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    Football abroad

    This is a discussion on Football abroad within the Sky Sports forums, part of the Sky TV Channels category; The German Bundesliga has confirmed it will facilitate 'portability' in the next round of TV rights, allowing viewers to legally ...

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      Football abroad

      The German Bundesliga has confirmed it will facilitate 'portability' in the next round of TV rights, allowing viewers to legally access live matches from their pay TV provider when they are abroad on holiday.

      It's a result of new EU rules that say that viewers should be able to take their pay TV subscriptions, including satellite TV and on-demand services. with them when they travel elsewhere in Europe. Currently copyright owners such as movie studios and football authorities forbid pay TV companies from making content officially available outside of a particular country, although many consumers already circumvent these rules.

      The changes for the Bundesliga initially affect German pay TV rights from 2017 and will benefit viewers who subscribe to whoever wins the rights.

      How the rule changes may affect UK viewers in the future, and whether, for example, the Premier League will be available legally via the likes of Sky Sports and BT Sport for holidaymakers in Spain depends on the outcome of this year's referendum, as the rules do not apply to non-EU countries. When the European Parliament voted on the matter of the digital single market, of which portability is a part, 17 UKIP MEPs voted against it. The UK Government supports the legislation; it would also allow holidaymakers to take the BBC iPlayer abroad with them legally.
      Source: Satellite Update: Football abroad; Al Jazeera move; Sky UHD

      An interesting development for Sky Sports viewers to watch!
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      Re: Football abroad

      In the longer term I would hope that this could be extended across all the content.

      Whilst I'm not endorsing someone from Australia being able to watch content from Sky TV without a subscription, it would be nice as a UK (or Eire) resident to be able to travel across Europe and watch live content via either NowTV or Sky Go.

      Admittedly this would put pressure on those free WiFi hotspots that you may get in your hotel or B&B. With roaming charges scheduled to be abolished next year, this could make it even more worthwhile for anyone travelling around Europe.

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