BSkyB could win reprieve on regulation of movie rights

The Competition Commission has decided against regulating to reduce BSkyB’s grip on the UK pay TV movies market, according to a report in the Mail on Sunday newspaper. The commission’s preliminary report, due to be released this week, is expected to conclude that the entry of online movie rivals including Netflix and Lovefilm has reduced […]

Two million UK DTT homes could be hit by 4G interference

Some 945,000 individual UK households that use signal amplifiers and a further 953,000 homes that use communal aerials could experience TV interference when 4G mobile networks are launched, according to a written parliamentary answer by culture minister Ed Vaizey. Citing Ofcom’s second consultation on the co-existence of DTT services and new mobile services in the […]

Ofcom invites local TV applicants

Ofcom has today invited applications to run 21 local TV channels across the UK. The media regulator has opened applications for L-DTPS licences that are required to launch local channels in the 21 regions initially earmarked by Ofcom, including Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton & Hove, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Grimsby, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, […]

Ofcom warns Competition Commission not to overstate Netflix impact on Sky

UK media regulator Ofcom has urged the Competition Commission not to overestimate the impact of Netflix and Lovefilm on the pay TV market in the UK when considering BSkyB’s allegedly dominant position in the supply of pay TV movies. Ofcom said on Friday that the market impact of the US online video-on-demand service and its […]

UK regulator probes BSkyB ownership

Ofcom is widening an investigation into the ownership of UK pay TV operator BSkyB. The UK communications regulator has established a team to examine the evidence given at the Leveson inquiry into media ethics. Much of the focus of that inquiry has been the alleged phone hacking by portions of the UK press and notably […]

Canis Media offshoot to bid for local TV transmission licence

Channel distributor Canis Media has become the first company to express interest in bidding for the local TV MuxCo licence to be offered by regulator Ofcom. Canis has created a new company, Comux UK, to apply for the licence, which will be granted to the operator of transmission infrastructure for new local services. Potential local […]

Ofcom upholds ATVOD ruling on Viva TV Music

UK regulator Ofcom has upheld a decision by video-on-demand watchdog ATVOD that MTV’s online service Viva TV Music is subject to regulation as an on-demand programme service. MTV Networks Europe had appealed against ATVOD’s initial ruling. The decision means that MTV is required to ensure that the service complies with a range of statutory requirements […]

Ofcom fines Believe TV

UK communications regulator Ofcom has fined British thematic faith healing channel Believe TV £25,000 (€30,000) for a series of regulatory violations. The body has fined the broadcaster, which is operated by The Light Academy, for a number of breaches between December 2010 and February 2011 related to claims made by televangelists, pastors and religious leaders […]

Connected TV needs higher degree of regulation, says Ofcom chief

Connected TV services are “TV-like experiences” and should be subject to a higher degree of regulation than internet content access through a PC, according to Ed Richards, CEO of UK media regulator Ofcom. Richards, speaking at the Oxford Media Convention, said: “Converged or connected TVs, which incorporate broadcast, video-on-demand and open internet services, are considered […]

Ofcom to borrow additional spectrum for Olympics

UK media and telecoms regulator Ofcom plans to commandeer additional spectrum to cope with an expected spike in demand during the London Olympic Games this summer. Ofcom expects demand for wireless spectrum to double during the games, fuelled by the increasing use of wireless technology by broadcasters, walkie-talkie systems, talkback systems and timing and scoring […]