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Ofcom reviewing Sky Sports ruling

Ofcom reviewing Sky Sports ruling

Ofcom reviewing Sky Sports ruling

UK regulator Ofcom is publishing a consultation reviewing its 2010 legislation requiring Sky to offer its Sky Sports 1 and 2 channels to other pay-TV competitors.

The obligation, designed to encourage competition, has been in effect since 2010 for Virgin Media (cable) and BT (digital terrestrial TV). In November 2014, it was extended to IPTV for BT.

Ofcom said in 2010 that it would review the obligation after three years in light of developments in the market. In April 2014, Ofcom announced it was commencing this review.

There have been significant developments in the market since Ofcom concluded its review in 2010, with BT now holding around 25% of live Premier League rights, generating between 10% and 20% of revenues, as well as all live rights to Champions League football from next season.

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