– TalkTalk: The UK ISP has announced it is upgrading its broadband customers to the fastest sync speeds that their lines will support, up to 24Mbps, as a network-wide upgrade of its backhaul network that has seen Gigabit Ethernet fiber installed between all its exchanges. It is also removing peer-to-peer traffic shaping controls for users of its Pro package, subject to a fair use policy. (Via TalkTalk’s blog.)
– BBC Worldwide: The commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster finally gets closure on its 2entertain negotiations. BBCWW says it will pay £17 million for the 40 percent of the DVD distributor that it does not already own. Woolworths, which formally owned the stake, went bankrupt in 2008, and its administrators went to court against the BBC disputing the value of the shareholding. BBCWW says it funded the deal with cash from its reserves, not proceeds from the public licence fee.
– Scandinavian IPTV: Viasat Broadcasting, a division of the Modern Times Group, has signed a long-term deal to distribute its pay-TV packages through Telenor’s IPTV services in Norway and Sweden, which respectively have 623,000 and 574,000 customers. The deal includes Viasat’s free-to-air channels in the two countries, as well as its premium movie, sport, childrens and documentary channels. (Via BroadbandTV news.)