Category archives for: Regulation

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 […]

Court overturns damages in ViaSat v SSL suit

Loral Space & Communications has announced that in the breach of contract and patent infringement lawsuit brought by ViaSat, against Loral and Loral’s former subsidiary, Space Systems/Loral (SSL) the judge has ruled the damages awarded were a miscarriage of justice, vacated in full the $283 million jury verdict against SSL. The court ordered that a new jury trial be held […]

Cablevision takes on Viacom

Cablevision, the 8th-largest cable TV company in the USA, is again locked into a bitter dispute with Viacom in the latest of a long line of carriage disputes the company has had with content providers. In documents released in a court filing on August 8th, Viacom is claiming that 2012 negotiations between the two parties to settle a carriage dispute […]

UK business claims piracy take-down success

A UK company is leading the way in getting pirated content taken down from the Internet. Cambridgeshire-based DiCopSys is ranked 22nd in Google’s global list of companies achieving take-down of digital pirated material, despite charging as little as £10 a month for its services. The company uses its proprietary software to search out online copyright infringements and use US and […]

DTG next-gen FTA spec for Freeview Connected

DTG members are about to begin work on the evolution of the technical specification for digital terrestrial television (D-Book 8) to introduce support for Freeview Connected and much more, with Working Group meetings due to begin after the summer break. Simon Gauntlett, the DTG’s Chief Technology Officer, has circulated a plan of activity to the relevant expert Working Groups which […]

NAB: Ownership rules lacking in rationale

The rationale underlying several decades-old media ownership rules that broadcast television stations only compete against themselves in local markets is simply not true, the National Association of Broadcasters has said in comments filed with the FCC. The Commission should adjust its rules to better reflect today and tomorrow’s marketplace that features competition from rival industries as it weighs relaxing ownership […]

Thai Junta orders 12 sat-channels ‘renamed’

Back in May the Thailand interim government ordered hundreds of satellite channels off the air. The nation’s National Council for Peace & Order slowly allowed most of them to restart retransmissions, but 12 allegedly “politically leaning satellite channels” are still banned. Now, the National Council says the banned channels must be renamed and their content restructured to avoid dissemination of […]

Obama: Beware of Internet fast lane


US President Barack Obama has warned about “big, wealthy media companies” providing differentiated Internet service depending on the ability to pay, suggesting that could stifle innovation. The President was speaking at a US-Africa Business Forum. He said the Internet’s power is in its openness and talked about the need to protect edge providers like search engines and social networks. “What […]

South Africa ‘adult TV’ row resurfaces


Despite being officially licensed by South Africa’s broadcasting regulator ICASA, three so-called ‘Adult TV’ channels are again facing court action. The channels are broadcast by On Digital Media (ODM, and which operates as TopTV), itself being taken over by StarGroup. ODM has faced multiple court actions demanding that the channels be taken down from its satellite service. The latest challenge […]

Italy to adopt HbbTV 2.0


Italy’s Confindustria Radio Televisioni has issued a statement declaring the intention of the country’s broadcasters to move from DVB-MHP to the HTML-5 based HbbTV 2.0 when the specification is released later this year. Italy’s HD-Book 3.0 (due to be published in October) will retain MHP, but the plan is to endorse HbbTV 2.0 as the standard middleware in HD-Book 4.0. […]

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