in four Americans report they are online while watching basketball on TV, with men watching up to three hours a day of sports games or highlights on their computers. Release

> The BBC is set to start serving up 3D content, working with Sony to present the finals of this year's Wimbledon tennis tournament in stereoscopic 3D. The Beeb said it plans to offer the content globally and to show it in movie theaters in the United Kingdom, just as CBS did with last year's NCAA Men's Basketball tournament final between Duke and Butler. Article

> Nintendo says Netflix, 3-D channel will be on 3DS handheld gaming device. Article

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