closedownarrowlogo-verticalmenu-barsearch Skip to main content
Jump to navigation
brexit

Brexit will have many effects on the UK, but here's an unexpected one – it could hamper Britons' access to streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, at least compared to our continental cousins.

That's because the EU plans to allow EU citizens to access their online video subscriptions in other EU countries. In other words, if you travelled to anywhere in Europe, you would be able to watch BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video et al just as if you were at home.

But not for us Brits. Seeing as we're due to leave the EU by March 2019, we won't be able to access our favourite streaming services when abroad.

The scheme doesn't just apply to video streaming. It also applies to streaming music and games.

It's part of the EU's Digital Single Market plan, and technically it's already begun. Last week, Malta became the first country whose citizens can access their digital content in other EU member states.

The rules will have to be finalised by the European Council. But it's expected to be enshrined in law in 2018. So we could have around a year's worth of Europe-wide access before it's taken from our grasp and we have to negotiate our own deal.

Speaking about the initiative, Andrus Ansip, Brussels' digital VP, said: "Today's agreement will bring concrete benefits to Europeans. People who have subscribed to their favourite series, music and sports events at home will be able to enjoy them when they travel in Europe.

"This is a new important step in breaking down barriers in the Digital Single Market."

Join the conversation

comments powered by Disqus

Stay up to date

  • Google+ Follow uSwitchTech
  • Subscribe to our RSS feed

Latest comments

  • Kyle Dowling 1 week ago Netflix now doesn't work on... For all those rooted users, either use Magisk (with Magisk hide) or sideload the APK. Just a little more...
  • beakie48 1 week ago BritBox British TV streaming... I have britbox on my roku and can't figure out how to get season two when two seasons are listed. The Jury...
  • John 1 week ago BT TV YouView update: Hands-on... Completely agree with all the previous comments. The new interface which I unfortunately downloaded...

Search news