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NileSat takes Libyan channels down

BBC Monitoring is reporting that Cairo-based NileSat has taken nine satellite TV channels off air. They are all seen as pro-Islamist, and the action has been taken in response from Libya’s interim government. The channels shut down are Libya Al-Wataniyah 1 [National Libyan TV 1], Libya Al-Wataniyah 2 [National Libyan TV 2], Libya Sport 1, Libya Sport 2, Libya Al-Rasmiyah, […]

India revokes India MSO licence

India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has cancelled the digital transmission licence and registration of Kal Cable. The Ministry says it is because Kal Cable has failed to obtain a security clearance by India’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Evidently the MIB sent a formal letter to Kal on August 20th, saying it had 15 days to wind up […]

Japan commits to Ultra-HD


Japan is about to announce a major commitment towards 4K broadcasting. It already has a 4K ‘best of 4K’ channel on air (which went live on June 2nd) under the auspices of Japan’s ‘NexTV-Forum’ and representing all of Japan’s broadcasters both public and private. Next week will see Japan’s broadcasting authorities announce their latest roadmap towards full 8K broadcasting, which […]

DISH warns of Comcast/TWC merger ‘harms’

Citing irreparable harm to competition and consumers, DISH Network has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deny the merger of Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable. The petition to deny outlines, among other things, the critical role high-speed broadband plays in the video industry and the potential for the merger to significantly damage competitive development of over-the-top (OTT) video […]

Thailand lifts satellite TV ban


Thailand’s military government has lifted the ban of the remaining 12 satellite TV channels that were forced off air during the period of unrest. Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) secretary-general Takorn Tantasith said on Sunday.  The broadcasters have been off air since the coup on May 22nd. They will be allowed to resume transmissions providing they adhere to […]

More C4 protection ‘bad idea’

The Channel 4 chief executive’s call for more protection to be given to public service broadcasters has been rebuffed by the trade body for the US media companies he criticised in his MacTaggart lecture. The Commercial Broadcasters Association (Coba), which represents US broadcasters operating in the UK including Fox, Discovery and NBC Universal, criticised David Abraham for advocating intervention. Abraham […]

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 […]

UK camcorder pirate jailed

A man from the UK’s West Midlands has been sentenced to 33 months imprisonment for recording a blockbuster film in a cinema, uploading it to the Internet, and producing and selling copies to the public. In May 2013, the accused, Philip Danks, went to the Showcase cinema in Walsall and used a camcorder to record Fast and Furious 6, the […]

Ex-BBC DG: Scotland could lose BBC

Lord John Birt, a former director general of the BBC, has warned that the corporation would be forced to make deep cuts if Scotland votes for independence, losing up to a quarter of its current spending. He said the BBC would have to make “fundamental” changes to its programming and operations after a yes vote, while Scottish viewers would lose […]

Online music videos to carry age rating

UK online music videos will carry an age classification from October as part of a pilot scheme by YouTube, Vevo and the BBFC to protect children from “graphic content.” UK PM David Cameron announced the scheme saying: “Helping families with children and parenting shouldn’t stop at childbirth. To take just one example – bringing up children in an Internet age, […]

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