The European Commission has given its approval to Telia Company’s decision to license standalone OTT rights, in Sweden and Finland, to Discovery Networks.
As part of the approvals process when Telia Company took control of TV4, C More and MTV Finland, Telia committed to license standalone OTT rights to one other market player in each of Sweden and Finland, respectively.
It’s a far cry from earlier this year when Discovery channels were dropped from Telia’s networks in a carriage dispute.
“We have run a process to license our OTT rights with several players, fully in line with the commitments. Monday’s approval means that we can continue to move forward and realise the advantages for our customers of combining our leading mobile and fixed networks with the most successful commercial media house in the Nordics,” says Allison Kirkby, President and CEO of Telia Company.
The decision means that Discovery Networks will distribute TV4 Media’s linear channels (TV4, Sjuan, TV 12, TV4 Fakta, TV4 Guld, TV4 Film, Sportkanalen, C More Hockey, C More Fotboll, C More Golf, C More Sport, C More Live 1-5), as well as MTV´s linear channels (MTV3, Sub, AVA, C More Juniori, C More Max, C More Sport 1, C More Sport 2) and Telia´s Liiga channel package over the internet, without the need for a traditional TV subscription.