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AVMS Report from the European Audiovisual Observatory

At the end of 2011, the European Commission will report for the first time on the application of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive. The Commission’s letters to member states asking for information in this connection were unusually long and detailed, thus indicating the difficulties experienced in incorporating the Directive into domestic law. These difficulties [...]

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IIC Event on The Communications Review

The International Institute of Communications will host an event focused on the upcoming Communications Review on Tuesday, 13 March 2012. It will be hosted by Channel 4 at their offices in Horseferry Road.

Moderated by Chris Dawes, formerly Head of Content and International Regulatory Policy at the DCMS, confirmed speakers include: Adam Kinsley, Head of [...]

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New Slovenian Media Law

Slovenia has finally transposed the Audio Visual Media Services (AVMS) Directive into national law. It entered into force on 17th November 2011. The Act on Audiovisual Media Services was adopted after many failed attempts to reform Slovenian media laws over the years. The European Commission started an infringement procedure against Slovenia early in 2011, [...]

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Connected TV in France

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 [...]

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Independent AVMS Industry Forum Meeting

On Monday, 23rd January, Broadcast Projects is organising an informal meeting in London to facilitate  discussions around industry liaison with ATVOD and AVMS implementation in general, throughout 2012.

The meeting will be held under Chatham House rules to encourage an open dialogue and sharing of views amongst industry stakeholders, given that time for discussion [...]

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Ofcom Appeal Decision Good News for Periodicals

The long awaited Ofcom decision on whether the TV sections of newspaper and magazine websites fall into scope of the AVMS regulations in the UK has been published today, 21 December 2011, and it looks like good news for periodical publishers. ATVOD immediately issued a response to the Ofcom decision, stating that it would [...]

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Ofcom to review ATVOD in 2012/13

Ofcom published its Draft Annual Plan 2012/13 on 8 December 2011, which will address, among other things, a review of regulation of video on demand. According to the document published:

4.39 We will continue to review our wider regulatory approach to content regulation, to ensure that it remains fit for purpose, continues [...]

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ParentPort launched by UK media regulators

UK media regulators joined forces to launch ParentPort (www.parentport.org.uk), in October 2011. The idea is to make it easier for parents to complain about material they have seen or heard across the media, communications and retail industries.

It was developed following Reg Bailey’s Independent Review of the Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Childhood, which recommended [...]

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A New Coalition for a Safer Internet

On 1st December 28 leading companies announced the formation of a new Coalition to make a better and safer internet for children. Put together by the European Commission, the Coalition is a cooperative voluntary intervention designed to respond to emerging challenges arising from the diverse ways in which young Europeans go online. Signatories to [...]

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AVMS Pan-European Developments

This post provides various updates on AVMS implementation across Europe over the past months.

Dutch Guidelines Published and Registration Fees set to ZERO.

On 11 October the Dutch Guidelines on AVMS were published, and these entered into force at 1 November 2011. Services were required to register in the first two weeks of [...]

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Two Ofcom decisions on ATVOD newspaper appeals expected soon

Ofcom has advised DCMS that they are currently considering several appeals concerning ATVOD scope determinations in respect of on-demand programme services, including seven relating to newspaper and magazine websites. Ofcom expects to be in a position to publish its decision on two of the newspaper appeals within the next month, according to Baroness Rawlings [...]

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Belgium and UK asked to implement AVMS in Brussels and Gibraltar

The European Commission has requested Belgium and the UK to implement outstanding provisions of the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) Directive in Brussels and Gibraltar respectively. The request was made on 29 September 2011.

Belgium has notified the Commission of measures to implement the AVMS Directive as regards all audiovisual media services that are [...]

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UK VOD Services Close as Plans are Announced by Google and Netflix

At least two VOD services have recently closed in the UK, highlighting the difficult competitive and economic challenges that face emerging on-demand services.

SeeSaw has closed after new investors, Criterion Capital Partners, decided not to continue funding after having entered the company in July 2011. SeeSaw had been created by Arqiva in February 2010 [...]

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Free Workshop and Report: TV & On-Demand Services in Russia

A brand new report on Television and On-Demand Audiovisual Services in the Russian Federation in 2011 will be presented at a workshop in Moscow next month by the European Audiovisual Observatory. The Strasbourg-based Observatory commissioned the report from Moscow consultants J’son & Partners Consulting. This free access workshop  will take place at the Moscow [...]

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AVMS cited in Ofcom Broadcast Code breaches

The Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMS) has been cited in the latest Ofcom Broadcast Bulletin, in which ITV and ESPN were found to be in breach of the rules.

Two rules of the Ofcom Broadcast Code were broken during ITV Morning, a programme broadcast on 29th July 2011. Presenters appeared to promote  and endorse [...]

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