Category archives for: Regulation

CBS’s Moonves: “We’ll talk to Aereo”

Despite CBS being party to the action brought by the US networks against Aereo which saw the Supreme Court rule that the service operated much like a cable TV company and violated copyright law unless it paid broadcasters licensing fees for offering TV stations to customers’ tablets, phones and other devices, CEO Les Moonves has revealed the company is now […]

Net giants weigh in on neutrality debate

The Internet Association – which represents the interests of a number of leading Internet companies – has submitted its comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging Commissioners to take strong and decisive action to guarantee an open Internet for the future. The Internet Association’s comments mark the first time that more than two dozen of the world’s most-recognisable and […]

Comcast: ‘For a free and open Internet’

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As the initial consultation period for the FCC’s proposed net neutrality rules comes to a close, major players are making their voices heard, with Comcast filing its comments in the proceeding. David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer in Open Internet, said that in its filing, Comcast was clear: “Comcast is for a free and open Internet […]

BBC Strike to hit Commonwealth Games

The opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games is to be hit by the first strike in this year’s industrial dispute with the BBC over pay. The ceremony, which takes place in Glasgow on July 23rd, will be affected by action from midday to midnight by members of BECTU, the NUJ and Unite. News production for the event will be impacted, […]

Egypt to prosecute 3 sat-channels

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Egypt reports that three satellite channels are advertising medical products not registered with its Ministry of Health, and will be prosecuted. The channels, Cairo Drama, Cinema 1 and Panorama film channel, are said by the country’s Consumer Protection Agency to have advertised products that were a danger to public health and included drugs and cosmetics. The head of the Consumer […]

Dish wins Hopper legal battle – again

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Charlie Ergen’s Dish DBS system has secured an affirmation from the US Court of Appeal that its ‘Hopper’ and ‘Dish Anywhere’ place-shifting products were legal. The verdict, from the 9th Circuit Court, rejected Fox Broadcasting’s efforts to link the Hopper concept with that of Aereo, which recently found itself banned by the courts. R. Stanton Dodge, Dish EVP/ general counsel, […]

EBU sets out UHDTV positioning

The European Broadcasting Union’s Technical Committee has released a positioning statement – TR028 – on Ultra HD intended to guide strategic decisions in regard to UHDTV and future TV services. It is addressed at Senior Management of EBU Members and other broadcasters and at anyone who is a stakeholder in the audiovisual content industries. In accordance with the wishes of […]

Home Secretary: IP crime threat to legitimate businesses

The Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP, Home Secretary in the UK government, has used the occasion of a ministerial visit to the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) to comment on the effect IP crime has on legitimate business. Accompanied by Lord Younger, Minister for the Intellectual Property Office and Mike Weatherley MP, Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister, […]

Senator urges close scrutiny of AT&T/DirecTV deal

US Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) has urged key federal regulators to take a close look at AT&T’s proposed acquisition of DirecTV and determine if the deal is in consumers’ best interests. In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), Franken asked the regulators to examine AT&T’s commitment to providing a standalone broadband Internet […]

Virgin Media defeats eighth Rovi patent claim

The High Court has delivered its judgment in an eighth patent claim brought by Rovi against Virgin Media. Mr John Baldwin QC, sitting as a Deputy Judge of the High Court, comprehensively dismissed Rovi’s claim. Rovi’s claim centred on the ability to pause-and-resume On Demand and live programming on different set-top boxes. Rovi asserted that Virgin Media TiVo’s ability to […]

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