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EU accepts Hollywood studios and Sky measures to end geo-blocking case

The European Commission has accepted commitments by Hollywood studios not to apply clauses in contracts with Sky that prevent EU consumers outside the UK and Ireland from subscribing to Sky’s UK pay TV service to access films via satellite or online. The EC has made commitments offered by Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and […]

EU reaches agreement over controversial copyright rules

The European Commission has reached an agreement over new copyright rules, including the controversial Article 13 that will require platforms like YouTube to tackle copyright infringements at the point of upload. One of the objectives of the of directive is to “reinforce the position of creators and right holders,” helping them to be remunerated for […]

Discovery applies for Netherlands channel licences ahead of Brexit

Discovery is applying for new broadcast licences in the Netherlands for its European pay TV channel portfolio, ahead of Britain’s scheduled exit from the Europe Union on March 29. A spokesperson for the broadcaster confirmed that Discovery is applying for around 50 licences in the Netherlands for services that were previously licensed in the UK by broadcast regulator […]

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, […]

Confirmed: EU approves Deutsche Telekom-Tele2 deal in the Netherlands

The European Commission has unconditionally approved Deutsche Telekom’s acquisition of Tele2 in the Netherlands, concluding that the merger raises no competition concerns. The deal will see the Netherlands’ third largest mobile operator, T-Mobile Netherlands, merge with fourth-place provider Tele2, creating a company that will remain the third-largest player on the Dutch market after KPN and […]

YouTube urges content creators to speak out against Article 13

YouTube is encouraging content creators to speak out against the European Parliament’s copyright reform initiative, claiming new legislation would force it to “block the vast majority of uploads from Europe”. The video giant has launched a ‘Save Your Internet’ website and is using a corresponding hashtag to mobilise its userbase, urging content creators to make videos, tweet […]

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 […]

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