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Liberty Global’s Fries renews consolidation call

Mike Fries, president and CEO of cable MSO Liberty Global, has reiterated his call for industry consolidation better to compete with global players. Fries’ refrain, regularly expressed at industry events such as ANGA COM, was aired during an interview on CNBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he also shared his thoughts on the Net Neutrality debate in […]

Sky and TalkTalk filter broadband content by default


Broadband provider Sky will block adult content by default, unless users opt out. The decision was announced in a blog post and will be phased in over coming weeks. Sky’s Broadband Shield is designed to filter out content deemed to be unsuitable for children aged under 13. It has been offered as default to new customers for a year. But […]

Telefónica to drop Canal Plus acquisition?

Tough approval conditions from the Spanish competition watchdog CNMC could see an end to Telefónica’s acquisition of Canal Plus. Negotiations between CNMC and Telefónica are reportedly about to collapse since the telco will not agree to share content and TV rights with rivals (Orange, Vodafone-ONO) as the CNMC is demanding to give its go-ahead to the acquisition. The CNMC is […]

NBCUniversal pulls channel from Russia

NBCUniversal is pulling its channel out of the Russian market, blaming the challenging economic environment for pay-TV channels. The decision comes amid media law changes in the country that have presented economic difficulties for international channel operators and means the E! Entertainment and Universal Channel will no longer have a presence in Russia. “Due to the challenging economic environment for our […]

EC VP: Copyright restricts Single Digital Market

Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice President responsible for the Digital Single Market, has suggested that Europe’s rules on copyright need to be updated to make them fit for the digital age, describing copyright as a restriction holding back the full development of the Digital Single Market. Speaking at a debate organised by the European Internet Foundation in Brussels, Ansip said […]

Russia media law will hit foreign broadcasters

Following Turner Broadcasting and Sweden’s MTG exiting Russia because of its tough new rules on foreign ownership, a report from IHS Technology says a number of other non-Russian broadcasters will find the going tough because of the 20 per cent cap now in place. IHS says that besides Raduga (a joint venture with MTG and Russia-based Continental Media) and Turner […]

Court Orders cut pirate traffic

A report compiled by Incopro, commissioned by the Motion Picture Association – the international trade association working for major companies that invest in, produce, distribute and market film and TV content in the UK – has revealed that copyright infringing websites subject to site blocking Court Orders by the main ISPs have lost nearly three-quarters (73.2 per cent) of their […]

Kenya revokes local licences


Three Kenyan broadcasters are having their digital TV licences revoked, and the frequencies confiscated because they have allegedly been broadcasting misleading advertising on the platforms owned and operated by Chinese-backed StarTimes and Multichoice’s GOtv pay-TV operations. The three local broadcasters are each major media players locally, and include Royal Media Services, Nation Media Group and Standard Group. They are being […]

DISH lauds Hopper copyright victory

US pay-TV operator DISH has welcomed a judgement from the United States District Court, Central District of California which upholds the rights of consumers to use AutoHop, PrimeTime Anytime and Transfers Features. The decision is first to apply the US Supreme Court’s June 2014 opinion in Aereo to other technology. The court’ summary judgement decision upheld the rights of consumers […]

Coalition urges EU to champion Open Internet

The EBU has signed an open letter alongside a broad coalition of digital stakeholders, urging the EU Council of Ministers to support strong and clear net neutrality rules in the Single Telecoms Market Proposal for a Regulation. Ahead of an informal dinner of EU Telecom Minister on the proposed Telecoms Single Market Regulation on January 21st, the net neutrality coalition […]

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