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    UK Competition Tribunal Tells Sky to Sell TV Sport at a Fair Price to BT

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      UK Competition Tribunal Tells Sky to Sell TV Sport at a Fair Price to BT

      UK Competition Tribunal Tells Sky to Sell TV Sport at a Fair Price to BT - ISPreview UK
      After four long years of squabbling the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has today issued an interim ruling that upholds Ofcom’s original 2010 decision against BSkyB (Sky Broadband), which required the media giant to ensure that their Sky Sports channels are made available to BT’s broadband based YouView TV (IPTV) platform.

      The case originally started in 2010 after the telecoms regulator imposed an obligation upon Sky that required the TV operator to offer wholesale access (‘Wholesale Must Offer’) to its Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 channels and at prices set by the regulator. At the time Sky was deemed to have significant market power in the wholesale provision of premium channels.

      The case eventually went to the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), which surprised some by ruling that Sky’s prices for the premium content were already fair and thus overruling Ofcom’s decision. Ofcom then complained that CAT’s ruling had failed to correctly consider the regulators findings concerning competition in the market and the case ended up before the Court of Appeal, which earlier this year sided with Ofcom and sent the case all the way back to the CAT (here).
      Ed Richards, Ofcom’s Chief Executive, said:

      After more than four years of litigation and legal challenges, Ofcom’s 2010 pay TV decision continues to serve the interests of UK consumers and this ruling is consistent with our original decision.

      Today’s ruling paves the way for more top sports to be available on another TV service and supports competition and innovation in the communications sector as we originally intended. Ofcom is now focused on reviewing the ‘wholesale must offer’ remedy in light of developments in pay TV
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      The ruling also follows last week’s Supreme Court decision, which effectively rejected Sky’s request to challenge Ofcom’s powers to impose their aforementioned remedy. However, much has changed since Ofcom’s original decision in 2010 and the UK Pay TV market is now a lot more competitive and dynamic, which means that Ofcom will need to publish a new consultation on the ‘Wholesale Must Offer’ situation in the “coming months“.

      The new consultation will need to take account of all the recent changes and might well end up being more flexible than the original 2010 decision, especially in light of BT’s big push into the market for premium sports content with their BTSport channels (this is also given for free to BT’s own broadband subscribers). It’s just possible that Sky might also end up benefitting.


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      Re: UK Competition Tribunal Tells Sky to Sell TV Sport at a Fair Price to BT

      I've never really understood this kind of thing.
      'Competition tribunal' LOL.

      I mean, if sky put up the money for rights & outbid everyone else then why can't they... Well you know, do as they please?
      This decision is like putting a socialist plaster on a capitalist gun-shot wound.

      Seriously, if the courts are in this kind of mood then what i'd like to see is for sony, microsoft & nintendo to have to give up all their rights & patents etc.
      With brands like panasonic around, maybe the monopoly would end & we'd then end up with a decent games console on the market that actually worked.

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      Re: UK Competition Tribunal Tells Sky to Sell TV Sport at a Fair Price to BT

      Basically Sky has to allow BT to show Sky Sports 1 & 2 at a lower rate than Sky wanted to sell it at. However the ruling makes no mention of Sky Sport 3, 4 & 5. As some footie is shown on these too, I guess that BT won't get all their own way.

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      Re: UK Competition Tribunal Tells Sky to Sell TV Sport at a Fair Price to BT

      I have to agree with Gymno, its like a baker with a special recipe for cakes being ordered to give the recipe to its competitors so they can compete.
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      I love a good analogy.

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      Re: UK Competition Tribunal Tells Sky to Sell TV Sport at a Fair Price to BT

      Could this "wholesale must offer" obligation also apply to Sky Atlantic?

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      Re: UK Competition Tribunal Tells Sky to Sell TV Sport at a Fair Price to BT

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      Could this "wholesale must offer" obligation also apply to Sky Atlantic?
      It may do, but if it does all it will do is remove Sky's incentive to provide a unique service to its customers. After all, what's the point in introducing new channels etc,. if they are going to be forced to share them with the competition.

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      Re: UK Competition Tribunal Tells Sky to Sell TV Sport at a Fair Price to BT

      Sky could always fill up the SS1 & 2 schedules with water skiing & archery, then put the popular sports on SS3 & 4.
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      Re: UK Competition Tribunal Tells Sky to Sell TV Sport at a Fair Price to BT

      Sky could always fill up the SS1 & 2 schedules with water skiing & archery..............or lawnmower racing
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      Re: UK Competition Tribunal Tells Sky to Sell TV Sport at a Fair Price to BT

      It should be on there now.

      After all, the mower race between Kimi Raikkonen, Martin Brundle, Johnny Herbert & Anthony Davidson was on SS F1 (& still is on demand).
      Lawnmower racing with Kimi | Video | Watch TV Show | Sky Sports

      They'll be racing a 150mph mower on mondays episode of the gadget show.
      Series 20: Episode 9 Teaser | The Gadget Show

      And most weeks the community channel show it to be a magnificent obsession.
      Community Channel : Magnificent Obsessions: Lawnmower Racing

     

     

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