Posted by: euromediablog | July 16, 2009

Slovakia Starts Internet TV Regulation

Classical broadcasting regulation will be expanded on internet services by December this year, according to a decision of Slovakia’s Government. This is a result of the application of the EU Directive on Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS 2007- former “Television Without Frontiers”, which foresees the regulation of audiovisual content regardless of transmission art.

The Slovak amendment provoked controversial reactions in the East European country with most internet tv providers fearing overregulation in a developing  business sector. According to the government, however, the new rules will be less strict than those for the broadcasting area by treating internet providers preferentially and subduing them only to some basic regulations (protecting minors,encouraging cultural diversity, ensuring essential consumer protection and preventing incitement to hatred) . What is interesting however is the fact that the EU Directive does not foresee a regulative difference between internet and classical broadcasting but between linear and non-linear services. The Slovak interpretation will thus overregulate TV- based video on demand and  underregulate internet based linear television (streaming). We will be looking forward to the application of the AVMS in the rest of  the member states. This will have to happen till the end of the year.

For further information:

European Commission and MediaNetwork


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