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Liberty Global’s Fries confident on direction of regulation in Europe

Liberty Global is not overly concerned about threats to regulate cable in European markets, despite “politicized” moves to regulate in specific markets, according to president and CEO Mike Fries. Speaking at the Citi’s 2018 Global TMT West conference, Fries also played down the threat that the European Electronic Communications Code, currently going through the ‘trilogue’ […]

European Parliament rejects EC plans for content portability

UPDATED: MEPs have endorsed the watered-down version of rules on ‘content portability’ across frontiers within the EU that was proposed by the European Parliament’s own legal affairs committee last month, despite the opposition of the European Commission. MEPs today endorsed the mandate for negotiations drawn up by the Legal Affairs Committee in November, with 344 votes […]

Mediaset hails European court ruling in cloud DVR case

The EU Court of Justice has ruled that making copies of TV programmes available via the cloud is a “communication to the public” and must be authorised by the copyright holder. In a case that pitted Italian broadcaster Mediaset against UK-based online TV provider VCAST, the court ruled that the 2001 EU copyright directive overrode […]

European Parliament waters down content portability plan

The European Parliament’s decision yesterday to restrict the scope of changes in copyright rules that would enable cross-border consumption of services has elicited mixed reactions from industry bodies. The parliament’s legal affairs committee voted to water down European Commission proposals that would have have enabled broadcasters to show a wide range of content across borders […]

Digital commissioner promises reform of EU MEDIA programme

The European Union’s MEDIA multi-year programme to support the development and distribution of films, TV series and audiovisual media needs to be adapted to the needs of the emerging digital economy and the European single digital market, according to digital economy and society commissioner Mariya Ivanova Gabriel. Speaking at the European Film Forum, Gabriel said […]

EC green light for ProSiebenSat.1-TF1-Mediaset JV

The European Commission has given a green light to the joint venture to be created by ProSiebenSat.1, TF1 and Mediaset to jointly market advertising around digital video.  The EC said that the JV did not raise competition concerns as it would have a very limited impact on the structure of the market in Europe. The […]

DTG R-book tackles Radio Equipment Directive challenge

The UK’s Digital Television Group has released a new version of the R-Book, the guide for installing digital-terrestrial and satellite systems, with a section devoted to the EC’s recently announced Radio Equipment Directive (RED). The RED, published on June 13, aligns the EC’s previous Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive with new legislation designed to […]

Altice rejects EC ‘gun-jumping’ notice on PT Portugal

Altice has said it “does not agree” with a European Commission notice that the media and telecoms group may have ‘jumped the gun’ on approval of its purchase of Portugal Telecom by implementing the acquisition of the Portuguese telco before it had officially received a green light. The EU’s merger regulation requires that acquiring companies […]

EC calls for finalisation of Digital Single Market strategy

The European Commission has urged the European Parliament and member states to finalise key legislation and complete its Digital Single Market strategy by 2018. In its mid-term review of the 2015 Digital Single Market plan, published last week, the EC said that “good progress has been made” overall, and that it has delivered 16 key […]

EBU calls for cross-border access to content

EU decision makers should give citizens “the keys to enjoy more TV and radio programmes” from across Europe, according to the EBU and BEUC. At an event yesterday at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) supported the adoption of draft copyright licensing rules relating to broadcasters’ online transmissions […]

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