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EU approves 30% European works quota for VOD services

The European Parliament has approved new rules for audiovisual media services, which include a 30% European works quota for video-on-demand platforms. The quota is designed to support cultural diversity of the European audiovisual sector and is one part of the revised legislation, which will apply to broadcasters and online services like Netflix, YouTube and Facebook. […]

COBA calls for ‘urgent clarity’ on Brexit transition

The UK’s Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA) has called for “urgent clarity” on whether there will be a post-Brexit transition period that will retain the status quo for broadcasters licensed in the UK. COBA said that international broadcasters cannot wait until March 2019 – when the UK is scheduled to leave the EU – to undertake […]

EU media outfits ‘jointly responsible’ for data on Facebook fan pages

Broadcasters and media groups in the EU, along with other organisations, will be held jointly responsible for protecting visitors’ personal data on Facebook fan pages following a ruling by the European Court of Justice. The court ruling follows a case in Germany where the data protection regulator ordered an educational company to close a fan […]

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 […]

New EU rules on content portability set to come into force

New rules on content portability across the European Union will come into force on April 1, enabling users of online audiovisual services to view content while outside their home country within the EU. The new rules will apply only to pay service, although providers of free-to-view services may opt in. Providers of online content services […]

EU group calls for concrete steps to tackle fake news

An EU High-Level Experts Group has called for a new code of principles that online platforms should submit to in order to combat the phenomenon of ‘fake news’ and disinformation. The group’s report, which was presented by chairwoman Madeleine de Cock Buning to European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, calls for the code to embrace 10 key […]

Content portability rules adopted in Europe

The European Council (EC) has adopted new rules that allow consumers who pay for online TV subscriptions in their home territory access them elsewhere in the EU. The rules, which cover all forms of content services, were passed in May, meaning Netflix, Amazon and HBO Go customers will now be able to access those platforms […]

EU approves Vivendi control of Telecom Italia

The European Commission has approved Vivendi’s acquisition of de facto control over Telecom Italia, after Vivendi agreed to divest Telecom Italia’s stake in Persidera. The EC said in a statement that, with this concession, the deal “would not significantly reduce competition in the European Economic Area or any substantial part of it, including Italy.” It […]

EU agrees €120m support for public WiFi initiative

The European Union has agreed to assign €120 million for installing free public WiFi hotspots in local communities across the EU. The European Parliament, Council and Commission last night reached a political agreement on the WiFi4EU initiative, which will see WiFi hotspots installed in public squares, piazzas, parks, hospitals and other public spaces. The three […]

EU approves content portability rules

The European Parliament has approved new content portability rules that will let EU citizens access their online film and TV subscriptions while visiting other EU countries. Yesterday’s vote confirms the agreement reached between the European Parliament, Council and Commission in February and will remove restrictions so that EU citizens can use services like Netflix, HBO […]

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