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Atresmedia, Mediaset break ad laws

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The Spanish Competition watchdog, CNMC, has imposed fines of €150,000 each on the country’s two largest TV groups, Atresmedia and Mediaset, for breaking the law for commercial breaks. Both companies have been fined for inserting adverts in the middle of shows interrupting them and not respecting “the integrity of programmes”. These unlawful practices were made in several channels such as […]

Broadband policy could decide vote for 1 in 5 UK residents

Broadband policy is a key issue for the UK electorate in the upcoming election, with nearly one fifth (18 per cent) saying it will affect the way they vote, according to a survey of 2,500 UK residents by broadband, TV and mobile comparison site Cable.co.uk. With as little as 1 per cent (according to current BBC and YouGov polls) dividing […]

Essel Group clarifies sports rights strategy

Mumbai-based business conglomerate Essel Group has issued a statement clarifying its involvement in sports rights, suggesting that it has been falsely reported that the group’s Ten Sports Network had been registering certain entities pertaining to Cricket as a sport. The company said that as a business conglomerate, Essel Group is constantly developing new businesses that fit into the company’s ethos. […]

Ireland drops licence fee plan, for now

Ireland charges €160 for an annual TV licence, but wants to revise both the charge and how it is collected. The new concept is to have a ‘Public Service Broadcasting Charge’ and discussions with stakeholders started in August 2013, but the scheme has been put on hold because of its complexity. The rationale for a new system is – in […]

Aereo to pay broadcasters $950,000

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Aereo will pay CBS Corporation and other US broadcasters $950,000 to settle copyright claims of over $99 million. The deal, backed by all of the broadcasters, will leave Aereo with $811,000 to pay non-broadcaster creditors with claims totalling $7.5 million. CBS has claims against Aereo that total up to $27.8 million. Disney’s ABC and 21st Century Fox also have claims […]

HBO Now threatens cut-off for VPN users

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HBO is threatening to cut off paying customers of its HBO Now streaming  service if they are outside the US. The premium broadcaster has sent emails to people around the world it has detected are using software tools to access HBO Now. HBO said it took the action because it only has the right to broadcast shows in the US […]

BT criticised for inaccurate Superfast dates

BT has been warned by ASA, the advertising watchdog, for misleading people about how long it will be until they will get superfast broadband in their homes. Complaints were made about a postcode checker available on the BT website and on the website of its Openreach division. In a number of instances the checker gave an estimate as to when […]

Satellite dishes banned in Turkmenistan

The government of Turkmenistan has banned all satellite dishes, and is in the process of “demolishing” existing satellite installations. The intention is to fully block access to international TV and radio signals coming into the country via satellite. In an official statement the government is demanding all dishes to be removed from apartments of private properties and has fully “prohibited” […]

ESPN opposes Verizon FiOS bundles

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ESPN is objecting to how Verizon is giving its FiOS TV customers more choice. In new plans that went into effect last week, Verizon made the ESPN and ESPN2 sports channels optional, but ESPN says its contracts with Verizon prohibit the channels from being in a separate sports package. Although Verizon will still offer big bundles of channels, it has […]

Ofcom mulls TV deregulation to reflect OTT

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Ofcom is contemplating a deregulation of the television and telecoms industry to reflect shifts in how people watch, read and talk over the past decade. In her first interview since taking over as head of the UK media regulator, Sharon White said Ofcom needed to examine how competition from US Internet giants such as YouTube and Facebook were changing the […]

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