Category archives for: Regulation

Targeting illegal downloaders ‘lost cause’

The founder of one of the UK’s most successful companies specialising in the removal of pirated content from the Internet says that targeting individual end users is a ‘lost cause’, and the only way forward is to target the websites hosting illegal material. Ian Noble is Director of DiCopSys, which has just issued its 500,000th ‘take-down’ notice in six months […]

IP crime unit issues 2.5m site warnings

As it marks its first year in operation, the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has revealed that since April 2014, the team has diverted more than 2.5 million visits from copyright infringing sites to a domain suspension page. This is an official message from the City of London Police, which is the National Policing Lead Force for Fraud, warning […]

EC OKs BSkyB ‘Sky Europe’ acquisitions

The European Commission has authorised under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Sky Deutschland AG and Sky Italia S.r.l. by BSkyB. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not raise competition concerns, since the activities of the three companies are geographically complementary. The Commission’s investigation showed that the geographic scope of the markets for the licensing or acquisition […]

DLNA intros VidiPath

The Digital Living Network Alliance has launched the VidiPath Certification program for retail CE products supporting the organization’s subscription TV content-viewing Guidelines. Guidelines have been given the new consumer-friendly VidiPath brand name, which was chosen so that subscription TV customers can more easily find products that best suit their needs for seamlessly enjoying their providers’ content on multiple device platforms […]

BBC licence ‘could double for independent Scotland’

The BBC is under political pressure to reveal details of an internal study which found that viewers in an independent Scotland would have to pay almost double their current licence fee if they wanted to continue watching and listening to the same BBC shows. Labour’s former culture secretary Ben Bradshaw has called on the corporation to publish the figures “immediately […]

UK retrans fees to be reviewed

UK Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has revealed that the government is to review legislation that governs payment arrangements for carriage of BBC and other Public Service Broadcaster platforms. Delivering a keynote address at the RTS London Conference 2014, Javid said the government was going to look at whether the time is right to remove Section 73 of the Copyright, Design […]

4,000 developers download Smart TV Alliance SDK

More than 4,000 smart TV application developers are working with the Smart TV Alliance Common Developer Portal, which launched in June, to build smart TV apps in a single, integrated process for multi-manufacturer publication. The portal simplifies the development and testing process and triggers publication across multiple TV manufacturers, allowing smart TV apps to reach more devices and users faster. […]

Netflix joins ‘Slowdown’ net neutrality protest

Netflix confirmed it will join today’s (September 10) ‘Internet Slowdown’ event to raise awareness about net neutrality. A number of top Internet service sites – from Kickstarter and Etsy to Reddit and WordPress – will add widgets to their sites that display the dreaded ‘loading’ wheel one might see when trying to watch a video over a slow connection. Unlike […]

SMPTE backs “dazzling” HDR spec

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) on September 10 is to release a technical standard covering High Dynamic Range (HDR) images that will – in essence – match the Dolby Vision proposals from Dolby Labs. The concept could allow viewers to see what has been described as “dazzling” in its treatment of whiter whites and permitting much […]

Thailand to issue TV vouchers Oct 15

Thailand’s communications regulator, its National Broadcasting & Telecoms Commission, says it will start issuing free digital TV vouchers from October 15. The vouchers are being issued to help fund the nation’s conversion from analogue to digital TV. The Commission says it expects to mail more than 22.9 million vouchers, which users can spend on TV convertor boxes or a discount […]

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