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Standard User David_W
(fountain of knowledge) Sun 29-Sep-13 18:47:23
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[re: BatBoy] [link to this post]
 
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According to the links I supplied, the court has ruled that there is no copyright in the matches themselves.
That's certainly one of the knottier points of copyright law, in which I am no expert.

The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) defines works in which copyright subsists as original literary / dramatic / musical / artistic works (s. 1(1)(a)), sound recordings / films / broadcasts (s. 1(1)(b)) and the typography of published editions (s. 1(1)(c)).

The rights subsisting in copyright works are defined in s. 2, and the definitions of the types of works are expanded in ss. 3-5B. s. 6A extends copyright protection to certain satellite programming uplinked from a non-EU country that lacks EU equivalent copyright protection.


This means that there is no 'born copyright' (for want of a better phrase) in a sporting fixture. If you can find a vantage point to film it with a long lens without trespassing, you can do what you like with that coverage in which you own the copyright.

Those responsible for sporting fixtures operate by admitting only broadcasters to whom they have granted rights, and making it a condition of entry (and therefore enforceable via contract law) that permission to enter the ground is conditional on not making any recording or broadcast of the event. In reality, there's little they can do about people filming using their mobile phones, but that's not broadcast quality anyway (though it is a pain when some idiot insists on holding up their mobile phone in front of you, and dodges across your field of view every time they are blocked, especially if you are a wheelchair user like me).


However, the material filmed by the organisers or directly by the rights-holding broadcasters is subject to copyright. I fully agree with the ruling of the CJEU in the case mentioned earlier in this thread - the EU freedoms permit the use of legitimate subscriptions to services in other EU countries, with any breach of territorial restrictions (in either the agreement between the sporting organisation and the broadcaster, or because someone is selling the subscriptions in a country prohibited by the terms of the contract) being a purely contractual matter.

The enforcement of territorial rights on the Internet is notoriously fickle. The geolocation databases are not all that accurate, and there are plenty of ways to present your traffic as originating in another country.


I strongly feel we need a much more holistic and liberated view of rights in this Internet age. I'm very happy to pay for the content I use, and am heartily fed up of petty restrictions imposed by rights holders.

I have little interest in sport, and am adequately served by the sport channels I have as part of the Virgin XL package (including BT Sports HD and Eurosport HD) for the limited amount of sport I watch.

I notice a lot of petty restrictions with music. I subscribe to Spotify Premium and make quite heavy use of it. I'm fed up of albums on Spotify with tracks missing, even for users on the paid-for Spotify services. Sometimes the missing tracks destroy the integrity of the whole work - I've come across musicals with tracks missing, though albums in the genres I mostly listen to (primarily the kind of material you'd find on Radio 3) are usually complete.

The problem of missing tracks is likely to be because something somewhere in the various rights chains (copyright in the words and music, copyright in the performance, record company copyright in the finished product) didn't anticipate the modern Internet age and either granted the online rights to a different party or didn't grant the rights relevant to online use to anyone. I know there is controversy about how little streaming music services pay per play, which means artists make very little from streaming plays compared to CD and download sales, but there's only so much users will pay for these services and if they feel they are not value for money, there's plenty of pirated music swilling around on the Internet.

More annoying still is when tracks that were on Spotify disappear over time. This is less easy to justify and sometimes feels like a bait and switch to get users to like an album before being forced to buy the album or download to continue listening. A notable example of this was the first disc of the "Isles of Wonder" double CD of music from the London 2012 Olympics - the one with the music from the opening ceremony itself. When it first appeared on Spotify, it was almost complete - I think there were two tracks missing, presumably for rights reasons, one of which was the "Chariots of Fire" arrangement (nothing special, as the Mr Bean bit rapidly grows tiring, and the original Vangelis version is on Spotify anyway, both the full 20 minute original and the more normal 3.5 minute edit). All the specially composed music from the opening ceremony was on Spotify initially.

Over time, more and more disappeared. After a few weeks "Caliban's Dream" disappeared (the track from end of the ceremony when they lit the cauldron), which was the most popular track on Spotify, if I remember correctly. More recently "And I Will Kiss" disappeared (the track from the Pandemonium scene that started with all the drummers). Those two tracks together were arguably the two musical highlights, not least as most of the rest of the material used was arrangements of well-known material or material which had previously been released commercially rather than being wholly original.

Looking on Spotify now, I can't find the album at all. The last time I checked, there were only about four tracks left anyway.


I'm sure many of the same frustrations apply to sports fans. For commercial and competition reasons, sports are being spread across a multitude of services, with all manner of restrictions around them with the aim of gouging money from fans. It seems to have escaped the idiots responsible for competition regulation that forcing the Premier League live rights to be split between two or more broadcasters would not break Sky's monopoly, but would merely drive up the price Sky pays (and therefore charges its customers) to ensure it secured the bulk of the rights, whilst creating a second commercial competitor to Sky to which avid football fans would also need to subscribe.

If you want to follow the Premier League live in HD using the official UK rights holding broadcasters, you need a Sky Sports subscription plus Sky's HD supplement (whether on Virgin or on the satellite platform - there are no HD supplements normally on Virgin but Sky insisted on an HD supplement for the HD versions of the Sky movies and Sky sports channels). You also need BT Sports HD, which means Virgin's XL package, or a BT Broadband product and pay the HD supplement to have the HD channels activated on your Sky card, or stream in HD from BT if you have a good enough BT broadband connection. I may have got the details of some of the packages and supplements wrong, as they are always changing - but that's part of the problem.

Charging HD supplements is particularly galling considering that the HD versions of the channels are on the broadcast platforms anyway.


If I still followed Formula 1 and wanted to watch live in HD, I'd be out of luck. Some races are on BBC One HD - but for those races on Sky F1, the only answer is the Sky platform, as Sky will only let Virgin have the SD version of Sky F1. I have no line of sight to any of the geostationary satellites due to a line of ancient and protected trees running across the south of my garden, which means I cannot watch any of the satellite based services. That's part of the problem - not everyone can access every service.


Instead of buying what you want, you are forced to subscribe to multiple packages (including a whole bunch of stuff you don't want), often across multiple platforms or channel bundles. There's some channels I watch occasionally on Virgin where the sole HD rights appear to have been sold to the satellite platform - in particular History HD has been on the satellite platform for a long time but shows no sign of appearing on Virgin. I'm fairly sure Sky are still refusing to let Virgin have Sky Atlantic HD, too (though it's of no interest to me as I don't pay for the Sky Movies pack).

It's no wonder these petty marketing restrictions that massively inflate the charges people are expected to pay drives people to online services which source material via somewhat dubious routes. Many people simply haven't got £40+ per month to spend on sport channel subscriptions.

Standard User David_W
(fountain of knowledge) Sun 29-Sep-13 18:53:06
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[re: tommy45] [link to this post]
 
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And Caller display IMO should be a free service offered by all telecoms suppliers as it's part of the service anyway, i can't see that it in any way costs BT more should CLI be enabled or not So why do they charge other SP's for it as presumably they do?
Unfortunately the landline companies have always charged ridiculous prices for additional services that cost next to nothing to provide from modern digital exchanges, and which are accepted to be part of the base service on mobile networks.

For a laugh, price up a BT Retail line with Choose to Refuse (anonymous call rejection), the full version of Call Minder (voicemail with remote retrieval), Call Waiting, Call Diversion, Call Barring, unlimited Ring Back When Free, and unlimited Three Way Calling. I can do all these things for no additional charge on my contract Vodafone, though a couple of them are handled by the handset rather than the network (anonymous call rejection is a handset feature, whilst ring back is implemented by repeated redialling based on a timer).

Standard User AlistairS
(member) Sun 29-Sep-13 18:57:44
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[re: hypertony] [link to this post]
 
I am nearly 12 months into my 18 month contract with BT for Infinity Option 2 with evening & weekend calls. If I understand correctly I will have the option of terminating my contract early.
If you're still in contract, under BT's terms and conditions, as a price rise is considered to be to your "detriment", you have 10 days from receiving notice of a price rise directly from BT to terminate your contract without incurring an early termination fee.


So would this apply to me for both my broadband & line rental?


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Standard User yarwell
(sensei) Sun 29-Sep-13 21:28:31
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[re: AlistairS] [link to this post]
 
that depends if they, or you, or OFCOM, or a Court are of the opinion that the price rise is "to your detriment". This has been taken to mean if it exceeds the RPI, for example.

http://media.ofcom.org.uk/2013/01/03/ofcom-sets-out-...

Unless your contract specifies a fixed price it isn't a breach of contract, so it's in the woolly area of unfair contract terms legislation.

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Standard User jrawle
(regular) Tue 01-Oct-13 13:23:36
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Does anyone know what happens if you take up the option to leave early? Has anyone ever done it? Will they provide a MAC and allow you to do everything as with a standard switch? Or do they just cut you off straight away?
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(staff) Tue 01-Oct-13 14:09:47
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[re: jrawle] [link to this post]
 
If you exercise your rights under the contract then ask for the MAC and use this when migrating, or if its Full LLU you goto the new provider won't need it, but still good to ask for.

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Standard User XRaySpeX
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 01-Oct-13 16:23:43
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Asking for MAC only means you are thinking of leaving; nothing definate. So they can't cut you off.

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Standard User RobertoS
(sensei) Tue 01-Oct-13 17:02:41
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[re: XRaySpeX] [link to this post]
 
As long as one doesn't say "I want to end my contract", or "I want to close my account".

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Standard User AlistairS
(member) Tue 01-Oct-13 20:21:59
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So there would be no harm in asking for a MAC now ahead of an official announcement?

Just been looking around considering PN deal on both landline & FTTC 80/20.
Standard User RobertoS
(sensei) Tue 01-Oct-13 21:25:51
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[re: AlistairS] [link to this post]
 
I received my email from BT about this today. That offers me the option of leaving my phone contract without penalty while still within the minimum term.

If that's what you want to do, which your question implies, then it would be best to wait until you receive the email that says the same regarding phone and broadband. If you ask for a MAC before that things could get messy.

It's even possible they would let you move the phone but hold you to the term for broadband. Seeing as I'm not with BT for broadband my email doesn't mention it.

My broadband basic info/help site - www.robertos.me.uk | Domains,website and mail hosting - Tsohost.
Connection - Plusnet UnLim Fibre (FTTC). Sync ~ 51.8/16.8Mbps @ 600m. - BQM

"Where talent is a dwarf, self-esteem is a giant." - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn.
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