media regulation

Understand, track and monitor the changing face of audiovisual media regulation with Cullen International. Derived from trusted sources, our expert analysis and benchmarks help organisations across Europe and the Americas stay informed on the latest developments and act with confidence in a fast-moving environment.

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general topics covered

Audiovisual platforms

The rise of OTT platforms and services like YouTube and Netflix has created a host of new challenges for media regulators, government and industry. We help you stay informed on the latest developments, understand the context of different national and international reforms, and grasp their implications.

  • The EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive
  • Video sharing platforms
  • Online subscription services
  • Pay TV platforms
Public policy objectives

Get a global perspective on how public policy objectives are translated into regulation with our independent Media intelligence service. Understand the agenda, track and compare different national regimes, and anticipate change. Topics covered include:

  • Media pluralism
  • Media literacy
  • Protecting minors
  • Must carry and findability
  • Public service broadcasting
  • Quotas
  • Impartiality
  • Subtitling, audio description, sign language
Funding the creative industries

A more diverse media landscape is driving new and more complex forms of funding and investment. We provide expert intelligence and insight on the regulatory opportunities, risk factors and barriers to growth for the content and communications industries and policy makers in the 21st century, covering topics such as:

  • Special taxes
  • Advertising, sponsorship, product placement
  • Copyright
Media distribution

Get access to structured information on rules on content acquisition and media distribution in different territories, as well as unbiased intelligence on the competition issues arising from premium content and exclusivity arrangements. Topics covered include:

  • Premium content
  • Sports rights
  • Media chronology

geographical coverage

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We’re trusted across the globe for our wide-ranging expertise in media regulation. See our datasheets for more information on our services’ geographical coverage, including the full list of countries, organisations, and topics we report on.

latest intelligence

Argentinian regulator relaxes must carry rules for satellite TV operators
14 June 18 Carolina Limbatto

The Argentinian regulator, Enacom, modified the list of channels that benefit from must-carry on satellite and required pay television satellite operators to carry at least 22 of them (or 20% of channels in their basic subscription).

Brazil discusses adoption of a law to establish how the Condecine tax would apply for on-demand audiovisual services
14 June 18 Ana Carolina da Motta

The Superior Council of Cinema in Brazil agreed to prepare a draft bill for the application of the Condecine tax for over the top (OTT) on-demand audiovisual services. The tax would be applied using alternative models, based either on: the size of the audiovisual catalogues in Brazil; or the flat fee charged for transactional or subscription services.

Brazilian telecoms and media regulators to finalise review of AT&T / Time Warner merger
14 June 18 Andre Moura Gomes

The Brazilian regulator Anatel asked Sky Brazil, owned by AT&T, to address the alleged infringement of cross-media ownership rules as a result of the AT&T / Time Warner merger. The merger was already approved by the competition authority CADE, but approval is also required by Anatel and media regulator Ancine in light of its compliance with Brazilian cross-ownership rules set in the pay TV law.

Canada to review its telecoms and broadcasting regulatory frameworks
14 June 18 Pierre-Yves Potelle

Canada is to review and propose changes to the regulation of telecoms and broadcasting, taking into account future changes in the sectors and growing convergence between them.

US Judge clears AT&T/Time Warner merger without conditions
13 June 18 Elena Scaramuzzi

US judge cleared the AT&T-Time Warner merger on 12 June 2018, rejecting the US Department of Justice’s competition concerns. The US government may still appeal the decision.

Ancine creates a technical body to combat piracy
13 June 18 Ana Carolina da Motta

Ancine, the Brazilian media regulator, announced the establishment of a technical body to lead antipiracy initiatives at federal level and coordinate activities with the audiovisual industry stakeholders. The first meeting of CTCP is scheduled for 29 June 2018.

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