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Spain approves new TV rights model


A meeting of Spain’s cabinet has approved a Royal Decree mandating collective bargaining for TV rights from the 2016-2017 season, similar to the English Premier League’s model. The new negotiating system will instill a fair balance between the largest and smallest football teams, with more money for all of them and with broadcasters paying higher rates. So far, La Liga – […]

Broadcasters call for EU DTT spectrum recognition

Lobbying group Broadcast Network Europe (BNE), under the banner of the Wider Spectrum Group, has sent a Letter to President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, as well as to Vice-President  Andrus Ansip and Commissioner Günther Oettinger in order to call for recognition in the upcoming Digital Single Market communication of the crucial role spectrum plays for Terrestrial Broadcasting alongside […]

Selevision claims 1Mb HD

Selevision, a Saudi multi-platform entertainment company serving the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), announced the launch of its ‘game-changing new codec; Nukodec’. Designed to replace the H.264 and H.265/HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) codecs currently in use by the industry, the new technology will be made available to industry players across the globe, allowing them to migrate into an […]

Turkmenistan dish seizures condemned

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is just one of many civil liberty organisations which have heavily criticised Turkmenistan’s new laws forbidding the ownership of satellite dishes. Last week Turkmenistan banned satellite dishes saying they are “unsightly”. HRW says that this latest action in not the first time the Turkmenistan authorities have attempted to curb its citizens’ interest in foreign satellite channels, […]

Atresmedia, Mediaset break ad laws

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The Spanish Competition watchdog, CNMC, has imposed fines of €150,000 each on the country’s two largest TV groups, Atresmedia and Mediaset, for breaking the law for commercial breaks. Both companies have been fined for inserting adverts in the middle of shows interrupting them and not respecting “the integrity of programmes”. These unlawful practices were made in several channels such as […]

Broadband policy could decide vote for 1 in 5 UK residents

Broadband policy is a key issue for the UK electorate in the upcoming election, with nearly one fifth (18 per cent) saying it will affect the way they vote, according to a survey of 2,500 UK residents by broadband, TV and mobile comparison site With as little as 1 per cent (according to current BBC and YouGov polls) dividing […]

Essel Group clarifies sports rights strategy

Mumbai-based business conglomerate Essel Group has issued a statement clarifying its involvement in sports rights, suggesting that it has been falsely reported that the group’s Ten Sports Network had been registering certain entities pertaining to Cricket as a sport. The company said that as a business conglomerate, Essel Group is constantly developing new businesses that fit into the company’s ethos. […]

Ireland drops licence fee plan, for now

Ireland charges €160 for an annual TV licence, but wants to revise both the charge and how it is collected. The new concept is to have a ‘Public Service Broadcasting Charge’ and discussions with stakeholders started in August 2013, but the scheme has been put on hold because of its complexity. The rationale for a new system is – in […]

Aereo to pay broadcasters $950,000


Aereo will pay CBS Corporation and other US broadcasters $950,000 to settle copyright claims of over $99 million. The deal, backed by all of the broadcasters, will leave Aereo with $811,000 to pay non-broadcaster creditors with claims totalling $7.5 million. CBS has claims against Aereo that total up to $27.8 million. Disney’s ABC and 21st Century Fox also have claims […]

HBO Now threatens cut-off for VPN users


HBO is threatening to cut off paying customers of its HBO Now streaming  service if they are outside the US. The premium broadcaster has sent emails to people around the world it has detected are using software tools to access HBO Now. HBO said it took the action because it only has the right to broadcast shows in the US […]

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