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Court deals further blow to Aereo

A US court has delivered a further setback to Internet entertainment streaming service Aereo’s continued attempts to resume operations by being designated a cable company. Aereo suspended its operations June 28 following the Supreme Court copyright decision in favour of US broadcasters and has suggested that after the Supreme Court’s decision, Aereo should be recognised as a cable system with […]

UK camcorder pirate jailed

A man from the UK’s West Midlands has been sentenced to 33 months imprisonment for recording a blockbuster film in a cinema, uploading it to the Internet, and producing and selling copies to the public. In May 2013, the accused, Philip Danks, went to the Showcase cinema in Walsall and used a camcorder to record Fast and Furious 6, the […]

Ex-BBC DG: Scotland could lose BBC

Lord John Birt, a former director general of the BBC, has warned that the corporation would be forced to make deep cuts if Scotland votes for independence, losing up to a quarter of its current spending. He said the BBC would have to make “fundamental” changes to its programming and operations after a yes vote, while Scottish viewers would lose […]

Online music videos to carry age rating

UK online music videos will carry an age classification from October as part of a pilot scheme by YouTube, Vevo and the BBFC to protect children from “graphic content.” UK PM David Cameron announced the scheme saying: “Helping families with children and parenting shouldn’t stop at childbirth. To take just one example – bringing up children in an Internet age, […]

Abu Dhabi gets tough on sat-dishes

Abu Dhabi already has tough rules on satellite dishes which state that a maximum of four may be mounted on the Emirate’s roofs. The capital city’s administration has now called on residents to remove satellite dishes that clutter up building roofs and apartment balconies. Abu Dhabi’s The Nation newspaper quotes Ahmed Al Mazroui, the director of the external centres department […]

Al Jazeera sued over rights “violation”

A Cairo-based satellite TV channel says it will file a lawsuit against Qatar-based Al Jazeera and accuse the news channel of “violating its broadcast rights as the exclusive holder,” according to BBC Monitoring. The allegation is that the Sada al-Balad channel held the exclusive rights to cover and transmit the retrial hearing of former president of Egypt Husni Mubarak.  Sada […]

ICASA defends adult TV decision

South Africa’s broadcasting regulator ICASA defended its decision to grant licenses for three adult TV channels to TopTV (now being taken over by Star Times). Speaking at a Western Cape High Court hearing in Cape Town, an ICASA lawyer, Paul Kennedy said the licensed channels were in accordance with the X18 rating of the Films and Publications Act and carried […]

ASA sides with Sky on misleading Virgin ad

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has sided with Sky’s argument that a comparison advert from Virgin Media offered an unfair comparison. The ASA received just one complaint about the Virgin Media regional advert – believed to have come from Sky itself – and decided that the complaint was fair. The advert told Sky customers that switching to a bundle […]

Subs disputes annoys India’s regulator

Arguments over subscriber numbers and alleged under-reporting are not new, especially in India. But a recent high-profile argument between Hathway Cable and broadcasters Zee, Star and Turner, has raised the hackles at India’s TRAI regulator and its associated Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate & Tribunal (TDSAT) which admits it is more than somewhat annoyed by having to spend days on frequent […]

Loral wins major ViaSat patent reversal

Loral Space & Communications won a spectacular reversal of the ViaSat action on August 8th – as far as damages are concerned – and which alleged that Loral’s then subsidiary Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) had misused ViaSat-owned patents. Back in April ViaSat had been awarded $283 million damages by a jury, which found wholly in ViaSat’s favour. ViaSat supplies broadband services […]

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