EU streaming services

BRUSSELS: The EU unveiled plans on Wednesday that would by 2017 allow travellers to get their Netflix film fix or listen to Spotify when abroad, something currently blocked by complex copyright rules. Europeans spend about one billion nights in other EU countries every year but are confronted with a frustrating inability to enjoy watching many of their favourite films or TV shows on an iPad or laptop computer when they travel outside their home country. “We want to ensure the portability of content across borders,” said Andrus Ansip, the European Commission’s Vice President for the digital single market. “People who legally buy content — films, books, football matches, TV series — must be able to carry it with them anywhere they go in Europe,” he said. The commission, the executive body of the 28-country EU, said the ability of Europeans to enjoy subscriptions to services such as Netflix while still in the bloc was ‘a new EU right for consumers’.