Ofcom may force BSkyB to share more programming

June 17, 2009

Following complaints in 2007 from BT, Virgin Media and Setanta, into the way that BSkyB has built a dominant hold over premium TV shows, film and sport, the regulator Ofcom could be about to reveal new plans that will see BSkyB’s dominance taken down a peg or two.

After several consultations, Ofcom found that BSkyB’s hold over premium content limits competition and therefore consumer choice, although Ofcom has found no evidence of excessive prices.

The way forward, according to Ofcom, would be for it to change the way that key content is offered for sale and how the buying process works too.

The likely route is looking to be a system where BSkyB will have to make access to its premium content freely available to other broadcasters, under certain conditions.


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