Category archives for: Regulation

Lord Puttnam urges windowing rethink

Renowned film-maker Lord Puttnam has called for a European digital single market that retains scope for territorial licensing to boost cultural diversity and consumer choice and warned against an inflexible approach to release windows. Puttnam, President of Film Distributors’ Association (FDA), made his comments during a keynote address at an FDA event for the UK film industry in London. Puttnam […]

Judge: UPC Ireland ‘must enforce 3 strikes policy’

The High Court has ordered UPC Ireland, the country’s second largest ISP, to take measures to stop illegal downloading. Justice Brian Cregan granted three music companies an injunction requiring UPC Communications to move against its subscribers involved in Internet piracy. The Irish units of Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music sought the orders. Cregan adjourned the case until next […]

StarSat capitulates on ‘adult’ TV

StarSat, the successor to South Africa’s ODM/TopTV pay-TV operator, is dumping its controversial adult TV channels. The channels have been on air since November 2013 and have been hugely contentious with various legal battles between civic community groups and the broadcaster, and between South Africa’s ICASA broadcasting regulator. ODM, in a statement from executive consultant Eddie Mbalo, says the company […]

TVCatchup heads to Euro court


The feud between UK broadcasters and streaming site TVCatchup is headed to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The UK Court of Appeal referred the case, which hinges on the legality of TVCatchup’s business model, to the court after again questioning whether websites should provide real-time channel streaming. TVCatchup retransmits programming from broadcasters online, though it was […]

Multichoice gets tough with ‘grey’ market subs

African pay-TV operator Multichoice is happy to sign up subscribers wherever they live, but it seems that there are many of its South African DStv viewers who don’t live in South Africa, but in neighbouring Zimbabwe, and yet pay for their sub in South Africa’s Rand. Multichoice Zimbabwe’s head of publicity Liz Dziva, in an interview with Zimbabwe’s Herald newspaper, […]

The Big Data minefield

In the March-April issue of Euromedia (available first day of NAB, April 11), we examine Big Data and its role in making television better and, thereby, more profitable. What do we mean by better? In this context it seems we mean more targeted, better curated, totally focussed on a viewer’s needs, interests, desires… Of course, what some call targeting others […]

BBFC ratings for YouTube music videos

Music videos on YouTube and Vevo will now be presented with cinema-style age certificates. The age ratings are part of a government-backed pilot scheme, which aims to protect children from raunchy content. It follows concerns over explicit videos by artists including Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke and Kasabian. Ratings will be decided by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), with […]

EC: ‘Yes net neutrality, No geoblocking’

The European Commission has reiterated its call for strong net neutrality and an open market for digital media with an end to geo blocking. EC VP and digital single market commissioner Andrus Ansip told a European Voice event on Creating Europe’s Digital Highways: “On net neutrality, there are three elements we should address: firstly, we need to make sure that […]

RTVE exempted from VAT


The Spanish government is to inject new public funds into broadcaster RTVE, operator of the public channels La 1 and La 2 among other channels, by freeing it from paying VAT (value-added tax). The TV company will save €91.7 million which will mitigate its weak financial situation with a loss of €133 million in 2014. Public Regional TV stations, also […]

CNN regains Russia licence


CNN international has received a new broadcast licence in Russia after the news channel was halted from broadcasting at the end of 2014 following changes to the country’s legislation. Head of Roskomnadzor, the Russian media watchdog, Aleksandr Zharov commented: “I welcome the fact that CNN clearly follow the agreements reached in the negotiations, and I believe that it [the channel] […]

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