Interest in cross-border streaming growing, but EU consumers still confused

Over half of EU citizens are aware of EU action to counter geoblocking of goods and services including video streaming services, but only 29% know which rights specifically apply to them, according to a Eurobarometer survey carried out for the European Commission. The survey found that the number of internet users trying to get cross-border […]

EC launches consultations on geo-blocking and online platforms

The European Commission has launched public consultations on geo-blocking and the role of platforms in the online economy. The public debate on geo-blocking will gather opinions about “unjustified commercial barriers, which prevent from buying and selling products and services within the EU,” said the EC. The second consultation will look at platforms, online intermediaries, data, cloud […]

Starz comedy debuts on Facebook without geo-blocking

The second season of LeBron James-inspired basketball comedy Survivor’s Remorse has launched internationally on Facebook, as it will not be geo-blocked. The first episode of the second run of the Starz half-hour series and new Patrick Stewart comedy Blunt Talk have been made available around the world through the social media platform via James’s and […]

Oettinger: no move to pan-Europe licensing, possible concessions on geoblocking

The European Commission does not want to impose pan-European content licensing as part of its Digital Single Market proposals, and the audiovisual industry could benefit from certain exemptions to restrictions on geoblocking to enable them to continue to license on a territory-by-territory basis, according to Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for the digital economy and society.  […]