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EU Agrees To Cross-Border Access To Streaming Services (variety.com) 55

Putting in place the first piece of its hoped-for unified digital market, the European Union has agreed on new rules allowing subscribers of online services in one E.U. country access to them while traveling in another. From a report: "Today's agreement will bring concrete benefits to Europeans," said vice president in charge of the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, in a statement. "People who have subscribed to their favorite 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." Variety explain: That said, "portability" is the least contentious of DSM regulations being advanced by the European Commission. Reached yesterday, the agreement between the Commission, the E.U.'s executive arm, the European Parliament and the E.U.'s Council of Ministers, representing its 28 member states, will allow consumers to fully use their online subscriptions to films, sports events, e-books, video games or music services when traveling within the E.U. The online service providers who will be mandated to make these services available range from video-on-demand platforms (Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Prime, Mubi, Chili TV) to online TV services (Viasat's Viaplay, Sky's Now TV, Voyo), music streaming services (Spotify, Deezer, Google Music) and game online marketplaces (Steam, Origin).
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EU Agrees To Cross-Border Access To Streaming Services

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  • by Anonymous Coward
    I live in the UK. Can I has streaming pleez?
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I thought you were leaving the EU?

    • by Kjella ( 173770 )

      I live in the UK. Can I has streaming pleez?

      Yes. The UK has not invoked article 50, they've almost passed a law authorizing the government to invoke it but even after that there's a negotiation period of up to two years where they will still be EU members. After that, who knows...

  • by Aqualung812 ( 959532 ) on Wednesday February 08, 2017 @10:26AM (#53825401)

    Isn't this the whole point of the EU? A single economic trading zone?

    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      It's mostly to do with freedom of movement. Companies can refuse to sell services to people in a particular country if they want, but what they can't do is sell it to someone and then block them when they move abroad.

      This is all to make freedom of movement viable. An individual must be able to take their services (SIM card, streaming services etc.) with them, as well as their family, otherwise there are massive disincentives to doing it.

  • Maybe this will keep LePen out of power. Seriously... circuses and all that.

  • Doesn't solve the problem that "This service is not available in your country" in the first place. If I can't even subscribe to the service in my own country first what tf do I need streaming roaming for?
    • Doesn't solve the problem that "This service is not available in your country" in the first place. If I can't even subscribe to the service in my own country first what tf do I need streaming roaming for?

      While it's not a complete solution, if you can manage to arrange payment details in another country, you can at least now work around the problem.

      • by PPH ( 736903 )

        arrange payment details in another country

        Is this even possible in the EU anymore? On this side of the pond (USA) we passed a law [wikipedia.org] prohibiting* foreign financial institutions from creating or maintaining accounts for US persons. So how can some EU bank allow anyone to walk in and set up a credit card account without proof that they are not Americans?

        *Well, not actually prohibiting. But if you are caught opening an account for a US person, you will be audited with a rubber glove. Repeatedly.

        • by GNious ( 953874 )

          huh? Pretty sure I've seen prepaid debit(!) versions of major credit card brands sold in America to anyone who'd buy one. Thinking that'd be enough to fake being from the US-of-A, online at least.

          • by PPH ( 736903 )

            major credit card brands sold in America ... fake being from the US-of-A

            FATCA is designed to keep foreign banks from siphoning off US business. Once you are in the states, we don't care if you rip off some EU license holder.

  • While the EU (government) may agree to this, isn't it up to the companies providing the streaming service (and also the content copyright holders)

    • If a copyright owner does not consent to the digital single market, it would have to withdraw its works from all streaming services across the European Union. I am not privy to the contracts between copyright owners and streaming services in order to determine whether they allow a copyright owner to perform such a withdrawal.

  • by Solandri ( 704621 ) on Wednesday February 08, 2017 @11:50AM (#53826011)

    The online service providers who will be mandated to make these services available range from video-on-demand platforms (Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Prime, Mubi, Chili TV) to online TV services (Viasat's Viaplay, Sky's Now TV, Voyo), music streaming services (Spotify, Deezer, Google Music) and game online marketplaces (Steam, Origin).

    Those service providers would love nothing more than to provide their service anywhere in the world to all their subscribers. It would vastly simplify their software and infrastructure.

    They only reason they restrict their services based on geography is because they're forced to do so by the music, TV/movie, and game studios, who insist on different release schedules and different pricing in different countries and regions in order to eek out a tiny bit more profit.

    • Service providers will need to renegotiate or pull the content. Right owners also want to sell, so they will come around.
    • by Ramze ( 640788 )

      And this makes one wonder what the result will be. Say you have Corporation X that wants to release its content through Netflix, but only to countries A,B,C,D, and E -- because F,G,H, and I have lucrative movie theater, TV distribution, DVD/BluRay sales, or other marketing channels that they want to play their course before streaming to. Now, instead of just telling Netflix where it can and can't stream within the EU, it must decide when it wants the entire EU to be able to view its content through Net

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