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Spain picks up €286 DTT retuning bill

The Spanish Government will pay the bill for readjusting DTT aerials on around one million buildings. The retuning must take place before the end of the year as a result of the allocation of the digital dividend to 4G operators. The Government estimates that the total cost to readjust the aerials will be €286 million (in comparison with the €800 […]

Expendables 3 producer: ‘We’re going after illegal downloaders’

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Avi Lerner, producer of The Expendables 3 and chairman of Millennium Films, has confirmed the studio is pursuing individuals who downloaded pirated copies of the movie, sending out legal letters asking for a settlement to holders of IP addresses in lieu of more substantial damages should they take cases to trial, reports trade daily Variety. The leak of the movie […]

Oettinger handed EC digital brief

EC President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has named German politician Günther Oettinger as Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, replacing Neelie Kroes, whose term ends when Junker’s Commission takes office. Oettinger has been the member of the European Commission responsible for energy since February 2010, and a Vice-President since 1 July 2014. In a statement shortly after the announcement of his appointment, […]

Ofcom rejects London local licence changes

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has decided not to allow ESTV – the provider of the London local television service London Live – to vary its programming commitments. ESTV submitted a request to Ofcom in July 2014 requesting changes to the programming commitments in its local TV licence. Before deciding whether or not to consent to the changes, Ofcom published a […]

Ofcom: slow progress on local TV

Ofcom has issued a progress update on local TV, two years since the first licences were awarded. Ofcom is responsible for licensing local TV stations on digital terrestrial TV and has now issued 30 licences across the UK, to a wide range of different organisations, small and large. Six local TV channels are now on-air, having broadcast some 6,400 hours […]

Kroes: Copyright laws obstructing digital future

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, has warned that copyright reform is essential to ensure a single market, central to Europe’s digital future. Delivering a keynote address on ‘Taking TV and film into the digital age’ at IBC 2014, Kroes, making what could be her final such speech before Jean-Claude Juncker, Commission President-elect, nominates […]

Targeting illegal downloaders ‘lost cause’

The founder of one of the UK’s most successful companies specialising in the removal of pirated content from the Internet says that targeting individual end users is a ‘lost cause’, and the only way forward is to target the websites hosting illegal material. Ian Noble is Director of DiCopSys, which has just issued its 500,000th ‘take-down’ notice in six months […]

IP crime unit issues 2.5m site warnings

As it marks its first year in operation, the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has revealed that since April 2014, the team has diverted more than 2.5 million visits from copyright infringing sites to a domain suspension page. This is an official message from the City of London Police, which is the National Policing Lead Force for Fraud, warning […]

EC OKs BSkyB ‘Sky Europe’ acquisitions

The European Commission has authorised under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Sky Deutschland AG and Sky Italia S.r.l. by BSkyB. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not raise competition concerns, since the activities of the three companies are geographically complementary. The Commission’s investigation showed that the geographic scope of the markets for the licensing or acquisition […]

BBC licence ‘could double for independent Scotland’

The BBC is under political pressure to reveal details of an internal study which found that viewers in an independent Scotland would have to pay almost double their current licence fee if they wanted to continue watching and listening to the same BBC shows. Labour’s former culture secretary Ben Bradshaw has called on the corporation to publish the figures “immediately […]

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