European commission working on allowing broadcasters to make online service available across Europe, which ‘threatens’ future content

The UK’s £1bn industry that sells films and TV shows such as Victoria, Sherlock and Love Island across Europe is under threat from plans in Brussels that will slash their value to broadcasters on the continent, a cross-party group of MPs has warned the government.

The European commission is developing regulations that will allow broadcasters to make their online TV services – such as the iPlayer, ITV Player and Channel 4’s All4 – available to viewers across Europe, while only having to pay the makers of TV shows and films for the right to air their content in one country.

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