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"UK cable MSO Telewest Broadband has released initial figures indicating a successful launch for its enhanced TV (eTV) platform. While 50 per cent of Telewest Broadband digital customers accessed the BBCi World Cup eTV service, 43 per cent of them accessed the BBCi Wimbledon eTV service, and over 500,000 Big Brother votes were registered via the Telewest Broadband TV platform from the first few weeks of operation. "
By contrast, cable industry's financially fraught operators NTL and Telewest are thought to have lost a total of about 60,000 television customers in the corresponding period.
Sky chief executive Tony Ball is thought to be preparing to demonstrate to analysts a new high-speed internet product which he hopes will challenge the "triple play" of telephone, television and internet offered by the cable firms.
He is expected to take the wraps off a broadband-enabled set-top box which would provide fast downloads of information such as video and text to improve the look and speed of Sky's interactive services as well as opening the way for new income-generative services.
Analysts believe the company may also look at offering "always-on" broadband internet in conjunction with a big telephone firm such as BT on a revenue-sharing basis.