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Free mobile roaming continues for EU travellers

The European Commission has welcomed the political agreement reached by the European Parliament and EU Member States on the new Roaming Regulation. The new regulation will prolong until 2032 the existing system whereby citizens cannot be subject to extra charges for calls or data used while travelling within the EU and it will also bring […]

December 9, 2021By Colin Mann

Digital Markets ‘gatekeeper law’ steps forward

The EU’s proposed Digital Markets Act has moved nearer the statute books with the nod from the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. The full parliament should approve the text in December, then there will be negotiations to start with the EU Council on a final version. The DMA targets so-called ‘gatekeepers’ – […]

November 23, 2021

New La Séptima DTT channel for Spain

A group of entrepreneurs are readying to launch La Séptima, a new DTT channel with national coverage in Spain, along with an OTT platform aimed at Latin American distribution. The channel is scheduled to go live towards the end of the year, or early in 2022. The project is headed by Marcos de Quinto, former […]

September 7, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid

Italy: Netflix concerned over investment obligations

Netflix has expressed concern over plans by the Italian government to double the investment obligations in Italian and European programmes. The changes are laid out in the draft legislative decree that transposes the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive. Instead of 12.5 per cent of net revenue, as is currently the case, OTT players will have […]

September 3, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

AAPA welcomes EP’s live sports piracy recommendations

The Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA) welcomes the European Parliament’s (EP) resolution on “challenges of sports events organisers in the digital environment”, adopted in plenary session on May 19th with a substantial majority. More specifically, AAPA welcomes the call made by the European Parliament for the removal of, or the disabling of access to, infringing live […]

May 27, 2021By Colin Mann

European media call for swift Digital Markets Act adoption

Europe’s media sector, represented by a range of organisations, has welcomed the European Commission’s proposal on the Digital Markets Act (DMA) as a much needed and urgent step towards establishing a fair, balanced and contestable digital market, publishing a Statement calling for clarification of, and amendment to, a number of issues According to the Signatories, […]

May 25, 2021By Colin Mann

MEPs tackle live sports online piracy

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have set out proposals to crack down on the growing phenomenon of illegal broadcasting of live sporting events. To help combat the problem, MEPs call on the Commission to clarify and improve the current EU framework on intellectual property rights for live sport events, currently not subject to copyright […]

May 19, 2021By Colin Mann

MEPs urge live sport anti-piracy protection

The unique live character of sport events requires special protection to allow for real time take downs, according to the European Parliament’s MEPs. In a draft report adopted with 18 votes in favour and six against, the Legal Affairs committee sets out recommendations to address the illegal transmission of sport events and the protection of […]

April 16, 2021By Colin Mann