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EU Single Digital Market

Well.. well .. well .. to us people with interest in Netflix and other on-demand/online programs, 2017 might hold some good news.

It seams the EU is planning to remove the regional restrictions on digital content "digital goods" for all EU countries by 2017. the plan is still in the works but if it does happen, it means that people with UK Netflix/iPlayer/5OD will be able to watch it in any other EU county without having to resort to VPN or any other tools.

It does make one wonder thought what will happen to our paid TV tax/Billag/license fee..etc.

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Re: EU Single Digital Market

Well considering that Switzerland is not in the EU it won't do anything for our Billag costs. Good news for people living in the EU though
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Re: EU Single Digital Market

Even if it did apply to Switzerland as that article said they were supposed to scrap roaming charges by 2014 and that still hasn't happened.

And this directive is still a long way from becoming reality.

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.g...olling-service

So I wouldn't hold your breath if I were you.
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Re: EU Single Digital Market

Well. I think one important part of the article is what was said about the BBC "This is especially important for country-specific services like BBC's iPlayer, for example, which is only accessible within the UK. The broadcaster has confirmed today "it would look into the possibility of easing its iPlayer restrictions" so license fee-paying Brits can access BBC content elsewhere."

I realise that this is good news only for British residents who pay their TV license fee but the important part is that if this is true, Switzerland could be included in the geo-ip list and hence BBC's iPlayer will work.

About mobile roaming charges, well we all have to agree that we the legislation has helped a lot in that area and that even in Switzerland, the mobile providers have offered options for roaming (albeit at a cost, it is still much lower$$). Options that were unimaginable a year ago!

What I am saying is that I believe that the cascading effect will be seen in Switzerland as well once the EU legislation comes into effect.
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Re: EU Single Digital Market

Mobile phone roaming agreements are very much different from content right management issues. It would need bilateral treaties for Switzerland to participate in such an open-trade environment. And we all know that these are not going to happen - so it's almost certain that Switzerland will be left out of this for the foreseeable future and that instead we'll be paying through the nose for content in the future as open access in the EU will likely reduce margins - Switzerland will be an easy target for getting some of that money back.
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