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Digital TV Europe is reporting that subsequent to last month’s creation of a special French commission to study the impact and need for regulation of connected TV, the CSA, France's media regulator has revealed more details of how it plans to operate.
Emmanuel Gabla, the head of the commission, has announced the creation of five study groups to study different aspects of the question. Gabla said the commission would meet three or four times a year and would issue regular communiqués on how it was progressing.
A number of interested parties have expressed concern about the impact of connected TV services on the French system of supporting local production, which requires broadcasters and ISPs to subsidise content creation. European Commissioner Neelie Kroes is expected to make an official statement on connected TVs and devices by the end of this year.
The CSA is to organise a colloquium on April 28 at the Quai Branly museum in Paris to discuss matters related to connected TV.
The CSA banned French radio and television news anchors in June 2011 to say the words “Facebook” and “Twitter” on air, unless the terms are specifically part of a news story - so it will be interesting to see how the French take to a future onslaught of OTT content - particularly undubbed English. Part of what fueled the European broadcaster HbbTV movement was the French reaction to having Samsung and Yahoo invade the country with Smart TV half a decade ago which then included screen overlays.
And Ofcom in the UK is also angling for some type of control.
My question is - how will they regulate a browser on any Smart TV? Which all new models are coming shipped with - Opera or Google Chrome in most cases. And how will they 'regulate' the second screen?
They are better off supporting industry initiatives for self regulation rather than trying to legislate themselves into a nightmare.