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Jan 022021
 

After reading a number of questions, inaccurate answers and “scaremongering” on the internet and social media over the last few days, I hope this will help understand what changes are going to happen when watching UK TV in Spain post Brexit.

UK Streaming Services in Spain post Brexit

Since 2018, UK residents travelling within the EU were able to keep watching their UK streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, SkyGo, NOW TV , Britbox UK and ITV Hub without the need for a VPN or Smart DNS service as part of the EUs “Digital Single Market” and “portability” rules.

These rules allowed short stayers like holiday makers, travelling from one EU country to another EU country would be able to access the same streaming video library they’re subscribed to at home without the need to “hide your ip address” or the use of Virtual Private Network (VPN) / Smart DNS (SDNS) services.
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Mar 222017
 

Sky has disabled the ‘developer mode’ on its £10 Now TV boxes to prevent users side-loading apps that could be used to stream illegal content.

In a blog post on the Now TV forums the company explained the quiet update was designed to halt piracy.

“The latest update has been designed to safeguard the device from piracy and illegal streaming of content; therefore it will disable the use of unofficial third party software or apps,”

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Aug 152016
 

Sky is to launch its streaming service NOW TV into the Spanish market, the first territory where it doesn’t have a satellite operation.

NOW TV launched in the UK in July 2012 and versions have subsequently been rolled out in Germany and most recently Italy. It runs on a streaming box produced by Roku, in which Sky holds a small stake.

However, while the box may be a ringer for what can be purchased in the UK market, the pay-as-you-go service is likely to be missing many of the channels that can be streamed in the UK.

The Spain move marks just part of a larger pan-Europe drive. Closing its landmark multi-year pan-European deal with Sony Pictures Television on new and future Sony movies this April, Sky negotiated subscription and transactional rights to Sony movies in the territories in Europe where Sky offers traditional satellite services – U.K., Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. Sources say it will now seek to secure pan-European rights to at least these five territories when renewing contracts with other Hollywood studios.

The Spain launch, which Sky is said to hope to put through by the end of 2016, now signals the pay TV giant’s determination to test the waters for its own OTT video streaming operations beyond its five-territory base

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