[opendtv] Companies Warn About EU Broadcasting Rules

  • From: Monty Solomon <monty@xxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2006 23:19:44 -0400

      Companies Warn About EU Broadcasting Rules
      - Apr 18, 2006 08:44 PM (AP Online)

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Media and technology companies are warning 
that proposed European Union broadcasting rules would restrict the 
growth of emerging media formats such as video broadcasts on the 
Internet and mobile phones.

On Tuesday, an alliance of British companies _ including ITV PLC, BT 
Group PLC and Vodafone Group PLC, and the UK subsidiaries of Yahoo 
Inc., Intel Corp., and Cisco Systems Inc. _ said a European 
Commission proposal to impose rules for traditional broadcasters on 
new media providers could have "unintended consequences" and hurt 

The European Commission wants to create a level playing field by 
making TV and TV-like services _ such as broadcasts over high speed 
broadband and third-generation mobile phones _ follow the same set of 
rules. Those rules include limits on hate speech, advertising and the 
kind of content that can be broadcast to children.

Intellect, a London-based business lobby representing technology 
companies, said it would be difficult enforce the strict rules.

The EU proposal could ultimately mean less investment for an area 
that has enormous growth potential _ leading to fewer companies, less 
innovation and higher prices, the group said in a statement.


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