Portuguese regulator Anacom is to distribute a 12-page guide to digital-terrestrial TV to all households in the country within the next month.The regulator plans to distribute some six million copies of the guide ahead of the country’s digital switchover, which will begin on January 12 in the country’s coastal region, followed by the Azores and Madeira on March 22 and the interior of mainland Portugal on April 26.Portugal has already piloted switchover in three areas – Alenquer, Cacém and Nazaré/Alcobaça.
Kenyan pay TV operators GOtv Kenya and StarTimes Kenya have said they will take legal action after local broadcasters aired adverts advising viewers not to purchase the two firms’ digital set-tops, according to local reports. The broadcasters, Nation Media Group (NMG), Royal Media Services (RMS) and Standard Group (SG), which together recently formed the Africa Digital Network (ADN) to supply digital set-tops to the Kenyan market, aired the adverts on channels NTV, KTN, QTV and Citizen, asking vieers to wait for their own deciders to made available to the market.GOtv and StarTimes have taken issue with claims that they breach copyright by making the channels available on their own services, arguing that they are obliged to do so by must-carry rules that have been upheld by the country’s Supreme Court.The pair said that the advert is defamatory and intended to mislead, and that their boxes offered Kenyans the option of receiving channels for free or signing up for pay TV services.
BeoutQ, the allegedly Saudia Arabia-backed pirate TV network, has been slammed by members of the UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee.In a parliamentary session on May 10, Jeremy Wright QC, DCMS secretary of state, responded to a question from Giles Watling MP, confirming that a number of UK government departments are “pursuing this matter” and that “the [UK] embassy in Riyadh is speaking to the Saudis on this subject”. BeoutQ has gained notoriety since its launch in 2017 for pirating hundreds of live sports events including the NFL SuperBowl, and English Premier League. “If we want to see good quality sport, we have to make sure that people are able to protect those rights so they can carry on delivering it to us; and those that are seeking to undermine those rights of course undermine that process,” Wright continued. “So that’s why we take an interest, it’s why we understand and sympathise with the concerns the Premier League and others have expressed and as I say there is activity underway.”UK networks, including BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky, have all seen their content pirated by the network.The Chairman of the DCMS Committee, Mr Damian Collins MP, added to the discussion, saying that “the issue of beoutQ is straightforward piracy” and went on to question whether the Government was taking appropriate independent action by adding, “I’d be slightly concerned if our interest in this issue, and addressing it, is being balanced with other trade interests in the region”. The topic of beoutQ was first brought up in Parliament in April, with Alistair Carmichael MP, the former secretary of state for Scotland arguing that “[beoutQ’s] piracy is widespread across FIFA, UEFA, AFC, Premier League, LaLiga, and the Bundesliga; and the Government have got to work with intellectual property holders to protect sports. The Government have got to challenge their friends in Saudi Arabia and get them to take more action to protect the future of the sports and entertainment industries, and ensure that the football teams which we all love can continue to thrive.”Yousef Al-Obaidly, CEO of beIN media group which has been one of the largest victims of beoutQ’s piracy in the Gulf region, said: “This latest development in the global fight against beoutQ is hugely significant, as it represents a critically important call from a Parliamentary Committee of MPs for the UK Government to intervene with the Saudi Government to stop the continued daily theft of valuable UK brands.”