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The collecting society VG Media which represents more than 70 TV channels in German and internationally has received a favorable ruling from Spain’s Highest Court (Tribunal Supremo) in its case against “Sol Melia” hotel chain.
The judgement centered around a hotel’s obligation to license a broadcasters’ signals for retransmission (rebroadcast) in guest rooms. The judgement which is final states:
• the hotel chain infringes TV broadcasters‘ rights represented by VG Media by retransmitting program signals in their hotels;
• prohibits the hotel chain from continuing to retransmit program signals without a valid license;
• determined that Sol Melia is liable to pay compensation for usages as of 2004.
Since cable retransmission is harmonized within EU, this judgment will have an impact on hotels in all EU member states.
German commercial broadcaster Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland has achieved victory in a year-long trial against Spanish hotel group NH for the illegal redistribution of its TV channels in hotel rooms.
The court of appeals in Alicante recently ruled on appeal that the use of the TV channels in hotel rooms without their consent is illegal and required the hotel chain, one of the largest in Spain, to cease the practice and pay damages.
The verdict is valid as a matter of law. The decision sets the tone for legal assessments of the use of TV signals in Spain, according to RTL.
In its opinion, the court also dealt in detail with case law of the European Court of Justice. Noting the recent decision by the European Court of Justice (‘Hettegger/Edelweiß’, case reference: C-641/15), the Spanish court ruled that TV usage in hotel rooms constitutes retransmission and is thus subject to approval, as would be case of TV usage by a cable operator.
“We expressly welcome this definitive ruling by the appeals court in Alicante. It finally makes it clear that hotels are not at liberty to use even free-TV signals received from TV broadcasters in their rooms,” said Stefan Sporn, Senior Vice President International Distribution of RTL International.
“It is important to understand that the Spanish decision and the decision by the European Court of Justice in ‘Hettegger/Edelweiss’ are not contradictory,” added Sporn. “In a preliminary ruling, the ECJ was only called upon to decide the question of whether there was a ‘communication to the public against payment of an entrance fee’. It made no determination as to whether it in fact does constitute a ‘retransmission’ subject to approval, as the appeals court has now done.”
RTL International is the subsidiary of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland responsible for licensing the free-TV channels of the media group and of other TV broadcasters to platforms operators (cable, IP, OTT) as well as to hotels and cruise ships.
On 11th and 12th of June at the Hotel Puerta de América in Madrid MME participated in RTVE Showcase during which the main, new programming offer of this Spanish broadcaster was presented as well as the trends analyzed in the fields of production, distribution and consumption of audiovisual content.
Except for MME there was over 150 participants from the main radio and television companies and pay-television platforms from Europe, America and Asia.
During rhw Showcase RTVE presented its latest fiction series for prime time: "La otra mirada", "Fugitiva", "El Continental", "Sabuesos" and "Estoy Vivo", daily fiction series such as "Acacias 38" and "Servir y Proteger", documentaries recorded in 4K regarding the Spanish cities from the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Media Management Europe was a guest of BBC Worldwide Showcase 2018 which took place in Liverpool on February 18th – 21st.
Attended by over 700 international TV buyers and digital clients as well as some of the UK’s most successful producers. All participants of the event had access to thousands of hours of TV programming through 600 specially designed digi-booths.
The stars of this year's BBC Worldwide Showcase were, among others: Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who), Idris Elba (Luther), Charlotte Riley (Press), Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge), Nicola Walker (The Split) and Karl Pilkington (Sick of It).
It's worth noting that BBC Worldwide Showcase is the world’s largest international television market hosted by a single distributor.
We are pleased to announce that on May 25th 2017 Media Management Europe extended its offer for hotels and commercial locations by new channels: Discovery Channel and TLC.
Both channels are dedicated to viewers open to the world, new experiences, addictive stories and unusual personalities.
The target group of TLC channel are women, for whom joining eveyday life with finding some time for themselves is a standard. More about TLC >
Discovery Channel is present on the TV market from 1985 as the world leader in factual entertainment category. The channel informs and entertains its viewers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. More about Discovery Channel >
MME is pleased to announce as of January 2017 the opening of a branch office in the Czech Republic’s capital city of Prague. The office will provide the licensing and sale for retransmission of TV channels to CATV/IPTV/DTH operators, hotels and other commercial locations across the Czech Republic territory while insuring the rights of the broadcaster(s) intellectual property are protected.
Media Management Europe and Rai Com S.p.A. announce extensive partnership for channel distribution in Poland.
Media Management Europe and Rai Com S.p.A. have signed a partnership agreement for channel distribution. As of January 1, 2016 MME is responsible for distribution of the Italian Channels: Rai Uno, Rai Due, Rai Tre, Rai Storia, Rai Scuola, Rai News24 to cable television, IP-operators, hotel guestrooms and other commercial entities retransmitting the channels in Poland.
TNT was launched on 6th October 2015 and replaced TCM. TNT is also a high definition channel with a unique mix of acclaimed movies and market-premiering, original series.
TNT programming line-up enhances the viewing experience by appealing to both movie fans and those who appreciate cinematic, high-octane drama series. It serves the CEE audience not only a selection of movie hits from Warner Bros. and other Hollywood studios but also never-seen-before TNT original series.
The first TNT series to launch in the Sunday evening slot is The Last Ship, executive- produced by Michael Bay and starring Eric Dane (Grey’s Anatomy). Next up, TNT programs more original productions including Proof, Public Morals and Agent X.
The movie line-up includes the globally successfull Jason Bourne and Back to the Future trilogies, and other acclaimed blockbusters such as Hannibal, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Dawn of the Dead, The 40-Year Old Virgin, The Big Lebowski and 8 Mile.
Media Management Europe is pleased to announce that MME has entered into an agreement with TVP to sub-license the retransmission of the channels: TVP 1, TVP 2, TVP 1 HD, TVP 2 HD, TVP Info, TVP Regionalna, TVP Kultura, TVP Historia, TVP Rozrywka, TVP ABC, TVP Sport, TVP Sport HD, TVP Seriale and TVP HD. The aforementioned channels might be retransmitted in hotels, motels, resorts, guesthouses and the other types of commercial locations providing accommodation services only after signing the relevant agreement.
MME is proud that was able to include to the offer TVP’s channels which present high quality general entertainment, news, culture and sports programing for Poland.
Agreement between Polish Television S.A. and Media Management Europe in media:
- Świat Hoteli, page 29. Read >
- Biznes Hotel. Read >
- Hotelarz. Read >
Media Management Europe is pleased to announce the company has entered into agreement with ITI NEOVISION S.A. expending it’s portfolio with the premium nc+ channels: CANAL+, CANAL+ Film, CANAL+ Seriale, CANAL+ Discovery, CANAL+ Family, CANAL+ 1, CANAL+ Sport, CANAL+ Sport 2, as well as unique thematic channels: Kuchnia+, Domo+, Ale kino+, Planete+, Mini Mini+, teleTOON+ and nSport+.
CANAL+ presents a wide range of movies and sports programming. Viewers will find six movie premiers each week of the greatest cinema hits and Oscar winning productions, premiere episodes of record-breaking American series, controversial documentaries, concerts of contemporary music's biggest stars and the newest Polish productions. Sporting emotions are fulfilled by UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europe League, T-Mobile Ekstraklasa matches, English Premiership, Grand Prix and Speedway World Cup, basketball (NBA and WNBA game) - and all these accompanied by professional commentary by nc+ experts.
Be sure your guests have access to the highest quality television. nc + channels can be retransmitted by hotels, motels, resorts, guest houses and other commercial entities providing accommodation services.
The package for hotels in Poland contains nearly 100 television channels in many language versions: Polish, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, French, Chinese and Japanese among the others. .
Offer for CATV operators, IPTV operators and satellite platforms consists mainly of popular foreign language channels with information and entertainment channels gaining the highest popularity.