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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.

03/06/2016 : Press release - What future for the rules for VoD services in Europe?

European Audiovisual Observatory publishes new report on the AVMSD

Hot on the heels of the European Commission’s new proposal concerning on-demand services in Europe,  a new report – On demand services and the material scope of the AVMSD – has just been published. Free to download here, this 70-page report by the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, analyses the scope of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD - the current legal text applicable to broadcasting and VoD in Europe) as well as looking at the recent proposals presented on the 25th of May 2016 by Commissioners Ansip and Oettinger on possible changes to this pivotal legal text.

Ticket to Ride - What makes European Films travel? Presentation and film now on line!

This year's European Audiovisual Observatory conference in Cannes brought together over 300 international film professionals to ask the question "What makes European films travel?"

Get our conference PREZI presentation on line here.

And see the film of the conference here:


04/05/2016 : Press release - Box office hit record high in the European Union in 2015

 

  • EU gross box office reached a record high of around EUR 7.3 billion in 2015
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Minions topped the EU charts
  • Market share for European films dropped to 26.1%
  • EU film production rose again to over 1 600 feature films
  • Digital screen penetration in the EU remained at 92%

2015 saw EU break gross box office record

Based on provisional data the European Audiovisual Observatory estimates that cumulative GBO in the 28 EU Member States rocketed to around EUR 7.3 billion. This is 16% higher than the previous year and represents – not adjusted for inflation - the highest level on record. GBO growth was driven both by an increase in admissions as well as rising ticket prices: Admissions increased by 7.4% to 976 million tickets sold. This is 67.5 million more than in 2014 and represents the second highest level registered in the EU in the past ten years. Only in 2009 did cinemas in the EU sell more tickets boosted by Avatar and the novelty factor of 3D. The estimated pan-European average ticket price – measured in euros – increased from EUR 7.00 to around EUR 7.50. It is remarkable to note that in 2015 GBO – measured in local currencies – increased in all 26 EU markets for which provisional data are available. This represents the most homogenous growth trend across territories observed in at least the past ten years. The growth in cumulative EU gross box office was particularly boosted by the strong year-on-year performances in the UK and Ireland which registered – also thanks to an appreciation of the British Pound against the Euro – an increase of almost EUR 400 million (+30%) as well as Germany (+EUR 187 million, +19%).
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Table 2: Top 20 films by admissions in the European Union in 2015 prov (1)

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Full online version of this press release here.
PDF version here.

More detailed information can be found in FOCUS 2016 World Film Market Trends compiled by the European Audiovisual Observatory and published by the Marché du Film.

14/04/2016 : Press release - Exceptions to copyright in Russia and the “fair use” doctrine - Free new report on copyright rules in two different legal systems

 

When is copying allowed as an exception to copyright?

The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has just published its latest IRIS Extra report: Exceptions to copyright in Russia and the “fair use” doctrine Download it free here.

This new report focuses on the differing approaches of two major territories and their national legislation systems in place towards permitted use and quotation of a copyrighted work.

05/04/2016 : Press release - Number of TV channels in Europe still growing, driven by HD simulcast

The total number of TV channels established in the EU grew by 49% from 3615 TV channels in 2009 to 5370 in 2015 (excluding local channels and windows). The markets with the highest number of established channels in 2015 were the UK, France, Germany and Italy. This data comes from the MAVISE database of the European Audiovisual Observatory. Consult this free TV and VOD database here.

 

About the Yearbook
After 20 years of publication the Yearbook is today one of the best and most comprehensive data sources on television, the film industry, video and the increasingly numerous on-demand audiovisual services in Europe. It is based on the solid know-how and analytical skills of the European Audiovisual Observatory’s department for Information on Markets and Financing, our networks and databases and a huge variety of premium data and information sources. As of 2016, the Yearbook is fully available online
here for an easier access to data sets, country profiles and the “Key Trends” report.

 

21/03/2016 : Press release - Russia has over 2 300 operating TV channels

European Audiovisual Observatory publishes new report on Russian audiovisual industry.

  • Russian TV market tops over 2 300 operating TV channels at the end of 2015: Gazprom Media, VGTRK and National Media Group largest media holdings
  • Pay-TV as the cornerstone of Russian TV market: over 2/3 of Russian TV households subscribed to pay-TV in 2014 with digital segment and IPTV as main future drivers
  • Rapid growth in Russian VoD market: more than 40 VoD services available at the end of 2015 and dominance of transaction and subscription business model

These findings come from a brand new report, FOCUS on the Audiovisual Industry in the Russian Federation, just published by the European Audiovisual Observatory (part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg) together with Nevafilm Research. It can be downloaded on our website for free in English and in Russian.

The report provides a snapshot of the Russian audiovisual industry in 2014-2015 detailing key trends in the television and on demand sector supplemented by detailed information about the sources of industry financing and an overview of the legal framework.

 

02/03/2016 : Press release - Is my smart TV working for Big Brother?

European Audiovisual Observatory publishes new IRIS Special legal report: Smart TV and data protection.                    

Buy it here

Samsung have warned owners of their smart TVs that the system’s voice recognition could actually be recording and sharing their private conversations. This “bad buzz” comes at a time when Brussels is in the process of adopting new legislation – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - aimed at protecting us from abuse and misuse of our private data and consumer behaviour big data collected by smart equipment such as television sets. The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, is keeping track of these developments and has just published a brand new IRIS Special report – Smart TV and data protection.

Link to press release here.

26/02/2016: Press Traineeship at the Observatory

We are looking for a trainee to work with our Information and Press Officer during the period 30 May - 31 August (negotiable)

All Observatory traineeships are unpaid. This is a fixed period traineeship with no direct recruitment possibilities afterwards. However, it does allow a first experience working within the European institutions.

For further information please click here.


12/02/2016 : Press release - 2015 sees EU cinema attendance hit second major peak of the past decade

The European Audiovisual Observatory has released its first estimates for European cinema attendance in 2015. The Observatory estimates that total admissions in the European Union increased by 7.6% to 980 million tickets sold, 69 million more than in 2014. This is the second highest level registered in the EU in the past ten years. Only in 2009 did cinemas in the EU sell more tickets boosted by Avatar and the novelty factor of 3D. Including non-EU territories 2015 actually saw the highest admission levels since 2004 with estimated record admissions of over 1.2 billion tickets.

While admissions levels generally increase in some markets and decrease in others it is remarkable to note that in 2015 25 out of the 26 EU territories for which provisional data were available, registered an increase in cinema attendance. This represents the most homogenous growth trend across territories observed in at least the past ten years. Indeed France was the only EU market to register declining admissions compared to strong 2014 results.

Geographically speaking the growth in EU cinema attendance was primarily driven by the strong year-on-year performance of Germany (+17.5 million, +14.4%) and UK (+14.4 million, +9.2%) followed by Italy (+8.7 million, +8.9%), Spain (+7.1 million, +8.2%) and Poland (+4.2 million, +10.5%). For Poland 2015 marks the best result recorded in Polish movie theatres in the last 25 years, whilst cinema attendance in Spain despite the growing for the second year in a row remains the third-lowest since 1994.

Outside of the EU, the Russian Federation market remained stable year-on-year with 175.7 million admissions in 2015, maintaining its position as the second largest European market in terms of admissions. Turkey, the sixth largest European cinema market, saw its impressive growth trend of recent years come to a temporary halt with admissions declining by 1.5% to 60.5 million tickets sold.

Cinema attendance in the European Union 2006-2015 provisional
In millions, estimated; calculated on a pro-forma basis for the 28 EU member states

Source: European Audiovisual Observatory

Full press release here.

14/01/2016 : Press release - Online copyright enforcement: policies and mechanisms

 

European Audiovisual Observatory publishes new IRIS Plus legal report                     

Game of Thrones has just officially become the most pirated TV Show on the Internet for the fourth year running.  An estimated 14.4 million downloads via BitTorrent of the 2015 season finale place the series at the top of the piracy list.   Hot on the heels of this news comes the latest free IRIS Plus report by the European Audiovisual Observatory – Online copyright enforcement: policies and mechanisms. The Strasbourg-based Observatory, part of the Council of Europe, offers a timely examination of those copyright measures which enable Europe to protect its audiovisual content online. This new report provides invaluable background to understanding the significance of last year’s announcement. Authored by Maja Cappello, Sophie Valais, Christian Grece and Francisco Cabrera, this report can be downloaded for free here.

08/01/2016 : Press release - The Czech Republic takes over European Audiovisual Observatory Presidency for 2016

Susanne Nikoltchev and Lenka Holubova Mikolasova

Susanne Nikoltchev and Lenka Holubova Mikolasova

The European Audiovisual Observatory, the Council of Europe’s audiovisual information centre, is now under a new Presidency for 2016.  The Czech Republic takes over from Montenegro which held the Presidency of the Strasbourg-based Observatory in 2015.

The Czech Republic is represented within the Observatory’s Executive Council by Lenka Holubova Mikolasova, from the Media and Audiovisual Departement of the Czech Ministry of Culture. She commented that the Czech Republic takes over the Observatory Presidency for the first time at a period when the Czech cinema industry can obtain significant help in terms of systematic changes in financing and incentive scheme administration. She concluded that “2016 would be a key an important year for Czech cinema” and promised an “active and dynamic” Observatory Presidency. A public media conference will be held under the Czech Presidency this summer in Prague and the theme of this conference will be announced at the beginning of 2016.