Many European TV aficionados are all too familiar with US content exclusives; you can't watch that hit American movie unless you're with the right provider. However, the European Commission is concerned that these deals go one step too far. It's now investigating whether or not some exclusives violate antitrust rules by preventing access beyond a single EU country, effectively carving up the continent's TV market along national borders. Would-be viewers beyond a carrier's home market shouldn't have to suffer, the EU argues. There's no deadline for the investigation, and there are no guarantees that it will lead to action against broadcasters. However, the move is still good news for Europeans who want more choice as to how (and when) they watch US shows.
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