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TV piracy causing €700m in damage in Germany per year

Overall, including the preceding and following stages of the value chain, the lost turnover amounts to around €700 ($810.0) million per year. This is associated with tax losses of €170 ($196.73) million per year. These are the results of a study German consulting and research group Goldmedia compiled for German commercial broadcaster association VAUNET (formerly VPRT). – Jörn Krieger, Broadband TV News https://ift.tt/2N7lFnd

European travelers can now watch Netflix like they’re at home

If you live in the European Union, your holidays just became a little more enjoyable. The EU’s long-promised digital media portability rules have taken effect as of April 1st, letting residents access Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and other paid digital media services in other member countries as if they were still at home. – Jon Fingas, Engadget https://engt.co/2q0dBKy

EU Parliament bans geoblocking, exempts Netflix and other streaming services

The move is set to widen access to many online services, including shopping and car rentals, within the European Union, where many companies continue to use geoblocking to restrict their content nationally. But copyrighted material, including video streaming platforms, computer games and e-books, are exempt, a decision Europe’s primary consumer rights organizations has sharply criticized. – DW News http://ift.tt/2seZkOI

TV broadcast delivery improved on 4G and 5G networks

In June 2017, the 3G Partnership Project (3GPP) international standardisation body finalised Release 14, which supports critical prerequisites for broadcast content delivery in large-cell 4G and 5G networks. At their third conference in Munich, the 5G Media Initiative, a special-interest group made up of leading corporations and organizations, announced that with these enhancements, Release 14 offers characteristics that approximate those enjoyed with classical terrestrial broadcast methods. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News http://ift.tt/2gzDv39

Europe’s top court rules that ISPs should block The Pirate Bay

While judges accepted that content submitted to The Pirate Bay is placed online by users and that it doesn’t physically host illegal media, they did say that it does “play an essential role in making those works available.” Because the site’s operators index files, provide a search engine and categorize content, users are quickly able to locate the files they wish to download. – Matt Brian, Engadget http://engt.co/2rh4CEo

EU approves plans forcing Facebook and YouTube to act on hate speech

Interestingly, the same proposals that were approved in a bid to help protect EU citizens also have a clause about European representation on video streaming services. If passed, the new laws would demand that streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video hit a content quota, ensuring 30 percent of their video catalog consists of European films and TV shows. Even more surprisingly, the law would also mean that video streaming companies have to help fund the production of shows and movies in the EU countries they operate in. Given the whole Cannes Netflix debacle, we’re sure that France will be very keen to get this law passed. – Tom Regan, Engadget http://engt.co/2qh9c57
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