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Taiwan NCC plans STB subsidy

Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC), in line with its policy to stop analogue terrestrial TV broadcasts in 2012, is drawing up a plan to subsidise the purchase of STBs. The…

Broadband tax 'regressive' say MPs

A government proposal to charge people with fixed phone lines 50p (E0.57) per month to help fund ultra-fast broadband has been condemned as “unfair” by MPs. The cross-party Business Innovation…

ETSI adopts GEM/MHP

Global digital standards body the DVB has confirmed that the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has formally adopted as standards the new release versions of the MHP 1.2.2 (Multimedia Home…

Sogecable fined E44m for failure to supply rival

A Spanish court has ordered Sogecable to pay compensation of E43.94 million for its refusal to offer its premium channels to the cable operator Auna. The Madrid judge ruled Sogecable…

Some UK product placement OK

UK Broadcasters will soon be able to accept payment for featuring branded goods in their programmes for the first time. Ben Bradshaw, the culture minister, said the government would legislate…

Italy forces ISPs to police pirates

Following up on proposing a law that internet video should abide by broadcast regulation, Italy's Supreme Court has ruled that ISPs in the country must block access to Pirate Bay.…

Ofcom OKs DTT capacity release

UK comms regulator Ofcom has given its consent to the BBC and broadcast transmission firm Arqiva jointly marketing spare capacity that has become available ahead of digital switchover, as well…

UK MPs: “Digital Bill may beach human rights”

The Joint Select Committee on Human Rights said the government’s Digital Economy Bill needed clarification. It said that technical measures – which include cutting off persistent pirates – were not…

Italy plans TV rules for Internet videos

Italy’s government is forging ahead with plans to extend television-broadcasting regulations to websites that host videos. The draft decree, expected to take effect early this month, would force sites to…

Japan regulators probing KDDI over Jupiter deal

The Japanese Financial Services Agency has started an investigation into KDDI over its planned purchase of Jupiter Telecommunications shares from Liberty Global, according to reports in Japanese newspapers. The FSA…