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FCC to redefine ‘TV’ to include Internet?

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering whether to treat certain online video services the same way it treats cable and satellite TV providers in the US. The move would help the online services get cheaper access to major network programming and could allow them to become stronger competitors to the dominant pay-TV providers like Comcast. The FCC’s Media Bureau […]

SABER calls for action on ‘European Digital Divide’

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The SABER Project has called upon the members of the EU and their regional governments to implement co-ordinated Regional Voucher Schemes to encourage awareness and take-up of satellite broadband solutions to cut the Digital Divide across Europe’s most rural regions. According to June 2014 Digital Agenda Scoreboard up to 6 million EU houses are still without access to fixed broadband […]

MTG warns over Russia’s new media rules

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Modern Times Group issued a formal notice that its subsidiary business in Russia, CTC Media, could fall foul of Russia’s proposed new media law which passed its first reading in Russia’s parliament on September 23rd. The new rules propose limited foreign ownership of media within Russia to 20 per cent. MTG owns 38 per cent of CTC Media, and MTG […]

‘Drones’ can be used in US TV production

Getting a licence to fly an unmanned aerial ‘drone’ during a TV or film production has been a real challenge for US production houses, and those in Europe. On September 25th the USA’s Federal Aviation Administration ruled that they do not need certificates of airworthiness, and announced that six well-known specialists would be granted a waiver to operate unmanned aircraft, […]

Singapore: MDA consultation to enhance consumer protection

The Media Development Authority (MDA) has launched a public consultation on its proposed recommendations to enhance consumer protection measures under the Media Market Conduct Code (MMCC). This four-week long public consultation is part of MDA’s efforts to further protect the interest of pay-TV consumers. MDA last reviewed the consumer protection provisions in 2011, which saw the introduction of measures such […]

Fries: Netflix a great lesson

Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, says he and Reed Hastings are far from enemies, no, “Netflix has taught us all a great lesson; all we were missing was a great app, that gives a great experience around the home and away in cool way,” he says. His answer is MyPrime, the Liberty OTT service that in the UK will […]

YouView settles trademark dispute

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YouView has reached a settlement with telco Total Limited to continue using the ‘YouView’ brand name. The connected TV platform’s original application to trademark the name was rejected by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) following objections by Gloucestershire based Total which uses the similar ‘Your View’ brand. Total argued that granting the YouView application for the same classes of goods […]

Zamora first 4G city in Spain

The northern city of Zamora will be the first city in Spain to complete DTT migration and use the 800 MHz band frequencies to deploy 4G services. Over the last two years, Zamora and the nearby village of Fuentesauco have been testing 4G services led by the Ministry of Industry with the cooperation of telcos Telefónica, Orange and Vodafone – […]

Spain: Telcos to pay for 4G interference

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Spanish telcos will have to pay the bill for any 4G interference in the transmission of DTT from January 1st when the DTT migration to another frequencies band is completed. The Government has made this clear soon after it approved a new DTT technical plan and accepted to pay for the DTT retuning with a total cost of €286 million. […]

Al Jazeera countersues Al Gore

Al Jazeera America is suing former US Vice President Al Gore and business partner Joel Hyatt, the former owners of Current TV, the network that became Al Jazeera America. At issue is money that is being held in escrow. Gore and Hyatt sued the network mid-August saying that it was improperly withholding tens of millions of dollars placed in escrow […]

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