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EC legal pressure on UK over ad target protection

The Commission has moved to the second phase of an infringement proceeding against the UK over failure to provide its citizens with the full protection of EU rules on privacy…

Sky launches appeal against forced ITV sale

BSkyB has launched its High Court appeal against the Competition Commission ruling forcing it to reduce its 17.9 percent stake in free-to-air broadcaster ITV to below 7.5%. BSkyB’s counsel told…

NZ: One warning will stop young illegally downloading

More than 70 per cent of New Zealand youth would stop accessing illegal versions of copyrighted material if they received a notice from their ISP, a survey has found. Research…

Spain approves new overall TV law

From David Del Valle in Madrid A Spanish cabinet meeting has approved a new overall TV law (Ley General del Audiovisual) paving the way for the creation of an Audiovisual…

US mobile digital TV standard approved

The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has confirmed the approval of A/153 ATSC Mobile DTV Standard. The ATSC Mobile DTV Standard defines the technical specifications necessary for broadcasters to provide…

Sky attacks BBC's web TV funding

British Sky Broadcasting has accused the BBC of "riding a coach and horses" through the market for internet TV by investing licence-fee money in Project Canvas. The BBC and its…

Canal Plus calls for tax halt

Canal Plus CEO Bertrand Meheut has called for a moratorium on the French government's plan to tax commercial channels to compensate public broadcaster France Télévisions for the loss of advertising…

RealNetworks to appeal over DVD copying software

RealNetworks is appealing a court ruling barring it from selling its RealDVD copying software and a set-top device in development that copies DVDs. The company has filed a notice with…

EBU backs Hybrids, calls for harmony

The Technical Committee of the European Broadcasting Union has agreed a set of measures for Hybrid Broadcast Broadband (HBB) services and devices. It says it backs "the exciting opportunity these…

Virgin and BT make joint pay-TV submission

Virgin Media and BT have attacked BSkyB's pricing mechanism for its premium channels in a joint submission to Ofcom's pay-TV inquiry. The companies say Sky's "near monopoly" restricts consumer choice…