Sky goes legal

April 1, 2010

Following a ruling by the media regulator Ofcom, satellite provider BSkyB will have to cut the wholesale price of the premium sports channels that it charges its rivals.

It seems that BSkyB will seek some sort of legal judgement on this decision which will see the prices cut by around twenty per cent.

This could mean savings for the end user too, of around ten per cent.

It has taken three different consultations over three years to reach this point and yet BSkyB has mentioned that it is looking into the possible legal aspects of the Ofcom plan.

In a slightly separate issue the regulator has approved Sky TV’s plans to collaborate with Arqiva to launch a Freeview service known as Picnic.

BSkyB now has to offer its rivals the new service within six weeks, while Ofcom will decide on the issue of movies on the 15th May.


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