ATVOD responds to Ofcom Channel Flip decision

UK media regulator Ofcom has upheld an appeal by Channel Flip Media against an ATVOD determination that in April 2011 it was providing an on-demand programme service on the www.channelflip.com website. In order to fall within the scope of the regulations overseen by on-demand services regulator ATVOD, a service must satisfy a number of statutory […]

UK leading new viewing habits, Ofcom reveals

A new report from UK media regulator Ofcom shows that the country is ahead of other countries including Japan and the USA for catching up with TV online and is at the forefront of using new technology such as smart TVs and digital video recorders. According to Ofcom’s seventh International Communications Market Report, which examines […]

Ofcom delays local DTT licences

UK regulator Ofcom is to delay a decision on awarding local TV licences in key cities including London while it awaits additional information from applicants. According to reports the process of awarding local DTT licences in cities including London, Leeds and Manchester is likely to be delayed by three months while the regulator asks applicants […]

UK DTT viewers face disruption threat as Ofcom looks to 5G spectrum

UK regulator Ofcom last week unveiled plans to prepare frequencies for so-called 5G mobile services that could see the 700MHz spectrum currently allocated to digital-terrestrial TV being made available to mobile telecom companies. Ofcom asserted that drawing on the 700MHz spectrum would be vital to avoid a possible capacity crunch as demand for high-speed mobile […]

UK completes switchover, readies for dividend auction

The UK has completed its eight-year long digital switchover process with the switch-off of analogue transmissions in Northern Ireland today. John Cresswell, CEO of transmission services provider Arqiva was joined at Belfast’s Divis transmitter site by Olympic pentathlete Mary Peters to turn off the last remaining analogue transmitter. UK media and communications regulator Ofcom has […]

BT Vision gets most complaints

BT Vision is the UK’s most complained about pay TV provider. Between April and June, Ofcom found that 0.25 BT Vision customers per 1,000 customers made a complaint, which was above average industry levels for complaints. Complaints about BT Vision were partly driven by issues related to their sales processes and problems with billing. Virgin […]

Ofcom: Sky is fit and proper

UK pay TV operator BSkyB has passed regulator Ofcom’s assessment of being fit and proper. Ofcom, which has an ongoing duty to be satisfied that all broadcast licensees are fit and proper, launched an assessment of Sky in July 2011 following the public debate about parent company News Corp’s roll in the phone hacking scandal. […]

Ofcom awards first two local TV licences

UK regulator Ofcom has awarded its first two licences for local digital-terrestrial TV channels. The first channels licences to be awarded were to Latest TV Ltd to offer a service of the same name in Brighton & Hove and Channel 7 Television Community Interest Company to offer a service called Lincolnshire Living in Grimsby. The […]

Ofcom revokes Praise TV licence

UK media regulator Ofcom has revoked the licence of Praise TV owner Destiny Broadcast Network Europe after it features programming that the regulator believed fell outside the terms under which the licence was originally granted. Ofcom said that Destiny “failed to satisfy Ofcom that the Licensee had general control over which programmes and other services […]

Ofcom confirms ATVOD’s regulatory role

Following a review, communications regulator Ofcom has decided the current arrangements for the co-regulation of the video-on-demand sector should remain in place and ATVOD should remain its co-regulator in this respect. Slight amendments to the regulatory arrangements mean that ATVOD no longer needs prior Ofcom approval to publish or amend guidance or consult Ofcom before […]

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