Current Digital Single Market challenges for the Radio sector

Written by Vincent Sneed

The radio environment is neither audiovisual, nor music-only: it is an environment where sound-only usage / non-retail prevails. Most of the listening is still done by reception of broadcast content. As this mode of transmission enables one-to-many access and can influence listeners, national governments grant licences to radios allowing them to broadcast. However, radios have to be present on a multitude of platforms to maintain their audience.

The internet as we know it now was born in 1995… when radio was already everywhere, mobile, simple-to-use, interactive, cost-efficient and complimentary. 80% of the EU population on average listens to radio for at least 2 or 3 hours per day, as shown by national audience measurement (as regularly shown by data collected with AER national Members). For commercial radio, these features are all based on a very efficient model: terrestrial broadcasting of free-to-air programmes, funded (almost) 100% by advertising.

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Visiting France Télévisions, our first international Sandbox

Blogpost by Sarah Geeroms

France Télévisions was the first official partner to confirm its participation in our Sandbox Hub. By joining the MediaRoad project, it is clear that they’re committed to innovation.

As we will be working closely from 2018, I wonder how our French colleagues are approaching innovation today. So I travelled to Paris for a short two-day immersion at France TV where I meet Frédéric, my Sandbox Hub contact, at the station. After this nice reunion and with the necessary updates over lunch, we start our program in the offices of France TV. You can virtually visit the offices of France TV via this link:

The accelerator, a first test
France TV has worked together with startups several times in the past, even though this was not done in a structured way until 2015. Since then, France

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Televisione 4.0

Written by Alberto Messina

The digital transformation in the TV world

The Televisione 4.0 event, held on November 23rd at the University of Salerno (Campus in Fisciano), brought together leading Italian media players (RAI, Sky, Mediaset, Publitalia, RTL 102.5) to better understand the future of television.

The way people like to use content is changing and future media players will have to systematically deal with user interaction data analysis to create new experiences and take full advantage of new platforms and standards. In this context, the conference identified and focused on the real protagonist of this future: the user. The discussion highlighted some of key topics that will be crucial for the future developments of television. 

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Fake news affects all of us – the debate should reflect all voices

Written by Noel Curran, this opinion piece originally appeared on Euractive on 6 December 2017.

We have all had our fill of references to ‘fake news’ – to the point that we are no longer sure what it means. However, that should not blind us to the fact that significant issues are at stake in the digital world.

Regulators, media organisations, politicians, journalists and the public have allowed the digital revolution, with all its opportunities, to turn into ‘digital dominance’ by a handful of large internet players. This has allowed for a space where fake news can freely flourish.

News media organisations are now spending a lot of money, at a difficult time, fact-checking information on platforms that dwarf them in scale, income and resources. Does the belated conversion of these platforms into third party fact- checking tools go far enough given the extraordinary incomes they generate?

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Can the European Union become a digital giant?

Opinion piece by Prof. Dr. Karen Donders & Prof. Pieter Ballon

In September, EU Member States gathered in Tallinn to discuss the future of the European Union as an economic actor in the digital economy. Government leaders discussed the main issues causing Europe to lag behind and explored avenues for change. It has indeed become clear that the policy recipes chosen in 2015 to achieve the European Digital Single Market (DSM) have not fully realized their potential to date.

Television advertising, Smart Cities, better and more efficient broadband networks, data protection and data trading, copyright, research, and innovation, amongst other important issues, were the subject of the talks in Tallinn. Not surprisingly, few concrete measures were put on the table. The pressure on Europe is big as research shows that the US, China and a number of Asian countries are much better positioned than the European Union in the digital economy.




European policy in the field of the digital economy takes a real start with the 1994 Bangemann report, named after former European Commissioner Martin Bangemann. The report stated that Europe must catch-up in the globalized information society. In particular, it reported that there was a need for a free

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VRT Sandbox enables Punch Powertrain Solar Team to livestream from the desert

Blogpost writted by Karel De Bondt & Sarah Geeroms, based on the article by Hans Massart

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge took place at the beginning of October, and the achieved result for the Belgian Team has been outstanding. Not only by the Punch Powertrain Solar Team’s fantastic 3rd place in the Challenger Class, but also by the very successful daily live talk-show that was jointly produced in the absolute middle of nowhere.

As the sun set in Adelaide, Australia, on October 12, the Punch Powertrain Solar Team celebrated its well-deserved third place in the Challenger Class of the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.

Over five days, the carefully crafted Belgian solar car made its way across 3,021 kilometers of Australian outback, negotiating traffic lights and road trains, and enduring challenging temperatures and wind gusts, while successfully harnessing solar power to maintain an impressive average speed of 76.2 km/h throughout the race.

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