05/12/2017 : Press release - European films make up 28% of films broadcast on TV in Europe
The European Audiovisual Observatory publishes major new free study:
Films on TV: Origin, age and circulation
Films produced in Europe made up 28% of films broadcast by a sample of TV channels during the 2015 – 2016 season. This sample contains a total of 131 TV channels from 18 different EU member countries. These findings come from a brand new report published by the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe: Films on TV: Origin, age and circulation. The Observatory drafted this free report for the DG Connect of the European Commission.
23/11/2017 : Press release - Commercial Communications in the AVMSD revision
The European Audiovisual Observatory publishes major new study – free to download
Advertising has always posed a challenge for European legislation. Lawmakers find themselves trying to address the concerns and needs of stakeholders as wide apart as children’s protection lobbyists, health and safety campaigners, protesters against gender stereotyping, on the one hand, and the pharmaceutical trade, the fashion industry and toy manufacturers, for example, on the other. Added to this already complex picture are the digital delivery of content, linear and non-linear services and indeed the fast-moving world of social media. European media legislation is currently undergoing a major overhaul in the form of the revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD). We have just released a new analysis of how current legislation on advertising, sponsorship and product placement is involved in this revision and what changes we can expect.
Wise up on the state of play of European advertising law – and see what the future may hold with this brand new free report!
20/11/2017 : Press release - Greece re-joins the European Audiovisual Observatory
The Strasbourg-based Observatory has just announced that Greece is back as a member state. Greece withdrew its membership of the Observatory as of January this year against a background of economic upheaval. While this meant that the Observatory could no longer serve the Greek audiovisual professionals with its expertise, it still continued to provide basic facts and figures of the film, TV and on demand industries in Greece in good faith, and in the hope of better days. Greece will be represented within the Observatory’s Executive Council by the Greek National Council for Radio and Television. Link to press release.
12/10/2017 - 329 children’s TV channels currently operate in Europe
Just before MIP Junior opens - European Audiovisual Observatory publishes new report on children’s TV
This figure comes from the European Audiovisual Observatory’s new free to download report: Children’s TV channels in Europe - Who are the key players? Get it here.
25/09/2017 : Press release - European Audiovisual Observatory publishes results of its Brussels SATCAB workshop!
Just ahead of forthcoming debates in the European Parliament a brand new report focuses on what’s at stake on copyright applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes,.
A round-table workshop was held on 21 June in Brussels in order to discuss certain aspects of the European Commission’s proposed Regulation (the so-called SatCab Regulation) which aims at laying down these rules. The workshop was organised, and the discussion facilitated by the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe. A brand new publication has resulted from this workshop. You will find here the summary of the discussions held during the workshop, including links to the presentations made by the participants.
20/09/2017 : Press release - On-demand: a new opportunity for film?
European Audiovisual Observatory announces Moscow conference on the legal VoD market in Russia!
The legal offer of VoD services in Russia grew by a massive 32% between 2015 and 2016. This is in spite of the fact that 2 out of 3 Russians reportedly consider that viewing and downloading pirated content is legal, according to a survey conducted by software company Irdeto. In addition, Russian legislators have recently imposed a 20% foreign equity limit on ownership of OTT platforms with over 100,000 subscribers: so what of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video? This is clearly a market in flux! High time for the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe, to bring out a new report on VoD services in Russia and to invite you to this year’s free Moscow conference:
On-demand: a new opportunity for film?
This free entry public conference will take place in Moscow on Tuesday 10th of October, (9:30-14:00) at the Hotel Sheraton, 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya str. 19, Moscow. A networking buffet lunch will follow the conference from 13:00 - 14.00. Participation is free but registration is compulsory. Registration is now closed. Link to complete programme.
07/09/2017 : Press release - Convergence again? Cutting out the middle man in the audiovisual sector. Brussels conference on media convergence announced!
Is increasing convergence in the media cutting out the middle man in content supply? Audiovisual content providers are now producing films and programmes themselves, and delivering straight to the consumer. This means that new internet-based players such as online video services, video sharing platforms, and social networks are competing with the big traditional media for viewers’ attention and spending. What are the economic and legal consequences of this ‘disintermediation’ of the audiovisual sector? The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe, invites you to the fourth edition of its Brussels conference: Convergence again? Cutting out the middle man in the audiovisual sector.
This free entry public conference will take place in Brussels on Wednesday 27th September from 13.00 – 15.00. A buffet lunch will be held from 11.45 to 13.00 and the actual conference takes place from 13.00 – 15.00. The event will take place at the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union, 77, rue Wiertz, 1000 Brussels. Participation is free but registration is compulsory.
Accreditations to this conference are no longer possible.
31/07/2017 : Press release - The European Audiovisual Observatory adds the European Producers’ Club and the European Association for Viewer’s Interests to its Advisory Committee
The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe, has just added two new members to its Advisory Committee: the European Producers’ Club (EPC) and the European Association for Viewers’ Interests (EAVI). The EPC will be represented by its Managing Director, Alexandra Lebret while the EAVI will be represented by its Secretary General, Mr Paolo Celot. The Observatory’s Advisory Committee currently brings together 37 different European and international professional organisations representing the various branches of the audiovisual industries. Sectors such as film production, distribution, exhibition, public and private broadcasting, and the press are represented within this body. The Advisory Committee meets once a year in Strasbourg in order to inform the Observatory on the information needs and concerns of the various different branches of the audiovisual industries.
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
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
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.