Sogecable fined for monopoly abuse

February 11, 2010

Website: Rapid TV News

Spain’s main audiovisual group Sogecable has been fined by judges and must pay the country’s main cable operator ONO €44 million in compensation for the monopoly in the commercializing of prime time cinema and top sporting contents.

The compensation dates back to following after the merger of former satellite pay-TV operator Vía Digital and Sogecable’s satellite pay-TV operator Canal Satélite Digital (now called Digital+) seven years ago.

Digital+ did not allow Ono to offer a package of channels with this type of contents despite the contract both parties had signed.

When in 2002 the government approved the merger of Telefónica’s Vía Digital and CSD there were some conditions guaranteeing free competition in the pay-audiovisual market.

Among those conditions was an obligation to sell to their competitors quality contents such as prime time cinema and high competition sports.


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