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These differences may be traced back to older Directive versions (1989 and 1997 Television without Frontiers Directive) (Commission, 2004).
FIFA and UEFA argued that the listing of these events, which are money-spinners for them, as 'free-to-air' under 'The Television Without Frontiers Directive' restricted their bargaining rights with TV companies for football content and were contrary to the EU Competition Rules.
(2) 'Fifth Report from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on the application of Directive 89/552/EEC "Television without Frontiers" COM (2006) 49 final' at p3
The E.U.'s Television without Frontiers directive only applies to satellite stations broadcasting from within the E.U., leaving the Saudi and Egyptian satellites outside of the law, while national authorities have refused to take any legal action against these foreign broadcasters to date.
In this country, the UK is finalising the new Television Without Frontiers Directive which will shape the provision of audio visual services online and provide legal constraint to service providers operating in the European Union.
Mr Moore has argued that the broadcasts were in breach of the Television Without Frontiers directive.
However, the EU commissioner responsible for broadcasting, Viviane Reding, said the Irish proposal would spell the end of the directive known as "Television Without Frontiers".
The Commission adds that it will update its guidelines on certain provisions of the Television Without Frontiers Directive (89/552/EEC, amended in 1997 and 2007) on televised advertising.
The biggest single difference between the new and old directives is that, as its title suggested, Television Without Frontiers was concerned only with television.
Secondly, I will deal with and comment on the proposed Article 3b of the Television without Frontiers Directive in the light of the NOS v.
"Consequently audiovisual services shall exclusively be ruled by the Television Without Frontiers Directive that, on the one hand states the country-of-origin principle but on the other hand, allows member states to strengthen the minimal measures stated by the TWFDirective", it says.
"That is why the European Commission launched a review of the original Television Without Frontiers Directive.