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UK illegal sports streaming arrest

The UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has arrested a man in the north-western city of Manchester on suspicion of running a series of illegal sports streaming websites The 27-year-old is believed to be operating streaming sites that allow unlawful access to subscription only TV services which is costing industry more than £10 milllion. The man was arrested at […]

UK Culture Secretary: “Copyright infringement is theft”

Culture Secretary Said Javid has told the UK music industry that copyright infringement is theft, pure and simple, and confirmed the government’s continued support for initiatives to combat its threat. Speaking at the British Phonographic Industry AGM, Javid noted that the rise of new technology, new platforms and new ways of sharing and experiencing music had created a wealth of […]

EBU expresses 700 MHz DTT concerns

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has welcomed the European Commission’s High Level Group report recommending that the EU safeguard access to spectrum below 700 MHz for digital terrestrial television until 2030. However, it is concerned about the early release of the 700 MHz frequencies. The group, chaired by former European Commissioner and WTO Director General Pascal Lamy looked at future […]

US names IP ‘Enforcer’

The White House has nominated Danny Marti as Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in the Executive Office of the President. The IPEC oversees the White House’s efforts to combat intellectual property infringement, including the theft of copyrighted TV shows and movies, while protecting fair use rights. Marti has been managing partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in Washington. Marti’s predecessor, Victoria […]

DirecTV loses 50 channels

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DirecTV is in a carriage dispute with Alabama-based Raycom Media which owns dozens of local TV stations mostly in the southern US. DirecTV says Raycom wants to double its fees to DirecTV. The stations went dark on Sunday following the expiration of an old – itself contentious – contract between Raycom and DirecTV signed in 2011. The stations, while local, […]

Philippines set for ISDB-T deployment

The Philippines has moved one step closer to deployment of Japanese digital terrestrial broadcasting standard Integrated Service Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) following the release of a draft implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the transmission switchover by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). NTC Commissioner Gamaliel A. Cordoba has invited all affected and interested parties to a public hearing for the proposed […]

Green STBs saving $100s of millions

Findings from a report looking at the energy efficiency of set-top boxes show that the voluntary STB energy conservation agreement between the pay-TV industry, consumer electronics manufacturers and energy efficiency advocates has saved American consumers approximately $168 million in energy bills. According to the Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy Efficiency of Set-Top Boxes 2013 Annual Report, the […]

India cable stats “not transparent”

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The under-reporting of subscriber numbers has long been a scandal in many countries, and costs programmers – and rights owners – a fortune in lost revenues. Now, India’s regulator (TRAI) has reminded cable operators, both Multiple System Operators and the nation’s smaller local operators (LCOs) that TRAI is going to get tough. The current obligations are not new having been […]

Fairhead named BBC Trust chair

Rona Fairhead CBE is the Government’s preferred candidate for the BBC Trust Chairman, Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has announced. The non-executive director of HSBC and PepsiCo has been selected as the Government’s preferred candidate following an open recruitment process, overseen by an independent Public Appointments Assessor. She will now appear before parliamentary members of the Culture, Media and Sport Select […]

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, […]

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