Category archives for: Regulation

Netflix NZ ‘unfair’ tax break

Netflix is set to receive a tax break in New Zealand. According to local reports, the streaming giant is not obligated to pay New Zealand’s goods and services tax (GST) due to it being an offshore company. The news has prompted an outcry from Lightbox, which is a local online television service. Andrew Pirie, a spokesman for Spark, owner of […]

Vodafone: ‘Content rights hurt convergence’

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Philipp Humm, Vodafone’s European chief, told Cable Congress that ‘true convergence’ was their priority with everything centred on the subscriber. He said until now convergence – i.e. service packages – had been driven by discounting but real convergence would require changes in content rights and regulation. Vodafone – which has bought its way to being a major converged player in […]

UK ISPs block Pirate Bay proxy sites

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UK ISPs have started blocking access to websites that provide a list of Pirate Bay alternatives, as part of the battle against online piracy. Under a court order, ISPs already block access to many of the biggest sharing sites that link to illegal content, including Pirate Bay. But users can visit so-called proxy sites that bypass the restrictions. Under a […]

Ofcom to review digital communications

UK comms regulator Ofcom has announced an overarching review of the nation’s digital communications markets, to ensure that communications providers and services continue to meet the needs of consumers and businesses. Ofcom’s Strategic Review of Digital Communications will examine competition, investment, innovation and the availability of products in the broadband, mobile and landline markets. By assessing these areas as a […]

US government sues “deceptive” DirecTV

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has hit broadcasting giant DirecTV with a writ arguing that the pay-TV operator has deliberately misled millions of subscribers about the costs of viewing its programme line up. The action has started at a Federal Court in San Francisco. The FTC states that DirecTV “deceptively advertised” an apparent one-year subscription contract but failed to […]

France ramps up online piracy fight

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Fleur Pellerin, France’s Minister of Culture and Communication, has presented the Government’s strategy on the battle against online piracy. Going beyond the graduated ‘three strikes’ response of the HADOPI law, the Government is implementing a plan of action against streaming, download or search engine optimisation sites which profit from pirated works, which includes the following measures: The drying up of […]

Fries: ‘US embarrassing on neutrality’

Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, told delegates at Cable Congress that the US was just “embarrassing” on Net Neutrality. He said he had no idea what problem regulators thought they were trying to fix and that European authorities had a more sophisticated approach. “No one wants to block anyone, but we have to able to manage the network, we […]

Fans struggling to pay sports TV subscriptions

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Although it was unsuccessful in having the bidding round for Premier League rights for the seasons 2016-2019 delayed, UK quad-play operator Virgin Media is calling on research it has commissioned to back up its Ofcom complaint regarding the joint selling arrangements for live, UK audio-visual media rights for Premier League football matches. According to what is claimed is the most […]

Montenegro invites DVB-T2 channel bids

Montenegro’s Agency for Electronic Media has announced a tender for awarding capacity on the first national DVB-T2 multiplex (MUX 1). The multiplex will cover four allotted areas – Bjelasica (channel 43), Lovcen (35), Podgorica (24) and Tvrdas (49). DTT network operator Radio-difuzni Centar will be responsible for providing 85 per cent coverage of the population of Montenegro. Commercial broadcasters as […]

US creatives affirm core copyright principles

As the 114th Congress continues its review of copyright law, US creative industry trade bodies the Copyright Alliance and CreativeFuture have joined forces in sending letters to Congress affirming core copyright principles held by the creative community. Over 1,200 members of the Copyright Alliance and over 350 members of CreativeFuture signed the letters, demonstrating broad support among creatives for a […]

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