December 9, 2019
The Commission explains that its online directory of European films available in the EU called “LUMIERE VOD” helps professionals, public authorities and cinema fans everywhere to find information about European films and their availability online on video-on-demand (VOD) services throughout the European Union.
This transparency tool, supported by the European Commission and managed by the European Audiovisual Observatory, has now nearly doubled the amount of data available. It includes information from 305 different VOD catalogues available in 32 European countries. In total, 37,000 European films have been listed.
LUMIERE VOD was launched in April 2019. Following this successful test, the Commission and the Observatory have decided to proceed with the final launch of the LUMIERE VOD service, while paving the way for future updates and improvements. In 2020, the Directory will be updated quarterly and will be used to cover progressively other audiovisual content, such as TV series.
The Commission and the European Audiovisual Observatory hope that this data portal designed with professionals and providing greater transparency on the European VOD market will contribute to provide the right incentives and to stimulate a mindset of cooperation among all stakeholders committed to increase the presence, visibility and circulation of European films across borders. To read the Commission’s press release in full, click here.