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EC assessing AV and copyright reforms

Günther Oettinger, the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, has revealed that the EC is currently assessing the functioning of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) in the context…

Spain: Court forbids Rojadirecta football streaming

Spain: Court forbids Rojadirecta football streaming

Popular Spanish streaming site Rojadirecta has been ordered by a Madrid court to stop linking to certain football streams or have its site blocked by local ISPs. The site’s operators…

Simple UK broadband switching rules take effect

Simple UK broadband switching rules take effect

Brits can now switch broadband supplier with one phone call. The new rules came into force this week and mean anyone who wants to change broadband supplier now only has…

Thai TV to be fined or blacklisted

Thai TV tried last month to give back two unwanted digital TV terrestrial frequencies in Thailand. Now the regulator is saying that it must still pay the remaining portions of…

Pirate Bay: ‘Australian anti-piracy laws won’t work’

Pirate Bay: ‘Australian anti-piracy laws won’t work’

Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde has suggested that the Australian Federal government’s crackdown on online piracy, which includes new laws to block overseas websites that infringe copyright, will be unsuccessful…

German spectrum auction raises over €5bn

After 16 days and 181 rounds, the spectrum auction for mobile broadband has concluded. All three companies, Telefónica Deutschland, Telekom Deutschland and Vodafone, were successful in bidding for spectrum in…

France outlines 700 MHz allocation plans

France’s telecoms regulator ARCEP has revealed details of its proposed allocation plans for the freed-up 700 MHz band, which will see 2×30 MHz of spectrum offered to mobile operators to…

Mediaset to pay a €324,000 fine

The Spanish Competition watchdog, CNMC, has imposed a fine of €324,000 on the TV group Mediaset, operator of Tele 5 and Cuatro, among other channels, for breaking the TV laws…

BBC Trust: Creative quotas ‘not proper competition’

BBC Trust: Creative quotas ‘not proper competition’

The BBC Trust has concluded that the Corporation’s current ‘Window of Creative Competition’, where in-house and independent producers compete for 25 per cent of eligible BBC TV commissions, is not…

CSA ban on M6, TF1 switch to free overturned

CSA ban on M6, TF1 switch to free overturned

The French Conseil d’Etat has cancelled TV regulatory body CSA’s decision which outlawing the transfer of news and entertainment pay TV channels LCI (TF1) and Paris Première (M6) to free…