Key dates set for coming into force of the new Audio-visual Media Services Directive

On 28 November 2018, Directive (EU 2018/1808) (“New Directive”) revising the existing Audiovisual Media Services Directive (2010/13/EU) (“AVMSD”) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. As such the key dates for when the New Directive comes into force and by when member states must transpose it into national legislation have been confirmed.

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UK – Ofcom reintroduces (lower) fees for video-on-demand services

The larger operators of UK VOD services (such as broadcasters’ catch up services, and other on-demand TV and movie services) will again be required to pay an annual fee to meet Ofcom’s regulatory costs.Ofcom became the sole UK regulator for editorial content (i.e. programming) on on-demand programme services (“ODPS”) on 1 January 2016. It took over responsibilities from the Authority for Television On Demand (“ATVOD”).

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