Key Findings of the
European Commission’s
Eurobarometer 2015 on
Cross-border Access
to Online Content

Below is our summary of the key findings of the European Commission’s 2015 Eurobarometer Report on Cross-border access to online content. Please feel free to download our summary in PDF format.

Eurobarometer Summary



The “Cross-border access to online content” Eurobarometer report was launched in August 2015.

The Eurobarometer SurveyThe report contains the results of a survey requested by the European Commission and conducted by research consultant TNS Political & Social in the 28 Member States of the European Union between 7 and 15 January 2015.

Some 26,586 respondents aged 15 and older from different social and demographic groups were interviewed via telephone (landline and mobile phone) in their mother tongue on behalf of DG CONNECT, with at least 1,000 respondents from each country (with exception of Cyprus, Luxembourg, and Malta, which each had approximately 500 respondents).

To help you gain insight into EU consumer behaviour with regard to online content, we have highlighted some key findings of the report.



Key Findings


Over a 12-month period, only 8% of Internet users tried to access content through online services meant for users in other Member States. (p. 93)

Of those who did try: 5% tried to access audiovisual content, 3% music,  2% sports and video games and 1% e-books. (p. 93)




94% of respondents said they could find audiovisual content they were looking for; 96% said the same for music, 93% for sports content, 92% for e-books, and 91% for video games.




Almost two thirds (62%) of Europeans say that they only watch films or series that have either audio or subtitles in their national language(s) (p. 81).

Overall, fewer than two in ten (14%) watch films or series with audio or subtitles in a language that is neither English nor their national language(s). (p.81)




Just over a quarter (26%) of respondents in the Member States where English is not the official language, responded that they watch films or series with audio or subtitles in English (p. 82).

In EU states where English is not an official language, 19% of respondents are comfortable watching films or series with audio in English without any subtitles, and 17% of respondents are comfortable watching movies with subtitles in English. (p.82)

Respondents in northern European countries, particularly the Nordic States, are the most likely to feel comfortable watching films or series with audio or subtitles in English: more than half mention this in Luxembourg (51%), the Netherlands (54%), Finland (60%), Sweden (63%), and Denmark (81%).

The least likely to watch films or series through the medium of English are respondents in Italy (17%), Hungary (18%), and Poland (19%). (p.82)




One in five (20%) Internet users pays a subscription to access online digital content such as audio-visual content, music, e-books or video games. (p.86)




Fewer than one fifth (17%) of these subscribers have tried to use it to access online content while in another Member State – meaning fewer than 4% of internet users overall. (p.88)




Only 3% of subscribers said they could not access a service at all when they tried to use it abroad. (p.88)




Three quarters of subscribers (75%) have never tried to use their subscriptions in other countries. (p.88)

Just over half (54%) of subscribers have never tried to use their subscriptions in other countries and see no need to do so in future. (p. 86)

Around two in ten subscribers (21%) have never tried this, but would be interested in doing so in the future.




Just over half (52%) of non-subscribers said access abroad would not be an important factor if they took out a subscription in future. (p. 90)

One third (33%) of non-subscribers say that if they were to take out such a service in the future it would be important for them to be able to access it when in another Member State. (p. 90)

Around two in ten subscribers (21%) have never tried this, but would be interested in doing so in the future.

One tenth (10%) said they would never take a subscription.



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