Sky Movies no longer gives BSkyB a material advantage over its rivals in the pay-TV retail market, the Competition Commission has found.
Ofcom says there is no clear evidence that Lovefilm or Netflix will be able to mount a competitive challenge against Sky Movies.
The Competition Commission is to widen its investigation into the supply of pay-TV movies following the launch of OTT services from Netflix and Lovefilm.
BSkyB has said the Competition Commission inquiry into pay-TV movie rights had failed to consider the impact of competition from new internet distributors such as Lovefilm and Netflix.
BSkyB could be required to provide customer access to its Anytime+ pull VOD movies to any qualifying over-the-top movie service, the Competition Commission has proposed.
A leading Hollywood studio has described the Competition Commission’s provisional findings into movies on pay-TV as being “deeply flawed”. In documents published by the Commission, Paramount Pictures says the findings understate the ongoing effect of changes in the market.
BSkyB may face a limit on the number of exclusive movie rights it is allowed to hold from the major Hollywood studios. It follows provisional findings by the Competition Commission that found Sky’s control over pay-TV movie rights in the UK is restricting competition between pay-TV providers, leading to higher prices and reduced choice and […]
The Competition Commission has begun its inquiry into Sky’s movie deals with an analysis that BSkyB has consistently earned excess profits, both in the recent past, and over a long period.
“Rather like newspapers, free-TV networks have been gripped by this desire to throw all their content online for free,” Mike Darcey, Sky’s chief operating officer, has told the Broadcasting Press Guild. Darcey said US networks that had pooled their resources in Hulu were now having second thoughts and were beginning to ask questions over how […]
Ofcom has barred Sky from using a clause in its wholesale contract with Top Up TV that would have restricted the range of set-top boxes used by the pay-TV operator for distributing Sky Sports.