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Survey: No major risk in day-and-date

Research carried out by research firm BTIG Research suggests there is not a major industry risk to collapsing the theatrical-to-home entertainment window. The firm sought to ascertain views on how would releasing movies earlier in the home impact movie spending and piracy; whether people are all inherently movie thieves, or would a wider array of […]

February 6, 2012

Btjunkie shuts itself down

BTjunkie, a popular bittorrent website, has “voluntarily” shut down operations in the wake of last month’s closure of Megaupload. BTjunkie, which launched in 2005, said in a message on the site: “This is the end of the line my friends. The decision has not come easy, but we’ve decided to voluntarily shut down. We’ve been […]

February 6, 2012

Poland freezes anti-piracy pact ratification

Poland has put on hold plans to ratify a controversial international online anti-piracy accord after widespread off-and-online protests in the country. “I consider that the arguments for a halt to the ratification process are justified,” Prime Minister Donald Tusk told reporters. “The issue of signing of the ACTA accord did not involve sufficient consultation with […]

February 6, 2012By Colin Mann

EBU offers free apps to fast-track HbbTV

European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Members will be offered generic applications to deploy Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) during the Olympics and the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), when audiences peak. Three ‘white label’ interactive applications will be provided free to participating EBU Members to customise generic content for entertainment, news or sport. The applications from EBU […]

February 6, 2012

High Court draw for Premier League

The English Premier League and the importers of foreign STBs and cards are both claiming victory after the latest High Court ruling. After a High Court hearing this week, the League says it will take action against pubs for breach of copyright. But the importers say they are free to carry on their business. The […]

February 3, 2012

Huffington online TV

The Huffington Post is making its first move into TV, with a live online video channel described as a “never-ending talkshow”. Arianna Huffington announced that the HuffPost Streaming Network would launch in the summer and feature 12 hours of original programming for five days a week. Roy Sekoff, co-founder of the Huffington Post, described the […]

February 3, 2012

Pre-Super Bowl strike on pirates

With the US gearing up for possibly the biggest sporting event of the year – the Super Bowl – federal authorities have arrested a Michigan man for illegally streaming live sport events over the Internet. Authorities have arrested Yonjo Quiroa for copyright infringement after discovering that websites he operated out of his home streamed live […]

February 3, 2012By Colin Mann

M&S app for Samsung TV

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has become the first retailer  to create an app for Samsung’s Smart TV platform. It says the new app will give viewers access to the latest high street fashion trends as well as tips on lifestyle, food, fashion and technology. Guy Kinnell, Marketing Director for TV, Samsung UK said: “The development […]

February 3, 2012

ConnecTV social platform public beta

ConnecTV, the comprehensive US social platform for all TV fans, has opened its doors to the public – just in time for the Super Bowl. Powered by proprietary content recognition technology, ConnecTV instantly synchronises its service to a stable of national cable channels, regional sports networks and leading local broadcasters across America. The ConnecTV experience […]

February 3, 2012

Sydney pay-TV pirate raided

Australian police have raided the Sydney arm of an alleged global piracy outfit which they claim was selling unlicensed pay-TV subscription packages, offering over 1,000 channels for A$50 a month. Police allege the raided premises is part of a global piracy operation which private investigators say is worth A$70 million a year with 150,000 customers. […]

February 2, 2012By Colin Mann