EU Anti-trust Case could mean an End to Geo-Blocking

The EU's anti-trust body has begun proceedings against major US studios and Sky UK. The case centres on studios controlling access to content in a way that undermines the free flow of data as part of the European single market.

EU Antitrust Case could mean an End to Geo-Blocking

Those defending the studios claim the current situation prevents homogenisation, that there is more diversity and content reflects cultural variations under the current situation. But the European Commission sees the practices as limiting consumer choice and creating barries to the buying and selling of digital content between the 28 members of the EU.

Many of those who go on summer vacations will have to use virtual private networks (VPNs) to avoid the geo-blocking of their favour subscription services when they're abroad. Research from GlobalWebIndex claims that 65 million people use VPNs just to access content from the BBC. Although a change in tv licensing practices in the UK will prevent many of those users from accessing BBC shows.

If the anti-trust case is successfully it could mean a freer and content richer internet for EU users.

E.U. Opens Antitrust Case Against Major U.S. Studios and Sky UK