Telewest backgrounder: Who, what why and where of one of the UK's broadband providers. News and background stuff.
"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.
"Mr Singer's decision to accept his £186,000 bonus just weeks after the company made 1,500 staff redundant was not a shrewd PR move.
To add to its woes, Telewest announced it was closing Play UK, its comedy and music channel co-owned with the BBC, at the end of this year. Troubled times indeed."
" It is a painful observation, but set-top boxmaker Pace Micro is threatening to join Sinclair, Psion and so many other British innovators who proved to be great at inventing new kit, but hopeless at making any money from it.
Corporate contingency planning could not have predicted that one major domestic customer would go bust (ITV Digital), two would have to freeze their business plans because of the size of their debts (Telewest and NTL), and that the fourth (BSkyB) would declare that it would only buy from Pace if it was willing to supply at below cost."
"The battle for control of Telewest has taken a surprise twist with billionaire John Malone withdrawing his offer for the cable group's bonds and telling three of his lieutenants to stand down from the company's board. "
It's seen as a long chess game, he'll still want Telewest to be part of his expansion from the US to Europe.
""One megabit per second is like viagra for your PC, providing a mind-blowing Internet experience that other service providers simply can't keep up with," said David Hobday, sales and marketing director of Telewest Broadband"
"Telewest is launching a marketing campaign for their broadband product in the nation's toilets. 1,500 toilets will be included from a selcection of upmarket bars and clubs.
John Orriss, head of marketing at Telewest Broadband commented: "We've always believed that broadband should be approachable and enjoyable, not technological mumbo jumbo. Broadband internet still means nothing to many people
John Orriss, head of marketing at Telewest Broadband commented: "We've always believed that broadband should be approachable and enjoyable, not technological mumbo jumbo. Broadband internet still means nothing to many people"