Insights

Our thoughts on the latest developments in our specialist sectors and services.

Digital Rights Agency – A Workable Solution or Just a Hope?

May 2009

The problem of illegal file sharing has been around since the dawn of the internet. Traditionally the problem was limited to the select few with the technological resources to be able to do it. Then…

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The BBC – The Solution to Universal Connectivity?

March 2009

Blog author: Tony Ballard The interim Digital Britain report proposes a digital “Universal Service Commitment” (USC) in broadband by 2012.  This is not quite the same kind of thing as the universal service obligation (USO), which…

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Project Canvas – IPTV in the Living Room

February 2009

Blog author: Tony Ballard In an article in the Financial Times in early January this year, Mark Thompson wrote that the debates last year on the future of public service television had missed the most serious…

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Broadcasting Regulation Extension: Linear Services on the Internet

February 2009

Blog author: Tony Ballard  Discussion about the implementation of the AVMS Directive has tended to focus on such eye-catching topics as product placement and the extension of broadcasting regulation to VOD.  As we await the publication by…

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TV Licence Fee and Online Services

November 2008

Blog Author: Tony Ballard Debates about the scope of the television licence fee have something of the quality of those ancient debates attributed to St Thomas Aquinas among others about how many angels can stand or…

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On-demand Audiovisual Media Services: Transposing the Requirements of the AVMS Directive

October 2008

Blog Author: Tony Ballard When the Communications Act was enacted in 2003, on-demand services on the internet and elsewhere ceased to be regulated under the Broadcasting Acts.  Content regulation was withdrawn.   It was sufficient to comply…

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