Advanced Television


SES vs Intelsat back in court

The long-running legal action between SES and Intelsat is back in court on January 31st. The hearing is focussed on the SES claim that Intelsat pay what SES says is its share of the costs associated with the C-Band Alliance (CBA). The CBA failed in its plan to create a private auction of C-band satellite […]

January 31, 2023

EU takes Spain to court over new TV law

Brussels is taking Spain to the European Court for the delay in the approval of its new TV law that transfers the European directives to tSpanish legislation. Spain failed to meet the September 19th 2020 deadline to integrate the European rules into the Spanish legislation, resulting in Brussels taking the case to Court – seeking […]

May 19, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

Court TV to stream Depp vs Heard trial

Court TV, the digital broadcast network known for its ‘gavel-to-gavel’ coverage of high-profile trials, is to carry the Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard court case which is set to commence on April 11th. “Court cases that are as high-profile as this one often create a lot of noise, and it can be difficult for viewers […]

April 7, 2022By Chris Forrester

DStv facing legal action over streaming rule

In February, South Africa’s pay-TV giant DStv announced that it was limiting access to its broadcasts to ‘one device at a time’. Previous flexibility which allowed two (and up to four) devices in a home to access transmissions will be cancelled from March 22nd. Now the lawyers are getting involved. DStv said that it had […]

March 9, 2022By Chris Forrester

SES vs Intelsat: Tolley statements filed

Lawyers for SES filed an additional motion into the court hearing its lawsuit against Intelsat over the 50/50 division of the FCC’s C-band $9.7 billion ‘incentive payments’. Intelsat’s former CFO David Tolley was deposed twice (on April 15th and October 18th) last year but was not called as a witness during the recent overall hearings […]

March 7, 2022

Court sides with RDA in rugby rights ruling

Level has successfully defended RDA Television’s (RDA) right to terminate its Media Rights Agreement with European Professional Club Rugby (ECPR). EPCR is the organiser of the European Rugby Champions Cup and the European Rugby Challenge Cup. RDA had originally signed an agreement with EPCR on May 11th 2018 to cover the next four seasons, until […]

March 3, 2022

SES admits FCC decision “could be bad”

SES documents submitted in the dispute between themselves and Intelsat over the division of C-band proceeds admit that the FCC decision to award some 50 per cent of the overall sum involved to Intelsat “could be bad for us”. The statement was made in an email from a senior SES executive to company colleagues. SES […]

February 8, 2022

SES vs Intelsat: Judge defers witness statement

Judge Keith Phillips, who is supervising Intelsat’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy exit as well as on-going litigation between SES and Intelsat over the division of the FCC’s C-band incentive payments, issued some key rulings in court on February 2nd. Phillips ruled that James Murray could be called as a witness on behalf of Intelsat and would […]

February 3, 2022

SES vs Intelsat 50/50 claim gets to court

February 2nd will see Intelsat’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy court hear the final pre-trial Motions and applications in the action whereby SES is seeking a 50/50 division of the FCC’s C-band incentive payments. Top of the list is the SES expedited hearing Motion to exclude the testimony of a proposed Intelsat expert witness (James Murray) who […]

February 1, 2022

Telkom withdraws action against ICASA

South African telco Telkom has, as expected, withdrawn its High Court action against ICASA over the regulator’s upcoming auction of spectrum. Telkom told the Pretoria High Court that it will remove its urgent application for an ‘interdict’ to forbid any progress on the auction. Instead, however, it wants ICASA to promptly hear its objections and […]

January 24, 2022By Chris Forrester