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Two sellers of illegal BSkyB have been jailed for 3.5 years. Leon Passlow and Simon Hopkins were found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud after obtaining hundreds of cards under false pretences and then selling them on illegally to businesses.

Between January 2008 and September 2012 Passlow and Hopkins sold a number of BSkyB viewing cards to pubs, bookmakers and other businesses so that they could screen Premier League football to their clientèle. However, the cards that the two men sold were only intended for domestic use and had been obtained by the duo under fake names.

They operated a fully-fledged and profitable business selling illegal viewing cards, trading as a Limited Company called Digicam. They used fake names to fraudulently obtain hundreds of domestic BSkyB viewing cards, and then sold them on for use in place of more expensive commercial viewing licenses. This resulted in an estimated £591,000 worth of lost earnings for BSkyB. According to paperwork recovered from...
BSkyB has reached a deal with 21st Century Fox to buy 100% of Sky Italia and 57.4% of Sky Deutschland for £4.9 billion and BSkyB’s 21% stake in the National Geographic channel, a deal worth in the region of £5.4 billion.

BSkyB chief executive Jeremy Darroch feels that this move will make BSkyB “a world-class, multinational pay TV business” and the dominant European pay-television giant. With the acquisition, BSkyB now owns ¾ of the largest pay TV markets in Europe. Furthermore, and maybe more importantly, the company has expanded their potential customer base from roughly 30 million households to almost 100 million.

As Nick Ferguson, the chairman of BSkyB, has pointed out, the move “will deliver growth and value creation for all shareholders”. 70% of all households in Italy and Germany do not pay for their television subscription currently; therefore, BSkyB now has a market of roughly 70 million consumers (including the rest of the UK market) that they can target.

This move...
According to Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC, BBC iPlayer is not on the road to becoming a subscription-only service. Some feared this may have been where the service was headed following a recent decision to introduce encryption.

The encryption in question is designed to prevent BBC programmes from being accessed online by those who do not have a TV licence. According to Hall, the licence fee system "isn't broken" but it is out of date. In its current form, it leaves a loophole open for viewers to watch television programmes without paying by accessing them online shortly after broadcast. "We are saying we believe in the licence fee," Hal said, "but also saying it needs to change and modernise."

The upcoming encryption of the BBC's online catch-up service, Hall maintains, is designed simply to plug this gap and return to a situation where viewers must pay their licence fee in order to watch television. It is not, as some suspected, a first step in limiting the service on...
Thousands of BBC iPlayer viewers were unable to watch their favourite programmes throughout Saturday as a technical glitch brought down both the iPlayer service and the BBC website.

At the time, the official BBC iPlayer Twitter addressed the issue saying; “We're aware of an issue which means some people can't access certain parts of BBC Online. We're working hard to fix this as soon as possible." The issue, which started on Saturday morning, was resolved roughly 24 hours later.

A number of people took to Twitter to complain about the issues that stopped them using their iPlayer service. Many were disappointed that they could not catch up on the Grand Prix, Open Golf and the MasterChef final, which a number of people were particularly disappointed to miss on iPlayer.

Some even complained of experiencing the same issue on the Sunday as well, but it appears the issue has now been fully resolved with BBC tweeting “After a short interruption, services for all...
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