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DHagar
DHagar
2/8/2017 10:40:57 PM
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Re: Interesting moves..
@mhhf1ve, I bet the British users will like this.

I am wondering if this will become a model for country-centric streaming and if Netflix, et al, will get on board?

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/8/2017 7:39:05 PM
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I vaguely recall...
This problem was also why Netflix took so long to launch outside of the US. The mess of licensing agreements for each country was a huge barrier to overcome for Netflix, and that doesn't even take into account the likely demands to try to come up with technology solutions to prevent users from accessing streaming video from "unauthorized" locations.

Netflix has taken a somewhat mysterious position about trying to prevent users from using VPNs and other tools to access video streaming from countries that Netflix doesn't actively serve.... 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/8/2017 7:36:00 PM
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Interesting moves..
I'll have to check out how the other digital content rights are doing in the EU. It used to be that different countries could charge different prices for the same digital content, and users in, say, Spain would buy ebooks or whatnot at a cheaper price -- and UK users would "pretend" to buy the same ebooks at the cheaper Spanish prices and digitally cross the Spanish border with the virutal goods.

 

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srufolo1
srufolo1
2/8/2017 3:39:52 PM
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Given the close proximity of these countries, and the diversity of languages, this is a great development, and one, naturally, spurred on by youth.

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Adi
Adi
2/8/2017 11:39:19 AM
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Re: roaming
Mike - Good question. I think UltraViolet is growing steadily. I haven't done much research recently on it, but it's been picking up users and seems to be going along.

Don't think security will be affected. The device, the stream encryption/DRM should all remain the same, so just being in another country probably won't make too much of a difference.

Bandwidth and Ux will be affected. As you point out, different countres will have different connection speeds, and if you are a business traveler going to a small town in a less developed economy, you might find a slow connection that butchers your video experience. Then again, you might pleasantly surprised - Estonia, for example, has the fastest advertised mobile connections in Europe - 300 Mbps. You won't get that in the UK or the US. 

But there's also the issue of caching. A UK-based service will work with a CDN to cache content close to its users - which means, in the UK. Even if your connection is faster in Estonia, your video is going to have to travel a fair bit more to get to you. And who knows what the state of the various required networks is between London and Haapsalu. 

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Ariella
Ariella
2/8/2017 11:31:50 AM
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Re: roaming
@Adi It sounds very complex. I was under the impression that different countries in the EU has different standard for allowing people in. As I recall, Ayaan Hirsi first came to Germany because it was easiest. But she didn't settle there. It was more of a springboard to get into Europe than an actual destination. The Swiss had a history of being rather restrictive. My mother was actually born there but was never granted citizenship for that country.

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Adi
Adi
2/8/2017 11:26:05 AM
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Re: roaming
Ariella - I think it's always been more to do with immigration controls, just as with the UK. But in order to access the single market, it has had to allow free movement. So I'm not sure how that's helped.

But the Swiss recently had their own referendum (Swexit??) because they want immigrant limits -- which can't happen if they want free access to the single market. So far I don't think anything has changed, but I'm not up to date on the latest. 

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Mike Robuck
Mike Robuck
2/8/2017 11:01:15 AM
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Re: roaming
This reminds me a bit of the "digtal lockers" concept from a few years ago here in the US. Anything ever come of that, Adi? Also, how will security and bit rates be affected across the different countries? I imagine if I'm getting high bandwidth streaming in one country I would be disappointed if it was not as robust in another. 

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Ariella
Ariella
2/8/2017 10:57:45 AM
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Re: roaming
@Adi I really will have to read up on the status of countries that sort of operate in the EU but are not really part of it. Is Switzeland's status some kind of outgrowth of its tradition of neutrality? 

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Adi
Adi
2/8/2017 10:50:10 AM
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Re: roaming
Ariella - In theory perhaps it would, but these rules usually get applied to the EEA countries as well, such as Iceland and Norway. Switzerland is more complicated, and I don't know if it would be excluded or not. 

But all these countries (Switzerland included) have free access to the single market. Britain most likely will not -- the difference between the "hard" and the "soft" brexit. 

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