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US: TV providers back “Ditch the Box” proposal

In meetings at the FCC, representatives from US pay-TV providers and independent, minority-owned TV networks discussed an alternate path forward in the debate over the FCC’s proposed set-top box mandate. …

Al Jazeera journalists sentenced to death

A Cairo court has sentenced 6 people to death, including two Al Jazeera journalists. The two are news producer Alaa Omar Mohammed Sablan and news editor Ibrahim Mohammed Helal –…

Fries: ‘Brexit would threaten our investment’

Fries: ‘Brexit would threaten our investment’

Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, has warned that the company would seriously reconsider future investment in the UK if it votes to leave the EU. Liberty Global, owns Virgin…

EU in or out? Dog fights and dog whistles

Liberty Global is donating nearly €900,000 to the Remain Campaign lobbying for the UK to stay in the EU when it comes to the seminal referendum vote next week. Ironically,…

HomeGrid: “G.hn key to ultra-broadband experience”

Speaking at BroadbandTV in Nashville, Donna Yasay, President of HomeGrid Forum, told the audience that G.hn is the number one technology to fulfil the needs for an in-home ultra-broadband experience,…

Dish Network seeks Tribune arbitration

Dish Network’s subscribers are suffering a blackout of Tribune Broadcasting stations in some 33 markets. 42 local channels have been affected since June 12th. Now Dish is asking for arbitration…

CME: ‘Unfair to back DVB-T2’

DTT is not part of the future TV landscape and governments should not back DVB-T2 to the disadvantage of other platforms, declares Christophe Mainusch, Central European Media Enterprise’s co-CEO. Instead…

Argentina to suspend Russia Today

Argentina to suspend Russia Today

Argentina’s media regulator is suspending Russia Today’s (RT) Spanish-language channel. Another channel, TeleSUR TV, is similarly affected. The situation is somewhat confusing given that the move was quickly cited as…

Tribune blacks out Dish in 33 US markets

The latest carriage fee dispute between broadcasting stations and pay-TV involves Dish Network and Tribune Broadcasting.  The station’s retransmissions went dark at 7pm Eastern Time on June 12th. Tribine is…

Italy adopts HbbTV 2.0.1 interactive TV standard

Italy has adopted the HbbTV version 2.0.1 technology, based on HTML5, as a single standard for interactive TV services provided by broadcasters on Smart TVs and set-top-boxes. The confirmation comes…