While nothing beats leaving your day-to-day routine behind and heading off on an adventure, there are certain creature comforts you just might miss from home. After a long day of soaking up the sights, trekking up mountains or gently baking on the beach, some of us might enjoy unwinding in front of a movie or catching up on our favourite TV dramas.
Fortunately, new EU rules mean you will now be able to watch Netflix and Amazon Prime when you’re abroad. Here’s what you need to know…
As of Sunday April 1 2018, the EU introduced new rules which mean online content providers must allow subscribers access to the content library from their own country. Before this, UK subscribers would find themselves blocked or only able to access content from the library of the country they were travelling in – which isn’t the most helpful if you’re not fluent in the local language.
Holidaymakers can now rest easy that if they fancy killing some time while their other half gets ready for dinner or are keen to spend an evening snuggled up on their balcony in front of a top film, they’ll be able to do so with ease. All they need to do is pack their iPad or tablet for the occasion.
The rules apply to all paid subscription services, including Netflix, Sky Go, Amazon Prime and Spotify. Travellers will also be able to access eBook providers (like Amazon) in the EU – ideal if a good book is an essential part of your packing list.
If you’re wondering what kind of hoops you have to jump through in order to take advantage of the news rules, then never fear! Holidaymakers won’t have to do anything to gain access to their libraries – most providers will have recorded a ‘home country’ in the account settings.
However, travellers might want to be aware that services such as BBC iPlayer won’t be included in the deal. Free media services won’t have to follow the new rules.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that once Brexit comes into effect, UK subscribers will no longer enjoy these benefits. According to Which, the digital portability rules will cease to apply to UK subscribers after March 2019.
Just another excuse, then, to book your next trip to Europe…
Thanks to rules introduced last year, UK travellers have been able to enjoy the use of their minutes, texts and data while in the EU with no extra charge. In fact, network providers aren’t allowed to hit users with inflated charges even if they go outside of their bundles – you can’t be charged any more for data than you would have to pay in the UK.
While Europe may seem like a short hop, skip and jump away, it’s important that travellers still take the necessary precautions to ensure their health and possessions are well covered on their trip.
Medical Travel Compared offers access to a range of insurers that might suit your needs. So, even if you have a pre-existing medical condition, you can still enjoy your holiday while feeling protected.