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Despite an overall flat trend for revenue across the group in the three-month period, BT has scored in Q1 2015 with TV services and its IPTV-supporting fibre business.

Following quarter after quarter of leading TV additions — offsetting cable losses — the US IPTV services Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse have had their worst quarter of video customer growth ever.

Never hitting the highs of satellite but also not enduring the lows of cable, the IPTV sector has kept a relatively low profile but this may change as it enters a period of rapid growth, says Transparency Market Research.

As it aims to bolster its video offerings, and ensure quality of service, Telecom Italia has agreed a partnership with Akamai Technologies to offer a content delivery network and Web optimisation services.

As it released strong half-yearly results, UK IPTV, online TV and in-home multimedia distribution provider Amino Technologies is to buy out US rival Entone in a deal valued at £46.7 million ($73.0 million).

East Asia has risen to the top of the global league in net additions of broadband users in the first quarter of 2015, with China bringing ten million new fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) subscribers to the IPTV party.

SK Broadband, one of the main IPTV providers in Korea delivering TV everywhere (TVE) and video-on-demand (VOD), is to partner with Rovi on new entertainment discovery patent portfolio licences.

South Carolina's Horry Telephone Cooperative (HTC) has selected the Entone Engage hosted service assurance platform to support hybrid IPTV services.

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