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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 […]

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 […]

DirecTV loses 50 channels


DirecTV is in a carriage dispute with Alabama-based Raycom Media which owns dozens of local TV stations mostly in the southern US. DirecTV says Raycom wants to double its fees to DirecTV. The stations went dark on Sunday following the expiration of an old – itself contentious – contract between Raycom and DirecTV signed in 2011. The stations, while local, […]

Original content boosts Prime Instant Video 70%

The introduction of hit exclusive TV shows by Amazon including Extant, Vikings and Black Sails and exclusive movies such as Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa and Horrible Bosses, along with Amazon Studios original comedies Alpha House and Betas and kids shows Tumble Leaf, Creative Galaxy & Annedriods to its Prime Instant Video has led to a 70 per cent increase in […]

Sky Deutschland on grid with Formula E

German pay-TV operator Sky Deutschland has secured the exclusive live broadcasting rights for the FIA Formula E Championship, the electric single-seater car race series inaugurated by motorsport’s governing body . Sky will broadcast live all races of the series, which begins in Beijing on 13 September. Apart from the exclusive TV broadcasting rights, the agreement also includes the Internet, IPTV […]

Singer: ‘Majority streaming UltraViolet’

Although originally conceived as a download model, Mitch Singer, president of the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE), the industry consortium behind digital content ecosystem UltraViolet has admitted that the majority of consumers are using its capabilities to stream their content. Participating in a Digital Hollywood-organised Live Webcast on ‘Internet TV – The Disruption – Cord Cutting – Skinny TV – […]

Netflix pays $2m per episode for The Blacklist


From September 6th, the first season of NBC’s The Blacklist will be available to stream on Netflix. Netflix has entered into what is understood to be the “biggest subscription video-on-demand deal” in history according to Deadline, with Sony Pictures TV receiving $2 million per episode for Season 1, and all future seasons of the series starring James Spader. Sony TV […]

BT Sport wins Formula E highlights race

BT Sport is to televise extensive highlights of all 10 rounds of the 2014/2015 FIA Formula E Championship in the UK, joining ITV – which has the live rights – in providing coverage of the electric single-seater car race series inaugurated by motorsport’s governing body. In a deal brokered by the international media company MP &Silva, BT Sport will air […]

Netflix unveils Marseille drama commission

Following’s reports June 22nd and August 27th of Netflix’s intentions to produce drama in France to tie in with its September launch there, the Internet entertainment streaming service has revealed details of its first such commission. The production reflects CEO Reed Hastings comments in June that it could be a local version of House of Cards: House of Versailles. […]

Court deals further blow to Aereo

A US court has delivered a further setback to Internet entertainment streaming service Aereo’s continued attempts to resume operations by being designated a cable company. Aereo suspended its operations June 28 following the Supreme Court copyright decision in favour of US broadcasters and has suggested that after the Supreme Court’s decision, Aereo should be recognised as a cable system with […]

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