The Economist berichtet über die europäische „Fernseh ohne Grenzen“-Richtlinie, die seit einiger Zeit kontrovers diskutiert: Regulation without frontiers.
In November the European Parliament’s culture and education committee is due to move forward on its proposed “audiovisual media services” directive, before sending it to the full parliament in December. The new rules update and relax the “Television Without Frontiers” directive of 1989, which opened Europe’s national markets. But critics complain that they also seek to extend fusty regulations from the era of broadcast television to today’s very different technologies. Rules on advertising, national production quotas, the protection of children and so on could potentially also apply to all kinds of video streams, including video blogs, online games and mobile-video services.