European Commission

EC move to improve access for HbbTV takes step forwards

The European Commission-funded HBB4All project has started work on improving accessibility services for audiovisual content delivered to multiple devices using the HbbTV standard by announcing four pilot test projects. The HBB4All project will include expert testing of new production workflows, benchmarking of the quality of access services from a user point of view and the […]

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 […]

European Commission starts TV rights probe

Formal antitrust proceedings to examine programming agreements between US studios and European pay TV broadcasters are underway and could ultimately be extended to include other distributors, the European Commission confirmed today. EU spokesman Antoine Colombani told DTVE’s sister publication TBI this morning that the focus of the rights probe is currently restricted to the Hollywood Studios […]

Europe ‘must improve’ big data standing

The big data sector is growing at a rate of 40% a year, though only two out of 20 companies making money out of big data are European – a situation “we should improve”, according to the European Commission (EC). In a memo, the EC said that Europe’s failing in this area come in spite […]

EC issues Spanish broadband warning

The European Commission has formally asked the Spanish telecoms regulator (CNMC) to withdraw or amend its plans to regulate the prices Telefonica can charge other operators that want to sell broadband services based on its network.  The EC said it was particularly concerned that the Spanish regulator´s proposed price-setting model would result in regulated prices […]

Europe now has 100% broadband coverage

Europe has achieved 100% basic broadband coverage, one of the main goals of the Digital Agenda for Europe, the European Commission announced. Thanks to pan-EU availability of satellite broadband, every European across 28 countries can now take out a satellite subscription, including the three million people not already covered by fixed and mobile broadband networks, […]

EU calls for a ‘connected continent’

European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes has warned that Europe is falling behind in the ICT sector and has called for the EU to “bring down borders” and an “open environment supporting the open internet.” Speaking at Hubforum in Paris, Kroes, who is responsible for the European Commission’s digital agenda, said that the fact that none […]

EC expert advice calls for reduced regulation

Fewer telecom markets should be regulated at EU level, and there is no need for renewed EU-level regulation of broadcasting, according to an expert advice report presented to the European Commission. However, it notes that the the particularities of broadcasting market means that it cannot be considered to be “effectively competitive”. The study, which recommends […]

One week left for EU internet TV consultation

The European Commission’s consultation on media convergence, looking at issues such as connected TV standards, on-demand broadcast rules and TV advertising limitations, is due to close at the end of next week.  The EU initially the Green Paper, called ‘Preparing for a Fully Converged Audiovisual World: Growth, Creation and Values’, back in April and set […]

Orange’s Richard hits out at EC on antitrust probe

Orange CEO Stéphane Richard has hit out at the European Commission for what he sees as its obsession with antitrust rules aimed at curbing the power of former incumbent telcos. Richard, speaking to French daily Le Figaro in the wake of the recent raids on the offices of several large European telcos including Orange as […]