EU survey highlights digital progress

Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands have the most advanced digital economies in the EU, according to the EU’s latest Digital Economy and Society Index. According to the index, which measures how ‘digital’ EU member states are across connectivity, human capital and digital skills, integration of digital technology by businesses, and digital public services, Slovenia […]

European TV plan risks ‘stunting growth in the sector’

Europe’s commercial broadcasters have said proposed changes to to the main directive covering content and distribution risk stunting growth in the sector, reducing consumer choice, and putting a brake on investment in local programming. Europe is in the throes of revising the AVMS Directive with a view to fostering the digital economy in the region. […]

Europe at ‘crunch point’ ahead of 5G transition

Europe is at a ‘crunch point’ when it comes to telecoms, with the planned move to 5G set to transform how people live, work, play and communicate. This is according to Andrus Ansip, European Commission’s vice-president for the digital single market, commenting ahead of his speech at next week’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. […]

EU reaches agreement on content portability

The European Parliament, the European Commission and member states have reached an agreement on implementing new rules to enable content portability, allowing EU citizens to view services they subscribe to no matter where they are in the Union. The deal is the first covering the modernisation of EU copyright rules proposed in the EU’s Digital […]

EU institutions agree plan to allocate 700MHz band to mobile in 2020

European institutions have agreed on a plan to coordinate the use of 700MHz band – hitherto used for digital-terrestrial broadcasting – fore mobile applications. The European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission have agreed on how to coordinate the use of the 700 MHz band across European borders, which they believe will facilitate the […]

EC rules against Spain’s DTT compensation scheme

The European Commission has ruled that a Spanish scheme compensating terrestrial commercial broadcasters for simulcasting their broadcasts during the digitisation of the terrestrial television signal is in breach of EU state aid rules. Spain had required broadcasters to simulcast their transmissions in analogue and digital during the country’s digital switchover period, in order to avoid […]

EC’s Oettinger: European project in ‘grave danger’

The European project is in “grave danger” following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, according to the European Commissioner for digital economy and society. Speaking at an informal Competition Council meeting in Bratislava, Günther Oettinger said that the UK Brexit decision made it clear that distrust of the EU is “one of several […]

UK media reacts to Brexit

Industry groups and companies are continuing to react to, and weigh the impact of, the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. With the two main political parties in the UK involved in leadership battles and sterling and share indexes taking a post-Brexit hit, the media and creative industries have reacted to last Thursday’s vote. […]

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 […]

EU OTT quota rule would have ‘not have huge impact’ on Netflix

The European Union’s rumoured move to make Netflix comply with a European content quota would have limited effect, according to analysts. News of a rumoured quota applying to SVoD services was first reported in Les Echos yesterday. European Commission vice-president for the digital single market Andrus Ansip told the French newspaper that there needed to […]