TELEWEST'S SLOW PURSUIT OF BRITISH SKY BROADCASTING.Britain's Telewest communications' efforts at acquiring its competitor, British Sky Broadcasting British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB — formerly two companies, Sky Television and BSB) is a company that operates Sky Digital, a subscription television service in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. It produces TV content, and owns several TV channels. in order to become dominant in Britain's digital television market has encountered unusual hardware delays which are impeding im·pede
tr.v. im·ped·ed, im·ped·ing, im·pedes
To retard or obstruct the progress of. See Synonyms at hinder1.
[Latin imped the acquisition. There is a shortage of set-top boxes The cable TV box that sits on "top" of the TV "set," although it is often located several feet away in an equipment rack. The set-top box descrambles the premium channels and provides a tuner for the higher cable numbers that very old TVs did not support. available for the needed decoding de·code
tr.v. de·cod·ed, de·cod·ing, de·codes
1. To convert from code into plain text.
2. To convert from a scrambled electronic signal into an interpretable one.
3. of digital transmission signals by its customers. While Telewest expects to have one-half million subscribers for its digital television service by March of 2001, this represents a 3-month delay from its earlier projections. Recent suspension of its marketing of the digital-TV service is indicative of the delays which it is encountering in obtaining set-top boxes.