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SARFT may reduce pay TV channels

Tao Shiming, head of the Chinese State Administration of Radio, Film and Television’s (SARFT) Department of Media Organisation and Online Programming Supervision, revealed at the 4th Annual 2011 China Media…

£130,000 fines for UK adult TV

UK broadcasting regulator Ofcom has hit another adult broadcaster with fines totalling £130,000 for breaches of its broadcasting code. In November Playboy TV was hit with fines totalling £110,000 for…

Italy confirms DTT auction, bid boycott looms

Italy confirms DTT auction, bid boycott looms

In a reversal of the current ‘beauty parade’ licensing plan, Italy has confirmed it will now auction off to the highest bidder its six remaining digital terrestrial frequencies – as…

Mexico probes TV-phone deals

Mexico’s antitrust agency has started an investigation into agreements between phone carriers and TV programming providers, a sign that Grupo Televisa SAB’s bid to enter the wireless industry is facing…

Net giants back ‘rogue sites’ Act

A coalition of nine of the largest Internet companies is backing the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade (OPEN) Act, the anti-piracy measure proposed last week by Sen. Ron…

Techs ads attack US anti-piracy bills

Following the launch earlier in December of an ad campaign in support of support of the Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT IP Act  from Creative America, the grass-roots…

MPAA’s Dodd: Hollywood is pro-Internet

MPAA’s Dodd: Hollywood is pro-Internet

MPAA Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd has reaffirmed the entertainment community’s commitment to both free speech and the fight against criminals who steal online content. In remarks to Washington,…

Verizon loses again to ActiveVideo

Verizon Communications has lost another judgement in US District Court in the ongoing patent infringement case that was brought against the company by ActiveVideo Networks. The court denied a motion…

MPAA: Google’s “hyperbole”

MPAA: Google’s “hyperbole”

The war of words continues between the movie lobby and Internet interests over proposed anti-piracy legislation, with Michael O’Leary, Senior Executive Vice President for Global Policy and External Affairs at…

Internet Society joins opposition to Stop Online Piracy Act

The Board of Trustees of Internet policy, technology standards, and future development leadership source the Internet Society has expressed concern with a number of US legislative proposals that would mandate…