Sky's Control Over Pay-TV Movies Squashes Rivals: UK

Law360, New York (August 19, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT) -- The U.K.'s Competition Commission provisionally ruled Friday that British Sky Broadcasting PLC's powerful control over pay television movie rights is unfairly curbing competition from other pay-TV providers, resulting in higher prices and fewer options for consumers.

The competition watchdog said Sky has long held exclusive rights to the obtain the first release of movies to the pay-TV market from all six major Hollywood studios. With Sky's massive subscriber base, potential rivals are unable to bid effectively against the satellite TV giant for those rights, the Commission...
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