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Sky Customers From UK Can No Longer Stream Shows In EU Countries

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Sky Customers From UK Can No Longer Stream Shows In EU Countries

Sky customers in the UK will no longer be able to stream programmes while away in EU countries.

With the UK now having left the European Union, it has entered into a new relationship, meaning British users are no longer entitled to the same benefits as they were before.

The TV giant has warned its customers about these changes ahead of any trips abroad in the near future.

Writing on its website, Sky confirmed that streaming will no longer be allowed, though customers may be able to download shows before they leave the UK to watch offline at a later date.

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In the FAQ section, Sky explains: "From 1 January 2021, you won't be entitled to stream Sky outside the UK using your Sky Go, Sky Kids, Sky Sports, Sky Sports Mobile TV and Sky Sports Box Office apps.

"Some Sky apps will allow you to download your favourite shows and movies over WiFi before you leave home to watch offline while you're abroad.

Sky customers in the UK will no longer be able to stream shows while in the EU. Credit: PA
Sky customers in the UK will no longer be able to stream shows while in the EU. Credit: PA

"Certain rules mean people within the EU can stream content across all EU countries.

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"From 1 January 2021, the UK will no longer be part of the EU, so we won't be able to provide this service in the same way.

"This change affects lots of online video, music and entertainment services, not just Sky."

The UK's transition period for leaving the EU ended at 11pm on 31 December 2020.

Missing out on your favourite shows is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what has now changed.

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The big one for a lot of us is how travel will change. Obviously, travel is pretty much off the cards for most of us at the moment (thanks, Covid) - but when we are able to move more freely, we'll likely notice some changes.

Whereas UK nationals were usually able to travel to and live in EU countries without a visa, it is now only for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.

The UK recently agreed a Brexit deal with the EU. Credit: PA
The UK recently agreed a Brexit deal with the EU. Credit: PA

You'll also need at least six months remaining on your passport - except for trips to Ireland. As usual, you're advised to get travel insurance with health cover and free roaming on your phone is no longer guaranteed. European Health Insurance Cards, (EHIC) cards will be valid until they expire.

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It also means that when you do fly abroad, you'll be in the non-EU country queue (you know the one that's always massive and slow-moving) - so that's something to look forward to.

One plus point will be that duty-free shopping will be increased for tobacco and alcohol, so you will now be able to bring 18 litres of still wine and 42 litres of beer back in to the country.

If you were planning to move to a country in the EU, you will no longer have the automatic right to live, work, study or retire there - you will need the correct visa for that country.

And the Erasmus scheme has also been cancelled - at the request of the UK government - meaning studying as part of it is no longer an option for UK students. It will be replaced by the Turing Scheme, which is said to come into effect from September 2021.

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Topics: Entertainment, UK politics, travel, Sky, UK Entertainment, brexit, Boris Johnson, Politics

Dominic Smithers
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