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MPA plans movie piracy crackdown

Charles Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association, has confirmed the body will work with Members of Congress to enact judicial site-blocking legislation in the US. Delivering a State of the Industry address at CinemaCon 2024 in Las Vegas, Rivkin noted that in 2023, box office was up 20 per cent from the […]

April 11, 2024By Colin Mann

MPs call for copyright changes

Many successful musicians, actors and writers are struggling to make a living as a result of gaps in copyright protection, a lack of support for freelancers and unpredictable returns from music streaming, UK MPs have warned. A report, Creator remuneration, from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons, highlights the precarious […]

April 10, 2024By Colin Mann

UK broadband investment reaches £1.3bn

Data reveals that since the start of 2024, the UK Government is boosting access to fast and reliable Internet at an unprecedented speed, putting nearly 380,000 rural premises in line to access a better broadband connection. The upgrades will give rural communities access to the fastest Internet on the market, helping to grow the economy. […]

April 10, 2024By Colin Mann

Ofcom warns TalkTV over “potentially offensive comments”

TalkTV, the free-to-air television and radio channel owned and operated by News UK, has been warned by media regulator Ofcom “to take extra care to ensure that comments which have high risk of causing serious offence are justified and put into proper context”. This follows an assessment of comments made by Julia Hartley-Brewer during an […]

April 8, 2024

Boeing, Virgin Galactic in court battle

On March 21st aerospace giant Boeing entered a writ against Virgin Galactic in the US District Court of Virginia. The action alleged that Virgin owed Boeing $26 million (€24m) and that it had misappropriated certain IP and trade secrets associated with the development for a new space tourism aircraft for Virgin. Boeing, and an associated […]

April 8, 2024

In-depth probe for Vodafone/Three merger

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has referred the anticipated joint venture between Vodafone Group Plc and CK Hutchison Holdings Limited concerning Vodafone Limited and Hutchison 3G UK Limited for an in-depth investigation, on the basis that, on the information currently available to it, it is or may be the case that this merger […]

April 4, 2024By Colin Mann

Brazil to roll out new digital TV standard in 2025

Brazil is launching a new TV standard called TV 3.0 in 2025. This technology, according to the government, will revolutionise the way people watch TV by integrating it with the internet. Viewers will use apps to navigate channels, replacing the traditional number system on remote controls. This will allow channels to offer additional on-demand content, […]

April 4, 2024From Branislav Pekic in Rome

HbbTV releases v2024-1 of HbbTV Test Suite

The HbbTV Association, an initiative dedicated to providing open standards for the delivery of advanced interactive TV services through broadcast and broadband networks for connected TV sets and set-top boxes, has announced the release of a new version of the HbbTV Conformance Test Suite. The v2024-1 Test Suite, developed by the HbbTV Testing Group, is […]

April 4, 2024

Boeing sues Virgin Galactic

Aerospace giant Boeing is suing Sir Richard Branson’s space tourism venture Virgin Galactic, alleging unpaid invoices and the misappropriation of Boeing-owned trade secrets and IP. Boeing is suing via its subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences, and its writ states that Virgin has not paid $26.4 million in invoices for work related to the development of a […]

April 2, 2024By Chris Forrester

FCC denies SpaceX access to extra spectrum

SpaceX has been asking the FCC for permission to share spectrum already allocated to Globalstar and Dish Network AWS-4 spectrum. The FCC has dismissed SpaceX’s application. The SpaceX application had included deployment of 7,500 Starlink ‘second-generation’ satellites with equipment operating in the 1610-1617.775 MHz (Earth to space), 2483.5-1500 MHz (space to Earth, and in the […]

March 28, 2024By Chris Forrester