Streaming services to be available for EU subscribers travelling abroad
EU citizens visiting other countries could be able to watch content they have subscribed to if new rules will be voted on Thursday.
The new rules, informally agreed by the European Parliament and Council negotiators in February 2017, will remove these restrictions so that EU citizens can also watch, listen or play when abroad in another EU country for holidays, studies or business.
These rules will apply only to online fee-based services such as Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Prime, Spotify, Deezer etc.
However, providers of free-of-charge services will have the option of making their content portable EU-wide.
Debates on the new rules will be held on Wednesday, while MEPs and will vote on them on Thursday.
EU citizens visiting another EU country are often prevented from accessing online content services, such as films, TV series, music, games, or sporting events, for which they have paid subscriptions for in their home country.