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set-top box

Jail term for STB pirate

A man who made over £2 million (€2.3m) by selling set-top boxes that enabled buyers to watch premium television content without a subscription has been jailed. Halton Mark Anthony Powell, of Hornchurch in east London, launched Droidsticks Ltd. in 2013 and sold the set-top boxes through his shop, website and an online marketplace. An investigation […]

November 14, 2022By Colin Mann

Research: Live TV rebounds

Since 2015, Hub Entertainment Research’s annual Conquering Content study has examined the various ways US TV consumers discover and watch TV shows and movies. Highlights from this year’s study: 1) Seven in 10 consumers (71 per cent) say they’ve discovered a show in the past year that has become a favourite—and a strong majority say […]

November 8, 2022

Data: Big screen dominates Super Bowl streaming

The latest Plume IQ, a monthly reveal of data-driven intelligence and customer-focused insights from personalised communications services provider Plume, explores the increase in data consumption across streaming devices on Super Bowl Sunday, the highest-viewed American television broadcast event of the year. The data shows that the TV ‘big screen’ still dominates this big day for […]

April 20, 2022

$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

Foxtel launches iQ5 OTT STB

Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel has launched its iQ5 streaming set-top box which it says will make it easier than ever before for customers to experience the best in world-class entertainment, all in one place, streamed live and on demand. The device features a simple plug and play set-up allowing customers to be streaming up to […]

September 7, 2021

Canada: Court rules against illicit STB providers

Canadian multiplay telco Bell is one of a number of service providers to welcome a ruling by the Federal Court of Canada that orders a group of set-top box retailers to shut down operations and pay close to C$30 million (€20m) in damages and costs for making content available without authorisation and inducing Canadians to […]

August 13, 2021By Colin Mann

Plume shares smart home insights

Personalised smart services specialist Plume has released data and insights into smart home trends resulting from increases in the number of devices, types of devices, hours used and data used across smart homes. This comes as it surpasses what it says is a major milestone: more than 1 billion unique client devices have been managed […]

July 22, 2021By Colin Mann

Comscore, DISH Media expanded cross-platform agreement

Cross-platform media evaluation specialist Comscore has agreed a new strategic partnership with DISH Media, extending its data licence to virtual multichannel programming distributor SLING TV. The agreement includes the continued cross-platform measurement of advanced advertising and content via Comscore TV products. The expanded licence agreement protects consumer privacy data and includes first-party matching rights to […]

April 23, 2021

Energy-saving STB agreement renewed

US industry trade bodies Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and NCTA – The Internet & Television Association (NCTA) have extended through 2025 the Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy Efficiency of Set-Top Boxes. The agreement, which has already saved consumers $7 billion in energy costs and avoided 39 million metric tons of CO2 emissions […]

April 7, 2021