Viewers across Europe will soon have access to the same services from the Paramount Pictures studio as Sky customers in the UK and Ireland do. Following an EU antitrust action, the studio decided to eliminate clauses in its contract that stop Sky UK from offering its services elsewhere.
Studios like Paramount, Disney and others negotiate the deals with broadcasters on a country-by-country basis. Under the terms of the deal, Sky couldn't offer the same Paramount content online or via satellite to customers in Europe as it could in the UK. But that should all change.
The move comes after the EU antitrust commission sued Sky and the Hollywood studios involved, as their actions weren't in keeping with the EU's open market policy.
The proposed solution would also benefit UK viewers, as it would mean Paramount couldn't oblige broadcasters in Europe to limit services on these shores.
It's just a proposal at the moment. But if all parties are satisfied, the commitments will be made legally binding, and will last for five years.
It's hoped the restrictions will be eliminated by 2017 as part of the EU's Digital Single Market strategy.
As for the other studios? The EU commission is still investigating their conduct.
Source: European Commission