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Spain to judge Telefonica-Canal Plus deal

The acquisition by Telefonica of Canal Plus will be scrutinised by the Spanish Competition Authorities since the EC has returned the case to Spain on the grounds that it does not have a European dimension. The National Market and Competition Commission (CNMC) will investigate whether the Telefonica’s deal with Canal Plus and Mediaset to acquire 100 per cent of pay […]

GSMA calls for early broadcast spectrum release

Trade body the GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, has called on the European Commission to accelerate the repurposing of the UHF spectrum band (470-790MHz) better to respond to the changing ways content is being accessed. The move puts the GSMA in direct opposition to the European Broadcasting Union, which argues that an early release date is […]

Dutch digital TV market now 6.7m


The number of digital TV connections in the Netherlands grew by 0.8 per cent during the second quarter of 2014 to 6.76 million on June 30th 2014. Digital TV was used by 87.7 per cent of TV subscribers in the Netherlands, including 3.73 million cable subscribers who also have analogue TV connections.  The total TV market grew to 7.71 million […]

UK Culture Secretary: “Copyright infringement is theft”

Culture Secretary Said Javid has told the UK music industry that copyright infringement is theft, pure and simple, and confirmed the government’s continued support for initiatives to combat its threat. Speaking at the British Phonographic Industry AGM, Javid noted that the rise of new technology, new platforms and new ways of sharing and experiencing music had created a wealth of […]

Superfast altnets developing long-term outlook

The UK’s alternative superfast network operator market looks buoyant with new investment flowing in from a variety of sources, and new relationships being built between network operators and service providers. These are the findings from a new report reviewing the past six months in country’s superfast broadband sector. “There is a real buzz in UK superfast broadband with prospects looking […]

UK illegal sports streaming arrest


The UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has arrested a man in the north-western city of Manchester on suspicion of running a series of illegal sports streaming websites The 27-year-old is believed to be operating streaming sites that allow unlawful access to subscription only TV services which is costing industry more than £10 milllion. The man was arrested at […]

No news on ABS-2 fault

Asia Satellite Broadcasting’s ABS-2 suffered a Ku-beam problem on July 26th which resulted in a number of transponders and channels being lost from its services to Russia. Most channels were transferred to other transponders but in some cases with reduced power levels.  ABS-2 operates from 75 degrees East. ABS-2 is an almost brand new satellite, only launched in February and […]

LG Swarovski luxury OLED TV

LG Electronics, with design support from Swarovski, the renowned Austrian jeweler, will unveil a one-of-a-kind curved OLED TV at IFA Berlin. Featuring a streamlined stand studded with shimmering crystals complemented by the precise colours of the OLED’s self-lighting pixels, this advanced TV is said to “exude elegance beyond compare”. With a paper-thin depth of 4mm and a weight of 16kg, […]

Sunset+Vine sells ECB archive


Sunset+Vine, the multi-award winning UK independent TV sports production and media company, has confirmed its appointment by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to represent the ECB in a four year archive rights deal. The extensive ECB archive includes rights for all England internationals and domestic matches played in England and Wales, from 1995 to the present day to […]

Envivio Nuage SAAS solution

Envivio has unveiled Envivio Nuage – its advanced fully virtualised cloud-based software-as-a-service (SAAS) video solution. Envivio Nuage is designed to manage content for video service and content providers – from content acquisition to the consumer – on any screen. It supports live linear and on-demand video, and operates as a service on private, operator-owned networks, on the public cloud, or […]

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