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Hollywood Opposes Pan-european Satellite Tv

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HOLLYWOOD OPPOSES PAN-EUROPEAN SATELLITE TV
The Hollywood studios are gearing up for a fierce
battle against European Commission plans to open up
satellite broadcasting throughout Europe - a move that
some international television executives fear could
dramatically change the way they do business with Euro
broadcasters. The proposal aims to open up
pan-European satellite broadcasting without frontiers
of any kind. That, some studio executives have said,
could profoundly affect they the way they do business
in the region - even changing the way they collect
license fees from broadcasters. The commission - the
European Union's executive body - has expressed
frustration that satellite broadcasters are targeting
national markets despite the technological ease with
which they could cover the European continent.

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I got it from the weekly newsmailer But I already deleted the e-mail

"The TELE-satellite Newsmailer is issued weekly, at the weekend, with news around the world about changes in satellite business, and channel news.
You can get it weekly for free http://www.tele-satellite.com/newsmailer/
 

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Hello S

Thanks for that - I get it every week - must have been asleep while I was reading it this week.

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W. H.
 

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The reasoning behind Hollywoods rejecton are simple
, divide and conquer means a multiple return of funds from the individual broadcasters and territories. Once its combined, the return lump sum amount will be open to negotiation, usually by the highest bidder.

Once again the viewer is the one hit in the pocket.
 

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Quote from article mentioned in last posting above :

" The Europeans are thinking holistically. Fortunately for us, their television shows are abominable."

Bigot or what?

Anyone for 24 or would you prefer Inspector Morse

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I am kind of skeptical how long have we heard
about the open sky policy that the EU parliament,
has tried to implement. It seems that I have read
something about this for more than 10 years.

I think when someone like Fox or Universal decides
to do it them self it will come to pass. I mean
popular shows like Simpson´s or what have you,
are already translated into most European languages.
Most digital receivers can deal with at least 6 I think.
In any event it is safe to say English will come out on top.
 
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Schnuffi said:
I am kind of skeptical how long have we heard
about the open sky policy that the EU parliament,
has tried to implement. It seems that I have read
something about this for more than 10 years.
The problem has been conflicting national legislation more than language issues, as far as I can tell. The argument that everyone understands English at some level is a good one.

Schnuffi said:
I think when someone like Fox or Universal decides
to do it them self it will come to pass. I mean
popular shows like Simpson´s or what have you,
are already translated into most European languages.
Most digital receivers can deal with at least 6 I think.
In any event it is safe to say English will come out on top.
The new trend seems to be for English language channels in satellite packages to forego subtitles/dubbing. That was unheard of just a few years ago. In Denmark, where subtitling is normally the thing, newer channels like "BBC Food" don't have any subtitles at all, and no one seems to be up in arms about that. So one might as well go all the way and just forego subtitles for English language programmes in general. Then once national legislation issues are cleaned up, there'll be no good reason why one couldn't have Europe-wide sat broadcasters who could sell subscriptions with a large variety of English language channels plus the local channels, whereever you happen to be.

To think that there are some 60 or so digital package providers in the EU, of which only two can "officially" compete in Denmark is a bit of a farce. (Of course, the UK is down to one these days. ;) )
 
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If anyone has any additional links to articles about the original post, please post them here. I would be especially interested in internal EU documents that talk about the EC's plans.