Virgin Media hits 200 Mbps; Hillcrest connects to TVs

The cable industry's foundations in both high-speed data and entertainment are again being threatened by outside forces.

Virgin Media used the Ideal Home Show 2010 in London to demonstrate the 200 Mbps broadband services it has been testing in the English countryside. "By pushing the boundaries of broadband in the U.K. we hope to drive change in the way Brits enjoy and experience digital entertainment and exciting new services," said Ashley Stockwell, Virgin Media's brand and marketing executive director.

Meanwhile, in the U.S., Hillcrest Labs will be introducing a new Web browser designed to let viewers more easily navigate Internet video sites by connecting their computers to their TVs. The browser software is $99. A remote control to navigate content uncovered by the browser is also $99.

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