Thursday, March 16, 2006

Reading for Week 10, 21 March

Two pieces to collect at the end of the week-
first an article by Anna Herold about sports rights and public service TV,
second a quite dense and comlicated article about essential facilities and competition law, with a lot of media references - read only if you really want to take that question!

Anna is the legal advisor at the European Commission on the new Directive....

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Subjects and reading for Week 9, 14 March

We will mainly deal with the Premium Programming and Competition Law issues, but with a sideways look at media pluralism and diversity.
1. Read Cowie and Marsden (1999) on conditional access - don't spend too long on the standards part (rather technical).
2. Read Marsden for the Council of Europe esp. Part 3 on 'must carry'.
3. Read the articles on movies, football, especially Ungerer's 2003 article.
4. Those interested in state aid might want to read ahead on Eurovision/EBU - a case dealt with in the first blog entry:

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

70% of UK households have digital TV...

...and the World cup will drive this to 80% by this time next year, reports BBC News

Monday, February 27, 2006

Flash / Google AdSense video / VW ad

- Alltime classic flash animation from Joel Veitch on - independant woman
- Google's new adsense video adverts - first example described here
- An example of an advert being posted as content (NSFW)

Additional question requested

Is European competition law a sufficient tool for ensuring plurality and/or diversity in the broadcasting media? Refer specifically to either: [1] state aid case law involving public service broadcasters (specifically Eurovision and by extension Altmark), or [2] Article 81/82/merger case law.

Kappa Mikey: Flash animation

A piece in the New York Times Friday about a new show "Kappa Mikey" from The Animation Collective. What makes it interesting is that it is done in Flash.
Doing animation in Flash is nothing new nor is the idea of simplified production (as with South Park or even Clutch Cargo nearly half a century ago). Flash content doesn't take much network capacity because it is coded mostly as objects. It avoids the whole the need to compress - it is a compressed format.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Proposed essay titles

1. Does the distinction between linear and non-linear definitions for audiovisual services make sense in view of national and European legislation and proposed legislation and case law?
2. 'Advertisers should take advantage of the deregulation of the Internet to avoid all TVWF rules'. Do you agree? Has case law and legislative reform already removed most obstacles to new advertising techniques?
3. Does the Country of Origin rule truly apply to audiovisual services? Explain with regard to any or all of the following: [1] the rules for listed sports events in TVWF; [2] the Convention on Transfrontier Television; [3] the proposed 'codification' of the case law of the European Court of Justice.
4. Is a competitive pan-European broadcast market possible? Explain with regard to case law and legislation in either: [i] essential facilities; or [ii] programme rights.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Reading for 28 February

1. Blog what you can find in terms of new Video-on-Demand or other 'non-linear' services on the Internet - that will cause problems for the push-pull idea that the ECJ and European Commission are committed to.
Here are examples:
2. Read the Jacubowicz article that you can collect from Hayley.
3. Look at Annex 1 of the RAND report.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Reading for 21 February

There is a lot to pick up from the Graduate Office - but its all relatively small articles:
[1] The Directive itself is there, a consolidated version from 1997.
[2] You will have the slides from this week's lecture.
[3] There are 3 Commission documents on the European cultural provisions in Articles 4/5.
[4] There is a set of notes on how to define broadcasting within services by a top Commission official - to be discussed.
[5] There is an academic article by the excellent young Amsterdam-based Irish academic Tarlach McGonagle - examining how broadcasting is regarded on the Internet.

If you really want to read something else, try Carole Tongue, Chapter 5 in Marsden and Verhulst (1999).

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Jurisdiction and Television

Very useful background presentation from the Association of Commercial TV for the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Revised topics for Weeks 4-9

These are the remaining weeks:
4. Television without Frontiers – Jurisdiction and Enforcement
5. European Cultural Diversity and Programme Quotas
6. GUEST SPEAKER Dr Ian Brown: IPTV and video on the Internet
7. Premium Programming and Competition Law
8. Content Regulation and Protection of Human Dignity
9. Review of Television with Frontiers and the Proposed Audiovisual Content Services Directive

These are what we've done:
1. Introduction to Broadcasting Policy
2. Access to Infrastructure – Impact of Convergence and the Telecommunications Package
3. Advertising and Commercial Communications; Freedom of Movement of Services

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Audiovisual developments in numbers

The EC statistical annex on how the market is changing.

Reading Week 4 14th February

For next week:
I will provide copies of:
[1] The 1997 Directive and the proposed amendments;
[2] the RAND impact assessment (DON'T READ IT YET);
[3] the EC proposals to change the Country of Origin principle in the Directive.
I will also find some background reading on the various MedTV cases.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Eurpean modernisation of audiovisual policy

The website is here - look around and you will find the presentation...

Reading for 7 February

Please read the Introduction (Marsden and Verhulst) and Chapter 1 (Pepper and Levy) of the 1999 'Convergence in European Digital TV' book in the library.
Also on FRIDAY please pick up from Hayley/Maria the article by Scheuer and Woods.

What is co-regulation?

Excellent presentation and report by the Hans Bredow Institut for the EC - also the UK case studies are by Professor Lorna Wods from Essex!