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Aereo hit by nationwide injunction

Online entertainment streaming service Aereo, which suspended its operations June 28th following the Supreme Court copyright decision in favour of US broadcasters, has been dealt a further legal blow. “Following the Supreme Court’s decision, this Circuit’s law with respect to Aereo’s live or near-live retransmission no longer conflicts with the law of its sister circuits,” Judge Alison Nathan ordered in […]

Cinema’s audio changes to “impact TV”

The influential Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) has been holding its annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in Hollywood this past week. One of the topics discussed was how – and which – new immersive cinema audio technology might be adopted as the next movie ‘standard’. Two contenders are already being talked about, Dolby’s Atmos, and the rival […]

FCC halts US ‘super mergers’

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pulled the plug on a pair of cable and DTH ‘super mergers’. The FCC cited a series of significant objections from broadcasters and content suppliers to the cablecos who do not want their confidential carriage fee contracts exposed. The decision directly affects the AT&T proposed merger with DirecTV, as well as Comcast’s merger with Time […]

Ofcom completes Channel 5 sale review

Ofcom has published its ‘change of control’ review following the sale of Channel 5 to Viacom. Ofcom is required by law to carry out a ‘change of control’ review if there is a change of ownership of Channel 5. Ofcom’s review considers the effect, or likely effects, of the change of control of Channel 5 on the time allocated to […]

Verizon warns over MVPD rethink

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US telco Verizon has warned the FCC that in any possible rule-making determining that OTT video providers offering pre-scheduled, linear channels of programming using the Internet are ‘Multichannel Video Programming Distributors’ (MVPDs) could be fatal to such services. Verizon has filed an ex parte notice following a meeting with FCC officials noting that there are “potential benefits” to such a […]

CASBAA urges uptake of HK copyright amendments

 CASBAA, the Asia-Pacific pay-TV industry trade body, has urged the Hong Kong legislature to end a decade of delay and pass amendments to Hong Kong’s copyright law to give content creators and owners the right – at least in theory – to authorise electronic dissemination of their content. At the same time, the Association – with membership including “globally-renowned broadcasters […]

Universal broadband €40bn opportunity

The results of the latest research conducted by Point Topic and Adroit Economics point to a €40 billion opportunity for the SMEs in Europe by the end of the decade. Extending work recently conducted for the European Commission BRESAT project has revealed significant potential for growth and productivity. “Today, broadband is an indispensable tool for governments, businesses and populations in […]

Autohop well positioned in legal battle

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Charlie Ergen’s Dish Network has won a key legal argument in support of its ‘Autohop’ ad-skipping technology. US District Judge Dolly Gee ruled last week that Autohop’s ability to record the primetime output of all four major US broadcast networks was “fair use” and reflected an older 1984 case which went to the Supreme Court and at the time referred […]

Issa, Leahy applaud Google anti-piracy efforts

US Congressman Darrell Issa – author of the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade (OPEN) Act – has reacted positively to Google’s recent report which explains how it combats piracy across its services, “In an unprecedented step, Google has introduced new search engine capabilities to make sure that legal content is readily available to consumers and illegal, pirated content […]

Kenya limits foreign TV content

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Kenya is limiting the amount of foreign content its local broadcasters can show. The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) is looking to impose a directive that all TV stations must limit non-Kenyan programming to 40 percent of their transmissions. The Authority says it is working with Kenya’s government to help create a framework to help young artists and creatives to […]

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