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China Removes Unlicensed Foreign Movies and TV Shows From Streaming Sites

China has introduced a raft of new rules that will remove unlicensed foreign films and TV shows from video streaming sites, as a much-heralded deadline kicked in on April 1. Until late last year, online video sites largely were self-censoring, but the government is cracking down hard on pornography, violence or anything that might challenge the …

Internet access grows in Netherlands through smart TVs, use of video streaming devices also up

Almost a third (32%) of Dutch with access to internet via a television screen in the fourth quarter used a smart TV, according to research from Telecompaper’s Consumer Panel for Q4 2014. Trailing at a distance, 11 percent accessed the internet using a connected console (Xbox, PlayStation and/or Wii). Another 10 percent used a laptop or …

TRAI seeks consultation on OTT regulation in India

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today asked stakeholders whether it was too early to establish a regulatory framework for over-the-top (OTT) services, since internet penetration is still evolving, and access speeds are generally low and there is limited coverage of high-speed broadband in the country. It’s believed that video streaming sites  could also …

European Union Commissioner pitches for abolishing geo-blocking

The EU Commissioner Andrus Ansip is targeting an issue that lies at the core of the video streaming sites, movie and TV industries, who license content per location. The #geo-blocking restrictions are demanded by content creators, who want to sell the streaming rights on a regional basis. To enforce these licenses, users from outside of …

Network Operators need to partner with OTTs to survive, says Thorsten Trapp of Tyntec

In a recent study by #mobilesquared, 80% of MNOs cite this as their most pressing concern. One third (33%) of mobile operators have seen up to a 10% decline in revenue, up from 21% of mobile operators in 2013. This rise in popularity of #ott services is driving down #arpu and consequently, operators are starting …

Netflix on way to Moscow amidst Russian crisis

While some global entertainment giants are pulling out of Russia, Netflix is considering a move into the troubled territory. Last month, NBCUniversal became the latest showbiz conglom to say that it would withdraw from the channels market in Russia. The economic downturn, made worse by sanctions and falling oil revenue, and legislative changes — including a …

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