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European movies on TV, a struggle to survive

A new report from the European Audiovisual Observatory has concluded that 31% of all films broadcast on TV in Europe were European movies. The report writes that the number of film broadcasts increased by 12.4% between the 2011/12 and 2014/15 but the actual number of films broadcast has decreased.

Most of the films shown are recent movies (less than 10 years old). But there is an increase in showing older films. The films are mostly broadcasted off‐prime‐time. Most of the films shown are still American based production with a small amount of films coming from other parts of the world.

The majority of films shown are produced in France, Germany, Austria or United Kingdom because language plays an important role in the exportation of films. For example Dutch and French films are majoritarily exported to Belgium.

Most of the films (67%) were broadcasted in only one country. Most US films travels much better through Europe.

There is still work to be done so that more European films can travel around Europe, but the numbers are increasing even though sometimes a films doesn’t travel that much. The hope is that this will be a continuing trend and that the numbers will again increase in the next report.

Please find the full report here.

Stanley Berenboom

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