Virgin faces ITV fees, BT competition probe call, and LG launches Freesat TVs: DTG daily news, September 21st 2015

Virgin Media may have to pay for ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5

Virgin Media could face tens of millions of Pounds-worth of extra costs to carry ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 if the government scraps controversial free carriage rules.

The government is said to be looking at a change to copyright laws, which would give the three main commercial TV channels the right to negotiate fees to appear on Virgin Media, just as they do with Sky.

BT rivals call for competition enquiry

Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone have joined the Institute of Directors and other groups to call for an inquiry into BT's control over UK broadband provision by the Competition and Markets Authority.

In a letter to the Financial Times, they claim that BT Openreach has a conflict of interest with its parent group which distorts the market, requiring radical reform which cannot be provided by telecoms regulator Ofcom.

Freesat reveals LG partnership

LG will launch a new range of Freesat-enabled smart TVs and upgrade some existing models to work with the free-to-air satellite services.

The new LF650 and LF630 TVs will be sold in screen sizes from 32in to 55in, while a software rollout will put the Freesat EPG on existing TVs with satellite tuners built-in.

DTG Staff  |  21.09.2015

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