Tomorrow's Delivery of Audiovisual Services
Legal Questions Raised by Digital Broadcasting and Mobile Reception
This IRIS Special issue follows a dual goal: first,
to survey the current state of digital television, and second,
to focus on the latest forms in which media content is being offered.
The common element linking these two main themes is the discussion
of new approaches to regulation in media and telecommunications
law. This involved asking the fundamental question of what regulation
is necessary for new electronic media content services and what
instruments might be appropriate here.
- What insights can be provided by the introduction of digital
television, so as to allow these previously separate worlds
to be drawn together in law?
- How are the new approaches to regulation in media law to be
- What can media law and media policy learn from electronic
communications law, as far as the industry’s policy goals
in relation to the introduction of new technologies and services
- Which approaches could possibly be transferred to the other
- How are we to deal with frictions that could arise in the
event that broadcasting and electronic communications “get
in each other’s way”?
- What potentially joint challenges have to be faced (such as
- How can we turn things into a win-win situation for all those
Such were the questions – both numerous and exciting –
that are taken up in this issue of IRIS Special. It also
describes the framework for possible answers to the questions
of this IRIS Special provides an introduction to the
of is devoted to a survey of the current state of affairs, including
in particular the development of the television market and the
regulatory status quo.
investigates the new challenges that digital broadcasting of
programme content has created. The discussion will include problems
involved in the changeover to DVB-T, stipulations for new enhanced
television services, “must carry” regulations, aspects
of interoperability and the influence of the market.
The investigation also extends in Part
D to the question of how “television”
is presented via mobile devices. This includes an overview of
the technical fundamentals as well as a discussion of the new
contents of regulation and of the new tasks of regulation.
A summary of the main results concludes this issue of IRIS
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