The French Ministry of Culture and Communication, together with the Ministry for Industry, Energy and the Digital Economy issued a report on connected television in November 2011. It concentrates on three main themes and delivers thirteen proposals covering the consequences of fragmentation of connected TV offerings, the funding and distribution of audiovisual works, and content regulation, including consumer (and child) protection and the fight against piracy.
The report notes that the access to audiovisual content on the internet is breakthough and that the landscape is accelerating rapidly and in unpredictable ways. Seventy eight percent of homes in France have a broadband connection. Smartphones and IPTV have also contributed to the explosion of the availability of audiovisual content online.
The report set out to address how French players might put themselves in the best possible position to compete against foreign players that have significant access to financial and technological resources. It puts forward several proposals for achieving this, while noting that many French players do have advantages over international competition.
The report also conducted a review of the effectiveness of regulatory measures, including the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, and recognized that the national laws in France are out of date with regard to the development of the Internet and DTT. In particular rules relating to primetime scheduling, advertising, and media pluralism.
The full text of the report, which is available in French, click here.
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