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Virgin joins Tivo to unveil 'next generation' TV box

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Virgin launches 'Ferrari of broadband services'

Virgin Media upped the ante in the battle for broadband market share as it unveiled what it is calling the "Ferrari" of internet connections. The cable giant said it would start offering its superfast 100Mb broadband service in December.

Ofcom gives go-ahead for broadband TV service

Youview, the venture designed to bring "catch-up" TV into the living room, is on track to launch next year after the media watchdog decided there was currently no competition case to answer. Ofcom decided against a formal investigation into YouView – previously known as Project Canvas – under the Competition Act despite 11 complaints from, among others, Virgin Media and BSkyB. The regulator said it was too early to judge the venture's impact.

Changing channels: YouView is highly controversial, despite its cosy image

YouView will offer TV on demand, web access, plus arts and charity shows, all via your remote control. But not everyone is behind this new way to watch.

Canvas should be blocked, says Sky

BSkyB has become the latest media group to call on Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading to block the launch of YouView, the internet TV venture formerly known as Project Canvas.

Complaints mount over Canvas launch

Project Canvas, the initiative designed to bring internet TV into the living room, faces further pressure after a fifth complaint emerged, calling for it to be probed by the regulators.

The Bargain Hunter: Grapes and gains

The Tesco Wine Festival began earlier this week, with more than 50 critically acclaimed wines reduced by 50 per cent. Unfortunately, I remain somewhat unenlightened on the subject of wine so, while I may be unable to recommend a bottle, Tesco suggests picking up one of its wines of the week: Blason de Bourgogne Montagny Vielles, now £42.66 per case, Castillo de San Lorenzo Rioja Reserva, now £28.44 per case and Blaxland Estate Shiraz, for £22.80 per case.

Channel 5 returns to Project Canvas fold

Channel 5 has rejoined Project Canvas just a month after walking away, as the broadcaster's new owner, Richard Desmond, said the venture would shape the future of TV.

Cultural Life: Tricky, musician

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