Sydney, Australia -- NTL Inc. said it plans to play
a key role in migrating Australian broadcasting from analog to digital technology.
NTL, one of the United Kingdom's biggest cable operators,
agreed to pay $409.5 million for the Australian government's national transmission
network, which includes 561 transmission towers.
NTL also said it will establish a $3.5 million
regional-communications partnership with the federal and territorial governments and the
national broadcasters that will privatize or upgrade network infrastructure in regional
and rural Australia.
Sydney, Australia -- United International Holdings Inc.
may sell part of Austar, its Australian unit, in an initial public offering of stock,
company executives here said. The sale could raise up to $US252 million, analysts said.
Austar managing director John Porter said last week that
UIH will decide this month whether to move ahead with the IPO.
Hong Kong -- Cable TV was expected to launch its
Internet service here this week, but not over its fiber optic network. Subscribers will
have to access the service through a dial-up modem service, rather than over the faster
cable-modem platform. The company said it hopes to offer a cable-modem service by June.
New Delhi, India -- Indian state broadcaster Doordarshan
launched its own sports channel earlier this month to compete with ESPN Star Sports.
DD Sports will also help to ease Doordarshan's concerns that ESPN Star Sports was making
further inroads into televising local sports.
Although Doordarshan had domestic rights to some local
sports, it televised relatively little due to a lack of scheduling time on its channels.