The EU filed antitrust charges against all the major film studios because Europeans want to watch movies online

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The European Commission is filing antitrust charges against Sky UK and pretty much all of the major US film studios for unfairly restricting content.

The studios — Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros. — have agreements in place with Sky UK to stop EU consumers from viewing online and pay-TV content available in the UK.

The commission thinks those contracts breach competition rules.

Margrethe Vestager, the competition commissioner, said “European consumers want to watch the pay-TV channels of their choice regardless of where they live or travel in the EU. Our investigation shows that they cannot do this today.”

The commission sent a statement of objections to the companies, which they can reply to before the regulator makes a final decision.

The investigation started in 2014, and there are no hard deadlines in these cases, so it could be a while yet before TV addicts notice any changes.

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