Concern over cable retrans fees, WRC-15 improves flight safety, and Sky extends HBO deal: DTG daily news November 12th 2015

UK public fears new TV tax over retransmission fees

Most British TV viewers fear that proposed 'retransmission fees' for pay-TV operators carrying commercial public service channels would be passed on to customers as a new TV tax, Virgin Media reports.

The cable TV provider surveyed 2,001 people about the possible change, which could also see ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 lose their slots at the top of the EPG—a move which most people also opposed.

WRC-15's first decision will improve global flight tracking

The World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 has reached its first major agreement, assigning spectrum for global flight tracking in civil aviation.

Fast-tracked following the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 in March 2014, it's one of the easier decisions facing the month-long meeting of government, corporate and NGO representatives to decide the future of global spectrum use.

You can find out how the decisions made at WRC-15 will affect the UK at the DTG Dynamic Spectrum Access Forum's WRC-15: Impact on UK Plc seminar on December 14th—click the link on the right to register.

Sky signs pan-European HBO distribution deal

Sky has extended its UK distribution deal with HBO across its five European territories until 2020, covering both new shows on Sky Atlantic and on-demand archives.

The deal will bring potentially allow Game of Thrones to conclude on Sky in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy, alongside new shows such as Martin Scorsese’s music industry series Vinyl, a remake of cult film Westworld and a Canal+ co-production, The Young Pope.

Image: ITU

DTG Staff  |  12.11.2015

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