Set-tops not going away for Cisco; home media platforms to save pay TV business

More IPTV news from around the World Wide Web...

> Cisco is "very committed to the set-top business," a company executive made clear at Cable Congress. Story

> Powerful home media platforms and weaknesses in the smart TV consumer proposition will allow the pay TV business to thrive in the next decade, according to research from U.K. multimedia consultancy Decipher. Story

> Verizon FiOS subscribers with older boxes will need to change them out (for free) to get some HD channels starting April 15. Story

> Altech Multimedia and Digiturk Aare planning to launch a next-generation hybrid set-top box for evolving markets in Turkey and beyond. Story

> The growth of Dutch digital TV, now reportedly in 81 percent of all TV homes, is being credited to "competitors of cable operators, particularly through IPTV over copper and fiber." Story

> The National Council of Ukraine on Television and Radio Broadcasting reports that there were "around 80" operators providing IPTV services without a legal permit as of late February 2013. Story

> Teleste is discontinuing its IPTV middleware offer to focus on partnerships with other manufacturers. Story

Cable News

> Several cable vendors took the wraps off of new multiscreen technology products at the CableLabs Winter Conference, which kicked off Sunday in Orlando, Fla. Full article

And finally… Andorra Telecom has launched VOD service using Broadpeak's CDN technologies and Viaccess-Orca's service delivery platform. Press release