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Languages & Culture 31-07-2014

French fear ‘cultural dumping’ from Netflix’s EU expansion

Netflix, the US-based Internet streaming TV network, is set to expand its services to an additional six European countries in the autumn. But France fears that its European affiliate, based in the Netherlands, will damage its home-grown audiovisual industry. EURACTIV France reports.
A convoy of landing craft nears the beach at Normandy, D-Day, June 6, 1944 [Photo: US Army Flickr stream]]
Competition 04-06-2014

French broadcasters attacked over D-Day footage

Foreign TV stations covering this week's 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy have complained about the hefty fees charged by French broadcasters for access to some of the events.
Languages & Culture 24-09-2010

Home-grown programmes dominate Europe’s TV screens

Two thirds of the TV programmes viewed in Europe are of European origin, according to a report published by the European Commission on Friday (24 September), in line with EU rules on promoting home-grown content. 
Languages & Culture 29-05-2009

European programmes dominate EU TV market

European works make up three quarters of peak television viewing time in the EU, according to a new study published yesterday (28 May), refuting the widely-held view that American programmes are the most popular.
Digital & Media 28-07-2008

EU TVs choose European films over Hollywood

European works are dominating the programme schedules of European television channels, with broadcasters preferring EU films and fictions to Hollywood or other extra-EU TV products, according to a report carried out by the Commission.
Languages & Culture 30-11-2007

Increased TV advertising wins EU approval

The European Parliament has given the green light to legislation allowing for more frequent commercial breaks and the use of "hidden" ads in television and other audiovisual broadcasts across the EU.
Languages & Culture 14-11-2007

EU set to relax TV advertising rules

Parliament's culture committee has approved new rules that would allow more commercial breaks and US-style product placement in television and other audiovisual broadcasts in the EU, paving the way for their adoption by the end of the year.
Languages & Culture 09-05-2007

MEPs agree to more frequent TV ads

The Parliament’s culture committee, on 8 May, gave its backing to a compromise text, reached with the German Presidency, that would allow more commercial breaks and US-style product placement in television and other audiovisual broadcasts.
Digital & Media 13-12-2006

Television Without Frontiers / Audiovisual Without Frontiers

The EU institutions have found agreement on amendments to the Television without Frontiers (TWF) Directive, the central piece of EU TV regulation. They propose to apply certain provisions of the Directive to some internet-based services and to partially lift regulations on advertising and product placement.
Languages & Culture 24-08-2006

European TV programmes proving popular

Broadcasters’ choice of programming ‘proof of high-quality of Europe’s audiovisual product’, says Commission.
Digital & Media 18-04-2006

Industry opposes online content regulation

An industry alliance bringing together internet service providers, telecom operators, content providers and hardware makers attacks Commission plans to bring some online content under a regulatory scheme initially created for TV.
Digital & Media 29-03-2006

TV regulation is becoming a cross-border issue

Following the classification of an Arabian media network as a terrorist organisation by the US, EU television regulators agreed to co-operate more closely in order to keep hate speech off European TV channels. 
Digital & Media 30-01-2006

Co-Regulation Measures in the EU Media Sector

This study, commissioned by DG Infsoc from the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research in Hamburg, and the Institute of European Media Law in Saarbrücken, (Germany)  aims at providing a complete picture of co-regulatory measures taken to date in the media sector in all 25 EU Member States and in three non-EU-countries, as well as of the research already done in this field.
Digital & Media 21-12-2005

Survey: TV remains main information source

For most Europeans, TV remains the most important information source, a survey finds. Newspapers and radio remain important, and the internet is an emerging medium, especially with younger people.
Digital & Media 14-12-2005

Commission recommends authorising TV product placement

The Commission proposes applying the provisions of the Television without Frontiers (TVWF) Directive to certain internet-based services. At the same time, regulations on advertising and product placement will be partially lifted.
Digital & Media 08-12-2005

The Commission tries to re-assure the publishing industries

At the 6 December conference "21st Century Publishing in Europe" both Commissioners Reding and Wallström, as well as industry experts, addressed competitiveness and freedom of expression.
Languages & Culture 12-10-2005

European TV getting dumber and dumber, study says

A hard-hitting report by the Open Society Institute criticises dumbing down and trivialisation of TV content throughout Europe, as a result of ineffective regulation and insufficient funding of high-quality public service TV. 
Digital & Media 07-09-2005

EP backs careful revision of ‘TV without frontiers’

Parliament has proposed only minor changes to the Television without Frontiers (TVWF) directive, in a report on promoting works made in Europe and by independent producers.
Digital & Media 25-07-2005

Consumer organisation: TV without frontiers must respect limits

Consumer advocates from Germany are criticising the Commission's Issues Paper on the TV without Frontiers (TVWF) Directive, which they say would end a ban on secretive product placement in TV productions.

Report on TV programming quotas fails to reassure independent film producers

Broadcasters have exceeded the airtime quotas reserved for European programmes, according to a Commission report. But independent producers say broadcasters are stripping them of their authors' rights.

Commission in bid to safeguard dignity across the media spectrum

In a bid to keep up with fast-evolving digital technologies, the Commission has tabled new guidelines to protect children and guarantee the right of reply in the media.

State aid in audiovisual sector extended until 2007

The Commission announced the extension of the State aid regime to the audiovisual sector at a Parliament hearing on 16 March. Media concentration and pluralism were also high on the agenda.

Ireland tries to re-open regulatory debate on transfrontier TV

At a meeting in Ireland, EU Ministers were presented with a report by the European Audiovisual Observatory which re-opens the debate on regulating transfrontier TV. The Commission is opposed to the idea.
Digital & Media 27-01-2004

High-definition and wide-screen TV called upon to support digital broadcasting

The Commission wishes to exploit consumer enthusiasm for Home cinema and DVDs as a way to boost interest in the broadcasting of digital programmes.