Category archives for: Regulation

Illinois threatens satellite-tax

The State of Illinois in the US is contemplating levying a 5 per cent tax on satellite dishes as a method to fund more public works. Lisa McCabe, senior director of the national Satellite Broadcasting & Communications Association, said that while they had not yet seen the details of the proposed tax, any tax on satellite services would be unfair […]

Tenth Rovi patent claim defeated by Virgin

Virgin Media has successfully defeated yet another patent infringement claim in a series of unsuccessful actions by Rovi Corporation against the company. Rovi has for the second time withdrawn an infringement claim, and agreed to the revocation of a patent, rather than have the patent tested in court. The patent in question related to a method of redirecting network traffic […]

Lawyer: TVC ruling could enable PSB retrans fees


An entertainment law specialist has suggested that one consequence of the recent Court of Appeal decision that, if successful, would have allowed TVCatchup (TVC) to stream Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) channels on mobile, could be that public service broadcasters (PSBs) would be able to charge retransmission fees. The UK Court of Appeal however referred the cross appeal brought by ITV, […]

Australia: ISPs must reveal pirates


An Australian court has ordered ISPs to hand over details of customers accused of illegally downloading a US movie. In a landmark move, the Federal Court told six firms to divulge names and addresses of those who downloaded The Dallas Buyers Club. The case was lodged by the US company that owns the rights to the 2013 movie. The court […]

France considers 700 MHz band

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France’s telecoms regulator ARCEP has published a summary of the contributions to its consultation on a strategic review of spectrum for superfast mobile, which ran from December 16th 2014 to February 16th 2015. At a time when mobile Internet traffic continues to increase at a tremendous pace, the purpose of the consultation was to examine the two courses of action […]

Germany: ‘Modems are part of network’

German cablers are resisting the Federal government’s planned ban on operators forcing subscribers to take a router supplied them rather than buy a device on the open market. Vodafone and Kabel Deutschland’s February joint submission against the draft legislation has just been revealed. They argue the proposals failed to take into account the shared nature of the last-mile cable network, […]

Ofcom: 4G outperforming 3G


The UK’s 4G networks are performing “much better” than 3G but a study has highlighted significant variations between operators. Ofcom’s test of smartphones in five towns and cities found EE delivered the fastest average 4G download speed at 18.6Mbit/s, followed by Vodafone (16.4Mbit/s), O2 (13.9Mbit/s) and Three (8.5Mbit/s). Overall, 97 per cent of test samples across EE, O2, Three and […]

RaiWay bid for EI Towers “approval unlikely”

After the opposition of Italy’s Ministry of Economy and Finance and public broadcaster RAI to the sale of the controlling interest (51 per cent) of the company that manages the TV transmission towers, it is now the turn of the Antitrust Authority. The competition watchdog said that the €1.2 billion bid by EI Towers, controlled by Italian commercial broadcaster Mediaset, […]

Lord Puttnam urges windowing rethink

Renowned film-maker Lord Puttnam has called for a European digital single market that retains scope for territorial licensing to boost cultural diversity and consumer choice and warned against an inflexible approach to release windows. Puttnam, President of Film Distributors’ Association (FDA), made his comments during a keynote address at an FDA event for the UK film industry in London. Puttnam […]

Ofcom reveals VoD regulation perceptions

Ofcom has published research into UK viewers’ perceptions of content standards for on-demand and online content. The research covers the full range of content available on-demand and online – from ‘catch up’ TV services such as the BBC iPlayer to user generated videos on YouTube, and subscription services, such as Netflix. On-demand and online content is widely viewed in the […]

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