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EU ruling on Paramount/Sky could spell the end for geo-blocking

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Sky customers hoping to access their subscribed-to content while outside UK and Irish borders finally have a little bit of good news.

Following pressure from the European Commission (via ArsTechnica), Paramount Pictures has agreed to make the movies it has licensed to Sky available wherever subscribers roam.

Now, instead of seeing a “this content is unavailable in your country” message, users will be able to watch films like the new Star Trek series without hassle.

Likewise, it’ll ensure Paramount and Sky cannot prevent overseas providers from offering their services inside the UK and Ireland.

The agreement, which comes amid investigations into the exclusive deals signed between studios and the broadcaster, could have wider reaching effects.

The European Commission also objects to similar deals struck between Sky and five other major film studios, those being Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros.

If similar concessions are made by the studios in question, then we could finally be on a course eliminating the region-locking of content in the EU.

Current EU proposals are also seeking to make it easier for Netflix and Amazon Prime subscribers to access their own content libraries, even when they’re away from home.

A tentative deal was struck back in May, and if approved will become law next year.

All in all, it makes you wonder why we left the EU… again.

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Paul Morris

July 28, 2016, 5:40 am

The comment made at the end of this article..All in all, it makes you wonder why we left the EU… again.Just look what is happening in France and Germany, that is why we voted out of the EU. But Idiots like you would like to stay in the EU so you can watch region-locked content for 2 weeks of the year when you go on holiday.Wake up man and come back to the real World.

ro

July 28, 2016, 6:50 am

"All in all, it makes you wonder why we left the EU… again."

Sigh, if only the UK had known this on 23rd June.

Are you seriously suggesting the UK does not have the talent, skills, ability, resource or will to sort this out ourselves? Or that it shouldn't make its own decisions?

So where was the European Union during the Industrial Revolution? And what was Europe doing during the 1930's and 1940's?

It's really pathetic when people suggest the EU is the greatest thing since sliced bread because it comes up with 'good' stuff like this about media content. Even a non-working clockface is correct twice a day. Doesn't make me want that clock though.

Pg

July 28, 2016, 1:01 pm

Leaving the EU will not shield the UK from such attacks. It is not that simple.

Pg

July 28, 2016, 1:04 pm

Are you seriously suggesting the UK does not have the talent, skills, ability, resource or will to sort this out ourselves? - You sorted this our yourselves. If the UK is so great and the EU go bad, why is it taking the EU to push this?

Nice use of wording to suggest the EU is terrible at everything, and if it happens to do something good if was by accident.

Your view point is not balanced, but then you aren't alone in that. I'm not saying the EU is the best thing, but it isn't the worst.

ro

July 28, 2016, 2:13 pm

Because this is the result of one of the EU's many power grabs, and the UK has stood back and handed over it's lunch money?

The UK has the resources. The EU does not (or should not) have a monopoly on possession of the decision-makers. That the EU decided on this matter shows how impotent the UK has become within the EU, in that it didn't decide for itself.

Regardless, a majority 17.5 million people voted to leave the EU, so I'm not alone in thinking that the EU is not the future.

Paul Morris

July 28, 2016, 7:04 pm

No, I agree, but if we have more control who we let loose in the UK that surely can only be a good thing. This is why the UK have made the brave decision to leave the EU. I am English but have lived in Spain and Hungary for the last 10 years and love Europe, but Countries should be allowed to govern for themselves.

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