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6.12.2016 - The Observatory launches its new Yearbook Online Service 2016!

The Yearbook is our online service for data and analysis on television, cinema, VoD and home video in the European countries: market shares, services offered, financing and the main players in each branch of these industries.

The service contains three main sections: Data Sets, a comprehensive collection of statistical indicators, Country Profiles, describing the current audiovisual landscape in 40 European countries, and Key Trends, providing an overview of the recent trends and developments.

The service will be gradually completed until March 2017.

Data of the 2016 edition already available by the beginning of December cover:

  • Advertising
  • Pay TV
  • Broadcasters’ revenues and audience
  • Consumer revenues for SVOD, TV VOD Retail and TVOD rental
  • Video: Equipment, Turnover, Transaction and Prices
  • Global and European Players
  • Public Service and Private Broadcasting

 You may check out the list of tables available here.

The Yearbook Online Service is available upon subscription (365€/single user, 790€ corporate), you will find all details in our shop.

1.12.2016 - Observatory Advent Calendar - 24 days of free Observatory reports and services!

14/11/2016 : Press release - Strasbourg Conference - Copyright Enforcement in the Online World

The Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) and the European Audiovisual Observatory organise a joint conference at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg

Copyright enforcement online has been increasingly taking the centre stage in the policy debate on the future of copyright law in Europe. The ongoing EU copyright reform has been fuelling this debate even further. The delivery of paying content—as well as the ways we access culture—have clearly changed in the digital world. Creators, artists, musicians and film-makers, on the one hand, defend their legitimate right to reap the benefits of their work. Internet users and public at large, on their part, claim fundamental right to access information and culture online on fair terms and by means of more attractive business models. How can the current copyright laws respond to all these challenges? What should be the role of internet intermediaries in the enforcement of copyright online? And more generally in this context, how to combine effective protection with the principle of net neutrality?  


The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe, and the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) of the University of Strasbourg  organised this joint public conference at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg —“Copyright Enforcement in the Online World”—from 14.00 till 17.30 on Tuesday 22nd of November). The conference gave an overview of the current state of copyright in the digital world.

08/11/2016 : Press release - Film and Series Channels make up a massive 61% of all pay on demand services in Europe, compared with only 14% of TV channels

Films and TV fiction are clearly the main driver for on-demand services. Pay on demand services specialized in film and TV fiction account for two-thirds of all pay-on demand services in Europe, compared with only 14% of TV channels.

  1. Breakdown of pay on-demand services established in Europe by genre (October 2016)

These figures are taken from MAVISE - the European Audiovisual Observatory’s free access TV and VoD database.  This newly revamped database includes free profile data on TV channels and on-demand services in 41 European countries plus Morocco.

18/10/2016 : Press release - European movies make up 31% of all films broadcast on TV in Europe

Films on television - free report released by the European Audiovisual Observatory for MIPCOM. Download it HERE

Films on television – Origin, Age and Circulation. This brand new report from the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has been published free on line in time for the 2016 edition of the MIPCOM. It provides an analysis of films programmed by a sample of 125 TV channels from 17 EU countries for two seasons: 2011/12 and 2014/15.

Market share for European films

 Films broadcast during the 2014-2015 season by country of origin (all day - including repeats)

27/09/2016 : Press release - Brussels conference on Media Ownership - film on line now!


Media Ownership - Market Realities and Regulatory Responses came under the spotlight on the 12.10.2016 in Brussels. The European Audiovisual Observatory has just published a recent market intelligence report analysing media ownership and concentration in Europe. A further report providing legal analysis of media concentration issues will follow this autumn. Full programme here.

19/09/2016 : Press release - Regional and local broadcasting in Europe – can the voice of the regions still be heard?

Regional and local broadcast media in Europe may appear for many as a last bastion of plurality, of vox populi and of democracy. The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has just published a brand new IRIS Special analysis of the current state of regional and local broadcasting in Europe. Bona fide journalists may request a press copy from

This new report offers a much-needed overview of regional audiovisual media in Europe in three sections. The first delivers a broad overview of current national developments and reforms in recent years; the second digs deeper into individual national case studies of regional and local media – their distinctive features and regulatory approaches; and the third looks into the future of regional and local broadcasting.

Regional and local broadcasting in Europe – a new must-read report which takes the pulse of local media in our regions!

Information on how to purchase this report here.

07/09/2016 : Press release - Russian film production has grown by 50% over the past 5 years but international co-productions fell sharply

Russian co-production conference and report announced by the European Audiovisual Observatory

- The number of films produced in Russia has grown by 50% over the last five years, from 89  to 134 feature films in distribution.

- The number of co-productions with Russia, which had increased between 2011 and 2014, fell sharply in 2015, from between 24 and 32 films per year to just 13 (or from 27% to 10% of all films released in Russia)

- The international market for Russian films is still limited as two thirds of all foreign attendance is attributable to the CIS (Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belarus), while Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia show more Russian films than any other country outside the CIS.

These are some of the findings of a new report - Film Production and Co-Production in Russia, and the Export of Russian Films Abroadwhich will be presented at a free access Russian co-production conference taking place in St. Petersburg during KINO EXPO. This brand new report takes the pulse of the Russian cinema industry and looks at its capacity to co-produce with other countries, from a quantitive and also qualitative viewpoint. Statistical analysis is completed by candid interviews with Russian professionals active in the industry.

The European Audiovisual Observatory and Nevafilm Research invite you to attend this conference and report presentation in St. Petersburg on Thursday 22nd of September from 9.00 to 12.00. Registration details for this free conference here. A free copy of the report will be distributed to all participants and a networking finger food buffet will follow the conference.

The conference will host a “from both sides now” panel discussion on international co-production with Russia. EU and Russian producers will swap experiences and best practices on co-producing with and in Russia. Full conference programme here.

02/08/2016 : Press release - Funding for film and TV content in Europe rocketed by 13.4% between 2010 and 2014

European Audiovisual Observatory releases up-date of its landmark Film Funding Report

  • The number of fiscal incentive (tax credits, rebates and tax shelter) schemes more than doubled between 2008 and 2014 (up from 12 to 26 schemes)
  • 74.9% of film funding in Europe came from national/federal funds (a yearly average of EUR 1 895 million)
  • The average yearly spend for film and AV funds in Europe totalled  EUR 2.29 billion

These are the findings of Public financing for film and television content – the state of soft money in Europe  just published by the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. This new report, authored by Observatory Analyst Julio Talavera Milla, will be presented on Saturday 6th of August at the Festival del film Locarno during the Festival's Industry Days. See how to attend here. The report analyses extensive European film and TV financing economic data for the period 2010 – 2014. More information on how to purchase this report here. Bona fide journalists can request a free press copy from

Figure 1. Total income evolution of film and AV funds in Europe

In EUR million, base year = 2010


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.