Magazine article Screen International

Competition Commission Reverses Ruling over Sky Movies Dominance

Magazine article Screen International

Competition Commission Reverses Ruling over Sky Movies Dominance

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The Competition Commission has reversed its stance that Sky Movies holds an unfair advantage in the pay TV movie space, as a result of the emergence of online players Lovefilm and Netfli

xThe new position goes against its initial findings, published in August last year, which found rival pay TV movie providers were struggling to break into the market due to Sky's dominant position. In March, it indicated it was extending its findings to include emerging VoD services.

The Commission's new findings, published today, noted Lovefilm and Netflix had acquired first subscription pay TV window (FSPTW) rights from several studios, and that the growth of competitively priced multiplatform movie services would continue this trend.

Laura Carstensen, chairman of the movies on pay TV market investigation, said that as the market had developed consumers now had much greater choice.

"Lovefilm and Netflix offer services which are attractive to many consumers and they appear sufficiently well resourced to be in a position to improve the range and quality of their content further," she said.

Carstensen said there continued to be issues within the market, but were outside of the Competition Commission's remit to investigate. …

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