Audiovisual Media Services Directive

France’s CSA serves notice on 20% content commitment with top streamers

France’s audiovisual media regulator the CSA has begun implementing the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive with an obligation that streamers must invest 20% of revenues raised in France in local content creation. After months of negotiation, the regulator has been able to impose the obligations on the main international SVOD streamers active in the country, […]

EU edges towards finalising quota rules

European content quota rules for digital streaming services are expected to be finalised by the end of 2019. The European Commission is currently holding talks with local authorities to finalise the details around its proposed quotas, which are expected to sit around 30% for on-demand players such as Netflix and Amazon, according to Variety. To date, […]

European Parliament committee approves revised audiovisual directive

The European Parliament’s culture and education committee has approved a ‘trilogue’ political agreement on revision of the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive. The committee’s endorsement of the proposals opens the way for a plenary vote in the parliament later this year. European parliamentary negotiators led by MEP Sabine Verheyen and the Bulgarian presidency of the […]

Public and commercial broadcasters divided over revised audiovisual directive

Public and commercial broadcasters are divided over the merits of the final political agreement on the EU’s revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive, with public broadcaster organization the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) welcoming the result of the final review and commercial broadcaster group the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) slamming it as “a missed […]

EU bodies agree 30% European quota on Netflix-type services

The European Parliament, European Council and the European Commission have struck a preliminary deal on revisions to the audiovisual media services directive that will see new quotas imposed on subscription video-on-demand services. The new rules will include an obligation on OTT TV services, promoted by the Parliament, to respect a quota of 30% for European […]

Commission’s media plans attract mixed reaction

Industry players have reacted to the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive, unveiled by the European Commission yesterday. John Enser, a partner at media law firm Olswang said the introduction of a European quota for on-demand content will prove controversial. “In an on-demand environment, the prominence obligation is likely to prove highly controversial and subjective – […]

EC to enable content levy to be imposed on Netflix-type services

The European Commission has confirmed that it will oblige on-demand services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video to ensure there is at least a 20% share of European content in their catalogues. The EC has also said that EU member states will be able to ask on-demand services to contribute financially to European […]

Schrameck named first president of European regulators group

Olivier Schrameck, the president of French audiovisual media regulator the CSA, has been elected as first president of the European Regulator Group for Audiovisual Media Services, the Europe-wide regulators group recently set up by the European Commission to advise it on how to implement its Audiovisual Media Services Directive. The new group will enable European […]

EC to create European audiovisual media regulators group

The European Commission has formally established a new group of EU regulatory authorities covering audiovisual services.  The group brings together he heads or high-level executives of national independent regulators bodes to advise the Commission on how to implement its Audiovisual Media Services Directive. According to the EC, the new body will help determine how to […]