In Brief


- An Al Arabiya offical alleged that Libyan authorities were behind attempts to disrupted the reception of MBC's channels. Satellite TV channels owned by MBC, which is based in Dubai, have suffered "deliberate and planned attacks", with the jamming of signals traced to Tripoli, the capital of Libya. The Saudi-owned broadcaster said sabotage had disrupted the reception of its channels, which include Al Arabiya news station. An informed source within Al Arabiya, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told The National the blocking of MBC's signals had been traced to a location "south-east of Tripoli". The rival news station Al Jazeera said last month the jamming of its satellite feed also originated from a location south of the Libyan capital, and claimed the Libyan intelligence services were behind the interference. MBC said the jamming affected broadcasts on the Nilesat satellite, and lasted "for several and repeated hours, leading to the absence of sound and visual".
The Al Arabiya official alleged that Libyan authorities were behind attempts to block MBC's broadcasts.

- DStv updated its software for the 1110 and 1131 UEC single view decoders. This software was released to all these decoders across both the IS7 and W7 platforms by Tuesday, 15 March 2011. This software is a maintenance release and does not include any new features. No user intervention is required and customers will not need to be guided through the process. In most cases, customers will be unaware of the change.