Welcome to News Views, CASBAA’s news round-up culled from sources across the industry for the week ending Mar 17th. Curated by CASBAA, News Views keeps you in the loop. We always value your feedback, so tell us what you think!
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 ISPs have a definite interest in not undermining a healthy content ecosystem.
On the back of Twitter streaming several live sporting events it is rumored that the company will shortly announce plans to allow media firms to post live streaming videos directly into the social media service, the latest step in its path to becoming a hub for live video. It’s thought Twitter will open up its live-streaming API, allowing media firms to plug directly into their software. Currently, broadcasters that want to stream live on Twitter have to arrange deals with the company or else use its Periscope app. It’s also thought Twitter will announce partnerships with firms that provide back-end services for live-video streaming.
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Thai regulators are finally trying to ease the burdens on small pay-TV operators caused by their “must-carry” rules, which came into force two years ago to benefit their pet DTT licensees. It’s a good example of why governments should take care and think FIRST before sticking the industry with new burdens – the damage lasts and lasts and lasts.
Last week, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has confirmed that the Philippine government recently approved the National Broadband Plan, which is expected to improve public access to telecommunication services by deploying fiber optic cables and wireless technologies across the country. The network will host national government websites, allow citizens in rural areas to receive better internet connection, and act as a third player so smaller telecommunication companies that do not have extensive resources can compete with players like Globe Telecom, Inc and PLDT.