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Consumers and broadcasters will pay for DSO

Three years after the latest shift in the frequencies, Spaniards will again have to foot the bill of the new DTT migration following the digital dividend to be completed by January 2015. The Administration estimates that the total cost of retuning will amount to €200 million with over 8 million households paying between €20 and €23 each to readjust their [...]

Pay-TV hit by Kenyan authorities

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Kenya’s media regulator is hitting out at the nation’s three main digital pay-TV providers, StarTimes Group, Multichoice’s GOtv and the Pan-African Network as well as broadcasting distribution company Signet. Earlier in April the Supreme Court of Kenya ruled in favour of three media outfits (Nation Media, Standard Media and Royal Media) which had argued that the country was not ready [...]

Netflix, Comcast duel over merger

Netflix has revealed that it added 2.25 million US subscribers during the first quarter of 2014, ending the period with over 48 million global members, topping $1 billion in quarterly streaming revenue. In announcing its Q1 figures, it took the opportunity to voice its opposition to the proposed merger of cable MSOs Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The 2.25 million [...]

Spain: 8 more DTT channels face closure

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The shutdown of nine DTT channels in Spain by a May 6th deadline may be followed by the closure of another eight DTT channels if the Supreme Court accepts the appeal made by the company Infraestructuras y Gestión 2002 – which has argued that these additional channels also got their licences unlawfully. The Spanish government has admitted it is a [...]

Entropic and other STBs hit by patent claim

DirecTV, Entropic, CyberTan and other set-top box suppliers have been named in a patent action by Canadian semiconductor company ViXS Systems and its US subsidiary, ViXS USA. ViXS is alleging that the technology companies are importing set-top boxes and other components that infringe four of its patents. The action seems to be a ‘tit for tat’ response to an action [...]

Aereo’s Kanojia: ‘No Plan B’

Echoing recent comments by Barry Diller, the main backer of Internet TV streaming service Aereo, that failure in its forthcoming Supreme Court copyright case would likely see the end of the service, the company’s founder and CEO Chet Kanojia has admitted there is no ‘Plan B’ should the Supreme Court decide against it in the case which begins April 22. [...]

FilmOn to expand if Aereo successful

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Alki David, the founder of Internet TV streaming service FilmOn, has said he plans to expand the operation should rival service Aereo be successful in its US Supreme Court copyright case brought by the major networks. “We’re in 18 cities and our model is free,” he told The New York Post. “We’d turn on all over the States and have [...]

Reprieve for Russia’s Dozhd TV?

Moscow-based cable and satellite channel Dozhd TV (‘Rain’) has been fighting for its commercial life for some months, ever since it transmitted a discussion show on January 26th which asked whether Leningrad should have been surrendered to the invading Nazis during the last war, and thus saved the lives of “hundreds of thousands” of Russian soldiers and defenders. The show [...]

Spain finalises digital dividend regulation

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Following its decision to close down nine DTT channels, the Spanish Administration is now speeding up its plans to pave the way for the allocation of the so-called digital dividend to be completed by January 2015. The government will approve a Royal Decree before summer that will govern the entire process. “We will strictly keep to that timetable, which means [...]

Aereo launches advocacy site

Internet TV streaming service Aereo has launched an educational and advocacy site – ProtectMyAntenna.org – that aims to provide basic information about the operation and the legal claims before the Supreme Court. The site also features court briefs, amicus briefs and court decisions. Chet Kanojia, Founder and CEO has written to customers explaining the site’s launch and Aereo’s beliefs in [...]

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