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Oettinger handed EC digital brief

EC President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has named German politician Günther Oettinger as Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, replacing Neelie Kroes, whose term ends when Junker’s Commission takes office. Oettinger has been the member of the European Commission responsible for energy since February 2010, and a Vice-President since 1 July 2014. In a statement shortly after the announcement of his appointment, […]

India’s CAS delays criticised

Back on August 14 we reported that India’s government had permitted another delay of its mandated Digital Access System (CAS) from this coming December to December 2015. The rules apply to the county’s Phase III and Phase IV cities. Now India’s Telecom regulator (TRAI) has criticised the government saying that the decision sends the wrong message to international investors. TRAI […]

StarTimes Congo back on air

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has allowed StarTimes Group to resume broadcasts in the vast country. Local reports say that the China-backed pay-TV operator has been “paroled” by President Joseph Kabila. Three top government officials last week ordered ARPTC, the regulator, to suspend temporarily the Chinese broadcaster’s operations in the DRC pending further investigation and a court case on […]

Sky Deutschland boards reject BSkyB offer


The Supervisory Board and Executive Boards of Sky Deutschland are recommending that shareholders reject the take-over offer from BSkyB. Their statement says the offer of €6.75 per share “does not reflect the long-term potential” of the company. The executive board confirmed CEO Brian Sullivan, a former BSkyB staffer and only executive shareholder in Sky Deutschland, would not participate in the […]

CEA unveils new logos for 4K UHD displays

US trade body the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has unveiled new logos to designate 4K Ultra High-Definition TVs, monitors and projectors for the home that meet CEA’s voluntary core characteristics for 4K Ultra HD display products announced earlier this year. As devised by CEA’s Ultra HD Communications Working Group and approved without any objections by CEA’s Video Division Board, the […]

Ofcom rejects London local licence changes

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has decided not to allow ESTV – the provider of the London local television service London Live – to vary its programming commitments. ESTV submitted a request to Ofcom in July 2014 requesting changes to the programming commitments in its local TV licence. Before deciding whether or not to consent to the changes, Ofcom published a […]

Ofcom: slow progress on local TV

Ofcom has issued a progress update on local TV, two years since the first licences were awarded. Ofcom is responsible for licensing local TV stations on digital terrestrial TV and has now issued 30 licences across the UK, to a wide range of different organisations, small and large. Six local TV channels are now on-air, having broadcast some 6,400 hours […]

Kroes: Copyright laws obstructing digital future

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, has warned that copyright reform is essential to ensure a single market, central to Europe’s digital future. Delivering a keynote address on ‘Taking TV and film into the digital age’ at IBC 2014, Kroes, making what could be her final such speech before Jean-Claude Juncker, Commission President-elect, nominates […]

Targeting illegal downloaders ‘lost cause’

The founder of one of the UK’s most successful companies specialising in the removal of pirated content from the Internet says that targeting individual end users is a ‘lost cause’, and the only way forward is to target the websites hosting illegal material. Ian Noble is Director of DiCopSys, which has just issued its 500,000th ‘take-down’ notice in six months […]

IP crime unit issues 2.5m site warnings

As it marks its first year in operation, the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has revealed that since April 2014, the team has diverted more than 2.5 million visits from copyright infringing sites to a domain suspension page. This is an official message from the City of London Police, which is the National Policing Lead Force for Fraud, warning […]

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