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Anti-trust fines for Italian football rights deal

The Italian Competition Authority (Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato) has levied €66 million in fines to the Italian league (Lega Calcio) and its rights holders for fixing the…

Citizens’ group opposes FCC open STB policy

Tom Schatz, President of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) – a nonpartisan, non-profit organisation dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, mismanagement and abuse in government – has submitted public comments to…

Labour criticises “bully” Whittingdale over BBC

Shadow Culture Secretary Maria Eagle has accused John Whittingdale of “bullying” the BBC as she launched a wide-ranging attack on the UK Culture Secretary. She also urged the government to…

Minster: ‘BBC holds back UKTV’

The white paper that will set out the future of the BBC will be published in May, according to culture minister Ed Vaizey. Referring to earlier reports about UKTV he…

Obama ‘open STB’ stance criticised

Following Present Obama’s call for the FCC to open up set-top cable boxes to competition, two influential lobbying bodies have unsurprisingly queried the White House’s intervention. According to Digital Citizens…

Government plans BBCWW UKTV stake sale

The UK government is to order BBC to sell its 50 per cent stake in cable and satellite programmer UKTV, according to the Sunday Times, which usually has impeccable links…

Obama weighs in for open cable set tops

The Obama administration has weighed into the debate over allowing consumers to switch cable television boxes for less expensive devices, urging the FCC to set an example for other parts…

EU Parliament approves data protection law

EU Parliament approves data protection law

After four years of deliberation the European Parliament has approved new data protection legislation in the EU. The General Data Protection Regulation will introduce the ‘right to be forgotten’, where…

OpenTV patent counterclaims against Yahoo

The Kudelski Group has announced that its OpenTV, subsidiary has filed patent infringement counterclaims against Yahoo in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. The counterclaims allege…

Nilesat bans Lebanon channels

Cairo-based Nilesat appears to be following a situation where Saudi Arabia has allegedly taken down some key Lebanese channels, with Nilesat ceasing transmissions of the al-Manar channel. Moreover, Nilesat has…