14/07/2014 : Press release - The European Audiovisual Observatory publishes its new statistical Yearbook
The European Audiovisual Observatory (Council of Europe, Strasbourg) is publishing today the second volume of the 2013 edition of its Yearbook. Television, cinema, video and on-demand audiovisual services - the pan-European picture. This is the 19th edition of this reference publication and provides figures and analyses on the position of the European audiovisual industry on the global market, on the developments of distribution platforms, television services and on-demand audiovisual services and on the European cinema and physical video market. For the first time, this Yearbook provides an analysis of the position of European fiction in the programming of television channels in the United States.
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10/07/2014 : Press release - Over 3,000 on demand audiovisual media services now on offer in the EU
- A new report edited by the European Audiovisual Observatory on On-Demand Audiovisual Markets in the European Union has been published today by the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology of the European Commission
- The report can be downloaded on the Digital Agenda website of the European Commission https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/news-redirect/16714
The report draws a global picture of the state of on-demand audiovisual services in the EU in 2013 by providing analysis and the main available figures on complex and fast growing markets.
One of the main objectives of the report is to describe the various business models of on-demand audiovisual media services and their roll-out in the EU:
- Advertising-financed on-demand audiovisual services (catch-up TV, open platform, branded channels,…)
- Paying transactional VoD services (rental and retail)
- Subscription VoD (SVoD)
- On-demand audiovisual media services provided by public broadcasters
03/07/2014 : Press release - A European children’s film sells 5 times more cinema tickets on average in Europe than non-children fiction
The European Audiovisual Observatory has just published a brand new report on The theatrical circulation of European children’s films. The Observatory’s cinema analyst, Martin Kanzler, presented this new report at the KIDS Regio Forum which took place in Erfurt, Germany, on 20 June 2014. The objective of this study is to analyse the theatrical circulation and performance of European fiction, i.e. live action and animation films for children up to 12 years of age compared to non-children fiction films based on a sample analysis of 648 children’s films and over 8 700 non-children fiction films which covers the period from 2004-2013.
23/06/2014 : Press release - European Audiovisual Observatory taps Italian regulatory expert as new legal chief
The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has just announced that Maja Cappello will take over the Observatory’s Department for Legal Information from the 1st of July onwards. Cappello was previously Head of the Digital Rights Unit of Italian Regulator AGCOM as well as Vice President of the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA) which has its HQ at the Observatory.
Cappello, an Italian-Norwegian national, stated that, having used the Observatory’s information for many years, she was looking forward to contributing with her know how to the life of the organisation. She also looked forward to working with the Observatory’s Executive Council.
The Observatory’s Director, Susanne Nikoltchev, into whose shoes Cappello will step as Head of the Legal Department, warmly welcomed the decision. She stated that Cappello “would bring long-time expertise in the fields of audiovisual media services and copyright to the Observatory’s work.” She added that Cappello would contribute her “valuable European overview of current regulatory issues” in the media and pointed out that she was “a long term friend and supporter” of the Observatory’s work.
19/06/2014 : Press release - Media in the Courtroom – a fine line between trial by media and our right to know? New IRIS plus report by the European Audiovisual Observatory
This week a major “terrorist” trial will take place behind closed doors in the UK. Government ministers took the unprecedented step, supported by judges, of applying for the trial of Erol Incedal and Mounir Rarmoul-Bohadjar, two men suspected of terrorist activities, to take place in secret “in the interests of national security”. This departure from “open justice” raises serious questions about the role and influence of the media in the courtroom. Current European media legislation on courtroom reporting is examined by the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, in its latest IRIS plus report: Media in the Courtroom. (more)
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Box office down in the European Union in 2013 but first quarter of 2014 shows promise
- EU gross box office growth ground to a halt in 2013, down 4.3% year-on-year but Q1 figures show promising signs for 2014.
- Latest instalments of Despicable Me and The Hobbit saga topped the EU charts.
- Market share for European films down from 28.9% to 26.2%
- EU film production continued growing to an estimated 1 546 feature films produced
- 87% of EU screens had converted to digital by the end of 2013
Provisional Q1 figures from 11 EU markets indicate that admissions in the European Union increased in the first three months of this year, compared to Q1 2013. Quarterly admissions increased significantly in 3 out of the 5 big EU markets, namely in France (+18.9%), Italy (+13%) and Spain (+8.7%), outweighing smaller decreases in Germany and the UK. On a cumulative basis admissions in these five markets increased by 5.6%.
Data protection law imposes limits on "unlimited information". Copyright infringers – or even potential infringers – are also entitled to assert the rights granted to them by data protection law to continue to determine the use of their personal information, and the legal order is therefore required to regulate this sensitive area. On the one hand, rightsholders need certain information in order to assert their rights effectively; on the other hand, data protection law requires that steps be taken to prevent the proliferation of that information. This article discusses this uneasy relationship. More
The European Audiovisual Observatory publishes a new report edited by KVG Research, a Moscow-based consultancy company: "The TV Market and Video on Demand in the Russian Federation". Its main objective is to analyse the origin of the content broadcast by the main Russian TV channels. More