News Views

CASBAA’s news round-up culled from sources across the industry.

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The full-on Net Neutrality debate in the USA has resumed. The Internet Association, representing the big tech firms, met FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to lobby against his plan to revoke utility-style regulation of ISPs (installed by the previous FCC majority as the means to enforce Net Neutrality.) This was accompanied by thundering commentary from a former FCC staffer to the effect that “no net neutrality means the end of internet privacy.” That’s more...

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The big news this week in enforcement against illicit streaming devices (ISDs) is that two major e-commerce platforms have implemented programs to weed out sales of blatantly infringing devices from their user postings. Amazon, which has been a major route for ISDs shipping to Europe and America, added a paragraph on streaming media to their seller policies, and said “Products offered for sale on Amazon should not promote, suggest the facilitation of, or actively enable the infringement...

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Youtube TV launched in the U.S. this week. From previous reports about the service I wasn’t too excited though I have significantly warmed to it because of the functionality of the app. The service provides linear channels but with unlimited DVR of favourited shows which essentially turns this into a VOD platform….with ads...

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Have been getting emails this week from members in Hong Kong seeing English-language ads in their Facebook feeds for a China-made pirate ISD box; apparently the local reseller for the fully-loaded boxes is paying for Facebook ads, targeting expats in HK. (Tell me it’s not true! Facebook profiting from piracy?? Nooooo….) There’s not much difference between this box and the ones sold by shops and stalls in Sham Shui Po – except...

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"Brand safety" is the buzzword — YouTube is the problem. Starting last week in Britain, more than 250 brands joined a boycott of YouTube over concerns about their ads appearing next to offensive material; in the US, momentum grew, with AT&T, Verizon, and Johnson & Johnson all yanking their ads. Google has apologised to its ad clients, but the company has already lost US$24 billion in valuation, with possible further downside. The boycott comes as...

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The Premier League won a potentially very important injunction from a UK court, allowing it to work with ISPs to block in real time pirate streams of live football matches. The injunction is limited in time to the remainder of this season, so watching how this works out will be a very interesting test case. The “free internet” crowd seems outraged because the ISPs didn’t fight the EPL’s request for an injunction.....well, duh! Responsible...