Sky calls for probe into BT’s hold on Openreach

Sky has called on UK competition watchdog the CMA to investigate BT’s Openreach division, accusing it of under-investment in the national broadband network used by Sky to serve its customers. In a submission to regulator Ofcom’s strategic review of digital communications, Sky called on Ofcom to make a market investigation reference to the CMA and […]

Speculation mounts on future of BBC regulation

Conflicting reports have emerged in the UK press over the future regulation of the BBC, with the Telegraph newspaper reporting that media regulator Ofcom is to take over regulation of the pubcaster from the BBC, while The Guardian cites government sources denying that a decision has been taken. According to the Telegraph, the BBC Trust, […]

CSA calls for HD services as France prepares for 700MHz, MPEG-4 transitions

French media regulator the CSA has said it will issue a call for candidates to launch HD services on the country’s digital-terrestrial network, to coincide with the scheduled transition of the platform from the 700MHz spectrum, the planned migration of the platform to MPEG-4 and the anticipated shut-down of SD versions of channels that are […]

Italian regulator orders investigation into Serie A allocation

Italy’s antitrust regulator has ordered an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the division of Serie A football rights between Sky and Mediaset for the 2015-18 seasons, according to local reports. Sky and Mediaset are suspected of colluding to carve up the rights, freezing out rivals including Discovery-owned Eurosport. Last year Mediaset at the last minute […]

Ofcom ups sign language requirements for small TV channels

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has set new rules that will boost the amount of TV programmes made specifically for sign language users. From next January, smaller TV channels — with an audience viewing share of between 0.05% and 1% – will be required to up their amount of British Sign Language-presented programmes form 30 minutes to 75 […]

Netflix wants AT&T/DirecTV merger in current form

Streaming service Netflix has urged regulators to stop the merger of satellite broadcaster DirecTV and US telco AT&T in its current proposed form. In a filing made to the Federal Communications Commission this week, Netflix claimed the new company’s “ability and incentive to harm OVDs (online video distributors” would increase if the two firms came […]

ATVOD makes first rulings as new regulations come into force

UK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD has ruled that two adult online on-demand services have breached new statutory regulations that ban UK VoD services that carry material that would be banned on DVD.  The rulings are the first made by ATVOD under new regulations on prohibited material and come as the body introduced new guidance on the […]

Top Spanish football clubs lose right to negotiate individual TV deals

Spanish top-tier football clubs including Real Madrid and Barcelona will lose the right to negotiate their own TV deals with TV broadcasters from next year under a new law governing the sale of rights. The law, which will come into effect in 2016, will bring Spanish football into line with the collective rights deals negotiated […]

Telefónica closes Canal+ Spain acquisition

Telefónica has closed its acquisition of Prisa’s 56% stake in pay TV outfit Canal+ España following approval of the deal by the country’s competition watchdog, the CNMV.  Telefónica will pay €706.8 million for the stake, giving it 100% control of the operation. The operator has already transferred 80% of the total, or €565.4 million. The […]

Broadcasters slam “few traces” of Lamy report in Digital Single Market proposal

Broadcaster lobby group Broadcast Network Europe (BNE), under the banner of the Wider Spectrum Group, has called on the European Commission to provide greater long-term legal certainty that sufficient spectrum will be made available to preserve terrestrial broadcasting alongside mobile broadband. In an open letter to EC president Jean-Claude Juncker, the group called on the […]