You may be able to take Netflix and Now TV on holiday soon

New proposals have been announced that would allow you to access your online subscription services anywhere within the EU. That would include TV streaming services like Netflix, Now TV, Sky Go, Spotify, and BT Sport.

It's part of the European Commission's larger plans to re-look at copyright laws to make it easier to buy and use digital content, and create a 'digital single market' across the EU with a common set of rules.

If the proposals take hold, it'll be a big boost for creative and digital industries, though it'll also mean a bit of complex legal and technical fiddling for digital companies.

The commission's vice president for the digital single market, Andrus Ansip, summed up its goals: "People who legally buy content - films, books, football matches, TV series - must be able to carry it with them anywhere they go in Europe… When you download a movie or a song, it must play. If this is not the case, you should be able to end the contract and get your money back."

The commission also verified that this would apply to subscription or charged services - free-of-charge ones wouldn't be legally bound to provide their content abroad.

One popular streaming service that would be exempt from the rules is BBC iPlayer, as it doesn't verify users' country of residence. The corporation has said that it's very keen to make iPlayer available to Brits when we're abroad, but says it's a bit more complicated than that.

A representative said: "We are interested in being able to allow UK licence-fee payers to access BBC iPlayer while they are on holiday in the EU, and welcome the European Commission proposing regulation to help make this possible. There are complex technical issues to resolve… Being able to offer BBC iPlayer also depends on the UK government implementing legislation to modernise the licence fee to include video on demand as well as linear viewing."

Representatives from Netflix and Sky, meanwhile, said their respective companies are keen to consider the proposals.

Source: BBC

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