Category archives for: Regulation

Entropic and other STBs hit by patent claim

DirecTV, Entropic, CyberTan and other set-top box suppliers have been named in a patent action by Canadian semiconductor company ViXS Systems and its US subsidiary, ViXS USA. ViXS is alleging that the technology companies are importing set-top boxes and other components that infringe four of its patents. The action seems to be a ‘tit for tat’ response to an action [...]

Spain finalises digital dividend regulation

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Following its decision to close down nine DTT channels, the Spanish Administration is now speeding up its plans to pave the way for the allocation of the so-called digital dividend to be completed by January 2015. The government will approve a Royal Decree before summer that will govern the entire process. “We will strictly keep to that timetable, which means [...]

Aereo launches advocacy site

Internet TV streaming service Aereo has launched an educational and advocacy site – ProtectMyAntenna.org – that aims to provide basic information about the operation and the legal claims before the Supreme Court. The site also features court briefs, amicus briefs and court decisions. Chet Kanojia, Founder and CEO has written to customers explaining the site’s launch and Aereo’s beliefs in [...]

Diller: ‘Aereo court chances 50-50′

Barry Diller, the main backer of Internet TV streaming service Aereo, has described its chances of a successful outcome in its forthcoming Supreme Court copyright case as “50-50” and suggested that failure would likely see the end of the service. Interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter, Diller confirmed he would be in attendance at the hearing beginning April 22, saying he [...]

Ofcom to review Sky Sports dominance

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UK comms regulator Ofcom has announced plans to review the ‘wholesale must-offer’ obligation placed on BSkyB in relation to its Sky Sports 1 and 2 channels. As part of the Pay-TV Review Statement of March 2010, Ofcom committed to review the wholesale must-offer remedy it placed on BSkyB. Following the February 2014 decision by the Court of Appeal confirming Ofcom’s [...]

South Africa digital boss in graft allegations

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South Africa’s Sunday Independent is reporting that the head of the country’s 2 billion Rand digital TV migration project is involved in a police investigation into wrongdoing at a previous position. The allegations say that Zami Nkosi, currently chief executive of the nation’s Universal Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) was subject to a forensic examination of his previous business [...]

Kenya: Supreme Court to rule on digital TV order

Kenya’s Supreme Court rules today (April 11th) on whether to suspend the decision of the Court of Appeal that ordered the award of digital licences and frequencies to the Standard Group Limited, Nation Media Group and Royal Media Services. This is after the government appealed the decision on Thursday. Appearing before Justices Jackton Ojwang and Smokin Wanjala, the Communication Authority [...]

OpenTV, Nagravision sue Apple for patent infringement

OpenTV, and Nagravision, both subsidiaries of the Kudelski Group, have filed a patent infringement suit against Apple in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The lawsuit alleges that Apple infringes five US patents owned by OpenTV and Nagravision, and identifies Apple’s infringing products and services as including iOS mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod), Apple [...]

Singapore proposes copyright amendments

Singapore’s Ministry of Law is seeking to update copyright legislation with the aim of providing a more effective means for content rights holders to protect their copyright online. Noting that online piracy is a global issue, it advises that studies commissioned by rights holders indicate there is a high level of consumption of online copyright infringing (pirated) content in Singapore. [...]

NAB boss: ‘It’s hard to trust FCC’

Gordon Smith, president and CEO of NAB, has told broadcasters at the NAB convention they need to urgently develop a new standard that will allow FTA broadcast to prosper in the multi-screen world. Smith said broadcasters were finding it hard to trust the FCC, even after it had followed the rules. “The FCC must work collaboratively with broadcasters,” he said. [...]

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