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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 […]

Ofcom opens up 700 MHz for mobile broadband

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UK comms regulator Ofcom has announced it is to make valuable airwaves available for mobile broadband services, suggesting it is also securing the future of digital terrestrial TV. The decision allows mobile network operators to deliver mobile broadband using some of the frequencies currently used for digital terrestrial TV services, such as Freeview, and wireless microphones. These frequencies make up […]

Ofcom to investigate Premier League rights

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UK comms regulator Ofcom has opened an investigation into how the English Premier League sells live UK audio-visual media rights for Premier League football matches. The investigation will be carried out under the Competition Act and follows a complaint from Virgin Media, which was submitted to Ofcom in September. As set out in section 25 of the Competition Act, Ofcom […]

NAB to FCC: ‘Let’s grasp OTT opportunity’

NAB Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning Rick Kaplan has written a Blog Post regarding the FCC’s proposal to extend the definition of multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) to online video providers, suggesting it presents “exciting opportunities” for consumers. In the Blog Post, Kaplan addresses FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s assertion that broadcasters were able to stop Aereo in court, in […]

Australia set to block content piracy websites

Australia media sources suggest that Attorney-General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull intend to present to Cabinet before Christmas formal proposals following the July publication of their Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper which sought public submissions on draft proposals designed to address online piracy. It is understood they will recommend that government require ISPs to forward letters alleging copyright […]

Copyright reform priority for Digital Single Market VP

Andrus Ansip, the incoming European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, has revealed details of how the European Commission plans to move ahead with building a connected Digital Single Market. In a Blog Post reporting on the first high-level meeting between all the ‘DSM Commissioners’ to kick off five years of teamwork, said that the team discussed and agreed […]

BBC must reapply for Russia licence

BBC Monitoring is reporting that the head of Russia’s Roskomnadzor (Russian Federal Service for Supervision in Telecommunications, Information Technology and Mass Communications) says that the BBC must, like CNN, re-apply for a transmission licence over Russia, and that their current position was “not legitimate”. Aleksandr Zharov, speaking on Russia’s Kommersant FM radio station, said that the BBC’s transmission on Russian […]

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