Sky customers will soon be able to watch films from Paramount Pictures while travelling abroad.
The studio was blocking international access to its films for Sky customers. But following pressure from the European Commission, it's agreed to make them available to Sky customers wherever they might travel.
At the moment, Sky subscribers trying to watch Paramount Pictures' films while outside the UK and Ireland are met with a message that reads: "This content is unavailable in your country".
Paramount is the studio behind 'Star Trek Beyond', 'Florence Foster Jenkins' and 'Everybody Wants Some'.
The European Commission also objects to similar deals that Sky has signed with other major film studios, including Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros.
If Paramount is just the first domino to fall, and these studios agree to similar terms, we could see region-locking content become a thing of the past. In the EU at least, which the UK is about to leave, of course. Ho-hum.
This would also allow overseas pay-TV companies to offer their services in the UK and Ireland. Which could mean more competition for Sky from international rivals.
The EU has also proposed to make it easier for members of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to access their content from wherever they are in Europe. A tentative deal was signed in May and could become law next year.
Source: European Commission