Objectives of the public consultation
The objective of the public consultation were to gather input for the evaluation process in order to assess the current rules of the Directive. Furthermore, it aimed to seek views on a possible extension of the Directive to TV and radio programmes provided online in the light of market and technological developments. This review aims at contributing to the objective of the Digital Single Market Strategy to enhance cross-border access to TV and radio programmes in Europe.
Who replied to the public consultation?
The public consultation gathered a total of 256 replies. Of these responses 56 are from individuals and 200 are from organisations, companies or institutions ("non-individual respondents").
Preliminary trends observed in the public consultation
Without prejudice to the in-depth analysis of the replies to the public consultation, we can observe the overall trends:
- Satellite regime: most of the respondents consider that the existing provisions, including the "country of origin principle", remain relevant. There is no clear consensus as concerns the extension of the "country of origin principle" to online transmissions: while a number of respondents favour such an extension, others are cautious or against it.
- Cable regime: most of the respondents consider that the existing provisions on cable retransmission remain relevant. While a number of respondents see value in extending the clearance system applicable to cable retransmission to the simultaneous retransmission of TV and radio programmes on platforms other than cable (e.g. IPTV, open internet), others regard it as unwarranted.
The Commission is carrying out an in-depth analysis of all the replies received. A synopsis report will be published in due course. The results will contribute to the evaluation of the Directive and to assessing options with regard to enhancing cross-border distribution of TV and radio programmes online.
In the interest of transparency, organisations are invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Interest Representative Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct.