This study focuses on the functioning of the EU Satellite and Cable Directive of 1993.

It provides an overview of the EU broadcasting sector, assesses cross-border availability of broadcasters' online services as well as analyses the national legal frameworks and licensing practices in the sample Member States with regard to rights clearance related to cross-border transmission and retransmission of television and radio programmes. It also provides a brief overview of the legal issues to be assessed in case of an extension of the mechanisms set out in the Directive: the country of origin principle and the mandatory collective management of rights.

While the study provides background information about the broadcasting sector on the entire Union, the in-depth analysis covers eleven Member States: Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

(Study reference: SMART 2015/0075)

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