Media Sector

Virgin Media's XL package offers 10Mbps boost

Jon James, Executive Director for Virgin Media's broadband announced that the customers who had signed up for Virgin Media's XL broadband package will avail a speed boost from 20Mbps to 30Mbps free of cost.

According to Virgin, the new super fast service is in response to increase in the number of smart phones, mobiles and other gadgets. Since there is an abundance of modern-day business clients and customers, the company is now providing speed boost of 50 per cent as their offering moves.

High profits force Murdoch to raise bid for BSkyB

Since satellite broadcaster, BSkyB, has been able to show phenomenal financial results, media moghul Rupert Murdoch is facing pressure to raise the offer price.

Rupert's media company, News Corp had earlier offered to buy out 61 per cent of stake in BskyB. This is the remaining stake that is not with News Corp at present and the company has been trying hard to acquire it for a long time. Despite that, it is facing a lengthy inquiry that deals with competition and says that acquiring the firm would give too much control to Rupert in UK.

MTV to launch new music channel on Sky

MTV is going to launch a new dedicated music channel- MTV Music, which will be available on broadcaster Sky's Electronic Programme Guide's channel 350.

MTV Music will be available from 1st of February. It will host a number of entertaining programmes including music videos, live performances and interviews with A-list artists and bands.

David Lynn, managing director at MTVN & Ireland, said that the new music channel would be dedicated to the best music.

Sky overhauls EPG line-up; launches Sky Atlantic

With an intension to make it easier for customers to find their favorite pay TV picks and HD channels, satellite broadcaster Sky has announced some changes in its electronic programme guide (EPG).

Changes include swap out of thirty-three channels in Sky’s HD pack, the relocation of pay TV channels plus the launch of a new channel, called Sky Atlantic.

Numerous channels plus their HD simulcast channels, including MTV, Universal, Comedy Central, FX and Syfy, will be moved to higher profile channel slots.

‘Doctor Who’ debut becomes most watches show on BBC iPlayer this year

The BBC’s on-demand video catch-up service iPlayer recorded a strong growth in the month of November with annual growth of more than 32 per cent and Matt Smith's first full episode as the latest Doctor Who has become the most watched programme on the service.

The Eleventh Hour was streamed by users on the service more than 2.2 million times since its broadcast n April this year. The first episode of Top Gear was streamed 1.6m times, while the first episode of Sherlock was streamed 1.4m times.

Virgin Media rolling out Android 2.2 FroYo update for HTC desire

Virgin Media has commenced rolling out Android 2.2, codenamed FroYo, update for the iPhone-challenger HTC Desire.

The announcement about the update was posted Virgin Media's support forum. The notification for the over-the-air update appears in the notification menu bar of the handsets.

The Android 2.2 update features compatibility with more Android Market Place apps, Facebook updates and birthday reminders on the screen, option the secure the handset with password, capability to save apps to the SD card, HD video record and LED light now available in camcorder mode.