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MDS hit by Russia sanctions

Canada-based MDS Corp, which is famous for supplying its ‘Canadarm’ remote arm on the USA’s Space Shuttles, is likely to be hit by Canada’s tough ban on dealing with Russia. Canada has already cancelled the sale of a small maritime surveillance satellite, and the ongoing crisis is expected to cost MDA around $50 million because of slow payments from the […]

Competition watchdog suspends French rugby deal

In a further controversial move affecting the French pay-TV industry, following the decision by broadcast regulator the Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel to deny applications from three channels to migrate from pay-TV channels on France’s digital terrestrial TV platform to become free-to-air, France’s competition watchdog, the Autorité de la concurrence, has suspended the agreement between the National Rugby League and Canal […]

CSA rejects DTT FTA migration

French broadcast regulator the Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA) has rejected applications from three channels to migrate from pay-TV channels on France’s digital terrestrial TV platform to become free-to-air . The three channels – LCI, Paris Première and Planète + – had sought to change their funding status under provisions that allow the CSA to permit the migration of a […]

FAST calls for long-term PIPCU funding

The progress made by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) in protecting Intellectual Property and tackling infringing websites risks being undermined without long-term funding and investment, according to the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST), who argues that disrupting the distribution of illicit material calls to continue the consistent and effective enforcement regime run by the City of London Police. […]

Australia seeks online piracy comments

Following its earlier leak, George Brandis, Australia’s Attorney-General and Malcolm Turnbull MP, Minister for Communications, have formally released the Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper and is seeking public submissions on the draft proposals designed to address online piracy. Australia has one of the highest rates of online copyright piracy in the world. This has a significant impact on Australia’s creative […]

Oz consumer body criticises government piracy plans


According to Australian consumer advice and advocacy body CHOICE, the leaked Federal Government’s Online Copyright Infringement discussion paper sidesteps the Australia tax issue and fails to deal with the real causes of piracy. “If the Government is serious about addressing piracy, it needs to address the fundamental issues: that Australians often find it hard to gain access to content like […]

Discovery hit with £100k Ofcom fine

Investigation Discovery – a channel dedicated to documentary programming about crime and criminal investigations – has been fined £100,000 (€126,000) by UK broadcast regulator Ofcom for what are described as “serious” breaches of its broadcasting Code. The sanction relates to eight episodes of the series Deadly Women which the channel broadcast at various times during the day on 16, 18 […]

FilmOn contempt fine


Internet TV streaming service FilmOn has received a further setback in its attempts to operate and be licensed to carry broadcast programming as a cable company similar to other multichannel providers, with US District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruling that it was in contempt for continuing to deliver network TV station signals over its OTT streaming service following the Supreme […]

Spain delays digital dividend plan

The Spanish Government will not approve the digital dividend plan until September as the initial schedule to go ahead in July has been delayed. The plan should legislate for the freeing up of the 800 Mhz band frequencies currently used by DTT to the benefit of 4G service providers. In the last quarter of the year, the existing 15 DTT […]

Australia set to toughen online piracy laws

A discussion paper addressing online copyright infringement seems likely to rekindle the debate between Australian copyright holders and ISPs A copy of the leaked document – seen by the Australian Financial Review – is dated July 2014, but it is unclear whether it contains Attorney General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s definitive proposals. The paper calls for comments […]

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