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IMF Must carry report 2015

Access to TV platforms: must-carry rules, and access to free-DTT

Author: Deirdre KEVIN & Agnes SCHNEEBERGER, European Audiovisual Observatory

Published: 17/05/2016

This report is based on work carried out for the European Commission in 2015 and looks at the way in which national systems prioritise the delivery of certain types of television content over distribution platforms. The report involved researching the current status in the EU28 and six additional countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Norway, the Republic of Serbia and Switzerland.

This is done from two perspectives:

• A comprehensive overview of must-carry obligations in 34 countries.

• An examination of access for channels to free-to-air digital terrestrial television networks and a presentation of the state of play regarding available channels on free DTT.