Football in pubs ruling upheld by the High Court
The Independent reports today (see Pub landlady Karen Murphy wins High Court case - The Independent ) that
"It was conceded in the High Court today that Karen Murphy's appeal over using a cheaper Greek decoder in her Portsmouth pub to bypass controls over match screening must be allowed."
and that Karen Murphy said outside court that:
"It's a moral victory," she added. "This was big corporations thinking they are above the law."
This follows the ruling Broadcasting territorial exclusivity with a decoder card is contrary to EU law from the European Court of Justice, following the notice given 12 months ago, Karen Murphy scores against the Premier League and Sky.
The paper also reports that:
Mrs Murphy, who ran The Red, White and Blue pub in Portsmouth, Hampshire, said she believed she had won "90%" of the battle.
But the Premier League claimed a partial victory, after the ECJ said it maintained the copyright for some sections of the broadcast.
The "some sections of the broadcast" are the theme music played before and not specifically any part of the actual game.
More at Pub landlady Karen Murphy wins Premier League TV battle - Media - guardian.co.uk also.
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Jinny: From what I understand you will only get a limited number of channels if any. To use a sky box anywhere you need a freesat card for the sky box to enable it to pass thru the freesat channels. You pay for this card.
If you buy a freesat box which is not tied to sky you will receive at least 40 channels+ without needing a card. Sky can always change their stance and block these freesat cards.
Go with a freesat box I have and its great.
I'm in south West France.
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On Saturday afternoon I turned my satellite dish to pick up Eutelsat W3A at 7.0°East. Flicking through the channels I came across GRTS, a Gambia channel, that was showing the football match between Chelsea and Bolton free-to-air. It was widescreen with the English commentary, although the picture was slightly less than UK standard definition. At least I watched it without adding to the Murdoch coffers.
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