Magazine article Screen International

Sky Remains Movie Leader According to UK Regulator Ofcom

Magazine article Screen International

Sky Remains Movie Leader According to UK Regulator Ofcom

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New VoD players such as Lovefilm and Netflix have not loosened Sky's grip on movies, according to an Ofcom report to the Competition Commission.

New VoD players such as Lovefilm and Netflix have not loosened Sky's grip on movies, according to an Ofcom report to the Competition Commission.

In a recently published paper, the media regulator said new widely available VoD services have long term potential and clear ambitions.

But, it added: "Their ability to compete directly with Sky on a sustainable basis is not certain and critically dependent on access to compelling content, which is currently controlled by Sky."

The Competition Commission launched a probe following the launch of the rival online services in March as an extension of its ongoing investigation into Sky's control of the UK's pay TV movie market. …

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