Access to online content services

Event date: 30/11/2017
Access to online content services

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.

The EC presented on 25.05.16 a proposal for a regulation on addressing geo-blocking and other forms of discrimination based on customers' nationality, place of residence or place of establishment.

The purpose of the regulation is to ensure that customers have the same access to goods and services as local customers. The Regulation builds upon the provisions of the Services Directive (Art 20), which already establishes the principle for non-discrimination, but has proven difficult to enforce in practice due to legal uncertainty concerning what practices would or not be considered justified.

 

News history

Vote on addressing geo-blocking and other forms of discrimination based on customers' nationality, place of residence or place of establishment within the internal market during a meeting of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committe.

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Debate on new rules enabling EU citizens with subscriptions for online films and TV series to access this content while temporarily in another EU country on Wednesday and vote on Thursday.

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Vote on geo-blocking and other forms of discrimination based on customers' nationality, place of residence: report by Róza Gräfin von THUN UND HOHENSTEIN (EPP, PL), in EP Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection

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