EC Recommends BBC iPlayer to be Available Across Europe
On the basis of the European Commission’s recommendation, BBC iPlayer could soon be available to UK citizens when traveling across Europe.
Currently, those residing in UK are unable to stream content on the iPlayer app when outside of their region. This is due to current copyright laws that prevent users from accessing content outside of UK.
However, the European Commission now wants to remove that restriction and allow access to the services throughout Europe. For this purpose, the officials have called for a “Digital Single Market” in Europe, which also promises to raise the usage of online goods and services.
“The Commission wants to ensure that users who buy films, music or articles at home can also enjoy them while travelling across Europe,” reads a statement by the EC. “The Commission will also look at the role of online intermediaries in relation to copyright-protected work.”
In turn the BBC has welcomed the idea and said that it would consider making changes to its popular services in the near future.
“We note the Commission’s interest in making services more portable to UK users while temporarily travelling in Europe, and will begin work to look at the technical and legislative implications,” said a BBC spokesperson.
BBC iPlayer set a new record for monthly downloads in January with 343 million radio and TV hits. The platform is already immensely popular and when the new changes come into play, you can expect the application to see to a rising number of requests.
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