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OECD Communications Outlook 2013

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Published every two years, the OECD Communications Outlook provides an extensive range of indicators for the development of different communications networks and compares performance indicators such as  revenue, investment, employment and prices for service throughout the OECD area. These indicators are essential for industry and regulators who use benchmarking to evaluate policy performance.

This edition is based on data from the OECD Telecommunications Database 2013, which provides time series of telecommunications and economic indicaors such as network dimension, revenues, investment and employment for OECD countries from 1980 to 2011. The data provided in this report map the second decade of competition for many OECD countries that fully opened their markets to competition in 1998.

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Broadcasting and audiovisual content

Audio and audio-visual content is now delivered over an ever-increasing range of networks and services. This chapter traces recent developments in audio and audio-visual platforms and devices. It finds that the Internet, together with analogue audio broadcasting, has become the primary distribution method for audio content. The conversion to digital television is now all but completed in the OECD. In many countries broadcasters offer their content either live or via catch-up television over the Internet. Subscription video-on-demand services are seeing rapid adoption in the countries where they have been introduced.

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