- Strategic Framework
- Cultural & creative industries
- Culture sector support
- Audiovisual sector support
- International cooperation
- New Narrative for Europe
Digital distribution is the delivery of audiovisual products through digital means, usually via the internet, instead of using physical media, such as paper, CDs or DVDs.
Advances in digital technology have revolutionised media consumption in recent years.
Digital music consumption (e.g. streaming and downloading) is well established, and user demand is driving similar developments in the film, TV and video gaming sectors.
As formats and equipment evolve, people are increasingly able to access and create a wide range of content digitally. This offers advantages for organisations and individuals, but also introduces new risks and challenges.
The Commission's role is to:
This is done by:
Before Creative Europe, the Commission ran the MEDIA programme from 2007-2013, providing €755 million of support to the audiovisual industry, including funds earmarked to promote the digital distribution of films.
The Commission also held a public consultation on the online distribution of audiovisual works in the EU and set up the MEDIA Films Database to showcase award winning films which received support under MEDIA.
The Commission will continue to support audiovisual projects and digital distribution through the Creative Europe programme.