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Russia to add 900,000 IPTV subscribers in 2013

According to a report from J'son & Partners Consulting, at the end of 2012 the IPTV subscriber base in Russia was about 2.54 million, or 4.7% of households in the country. J'son & Partners forecasts that Russia's IPTV subscriber base will exceed 3.4 million by the end of 2013…

YahClick launches satellite broadband service

YahClick, a unit of Al Yah Satellite Communication Company (Yahsat), has launched satellite broadband services in the United Arab Emirates, giving consumers an alternative service provider to the incumbents Etisalat and Du. The National reports that the satellite firm, owned by Mubadala Development Company, has partnered with SkyStream and Safa Telecom, which will distribute and market the services in the country. YahClick is aimed at business and corporate customers, as well as users in remote areas that do not have access to fixed broadband services. Packages for business customers range in price from AED600 (USD163) to AED2,500 per month, while consumer plans cost between AED220 and AED700. Maximum connection speeds of up 15Mbps downstream and 2Mbps upstream are on offer.

ABN rolls out Malaysia´s first digital cable TV services

Malaysia's first digital cable TV network that carries initial 50 channels was launched by ABNxces, the only cable TV service provider in the country, owned by Asian Broadcasting Network(ABN). ABN´s pay-TV service will cost USD 9.59 for 50 channels plus FTA TV, radio and games applications.

ABNxcess will also include 10 HD channels with no additional charges. It was previously reported that the company plans to increase the number of available channels up to 500 in future. However, which channel would be a part of this pay TV package is not mentioned by the firm.

Handful of operators dominate global IPTV market

New research from SNL Kagan has revealed that the largest IPTV operators are maintaining an iron grip on video business for the platform.

The State of Top 20 Global IPTV Operators report found that by the end of 2012, the 20 largest IPTV operators served 83% of global IPTV households (57.7 million subscribers). Regionally, Western Europe and Asia-Pacific dominated, with nine operators out of 20 located in Western Europe and seven in Asia.

CE commercially launched IPTV in Costa Rica

The Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE in Spanish), the dominant phone company of that country, launched its IPTV service Kölbi Hogar TV which has HD and VOD. It was already present in some areas of that country as a pilot plan with 600 pre-selected families.

Kölbi Hogar TV has 87 digital channels, 11 PPV, seven additional in HD and 49 audio channels that include give national broadcasters. Subscribers will be able to enjoy more than one thousand movies, concerts and karaoke in VOD. 80% of the titles will be free. The IPTV service will allow the subscriber to personalize their account, define lists of favorite channels, program reminders, parent control, auto-tuning, rentals and watching movies. It has time-shifting and DVR.