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FilmOn contempt fine

Internet TV streaming service FilmOn has received a further setback in its attempts to operate and be licensed to carry broadcast programming as a cable company similar to other multichannel providers, with US District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruling that it was in contempt for continuing to deliver network TV station signals over its OTT streaming service following the Supreme […]

Discovery hit with £100k Ofcom fine

Investigation Discovery – a channel dedicated to documentary programming about crime and criminal investigations – has been fined £100,000 (€126,000) by UK broadcast regulator Ofcom for what are described as “serious” breaches of its broadcasting Code. The sanction relates to eight episodes of the series Deadly Women which the channel broadcast at various times during the day on 16, 18 […]

London Live can’t sustain local TV

London Live the local TV station has applied to media regulator Ofcom to slash the amount of local programming it produces just four months after launch. The local TV channel, backed by Evgeny Lebedev, owner of the Evening Standard and The Independent newspapers, suffered the dreaded zero audience rating for some of its shows after it began broadcasting on 31 […]

Spain delays digital dividend plan

The Spanish Government will not approve the digital dividend plan until September as the initial schedule to go ahead in July has been delayed. The plan should legislate for the freeing up of the 800 Mhz band frequencies currently used by DTT to the benefit of 4G service providers. In the last quarter of the year, the existing 15 DTT […]

Australia set to toughen online piracy laws

A discussion paper addressing online copyright infringement seems likely to rekindle the debate between Australian copyright holders and ISPs A copy of the leaked document – seen by the Australian Financial Review – is dated July 2014, but it is unclear whether it contains Attorney General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s definitive proposals. The paper calls for comments […]

India alters cross-media ownership rules


Three giant Indian DTH players found themselves affected by media regulator TRAI’s proposed new rules yesterday, if India’s government passes the proposals into law. In essence India’s Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI) will limit vertically integrated broadcasters (such as the Zee Group, or Sun) to ‘control’ only one distribution platform operator.  Zee, for example, controls the Dish TV DTH platform as […]

Kuwait closes opposition TV channel

Kuwait’s Ministry of Information regulator has revoked the broadcast licence of the Al-Youm channel which broadcasts widely over the Middle East. The Ministry is also revoking the citizenship Ahmed al-Jabr, chairman of the channel (and also owner of the Alam al Youm newspaper which has also been proscribed). Local reports suggest that the channel, which backs certain opposition groups in […]

Broadcasting Unions unite against TV spectrum release

The World Broadcasting Unions (WBU) – the coordinating body for broadcasting unions who represent broadcaster networks across the globe – has released an official joint position on radio spectrum allocation, stating their support to maintain the allocation of UHF frequencies (470 to 694 MHz) currently used for terrestrial TV broadcasting. The WBU says that broadcasters from all over the world […]

FilmOn faces contempt motion


A federal judge in Manhattan has said that she’s likely to hold streaming video company FilmOn X in contempt of court for continuing to operate after the US Supreme Court’s ruling that Aereo’s streaming service infringed copyright. “I’m inclined to grant the contempt motion,” said US District Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald following the hearing, as reported by MediaPost […]

DirecTV, DISH support STELA reauthorisation

US satellite TV broadcasters DirecTV and DISH Network have expressed their support of Congressional efforts to reauthorise the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA). In a joint Statement, they said: “On behalf of our 34 million DirecTV and DISH satellite television customers, we thank the leadership of the US House of Representatives, along with the Energy and Commerce Committee […]

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