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

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More details are coming out about Facebooks plans to start a TV service, including reports that deals have been signed with online producers Buzzfeed and Vox, among others. Now, whether this means the company is desperate to be YouTube or not is another matter, but for our industry, it might actually be good news. After all, If Facebook is spending as much money to licence content as has been reported, they will finally have some skin in the...

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It seems the TV industry is finally getting some traction with enforcement agencies around Asia, with respect to the syndicates selling illicit streaming devices (ISDs) and operating the piracy server networks that feed them. Last week in Bangkok, there was a police raid and several arrests of UK citizens involved in operating the Expat.TV networks. (That was a series of networks with marketing pitches aimed at expatriates living in Southeast Asian countries and Hong Kong. They specialized in...

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The FCC under Ajit Pai is moving ahead with scrapping the utility-style regulation imposed on ISPs in the name of “net neutrality” under Tom Wheeler’s leadership. The Washington Post had a good summary of the state of play and various positions. The process will be a long one, with a full Commission vote set for May 18 that will set the wheels in motion. There will be opportunities for public input, of course, and the Usual Internet Suspects...

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Fox just launched its Fox+ streaming service in Singapore after its debut in the Philippines in March. The service will initially be available to Singtel customers with Starhub to follow soon. A 30-day free trial is also available (through the Android app anyways) for anyone. It looks very slick, but haven’t yet figured out how to cast it to my TV. Pricing can start as low as US$10/month and go up to as high at $18, depending...

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Okay, it’s now official. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he wants to “repeal and replace” the Wheeler FCC’s order for sweeping “Net Neutrality”-based regulation of ISPs as utility providers. Net Neutrality, he said, was a bit of regulatory overreach that wasn’t needed: “Nothing about the internet was broken in 2015.” A few smart commentators noted that ensuring a free and open internet doesn’t require full-on utility regulation; I agree with that. But Pai’s speech yesterday...

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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...