Sports Rights Owners present study on the impact of the Digital Single Market

Sports Rights Owners present study

Independent study concludes that imposing cross-border access to online sport content would lead to higher prices and less consumer choice

Brussels, 16 June 2016 ?? At the request of the Sports Rights Owners Coalition (SROC), media and telecommunications specialists Analysys Mason has conducted an independent study into the potential impact of the Digital Single Market on the sports audio-visual ecosystem in Europe.

The study assesses the potential impacts that the various initiatives involving online sports audio-visual services suggested as part of the European Commission??s Digital Single Market (DSM) agenda would have on consumers, sports rights owners and broadcasters/distributors.

Analysys Mason concluded that erosion of territorial exclusivity by imposing cross-border access to online sport content would threaten both the quality and diversity of offers available to consumers and the sports industry ecosystem as a whole. According to the study, the only option bringing some marginal benefits to consumers is the portability of legally acquired services.
Mark Lichtenhein, SROC Chairman added: ??With so much current discussion about the relevance of the Digital Single Market to audio visual content including sport, the Coalition felt it important to commission a thorough analysis of all the factors involved, so that the facts could be laid out to all the relevant stakeholders. Thanks to this wide-ranging study, we hope everyone involved in the DSM initiative will understand that ending territorial exclusivity by imposing cross-border access will only make consumers worse off?.

About the Sports Rights Owners Coalition (SROC)
SROC (www.sroc.info, @SportsRightsOC) is an umbrella group of some 50 national and international sports rights owners which represents their common interests around their Intellectual Property. SROC seeks proper recognition of the value of sport from Governments across the world, and effective protection for their rights under the law.

About the ??study on the potential impact of the Digital Single Market on the sports audiovisual ecosystem in Europe?
This independent study undertaken by Analysys Mason to investigate the potential impact of the Digital Single Market on the sports audiovisual ecosystem in Europe, was commissioned by the Sports Rights Owners Coalition (SROC). The study report is available for download at: http://www.analysysmason.com/Digital-Single-Market-impact-on-the-sports-audiovisual-ecosystem-in-Europe

To discuss key findings from the report, please contact Gina Ghensi at press@analysysmason.com or SROC at sportsrights@sroc.info

About Analysys Mason (www.analysysmason.com) Analysys Mason is a global specialist in telecoms, media and technology (TMT). Our focus is exclusively on TMT and our ability to make a tangible difference to our clients?? businesses backed by rigorous methodologies developed over more than 30 years sets us apart. Our global presence matched with unique local perspective has helped hundreds of clients across TMT sectors around the world. Clients call on us to help them better understand industry and technological challenges and changes so that they can thrive in demanding market conditions and position themselves for the future. In addition to our global network of consultants, our research is relied on by many of the world??s leading operators, vendors, regulators, investors and market players. Covering all key areas in telecoms and telecoms software, clients rely on our insight to inform their decision making and regularly engage one-to-one with our analyst team for tailored advice on critical business issues.

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