May 252016

The European Commission has unveiled its new audiovisual directive, updating the rules to create a fairer environment for all players.

This means that “On demand” only services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video will be required to play by the same rules as linear channels, the European Commission has confirmed.

The new Directive, AVMS, has also changed the advertising rules, which may mean longer ad breaks at peak times. The overall limit of 20% of broadcasting time is maintained between 07.00 and 23.00, but instead of the current 12 minutes per hour, broadcasters can choose more freely when to show ads throughout the day.


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