EU moves closer to removing barriers for online media subscriptions

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union institutions moved a step closer on Tuesday to letting consumers access their online subscriptions for services like Netflix or Sky when they travel across the bloc.

The agreement between the European Parliament and Malta, which acts on behalf of all 28 EU states as the bloc's current presidency, is another step in an EU drive to knock down barriers in the single market of 500 million people.

Letting people take their online subscriptions abroad comes after the bloc has already decided to abolish roaming charges for using mobile phones when traveling within the EU.

The agreement must still be formally approved, though that is seen as a formality. It is aimed at people temporarily in another EU country for holidays, business trips or studies.

While meant to benefit consumers, the decision has been contested by rights-holders, who say the principle of territoriality is key to their financing rules.

(Writing by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Adrian Croft)

Must Read

Great Lakes no help for a struggling Trump on road to 270

Aug 15, 2016

Donald Trump needs a place to reset the electoral map, and he seems to be looking at the industrial heartland states on the Great Lakes.

UK manufacturers see costs jump in wake of Brexit vote

Aug 16, 2016

Official figures show consumer prices in Britain rose more than expected in July, while the cost of raw materials for manufacturers are mounting as a result of the pound's drop in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union

Asian stocks mostly higher after Wall Street decline

Aug 17, 2016

Asian stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday after Wall Street declined

Search

Obserworld delivers the most accurate and up-to-date world news for the global audience with a thorough research and in-depth interviews. Discover the world through Obserworld.

Contact us: sales[at]obserworld.com