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TVCatchup heads to Euro court


The feud between UK broadcasters and streaming site TVCatchup is headed to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The UK Court of Appeal referred the case, which hinges on the legality of TVCatchup’s business model, to the court after again questioning whether websites should provide real-time channel streaming. TVCatchup retransmits programming from broadcasters online, though it was […]

Multichoice gets tough with ‘grey’ market subs

African pay-TV operator Multichoice is happy to sign up subscribers wherever they live, but it seems that there are many of its South African DStv viewers who don’t live in South Africa, but in neighbouring Zimbabwe, and yet pay for their sub in South Africa’s Rand. Multichoice Zimbabwe’s head of publicity Liz Dziva, in an interview with Zimbabwe’s Herald newspaper, […]

The Big Data minefield

In the March-April issue of Euromedia (available first day of NAB, April 11), we examine Big Data and its role in making television better and, thereby, more profitable. What do we mean by better? In this context it seems we mean more targeted, better curated, totally focussed on a viewer’s needs, interests, desires… Of course, what some call targeting others […]

BBFC ratings for YouTube music videos

Music videos on YouTube and Vevo will now be presented with cinema-style age certificates. The age ratings are part of a government-backed pilot scheme, which aims to protect children from raunchy content. It follows concerns over explicit videos by artists including Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke and Kasabian. Ratings will be decided by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), with […]

EC: ‘Yes net neutrality, No geoblocking’

The European Commission has reiterated its call for strong net neutrality and an open market for digital media with an end to geo blocking. EC VP and digital single market commissioner Andrus Ansip told a European Voice event on Creating Europe’s Digital Highways: “On net neutrality, there are three elements we should address: firstly, we need to make sure that […]

RTVE exempted from VAT


The Spanish government is to inject new public funds into broadcaster RTVE, operator of the public channels La 1 and La 2 among other channels, by freeing it from paying VAT (value-added tax). The TV company will save €91.7 million which will mitigate its weak financial situation with a loss of €133 million in 2014. Public Regional TV stations, also […]

CNN regains Russia licence


CNN international has received a new broadcast licence in Russia after the news channel was halted from broadcasting at the end of 2014 following changes to the country’s legislation. Head of Roskomnadzor, the Russian media watchdog, Aleksandr Zharov commented: “I welcome the fact that CNN clearly follow the agreements reached in the negotiations, and I believe that it [the channel] […]

Pakistan wants tough TV censorship

Pakistan’s PEMRA regulator is seeking to update its existing 2007 regulations, and to block offending broadcaster’s TV signals if programming is “objectionable”. If the current Act is modified it will allow PEMRA to work with the nation’s Space & Upper Atmosphere Commission (Suparco) and to – in effect – jam the offending transmissions from satellite operators. The re-think follows on […]

BT resists Ofcom margin rule

BT has criticsed Ofcom for taking a ‘lopsided approach’ to the UK broadband market. On March 19th Ofcom confirmed it was going ahead with a new pricing rule, coming into effect on April 1st. The rule means BT must maintain a sufficient margin between its wholesale and retail superfast broadband fees, in order to allow other providers, which use the […]

Ofcom implements BT margin rule

UK regulator Ofcom has confirmed it will push ahead with plans to monitor the price BT charges rivals to access its superfast fibre network after taking on board concerns from the European Commission. Peers such as TalkTalk have long complained that BT overcharges for wholesale access to its infrastructure, helping it fund additional services such as sports programming which it […]

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