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Canada sets out future TV policy


The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has issued two decisions related to some of the issues addressed in its ‘Let’s Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians’ public consultation, as well as a decision relating to the future of mobile television content. These announcements concern local television stations, ‘simultaneous substitution’ and mobile television services. The CRTC notes that the way […]

Virgin Media seeks Premier League rights delay

UK quad-play operator Virgin Media is seeking a suspension to the tendering process for live English Premier League football broadcast rights for three seasons starting in August 2016. The move follows its lodging of a complaint in December 2014 with regulator Ofcom over how the rights are sold, which it contends remains in breach of UK and EU competition law. […]

Vaizey: ‘Monetising content requires robust copyright’

Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, has stressed the importance for the creative industries of being able to monetise their efforts. Delivering a Keynote address at the Let’s Go Connected event in London, Vaizey noted that the creative industries were a UK success story, with the digital landscape “unrecognisable” from a few years ago. He […]

​​​“EU must see bigger picture on spectrum”

Senior representatives from broadcasting, network infrastructure, trade unions and professional organisations have called on EU decision-makers to shape an ambitious industrial strategy for Europe’s creative and cultural industries. They suggest that Europe’s unique radio and audiovisual model is a huge asset for the continent’s competitive position in the digital world, cultural diversity and media pluralism, and note that spectrum allocation […]

Keep C-band for satellite, urge operators

The cellular telephone industry is looking enviously at C-band frequencies for terrestrial use. A major international conference in Nigeria heard from Eutelsat’s CEO Michael de Rosen argue passionately that terrestrial operators should leave C-band exclusively for satellite transmission. “Opening the C-band to mobile operators would not herald the expansion of its use for new services. It would mean the end […]

BBC DG: Watershed won’t survive


Lord Hall, the Director General of the BBC, has said the watershed was unlikely to still be in effect in decades to come, admitting he “suspects” it may no longer be as relevant. Lord Hall told the Radio Times: “The watershed is still a useful way of judging the content and sensitivities, and taste and decency issues. But has the […]

European industry bodies call for Open Internet


A coalition of European communications industry trade bodies has stressed the importance for the sector of promoting real choice and quality for all customers, nurturing innovation and fostering network investment. In a joint statement, they suggest these “ambitious, yet indispensable” goals can only be achieved in the context of an approach based on future-proof principles, which should be applied consistently […]

NBCU: ‘Maintain investment-friendly regulatory framework’


Kevin MacLellan, Chairman of NBCUniversal International, has warned UK and European regulators against making widespread changes to copyright legislation, suggesting that innovation has flourished in the current regulatory framework. He nevertheless stressed the need for regulators and policy-makers to focus on the importance of Intellectual Property for the media industry. Delivering a keynote address at the ‘Let’s Go Connected’ conference […]

Russia relaxes pay-TV rules

The past few weeks have seen a number of non-Russian pay-TV broadcasters quit the country because of severe limits on foreign ownership and tough rules on the amount of advertising their channels can carry. The new rules kicked in on January 1st. Russia’s parliament (Duma) has now softened its stance, saying that advertising on pay-TV channels is now permitted as […]

Ninth Rovi patent claim defeated by Virgin Media


Virgin Media has successfully overcome the latest in a series of unsuccessful patent infringement claims by Rovi Corporation against the company. Rovi has agreed to the revocation of a patent centred on a system for recommending television content to viewers based on their past interactions with the TV programme guide. This is the ninth successful defence by Virgin Media. Every […]

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