Take your favourite series on holiday next year
In early 2018, you will be able to use your online content services such as movies, sports, e-books, games and music when you are travelling within the EU. On 7 February this year, the EU Commission, member states and European parliament agreed on common rules for portability.
The new legislation means that all European consumers will be able to use their online content services in the same way when they are travelling within the EU as at home. For example, you who have a Swedish Netflix account can watch your favourite series on the same conditions on your holiday in Greece as at home in Sweden.
Will I be able to use all the online content services?
All providers who offers paid online content services, such as Netflix, Viaplay, HBO, Storytel and Spotify and others, will have to follow the new rules. Operators and right holders now has nine months to prepare for implementation of the new rules.
Operators with free services, such as SVT Play, will have the opportunity to choose whether their services should be used across EU borders.
What happens now?
The agreed text must now be formally confirmed by the Council of the EU and the European Parliament. Once that is done, the rules will be applied in all EU countries at the beginning of 2018th
Fact: Swedes Internet use
- In 2016, 95 percent of the Swedes used Internet, including 70 percent through their mobile phone. 84 percent of all Internet users used online services to download games, images, films or music during in 2016.
- In a survey from 2015, 58 percent were interested in getting access to the online services when travelling within the EU (in Swedish). This was particularly important for younger users aged between 15 and 39 years old.