When people speak about Connected TV, they often refer to TV sets that are just connected to the Internet. However, in our policy discussions we usually use the term in a broader sense reflecting the progressive convergence in the audiovisual sector. This includes a wide range of technical solutions that bring linear TV and the Internet world together, e.g. TV sets with added internet connectivity, set-top boxes delivering audiovisual content 'over-the-top', audiovisual services provided via tablet computers or smartphones.
These developments pose a number of legal, economic and technical questions. The Commission therefore adopted on 24 April 2013 a Green Paper Preparing for a Fully Converged Audiovisual World: Growth, Creation and Values which launched a Public Consultation.
As the topic involves technical terminology we have put together an overview of most frequently occurring terms. A "A-Z of useful terms" is available in the Glossary.
Further background reading, including sources from outside the Commission, is available.