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Netflix will be bound by European content rules

Currently European TV broadcasters invest around 20% of their revenues in original content, compared to less than 1% for on demand providers. The Commission wants TV broadcasters to continue to dedicate at least half of viewing time to European works and will oblige on-demand providers to ensure at least 20% share of European content in their catalogues. At the same time the new Directive clarifies rules that allow member states to ask on demand services available in their country to contribute financially to Europeans works. – Julian Clover, Broadband TV News

HD still driving European channel growth

The European Audiovisual Observatory’s MAVISE database says as of 2015 there were 5,370 available channels, excluding local channels and windows. High Definition accounted for 57% of the net channel increase over the six-year period. Other genres with significant net channel growth in the same time period were sport (11% of the total net increase) and entertainment channels (6% of the total net increase). – Julian Clover, Broadband TV News

ETSI launches new UltraHD TV standards group

The intelligent Compound Content Management ISG is working on a standardized solution to define a scalable and flexible decoding system for consumer electronics devices from UltraHD televisions to smart phones. This solution simultaneously meets the needs of existing and next generation receivers and set-top boxes. The founding members of the group are BT Group Plc, Dolby Laboratories Inc, STMicroelectronics and Telefonica S.A. – Broadband TV News

EU Commission to rule on content portability in 2016

photo: Broadband TV News

The proposals announced in the paper include one on “portability” of online content. “As a first step, the Commission is presenting together with this Communication a proposal for a regulation on the ‘portability’ of online content services, to ensure that users who have subscribed to or acquired content in their home country can access it when they are temporarily in another Member State.” But in addition to making life easier for citizens, the Commission also wants to make life more difficult for pirates. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News

Vice News to launch 12 linear channels in Europe

photo: Vice, Broadband TV News

In an interview with CNBC VICE CEO Shane Smith said he would launch a dedicated linear channel in the United States with a dozen more in Europe. In the US, Vice will work with a local, unnamed, partner, while in Europe the plan is to acquire existing networks. […] Vice grew out of a Canadian punk magazine, Voice of Montreal, which launched in 1993. Vice News was launched in December 2014; it has focused primarily on hard-hitting documentaries, working in the UK with Channel 4. – Julian Clover, Broadband TV News

Disney to Launch Subscription Streaming Service in U.K.

photo: Disney/Pixar, Variety

The service, DisneyLife, will make available a wide range of titles, including the complete Disney Pixar catalog, which includes the “Toy Story” franchise, and classics such as “Snow White,” “Lady and the Tramp” and “The Jungle Book,” the Financial Times reported Wednesday. DisneyLife will cost £9.99 ($15.43) a month. […] Disney will roll out the service across Europe next year, with the aim of launching in France, Spain, Italy and Germany. There are no plans to launch the service in the U.S., but [Bob Iger,Disney] would not rule it out. “The technology platform that this sits on is scalable to the U.S. and is scalable to our other brands,” he said. Netflix has pay TV window rights to Disney theatrical releases for the U.S., kicking in at the end of next year, and Canada, starting with 2015 theatrical releases. – Leo Barraclough, Variety

Is Streaming Pirated Movies Illegal? EU Court to Decide

photo: TorrentFreak

Seeking clarification, a Dutch court has referred several streaming related questions to the EU Court of Justice. The questions relate to a case between local anti-piracy group BREIN and a seller of so-called “pirate boxes” that come pre-loaded with streaming plugins. It is currently unclear whether streaming pirated movies is permitted under EU law. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak

EU wants to lift digital borders in Europe

photo: Broadband TV News

EU digital commissioner Günther Oettinger wants to create a single market for digital services in Europe to gain more weight in the competition with the United States and Asia. […] Oettinger said at the Broadband Congress 2015 of German cable operator association FRK in Leipzig.[…] The further discussion rounds at the congress focused on the expansion of broadband networks in Germany, subsidies and business models as well as changes in media consumption. – Jörn Krieger, Broadband TV News
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