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Competition 14-01-2014

Almunia launches investigation on cross-border TV

The European Commission opened on Monday formal antitrust proceedings to examine certain provisions in licensing agreements between several major US film studios (Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures) and the largest European pay-TV broadcasters such as BSkyB of the UK, Canal Plus of France, Sky Italia of Italy, Sky Deutschland of Germany and DTS of Spain.
Competition 14-01-2014

EU competition watchdog probes pay-TV deals with US film industry

The European Commission yesterday (13 January) announced it was opening an antitrust probe into licensing agreements between several major US film studios and the largest European pay-TV broadcasters.
Competition 02-06-2010

Italy: Digital dividend sparks media tycoon battle

After seizing the control of the Italian satellite pay-TV market, Australian tycoon Rupert Murdoch is eyeing a new digital terrestrial platform in Italy. But Silvio Berlusconi's government opposes the move, which is seen as contrary to the interests of most operators, including Berlusconi's TV giant Mediaset. The European Commission is expected to give its decisive response to the case "in a few weeks".