Feb 092017
 

The EU negotiators has agreed on new rules that will allow European viewers to use online subscriptions to movies, sports and music when travelling around the European Union.

It is the first agreement related to the modernisation on EU copyright rules as proposed by the Commission in the Digital Single Market strategy.

Vice-President in charge of the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip welcomed the agreement: “Today’s agreement will bring concrete benefits to Europeans. People who have subscribed to their favourite series, music and sports events at home will be able to enjoy them when they travel in Europe. This is a new important step in breaking down barriers in the Digital Single Market”.

The agreement comes just a week after a separate agreement on roaming charges.

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Dec 092015
 

Consumers who subscribe to TV, sports and film services – from Sky Sports to Netflix – will be able to access them when they travel within Europe under proposed new EU rules.

Under the proposals, part of the European Commissions’s digital single-market strategy, Europeans will be able to access every media service they subscribe to in their home country while “temporarily abroad”.

The rules give freedom to roam during a ‘temporary’ residence in another EU country, to prevent people from exploiting national boundaries to access cheaper content on a permanent basis.
The EC’s proposals rather vaguely define the time period a consumer can access their subscriptions as while they are “temporarily abroad”.

The “temporary abroad” limit will still mean that many expats who live outside the UK will not be able to exploit these “roaming” accounts to access the digital online content. Continue reading »