Online TV viewing has taken over TV watching habits, but online TV programming often remains unavailable in other Member States than the Member State of origin. The Commission aims at making it easier for broadcasters to clear the rights and facilitate licensing to the benefit of all Europeans.

While 41% of Europeans watch TV online, the number is higher among the young generation with 50% of Europeans aged 15-24 doing it at least once a week. And among Europeans aged 15-45, 19% use online broadcasting services to watch TV series and films.
The new rules will make it easier for European broadcasters to make certain programmes available on their live TV or catch-up services online, and will simplify the distribution of more radio and TV channels by retransmission operators. This agreement marks an important step towards a fully functioning Digital Single Market.

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