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EC U-turns on geo-blocking, driving stake into OTT heart

The abolishment of geo-blocking in European Union (EU) countries this week has pro-consumer implications in areas such as online shopping, roaming charges and the use of credit cards abroad, but the news for the OTT video industry isn’t so rosy – as the EU’s law makers have U-turned on including streaming services in these new regulations. This goes against everything the European Parliament said in its draft law proposal back in May, which outlined scrapping the act of offering an online content service in one EU country and that country alone. This ruling was set to benefit the OTT video industry across Europe while striking a blow to content pirates, but the European Parliament, European Commission and European Council have…

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