The progressive convergence in the audiovisual sector brings together TV and the Internet world in a multidirectional sense.

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.