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You could soon use streaming services like Netflix and BBC iPlayer anywhere in Europe using your existing UK subscription, mooted changes to regulations suggest.

The European Commission has set out proposals to overhaul how subscription services operate on the continent. If they're approved by the European Parliament, we could see such services become 'portable' across Europe by 2017.

"At present, Europeans travelling within the EU may be cut off from online services providing films, sports broadcasts, music, e-books or games that they have paid for in their home country," the Commission wrote.

Instead, it proposes that streaming services sell content across the EU under a single set of copyright rules.

So far, Sky and Netflix say they are studying the proposals. But the BBC has already come out in favour.

"We are supportive," a spokesperson told TrustedReviews. "There are challenges around it, but overall we're pretty positive."

The proposals would affect services like Netflix, iPlayer, Now TV and Amazon Prime Instant Video. While the others could be forced to comply, the BBC can't be because it's publicly funded.

Source:

European Commission 1, 2, TrustedReviews

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