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Spain: Supreme Court backs RTVE tax

Spain: Supreme Court backs RTVE tax

The Spanish Supreme Court has ruled that private pay-TV, FTA TV and telco operators must finance the public broadcaster RTVE via a government-imposed financial tax, rejecting various appeals against the…

La Liga fined for denying TV crews stadium access

La Liga fined for denying TV crews stadium access

Spain’s Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC – National Authority for Markets and Competition) has imposed a €250,000 fine on La Liga for preventing Mediaset’s Tele 5…

CJEU: ISPs may have to block Pirate Bay

CJEU: ISPs may have to block Pirate Bay

Sweden based Pirate Bay may have to amend its file-sharing after Europe’s supreme court said it may be breaking copyright rules by helping users download films, TV shows and music…

Saudi bans beIN Sports viewing

Saudi bans beIN Sports viewing

Qatar-based beIN Sports is suffering much the same fate as its sister Al Jazeera news channel as part of the fall-out of the diplomatic row between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.…

Entertainment giants form anti-piracy alliance

Entertainment giants form anti-piracy alliance

Thirty leading content creators and on-demand entertainment companies from around the world have launched the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), a global coalition dedicated to protecting the dynamic legal…

Huawei CEO: “Europe’s broadband investment shortfall”

Huawei CEO: “Europe’s broadband investment shortfall”

According to Ken Hu, Rotating CEO and Deputy Chairman of the Board at ICT firm Huawei, Europe has a shortfall of €345 billion in the €500 billion investment needed to…

Sharp sues Hisense over low quality TV sets

Sharp sues Hisense over low quality TV sets

Sharp is suing business partner Hisense, claiming the Chinese manufacturer is putting its name on low quality TVs. Hisense makes TV sets using the Sharp brand-name following a deal it…

Abu Dhabi clamps down on “illegal” satellite dishes

Gulf newspapers are reporting that Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is again getting tough on what it says are illegal satellite dishes. The thrust of the…

BT CEO: Brexit will damage R&D

Gavin Patterson, BT’s CEO, has expressed his fear that the UK’s exit from the European Union may have an adverse effect on the telco’s R&D capabilities. Noting that the telco…

Bradley remains Culture Secretary

Bradley remains Culture Secretary

Karen Bradley has retained her job as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport following UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s reshuffling of portfolios following the UK General Election which…