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Mediaset and Atresmedia under fire for exceeding ad limits

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The Spanish Competition Authority, CNMC, has started legal proceedings against Mediaset Spain and Atresmedia for exceeding advertising limits and interrupting programmes with adverts to the detriment of viewers. Both groups face fines of up to €500,000 each one for breaking the TV law. The channels have 15 days to make allegations with the CNMC making a decision in six month’s […]

Broadcast unions call for spectrum safeguards

Leaders of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) have demanded global action to protect spectrum to guarantee the future of broadcasting.The call was made on the closing day of the 50th Anniversary Annual Assembly of the ABU, which was hosted in Macau by the public service broadcaster of the China Special Administrative Region Macau, Teledifusao […]

‘Wearables’ banned from US cinemas

The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners announced an update to their joint policy to prevent film theft in theatres. The update was made fully to integrate wearable tech into the rules following a joint meeting of NATO and MPAA theatrical anti-piracy teams at ShowEast, the annual industry convention and trade show. The updated […]

Digital TV peace in Kenya

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Kenya’s Consumer Federation (COFEK) and two of the nation’s digital TV operators have buried the hatchet over an ongoing legal dispute before the Kenyan High Court. The parties, including GOtv and the Star Times Group, were arguing that Kenya’s free-to-air public broadcast channels should stay available on the digital TV broadcast platforms. The FTA channels will now be available to […]

Tory MP: “Licence fee worse than poll tax”

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The BBC licence fee is “worse than the poll tax” with non-payment “almost certain” to be decriminalised, according to John Whittingdale, the chair of the Commons culture, media and sport select committee. Conservative MP Whittingdale said the £145.50 charge was unsustainable in the long term, but added that he expected it to survive the current round of charter renewal negotiations […]

CASBAA: ‘Light touch’ needed for pay-TV regulation

John Medeiros, chief policy officer at the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA), has called for governments in the region to exercise a light touch in their regulation of pay-TV networks, which he says should be freed from archaic regulations, inequitable censorship controls and unfair tax burdens which are not levied on online content supply. He also warned […]

FCC proposes updated MVPD definition

Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman, says the industry has passed from an era where it was necessary to build a purpose-specific pathway to deliver video, and accordingly, the Commission is putting forth proposals to update FCC rules to recognise this new reality and, as a result, expand competition and consumer choice, a move that could benefit OTT players such as Aereo […]

FilmOn seeks MVPD redefinition

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Antenna-based Internet television streaming operation FilmOn has joined similar service Aereo in filing a required ex parte notice disclosing its recent conversations with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), when it informed the Commission of its intent to commence retransmission of local television broadcast stations to authenticated subscribers in local markets consistent with FCC Rules applicable to Multichannel Video Programming Distributors […]

Vodafone probe ONO alleged tax fraud

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Vodafone has launched a probe into possible tax fraud at Spain’s largest cable company ONO prior to its acquisition by the British firm. The allegation is ONO ran a network of off-the-books subsidiary companies that traded in call packets, and did not declare Value Added Tax (VAT) worth €60 million on an estimated €250 million of operations. Four employees – […]

FCC postpones spectrum auction

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The FCC’s plan to auction off 600 MHz spectrum licences returned by broadcasters has been deferred until at least 2016, following what the Commission describes as a recalibration of its proposed timing. It was seeking to hold the auction in mid-2015. In a blog post, Gary Epstein, chair of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force, suggested that now was a […]

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