German catch-up TV portal scuppered

A regional court in Germany has decided against allowing two of the country’s largest broadcasters to jointly build an online portal where visitors can watch catch-up content from the past seven days.

The upper regional court of Düsseldorf backed last year’s ruling by competition regulator the Federal Cartel Office that such a service would strengthen even further the dominant market positions of broadcasters RTL and ProSiebenSat.1.

A spokesman for ProSiebenSat.1 is quoted in Die Welt as saying that the court’s decision is inexplicable and a “decision against the German media industry”, predicting that foreign companies will move quickly to fill any gap in the market.

Meanwhile, public broadcasters ARD and ZDF are working on their own catch-up portal, which is currently subject to an ongoing antitrust investigation.

Via Die Welt

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