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Council adopts a framework agreement for an action plan for accelerating the introduction of advanced television services and invites the Commission to propose a revision of Directive 92/38/EEC

With Resolution 93/C 209/01 of 22 .7.1993, the Council of the European Communities has adopted the Framework Agreement for an action plan for the introduction of advanced television services in Europe (the text of the Agreement is included in an annex to the Resolution). The C...
With Resolution 93/C 209/01 of 22 .7.1993, the Council of the European Communities has adopted the Framework Agreement for an action plan for the introduction of advanced television services in Europe (the text of the Agreement is included in an annex to the Resolution). The Council feels that such an action plan should be accompanied by additional measures to ensure the coherence of Community policy for the development of advanced television and therefore invites the Commission to propose to the Council, before 1 October 1993, a revision of Directive 92/38/EEC reflecting the need for a flexible and workable regulatory framework.

To achieve this, the Council suggest that the proposals could take into account, amongst other things, the following issues:
- The possible need to expand the scope to allow other standards, in addition to D2-MAC, to be used for the broadcast of not completely digital 625 television services in the 16:9 format;
- The possible need to expand the scope to cover standards for terrestrial transmission and cable distribution;
- The possible need to limit the number of different standards as far as possible;
- The possible need for a European non-proprietary encryption/conditional access system serving a number of competing service providers;
- The possible requirement that all new television transmission and encryption systems to be used in the Community should be standardized by the competent European standardization bodies;
- The possible need to change other Articles of the Directive to ensure consistency following any changes introduced under the above provisions.
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