Category archives for: Regulation

FCC’s Wheeler: ‘Net neutrality suits expected’

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has admitted that major cable and telecoms industry players are likely to sue the Commission whatever rules it proposes following its consultation on net neutrality. Speaking after the FCC’s meeting November 21st, Wheeler said: “The big dogs are gonna sue regardless of what comes out. We want to come out with good rules that accomplish what […]

French consumer body sues Netflix

French consumer organisation the CLCV (Consommation, logement et cadre de vie), is suing Netflix, claiming that the subscription video service does not comply with French law. In a statement, the CLCV said it is suing the streaming service before a Paris court, accusing the service, which is running its French operations from Luxembourg, of not abiding by French consumer laws. […]

FCC spectrum auction breaks all records

November 21st saw the 27th and latest round of the FCC’s spectrum auction topping a spectacular $33 billion, and up from $24 billion just two days earlier. The ‘Advanced Wireless Services-3’ auction has been going on for seven working days, and quickly went through the anticipated $10 billion initial target. AWC-3 is the largest slice of US spectrum to come […]

TopTV to appeal ‘adult’ TV ban

South Africa’s On Digital Media, which until recently traded as TopTV but is now – in effect – owned by China Times Group’s StarSat, is to appeal an order which prohibits transmissions of adult TV channels. ODM/StarSat is broadcasting three channels including Playboy TV. ODM/StarSat says the hearing will be before Judge Lee Bozalek on December 5 in the Western […]

ITU hails role of global TV standards

In recognition of World Television Day, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has highlighted the impact of television in society and the role of standards. “ITU is currently working on developing new standards that will dramatically enhance the television viewer’s experience, in terms of both visual and audio quality,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré. “ITU is developing industry-leading standards for […]

Giraffic accelerates MPEG-DASH

Giraffic has announced partner and customer trials that prove the compatibility and performance benefits of its Adaptive Video Acceleration (AVA) for MPEG-DASH.  The news adds to adaptive streaming standards supported and enhanced by AVA, such as HLS and Smooth Streaming, positioning Giraffic as a leader in video acceleration and MPEG-DASH performance.   Giraffic AVA enables true HD and UHD 4K across […]

ESOA and EBU: ‘UHD era calls for hybrid solutions’

Senior representatives of Europe’s satellite and broadcasting industries have called for policy initiatives that will integrate satellite technologies and terrestrial broadcasting better to serve consumers in the next generation Ultra-HD digital era. Speaking at a policy debate organised by the European Satellite Operators Association (ESOA) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) on Innovation, Evolution & Convergence: Ensuring access to ‘next […]

Rights project ‘exceeds expectations’

RDI, the part-EU-funded project, working to make it possible for any user to find out anything about any rights information on any online content, is exceeding its expectations and is set to result in real commercial implementations, its members claim. Speaking at a conference in Brussels to update delegates on progress on the digital copyright project Rights Data Integration (RDI), […]

White House: ‘Illegal streaming should be a felony’

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A senior US cybersecurity and intellectual property official has suggested that large-scale illegal downloading of movies, TV shows and music on the Internet should be a felony. In a response to a pair of petitions on the White House website urging the Obama administration to back off of any new intellectual property laws that would further criminalise sharing of media […]

Sky to benefit from Ofcom EPL review

The decision by UK media regulator Ofcom to investigate the way in which the English Premier League sells domestic rights managed to send Sky’s share price up a very healthy 43p to £8.90 in robust trading. The market’s sentiment reflects the general view that Sky might well emerge from the review in a better position than today. Investment bank Berenberg […]

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