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Abu Dhabi gets tough on sat-dishes

Abu Dhabi already has tough rules on satellite dishes which state that a maximum of four may be mounted on the Emirate’s roofs. The capital city’s administration has now called on residents to remove satellite dishes that clutter up building roofs and apartment balconies. Abu Dhabi’s The Nation newspaper quotes Ahmed Al Mazroui, the director of the external centres department […]

Al Jazeera sued over rights “violation”

A Cairo-based satellite TV channel says it will file a lawsuit against Qatar-based Al Jazeera and accuse the news channel of “violating its broadcast rights as the exclusive holder,” according to BBC Monitoring. The allegation is that the Sada al-Balad channel held the exclusive rights to cover and transmit the retrial hearing of former president of Egypt Husni Mubarak.  Sada […]

ICASA defends adult TV decision

South Africa’s broadcasting regulator ICASA defended its decision to grant licenses for three adult TV channels to TopTV (now being taken over by Star Times). Speaking at a Western Cape High Court hearing in Cape Town, an ICASA lawyer, Paul Kennedy said the licensed channels were in accordance with the X18 rating of the Films and Publications Act and carried […]

ASA sides with Sky on misleading Virgin ad

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has sided with Sky’s argument that a comparison advert from Virgin Media offered an unfair comparison. The ASA received just one complaint about the Virgin Media regional advert – believed to have come from Sky itself – and decided that the complaint was fair. The advert told Sky customers that switching to a bundle […]

Subs disputes annoys India’s regulator

Arguments over subscriber numbers and alleged under-reporting are not new, especially in India. But a recent high-profile argument between Hathway Cable and broadcasters Zee, Star and Turner, has raised the hackles at India’s TRAI regulator and its associated Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate & Tribunal (TDSAT) which admits it is more than somewhat annoyed by having to spend days on frequent […]

Loral wins major ViaSat patent reversal

Loral Space & Communications won a spectacular reversal of the ViaSat action on August 8th – as far as damages are concerned – and which alleged that Loral’s then subsidiary Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) had misused ViaSat-owned patents. Back in April ViaSat had been awarded $283 million damages by a jury, which found wholly in ViaSat’s favour. ViaSat supplies broadband services […]

Court overturns damages in ViaSat v SSL suit

Loral Space & Communications has announced that in the breach of contract and patent infringement lawsuit brought by ViaSat, against Loral and Loral’s former subsidiary, Space Systems/Loral (SSL) the judge has ruled the damages awarded were a miscarriage of justice, vacated in full the $283 million jury verdict against SSL. The court ordered that a new jury trial be held […]

Cablevision takes on Viacom

Cablevision, the 8th-largest cable TV company in the USA, is again locked into a bitter dispute with Viacom in the latest of a long line of carriage disputes the company has had with content providers. In documents released in a court filing on August 8th, Viacom is claiming that 2012 negotiations between the two parties to settle a carriage dispute […]

UK business claims piracy take-down success

A UK company is leading the way in getting pirated content taken down from the Internet. Cambridgeshire-based DiCopSys is ranked 22nd in Google’s global list of companies achieving take-down of digital pirated material, despite charging as little as £10 a month for its services. The company uses its proprietary software to search out online copyright infringements and use US and […]

NAB: Ownership rules lacking in rationale

The rationale underlying several decades-old media ownership rules that broadcast television stations only compete against themselves in local markets is simply not true, the National Association of Broadcasters has said in comments filed with the FCC. The Commission should adjust its rules to better reflect today and tomorrow’s marketplace that features competition from rival industries as it weighs relaxing ownership […]

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