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Abu Dhabi fines illegal satellite users

Abu Dhabi, capital city of the United Arab Emirates, is hitting non-compliant satellite users with a Dhs 2000 fine (about $544) for ”illegal” use of satellite dishes. For some month the Abu Dhabi municipality has been asking consumers to give up unwanted or old dishes which are cluttering rooftops, balconies and the skyline of the go-ahead city. The City Council […]

BBC’s Hall: ‘We must reinvent for Internet age’

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In a wide-ranging speech to staff on ‘The BBC in the Internet era’, Tony Hall, BBC Director-General, has said the Corporation will need to do even more to support creativity in the Internet age and warned against the consequences of a UK dominated by “global gatekeepers, partial news and American taste-makers”. Hall’s comments followed the recent Select Committee report on […]

Green light for Seven’s Presto deal

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced that it will not oppose the proposed acquisition of shares in the Presto Entertainment  SVoD service by Seven Network Operations, a subsidiary of Seven West Media, suggesting that competition and consumer choice in paid television services is increasing. Presto Entertainment provides subscribers with access to general entertainment content including premium and library […]

FCC adopts net neutrality rules

The US’s Federal Communications Commission has followed the lead of President Barack Obama and voted to impose tough new rules for net neutrality, introducing a measure that seems sure to bring a court challenge. The vote – as anticipated along a party-line 3-2 vote – backed Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to reclassify broadband Internet as a ‘telecommunications service’, giving it […]

Belgian card-sharers further penalised

In a joint card-sharing case brought by a number of members of audiovisual anti-piracy body AAPA, the court of appeal of Liège (Belgium) has upheld the decision of the court of first instance (in Dinant) and increased the penalty for an illegal card sharing network operator and his accomplice. The operator of the card-sharing network hosted approximately 400 users and […]

MPs: ‘No long-term future in BBC licence fee’

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An influential group of UK MPs has said it sees no long-term future in the BBC licence fee and set out advantages of a broadcasting levy. It considers the BBC still a valued and important feature of national life but in need of stronger governance and more challenging, independent oversight if it is to be held accountable. In a major […]

Australian consumers: ‘Anti-piracy scheme scary’

Australian consumer advocacy body CHOICE has launched a campaign encouraging consumers to help educate the Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull about the need for consumer protections in a proposed industry-run anti-piracy ‘education’ notice scheme. On February 20, the entertainment industry, in partnership with Internet Service Providers, proposed what CHOICE describes as “a heavy-handed” scheme targeting consumers who they believed have […]

Pakistan implements media Code of Conduct

Pakistan’s upper house of parliament is taking on board the recommendations made by its Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage (IBNH), and will seek to implement an electronic media Code of Conduct for its broadcasting sector. The Secretary of the IBNH, Muhammad Azam Khan, told the parliamentary meeting that Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Mohammad Nawaz Sharif had formed a […]

Bahrain pulls plug on Alwaleed channel

Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s hopes of launching a news channel have been wiped out by Bahrain’s government. The channel was initially suspended within an hour or so of going on air earlier this month, but now the ‘ban’ is said to be permanent. Bahrain’s Ministry of Information says all contracts between the Prince’s operation and Bahrain have […]

Aston condemns Canal+ ‘lies’

Digital pay-TV technology specialist Aston has issued a hard-hitting condemnation of pay-TV operator Canal+’s behaviour, accusing it of “lies, misleading statements and deceptions” in relation to its response to a court decision ordering the reversal of the termination of the Canal Ready label contract linking the two companies. According to Aston, Canal+ recently sent some of its subscribers a letter […]

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