The Italian competition authority (AGCM) has launched an examination of DAZN’s agreement to screen Serie A football. There’s concern it could restrict competition.
It’s centred on DAZN’s distribution agreement with Telecom Italia, which is the only company to allow the installation of the DAZN app on its devices. Telecom Italia and subsidiary TIM is also said the have made changes to its network that would increase the dependency on it by third-party operators.
“The agreement between TIM and DAZN could lead to significant distortions of competition,” the authority said in a statement. AGCM says the agreement could sway customers towards using Telecom Italia as its internet provider.
Telecom Italia responded by saying that its commercial offers do not force customers to take its broadband services in order to access TV content.
Sky has challenged the agreement, saying it could further cement Telecom Italia’s market-leading position.