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$31m piracy penalty for ChitramTV

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas has entered a Judgment and Injunction against ChitramTV, a popular South Asian pirate IPTV service. The Court found that ChitramTV wilfully infringed 207 registered copyrighted works and imposed the maximum statutory penalty of $150,000 (€132,567) per work, $31,050,000 in total. The Federal Court in […]

November 17, 2021By Colin Mann

FTC approves Broadcom anticompetitive conduct order

Following a public comment period, the US’s Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Broadcom Inc. illegally monopolised markets for semiconductor components used to deliver television and broadband Internet services through exclusive dealing and related conduct. According to the complaint, which was first announced in June 2021, Broadcom is a monopolist […]

November 8, 2021By Colin Mann

Portugal: NOS launches Android NVIDIA Shield TV

Portuguese telecom operator NOS has launched the new Android NVIDIA Shield TV and the NOS TV App for Android TV. The NVIDIA Shield TV features a modern tubular design, designed to sit discreetly behind the TV screen and, being a Wi-Fi box, it can be installed anywhere in the house. It takes picture quality to […]

November 5, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Nigeria confident on DSO completion

Mallam Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, Director General of the Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), says that the Commission is committed to a timely and efficient completion the Digital Switch Over (DSO) project across the country as it will  create a people-centred information society which will connect underserved populations and remote communities in Nigeria and hence provide […]

November 5, 2021

Eutelsat’s Sat.tv makes progress in MENA

Last year Eutelsat released its Sat.tv set-top box in the MENA region. The idea was to make it easy for viewers to arrange the hundreds of free-to-view channels available into simple to use menu options complete with channel logos and images. Most pay-TV operators have been doing this for years, but in the MENA market […]

October 13, 2021By Chris Forrester

Foxtel accelerates streaming strategy with Sky Glass

Following the unveiling of streaming aggregation product Sky Glass and confirmation that Foxtel would be the first global syndication partner, the Australian pay-TV operator has confirmed that the device will form another element in the group’s streaming-led roadmap and is expected to be available in Australia in late 2023. The confirmation follows Foxtel’s successful launch […]

October 8, 2021By Colin Mann

Sky Glass: Ugliest TV ever?

First, kudos for Comcast/Sky for integrating the comprehensive functionality of a modern TV system, but some major black marks for failing to make the sets simply attractive. In my opinion the Sky Glass TVs are a tad expensive: a 65” 4K model will cost a thumping £1049 if bought on a standalone basis. The integration […]

October 7, 2021

S Africa: Digital roll-out problems

eMedia Holdings, which owns the popular e.tv channels and Openview services in South Africa, is taking the government to court over declaring March 2022 closure of all analogue TV services. Indeed, the nation’s communications minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has ordered that analogue TV end their broadcasts by January 31st. eMedia has filed papers with South Africa’s […]

October 7, 2021By Chris Forrester

RDK DT’s broadband gateway software platform

RDK Management has confirmed that open source software platform RDK is being deployed as the global software platform for broadband gateways (i.e. modems/routers) throughout multiplay telco Deutsche Telekom’s fibre, DSL, and cable footprints. RDK standardises core functions used in broadband, video, and IoT connected devices. By standardising these functions, service providers can develop and deploy […]

October 7, 2021

Orange Slovensko launches Android TV STB on nangu.TV

nangu.TV, the media platform provider for IPTV and OTT services, has unveiled a new Android TV Operator Tier set-top box, run on the nangu.TV platform, in cooperation with Orange Slovensko and CommScope. Recently launched in the Slovak market, the new solution gives Orange customers a richer live and on-demand streaming entertainment experience. The joint efforts […]

October 4, 2021