The Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM) has recently published two regulations concerning (i) web-based linear audiovisual media services (such as WebTVs) and (ii) on-demand audiovisual media services broadcast on any electronic communication network.
The most relevant change introduced by the regulations is that both services are now subject to a prior authorisation from the AGCOM and therefore a number of services whose offering was not regulated so far are now subject to stringent obligations.
A number of exceptions are applicable to the prior authorization requirement (e.g. when the WebTV broadcasts no more than 24 hours per week) or falls within some maximum turnover limits. However, the applicability of the regulations also triggers some additional obligations relating to the protection of minors, advertising, programming and investment.
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