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Getting up to Speed on Media Convergence Regulation

Getting up to Speed on Media Convergence Regulation

As Europe’s lawmakers begin getting to grips with the legal challenges of ´media convergence´ ahead of a review of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) slated for 2015, two excellent publications set the backdrop for understanding the issues on the agenda. Read the article on AVMS Watch

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EU Regulators Propose New VOD Country of Destination Rules

A change from the ´country of origin´ principle to ´country of destination´ regulation is under consideration as EU regulators convene for ´media convergence´ debates in this pivotal European election year. ¨EPG Prominence¨ is another topic under scrutiny – meaning that providers of electronic programme guides would have to give a prominence position to public service [...]

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Investment theme: Net neutrality

The rules governing net neutrality in the US are poised to change. This could significantly increase earnings for some US broadband providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon whilst simultaneously reducing earnings for heavy internet bandwidth users such as Netflix, Google, Facebook and Amazon. Moreover, there could be a ripple effect around the world if [...]

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3D Printing in the Spotlight

What are the hottest developments in 3D printing? And what are the interesting companies to watch?

Shares in leading 3D printing stocks have collapsed by up to 40% in the last three months. 3D printing, or “additive manufacturing”, is the process of joining materials to make objects from three dimensional model data, usually layer upon [...]

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App Regulation on the Horizon too?

App Regulation on the Horizon too

As regulators struggle to make sense of the new app-enabled economy,  a new report has been published today that examines the attitudes, behaviours and experiences of app (application) users and the app environment.

Like a similar report published this week by Ofcom on Second Screen, the report sets tone for a potential future regulatory agenda [...]

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Technology Investment Themes from Mobile World Congress 2014

CM Research highlights how investors should play some of the technology investment themes that came up at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this week. TMT sector strategist Cyrus Mewawalla points you to recent research by his firm in the area. Software defined networks: AT&T announced it will become the first major telecom operator [...]

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Free report on the TV and VOD market in Russia

Free report on the TV and VOD market in Russia

The TV Market and Video on Demand in the Russian Federation is a new free report from the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Edited by KVG Research, a Moscow-based consultancy company, the main objective has been to analyse the origin of the content broadcast by the main Russian TV [...]

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Newspapers Speak Out on New ATVOD Scope Guidance

ATVOD, the co-regulator for video-on-demand services in the UK, has published new guidance related to the ¨scope¨ of on-demand video services that are covered by the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) regulatory framework as implemented in the UK. The new guidance follows a public consultation which closed in December 2013 conducted in partnership with the [...]

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New Report on Internet Safety for Children and Parents

Ofcom has published a new report for the UK Government that benchmarks the take-up, awareness and confidence of parents in relation to the use of online parental controls. The report on internet safety measures draws on pre-published research contained in the 2013 Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes report and the 2012 Parents’ views [...]

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How private is personal data?

Is no information sacred when we live in a world seemingly dominated by Facebook, WikiLeaks and whistle-blowers? But according to the law, our personal information is supposed to be kept private.

Although much of our personal information (contact details, personal photos etc.) may be made available intentionally (or even worse – unintentionally) online, [...]

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Moscow Free TV Seminar

Recent developments about the TV market and on demand audiovisual services in Russia and Western Europe will be the topic of a free seminar in Moscow that is being organised by the European Audiovisual Observatory and KVG Research. Speakers will include the Observatory´s´s new executive director, Dr Susanne Nikoltchev, Vladimir Grigoriev, representative of the Russian [...]

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TV News Channels in Europe – Free Report

There are almost 300 channels in Europe dedicated to broadcasting news, and more than 170 of them are based in the EU, according to a new report published by the European Audiovisual Observatory. Dominating the landscape for national TV news are private channels with more than 80% of them owned by private companies. Not surprisingly [...]

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DVB – A Historical Look at a Non-Standard Standard

In September 2013, the Digital Video Broadcasting Project (DVB), celebrated its 20th anniversary. Broadcast Projects´ associate David Short looks back at how this ´non-standard´ standard catalysed the digital TV broadcast sector.

DVB, a project dedicated to creating open technical standards for the worldwide delivery of digital TV and data services, has been the standard on [...]

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Connected TV in the UK and Ireland

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The definition of what is meant by television is uncertain, and the pace of communications regulation is falling behind technological change, according to a new report. Connected Television in the UK and Ireland has just been published by Deadline Media Television.

In this detailed analysis of the landscape, the UK and Ireland, between them, have [...]

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Free Report: From Triple-Play to Multi-Play

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This new free report looks at the potential for broadband service providers in the smart home market.

Published by by Videonet, From Triple Play to Multi-Play evaluates the various strategies that can build upon existing customer relationships, optimise Customer Premise Equipment and help operators migrate from being triple-play to becoming multi-play providers.

The report offers [...]

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Citizen Journalism and Media Responsibility

Trust Me, I´m Lying is the title of a controversial book by Ryan Holiday published in July 2013. It´s been billed as an exposé of the current online journalism system, and with its subtitle, ¨Confessions of a Media Manipulator¨ it makes great companion reading to a report published earlier this year that examines the societal [...]

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