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Italy challenges ‘digital mafias’

Italy’s Camera dei deputati  (Chamber of Deputies), the lower house of the Italian Parliament, has approved in its first reading and unanimously new measures to fight the illegal distribution of copyright-protected content. The initiative brings on board the Communication Authority (AgCom), the National Cybersecurity Agency and Internet Service Providers. The target of the new anti-piracy […]

March 24, 2023From Branislav Pekic in Rome

IPL cricket on DAZN in UK

Every match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season will be available to watch in the UK and Ireland on DAZN. Starting on March 31st, all 74 matches, including the playoffs and finals, will be included in the DAZN subscription, at no extra cost.  The short format cricket tournament is in its sixteenth year. […]

March 27, 2023By Nik Roseveare

Government accepts DCMS Committee music streaming recommendations

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the UK parliament has published the Government’s response to its follow up report on the Economics of Music Streaming, which promises to deliver ‘meaningful and lasting improvements’ to the sector. The Committee’s initial 2021 report was acknowledged as a ‘key moment for the music industry’ by the […]

March 27, 2023By Colin Mann

TAG claims Europe ad anti-piracy success

The Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG), the programme to fight criminal activity and strengthen brand safety in digital advertising, has released the second annual report on its anti-piracy initiative, Project Brand Integrity (PBI), highlighting its continued success in reducing ad-supported piracy in Europe. The report found that 86 per cent of brands contacted by PBI in […]

March 27, 2023By Colin Mann

MPs to question grandees on BBC impartiality

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the UK House of Commons is to question Lord Birt, former BBC Director General, and Lord Patten, former BBC Trust Chair, on issues relating to BBC impartiality. The one-off session on March 28th follows recent issues culminating with the suspension and reinstatement of Gary Lineker on Match […]

March 27, 2023By Colin Mann

Mexico: EarthxTV content on TotalPlay

EarthxTV, the US-based television network dedicated to environmental sustainability, has partnered with Totalplay, the Mexican technology, telecommunications, and entertainment company, to bring a lineup of its current programming to audiences in Mexico on demand. “We know that audiences are hungry for entertaining and informative programming that shines a light on the efforts of people from […]

March 27, 2023

Scripted still dominates $26bn streamer spend

Global SVoD original spend remains Scripted-focused despite growing Unscripted investment, according to Ampere Analysis. Global streaming services are set to increase investment in original titles to surpass $26bn in 2023, constituting more than a quarter of total original content expenditure worldwide. In a competitive market, this growing focus placed by streamers on compelling original content […]

March 24, 2023

HBO Max; back to bundling

The head of HBO Max, Casey Bloys, told Series Mania in France about the future of HBO Max, including the upcoming merge with Discovery+. Bloys said this included plans to have HBO Max replicate the cable TV bundle to give you everything in one place. “It is replicating that cable bundle, where you can get […]

March 24, 2023

TF1 reveals free streaming strategy

Incoming CEO Rodolphe Belmer has revealed that the French commercial group is looking to become the leading free streaming platform for family entertainment and news, both on linear and VoD. Speaking at Series Mania in Lille, Belmer has confirmed a key digital expansion towards free-of-charge streaming. With SVoD service Salto, a joint-venture with M6 and […]

March 24, 2023From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

Study: Mid-band spectrum essential for 5G capacity and coverage

As the key ingredient for wireless technology, radio frequency spectrum is an important resource, according to trade body 5G Americas. One of the most useful spectrum bands for 5G is mid-band, which ranges between 1 GHz and 6 GHz, and offers a balance of speed, capacity, coverage, and penetration for cellular wireless networks. A study […]

March 24, 2023By Colin Mann

Ergen wins reversal of $469m patent suit

Barely two weeks ago on March 10th, Charlie Ergen’s DBS DISH Network lost a Utah jury verdict on a patent lawsuit with plaintiff ClearPlay. The verdict saw the Court award ClearPlay $469 million (€434m) in compensation. The action alleged that DISH’s ‘AutoHop/Hopper’ functions used ClearPlay’s patented skipping feature. ClearPlay’s technology allowed users to skip what […]

March 24, 2023By Chris Forrester

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AMC on SVoD: “It’s broken”

It takes someone with the self-confidence born of being born into one of the founding families of second-generation television to call out that the third-generation simply isn’t working. James Dolan is the chair of AMC Networks, the content spin-off of Cablevision, one of the founding father companies of the US, then global, cable and pay-TV […]

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