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25/07/2016 : Press release - Public service media in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan – the current situation

European Audiovisual Observatory publishes a new free report on PSM in the Transcaucasian countries

It’s twenty five years since Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan – the Transcaucasian countries – came out from under Soviet rule and were able to develop their own independent public media. But twenty five years on, how are they dealing with the challenges of maintaining a credible system of public service media? The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has just relased a unique new report  free to download here entitled Public service media in Transcaucasian countries.

08/07/2016 : Press release - Sports rights on TV and VoD – exclusivity vs. the right to information

European Audiovisual Observatory publishes new free report

Just before the EURO 2016  France-Portugal final showdown on Sunday night, a brand new report on sports rights on European television and on-demand has just been published by the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Get it free for download here. Vast sums exchange hands for  sports rights in Europe (1000 m£ spent on UK football Premier League rights between 2013 and 2016). A Sky Premier League bundle currently costs £570 per year – clearly not within everyone’s reach. So who’s making sure that we can all keep abrest of major sports events whatever our financial means? This new report looks at the role of EU media law in ensuring that we don’t have to fight for the right to football!

04/07/2016 : Press release - Media ownership: towards pan-European groups?

European Audiovisual Observatory publishes new media market analysis

  • 15 major pan-European audiovisual distribution groups serve 68% of pay-TV homes in the EU. The sample of six groups in this report (Deutsche Telekom, Liberty Global, Orange, Sky, Viasat and Vivendi), accumulate 50% of pay-TV subscribers in the EU.
  • The three “multi-country” broadcast groups in this report (Central European Media Enterprises, the Modern Times Group and the RTL group) include the major players (in the top 4 regarding audience share) in 17 European countries.
  • There are 13 pan-European broadcasters who (directly or through subsidiaries) own the significant well-known channel brands and pay TV channels available throughout Europe. Nine of these are linked to the major US television and film production groups.
  • The geographical spread of distributors and their synergies in technology, and the existence of multi-country broadcasters, leads to the development of regional on-demand services.

The European Audiovisual Observatory has just published its first report on pan-European media groups on the basis of data gathered in the MAVISE database. This new 56 page report – Media ownership: towards pan-European groups? – is free to download here.

A selection of 6 pan-European distribution groups and their geographical footprint

Source: European Audiovisual Observatory analysis of company reports

Traditional Broadcasting - is it still relevant? Prague conference presentations now on line

Are on-demand audiovisual media services on the point of dominating the audiovisual media market – so much so that they may question the business models of traditional broadcasting? This is the question we asked during our Czech Presidency conference which took place in Prague on the 9th of June. Along with our panel of experts, regulators and broadcasting representatives, a public of Czech media professionals examined the respective roles of traditional broadcasting and "new kids on the block" on demand services.

Get the presentations here:

 

Maja Cappello & Gilles Fontaine The economic weight of different audiovisual media services and adjusting European legislation
Michael Wagner

The recent developments of the Public Service Model and future of linear services

Emilie Anthonis

The recent developments of the Commercial Model  and future of linear services

Vlasta Roškotová & Vladimír Kroupa Today’s role of television in the Czech Republic
Luboš Kukliš

Regulatory challenges relating to the co-existence of different audiovisual media services

Halina Rostek Regulatory challenges relating to the co-existence of different audiovisual media services

 


16/06/2016 : Press release - Half of all European films make it to VOD in the EU but US films still dominate VOD offer in Europe

The European Audiovisual Observatory has just released its latest European film circulation figures for the cinema and VOD industries in the form of a brand new report: How do films circulate on VOD services and in cinemas in the European Union?, freely downloadable HERE.

This report analyses, for example, the number of theatrical release films making it to VoD, as well as comparing circulation in cinemas and on VoD.

Percentages of films theatrically released in the EU from 2005 to 2014 and available on VoD in October 2015

Source: LUMIERE database and OBS report “Origin of films in VOD catalogues in the EU”

Link to full press release here.

13/06/2016 : Press release - Final report: Mapping the Animation Industry in Europe to be presented in Annecy

 

 

  • What are the key figures for the animation sector in Europe?

 

  • What are the main industry trends?

 

  • What are the main challenges in the European animation sector?

 

 

To help address these questions, the European Audiovisual Observatory will present the final report of the study Mapping the Animation Industry in Europe at the European Film Forum organised by the European Commission to be held on 15th June in Annecy, in the context of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

The report complements the first results already published in the Focus on Animation and corresponds to the second phase of an ambitious research project on the animation sector – the first of its kind in Europe – carried out by the European Audiovisual Observatory on the initiative of the European Commission.

The report is freely available on the website of the European Commission and can be downloaded HERE.