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Fox sues Alki David’s

Fox has filed a complaint in the California Central District Court against Alki David-backed Internet TV streaming service, alleging that the defendant, BarryDriller Content Systems, has infringed on Fox’s copyrights and trademarks by retransmitting its broadcast shows without the company’s permission. It wants the court to enjoin the BarryDriller service and require it to […]

August 13, 2012By Colin Mann

Aereo revamps pricing structure

Aereo, the start-up that takes live TV programming and sends it to mobile devices in New York, has revealed a new membership pricing structure which it says provides consumers with more choice and flexibility to experience Aereo’s television technology. A US District Judge ruled in July that Aereo could continue with its service, despite objections […]

August 3, 2012By Colin Mann

UK Lords propose online terrestrial broadcasting switch

A report from a Committee of the UK’s House of Lords – the upper legislative chamber – has recommended that the Government and industry should consider the long term possibility of switching terrestrial broadcast from spectrum to the Internet. The recommendation was one of some 50 in the report – Broadband for all – an […]

July 31, 2012By Colin Mann

NBC offers multi-platform series previews

NBC has confirmed that is to repeat its exercise of offering full-episode, pre-sampling versions of its new fall (autumn) series prior to the network time-period premières as each new primetime programme will receive a digital sampling window for marketing and promotional purposes over multiple platforms leading into the regular series première As NBC takes advantage […]

July 26, 2012

Conditional green light for Canal Plus deals

France’s Competition Authority, l’Autorité de la concurrence, has approved the acquisition of satellite broadcaster TPS by Vivendi Universal and Canal Satellite and Canal Plus subject to a number of conditions aimed at restoring sufficient competition in the pay-TV market. The authority had reversed its 2006 authorisation in September 2011, fining the parties €30 million and […]

July 23, 2012By Colin Mann

Cash-strapped ERTU rescued with E200m

Egypt’s giant public broadcaster, for some time suffering near-bankruptcy, has been rescued with a Egy£200 million cash injection (€27.14m). Egypt’s Radio and Television Union ERTU) has struggled for years with massive over-manning, and more than a few cases of senior level corruption, and while the Arab Spring revolution brought with it some potential benefits for […]

July 23, 2012By Chris Forrester

Thompson defends BBC’s sports rights strategy

Mark Thompson, the outgoing Director General of the BBC, has chosen the occasion of the corporation’s success in winning broadcast and digital rights to the next four Olympic Games – two winter and two summer games – to defend its strategy in respect of sports rights. Writing in a BBC blog, Thompson said the BBC […]

July 19, 2012By Colin Mann

Arabsat offers 6 Olympic FTA channels

Arabsat, working with Dubai Media, is to offer Middle East viewers six channels of free-to-air Olympic Games channels. The channels will run from July 27th to August 12th. Khaled bin Ahmed Balkheyour, president/CEO of Arabsat, said, “We are pleased to develop our partnership with Dubai Media and to watch its continuous development, and we assure […]

July 17, 2012By Chris Forrester

RAI broke law encrypting Sky Italia channels

A Rome administrative court has ruled that Italian public broadcaster RAI is violating its public service charter by encrypting its free-to-air TV channels so as to deny Sky Italia the ability to carry the RAI channels on its DTH platform. Specifically, Sky Italia had filed a suit with an Italian regional administrative court challenging a […]

July 13, 2012From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Broadcasters appeal Aereo decision

A group of broadcasters has appealed a judge’s ruling against closing down Internet video service Aereo. The broadcasters claim that Aereo, which allows New York City customers to stream television channels on their computers and mobile devices, violates copyright law. “We’re confident that on appeal Aereo will be found to be a copyright infringer,” said […]

July 13, 2012By Colin Mann