Ofcom to review wholesale Sky Sports obligation

Ofcom has outlined plans to review the ‘wholesale must-offer’ obligation placed on BSkyB in relation to its Sky Sports 1 and 2 channels.

As part of the Pay TV Review Statement of March 2010, Ofcom committed to review the wholesale must-offer remedy it placed on BSkyB. Following the February 2014 decision by the Court of Appeal confirming Ofcom’s power to impose the wholesale must-offer, Ofcom will now undertake a review of the obligation.

“On the basis that the Court of Appeal and the Tribunal have confirmed Ofcom’s jurisdiction under section 316, and in light of our ongoing duty to ensure fair and effective competition in this market, Ofcom has decided to review the wholesale must-offer,” reads a statement from the regulator. “This review will take account of any changes in the market since 2010. We will provide an update in due course on our next steps (…) Ofcom is separately considering a complaint from BT under the Competition Act 1998 which alleges that Sky has abused a dominant position in relation to negotiations over the supply of Sky Sports 1 and 2 for BT’s YouView platform.”

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