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Old 19-10-2018, 03:09   #1
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Brexit blackout warning to channels.

Channels which fail to properly deal with and inform them of their post Brexit licensing arrangements face being taken off the air.

Sky has been the first to write to channels, including Disney and Discovery, with VM expected to follow suit.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/20...rexit-blackout

In recent months several channels have been surrendering their Ofcom licenses as they stop uplinking their services from London in favour of other EU countries.

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Old 19-10-2018, 20:03   #2
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Re: Brexit blackout warning to channels.

In the case of no deal:

1. the UK will fallback on the European Convention on Transfrontier Television Council of Europe agreement, this allows channels to broadcast to audiences in other nations, however not all countries have signed up to it and as the agreement was written in the late 1980's during the early days of satellite TV there's no mention of VOD services. If this is the case, channels can still broadcast from the UK and then use one of their offices in the EU to handle the VOD part, however channels will need both an Ofcom licence and a license from a EU/EEA member state. The UK is leaving the EU and not the Council of Europe which has nothing to do with the EU. Any UK produced show will still continue to be "European" because of ECTT and will still count towards European content quotas. It's highly unlikely ECTT will be amended to include the missing EU countries, as the EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) has superseded ECTT for EU member states but incorporates it.

2. Although there's an impasse on a trade agreement because of the Irish border issue, there's no reason for the services (financial services, broadcasting etc.) part of the agreement (as well as other reciprocal agreements) not to be implemented, the only thing stopping the deal is finding a technical solution for near frictionless cross-border trade for physical goods, the Brexit deal is actually a series of agreements and 90% of it is done, that would be two years of complex negotiations gone down the drain.

3. If the above fails, the EU can still make separate arrangements with the UK, including reciprocal agreements, like they already done with other non-EU countries. This can include filling the gaps of ECTT and to include VOD.

https://www.gov.uk/government/public...no-brexit-deal

I yet to see any evidence of channels leaving, in fact I've noticed that Disney recently moved over some of their other EU licenses over to the UK.

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Old 19-10-2018, 20:44   #3
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Re: Brexit blackout warning to channels.

I doubt that Sky and the other companies will be doing this for the fun of it!

They must believe that this action is neccesary in order to cover themselves.
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Old 19-10-2018, 20:52   #4
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Re: Brexit blackout warning to channels.

Jesus H, what next to stop us leaving, what a load of utter dross!
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Re: Brexit blackout warning to channels.

It's not to stop us leaving, it's to ensure that everything is in place when we leave to minimise changes to services.
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More remoaner Project Fear.
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Re: Brexit blackout warning to channels.

Any idea of how much applying for the new licence will cost?

. . . and hands up all those who think they'll get refused one
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Any idea of how much applying for the new licence will cost?

. . . and hands up all those who think they'll get refused one
It's not about cost or any channel being refused one as, if all the conditions are met, Ofcom (in the case of the UK) must issue a licence. It's about TV platforms ensuring that channels make any neccessary arrangements in order to prevent themselves from getting prosecuted for broadcasting unlicensed and, therefore, unauthorised services.

You might think that it is a given that this is done in order to stay in business, but every year some channels fail to pay the annual fee or other compliance issues, just in the same way that bars fail to renew their alcohol licenses and then complain if they are effectively closed down.
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No it's not, as explained elsewhere in the thread.
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Re: Brexit blackout warning to channels.

Well lets hope that shower called Eurovision Song Contest is effected.
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Well lets hope that shower called Eurovision Song Contest is effected.
Indeed also any reality to show
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Well lets hope that shower called Eurovision Song Contest is effected.
It won't be. The European Broadcasting Union is unrelated to the EU.

And you've got a lot to thank the EBU for. See the "Technical Activities" section here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europe...dcasting_Union
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Well lets hope that shower called Eurovision Song Contest is effected.
The UK is one of the founding members of the contest, we are always entered in it regardless.
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The UK is one of the founding members of the contest, we are always entered in it regardless.
Unfortunately, really don't know why we bother
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