Europeans can travel with their digital subscriptions from Sunday

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Europeans can travel with their digital subscriptions from SundayEuropeans will be now able to access the online content that they have subscribed to at home, wherever they are in the EU as from Easter Sunday.

The European Commission has issued a complete fact sheet on the portability of online content services, which is available here in English and Maltese.

A statement has been issued on this news by Vice-President of the European Commission Andrus Ansip, Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, Bulgarian Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Ivaylo Moskovski and Members of the European Parliament Pavel Svoboda and Jean-Marie Cavada.

They said that, “citizens are at the core of all our digital initiatives. As of the 1st of April, wherever you are travelling to in the EU, you will no longer miss out on your favourite films, TV series, sports broadcasts, games or e-books, that you have digitally subscribed to at home.

The rules will apply to paid-for services, but providers of free content may opt in. Providers of online content will also benefit from the new rules. They will no longer have to acquire licences for other territories where their subscribers are travelling to.”

“Removing the boundaries that prevented Europeans from travelling with digital media and content subscriptions is yet another success of the Digital Single Market for our citizens, following the effective abolition of roaming charges that consumers all over Europe have enjoyed since last June,” they said.

The pointed out that, “consumer spending on video subscription services rose by 113% per year between 2010 and 2014, and the number of users by 56% between 2014 and 2015.”

“It is also estimated that at least 29 million people, or 5.7% of consumers in the EU, could make use of cross-border portability, and many more in the future – up to 72 million people by 2020,” they said.

“Almost 60% of young Europeans say that being able to travel with their subscriptions is an important factor in choosing to subscribe to online services.”

They concluded their statement by saying that, “reaching an agreement on portability is a great result of close collaboration between the EU institutions and European companies and stakeholders; and we have full confidence that broadcasters and platforms will take this as an opportunity to enhance the user experience.”

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