30th August 2015

Commission launches an official consultation on geo-blocking

Last week, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the revision of the 1993 Satellite and Cable Directive. It is the first step in the Commission´s intention to tackle the issue of geo-blocking inside the EU. Geo-blocking is a practice that enables providers to block content in some EU states and only provide it in others. In practice, this is mostly visible online, where despite a single EU market services such as Netflix are only available in some EU states. The Commission disproves of this status and will tackle it as part of its Digital Single Market strategy. The now-launched consultation is the first step. Any provider or consumer of content is free to give his opinion until 16 November.

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Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic