REPORT: Netflix, Spotify & More Could Be Blocked For Citizens Traveling Out Of The UK

Streamers within the UK may quickly be blocked from watching their favourite reveals on Netflix or listening to music on Spotify and different on-line companies when on vacation.

As now, a “portability” regulation exists to make sure that there isn't a discrimination whether or not a consumer is logging in from dwelling within the UK or doing so when touring all through Europe. That’s the way it ought to work, proper?

Well, in anticipation a no-deal Brexit, the federal government admits that the present portability association would “stop to use.” Brexit, as has been extensively reported since 2016, is the impending withdrawal the United Kingdom from the European Union this coming March.

“This means on-line content material service suppliers is not going to be required or capable of fer cross-border entry to UK customers beneath the EU Regulation,” in accordance with newly-released authorities paperwork. “UK customers might even see restrictions to their on-line content material companies after they briefly go to the EU.”

However, a Netflix spokesperson denies that is the case. “UK Netflix subscribers are capable of entry Netflix in all places on the earth Netflix is accessible and can proceed to take action as soon as the UK leaves the EU,” a rep mentioned.

New geo-blocking guidelines go into impact in December 2018 and can apply to UK residents earlier than a attainable no-deal Brexit pending March 2019. If there’s no deal, it will have an effect on extra than simply streaming — the whole lot from flights to coach programs to buying and selling and past can be challenged.