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25/7/2017: Convergence again? Cutting out the middle man in the audiovisual sector. Registration open for the European Audiovisual Observatory's Brussels conference this autumn

What are the market and legal consequences of cutting out the middle man in the creation and delivery of films and television content? Is the audiovisual industry being "disintermediated"?  Save the Date for our free 2017 Brussels conference! Wednesday 27th of September from 12.00 - 15.00
Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union, 77 rue Wiertz, Brussels. (Moroccan lunch buffet from 11.45 - 13.00). Register here.

18/07/2017 : Press release - Media coverage of elections – the legal framework in Europe

The European Audiovisual Observatory publishes its first ever free IRIS Special report on line!

Law in the time of coverage…

In times of elections and referenda, the media zoom in on the candidates, analysing their every word, move and minute gesture. In today’s 24/7 digital universe, the mass media have an unprecedented power to pick apart, comment and scrutinise our future leaders as never before. But who is making sure that coverage is equitable, professional, and complying with some minimum standards of “decent” journalism? Who makes these rules? Following France’s elections and just two months before Germany goes to the polls the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has just released a new free in-depth report: “Media coverage of elections: the legal framework in Europe”. Download it here.

17/07/2017 : Press release - 73% of transactional VOD releases take place in countries where the film has also been released in cinemas

New study explores the relation between theatrical and VOD distribution

Download it in English here

A new report by the European Audiovisual Observatory explores the relation between theatrical and transactional VOD (TVOD) releases, pinpointing existing distribution trends and strategies. The report has been financed by the European Commission.

10/07/2017 : Press release - VOD Aggregators – the new kids on the block of digital film distribution!

New free report on their added value and functioning

Download it here

This new report by the European Audiovisual Observatory, financed by the European Commission, examines the role of VoD aggregators in the digital distribution landscape, exploring their core activities as well as their impact on the value chain.

Exploring new opportunities in VOD distribution

Source: European Audiovisual Observatory

04/07/2017 : Press release - Exceptions and limitations to copyright

The European Audiovisual Observatory publishes major new study – free to download

Get it here

Last September, Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, talked about “transforming Europe's copyright rules in light of a new digital reality.” He outlined the multiple challenges concerning digital content thus: “Europe's creative content should not be locked-up, but it should also be highly protected, in particular to improve the remuneration possibilities for our creators”. The European Commission presented its new Copyright Package in September 2016 and the texts are currently being examined by the European Parliament and Council of Ministers.

To guide us through this complex process, the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has published its latest IRIS Plus report: Exceptions and limitations to copyright. This is a truly invaluable roadmap through the often complex landscape of exceptions and limitations to copyright in Europe.

30/06/2017 : Press release - Media freedom in Russia – how is this protected by law?

European Audiovisual Observatory publishes new free study

In June 2010 the Russian Supreme Court adopted for the first time in its history a Resolution which provided ‘interpretive guidelines’ on which Russian judges could base their work in relation to mass media, editors and journalists. But how have these guidelines developed since 2010, particularly in view of the political context in Russia and the dizzying technological advances made in the media sphere? And what role does the Supreme Court play? The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has published a new free report: Judicial practice on media freedom in Russia: the role of the Supreme Court.

26/06/2017 : Press release - One third of all television channels and on-demand services established in the EU specifically target foreign markets

The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has just published a brand new report “Audiovisual Media Services in Europe: Focus on Services Targeting Other Countries”. Based on data gathered in the MAVISE database, the report provides an overview of the European audiovisual media landscape. It maps the origin of linear and on-demand services and their circulation and focuses on services specifically targeting other countries. Download it here.

22/06/2017 : Press release - Only 16% of Europe’s film heritage collections has been digitised

The European Audiovisual Observatory releases new study on Film Heritage. Download it free here.

On the occasion of the opening of the Cinema Ritrovato festival – one of the major events for cinephiles across the world taking place every year in Bologna, Italy - the European Audiovisual Observatory has just released a new study on the access to film works contained in Europe’s Film Heritage Institutions and collections in the context of education and research.for feature films).

Digitisation rate of film collections - out of 32 Europan film archives which took place in the survey

Source: European Audiovisual Observatory

15/06/2017 : Press release - European films make up one third of all films promoted on VoD platforms in Europe

US films still get the lion’s share with 58%

European Audiovisual Observatory publishes new VoD study focusing on the visibility and promotion of films on VoD platforms

Number, origin, and breakdown of films promoted








These figures are taken from the European Audiovisual Observatory’s new report:

The Origin of films and TV content in VOD catalogues in the EU & Visibility of films. Download it for free here.

14/06/2017 : Press release - UK TV programmes make up the lion’s share of EU TV content available on Netflix and iTunes, followed by France and Germany

European Audiovisual Observatory publishes new VoD study!

  • The main European countries of origin for EU 28 TV content in Netflix’s catalogues are the United Kingdom with 160 titles (or 44% of the total EU28 TV titles available in the 8 Netflix catalogues studied), France with 72 titles (20%) and Germany with 52 titles (14%). Together, these three countries produce 78% of EU 28 TV titles in the 8 catalogues studied.
  • For iTunes, these 3 countries produce 91.5% of all EU titles in the 3 iTunes catalogues studied, with UK produced TV titles representing 52% (884 titles), German produced titles representing 22% (365 titles) and French titles 17% (297 titles).

Netflix and iTunes pan-European catalogue – Share of EU 28 TV content

These are the findings of a report on the origin of films and TV content in VoD catalogues in the EU & visibility of films published by the European Audiovisual Observatory. Download it free here.

13/06/2017 : Press release - European Films make up around 25% of VoD films available in the EU

European Audiovisual Observatory has published a report on the origin of films and TV content in VoD catalogues in the EU & visibility of films. Download it free here.

The composition of the 68 TVOD catalogues by films share of region of origin (October 2016)

This report was drafted for DG CONNECT of the European Commission by Gilles Fontaine, Head of the Observatory’s Department for Market information, and Christian Grece, Analyst within this department.