Europe Accused Movie makers and UK Broadcaster of Blocking AccessAdded: Saturday, July 25th, 2015
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The European commission accused 6 Hollywood studios and Sky broadcaster of using anti-competitive barriers that prevent people from watching movies of their choice. The EC accused the biggest pay-TV broadcaster in the United Kingdom and major Hollywood moviemakers of signing bilateral agreements that prevent people outside the UK from accessing Sky’s full range of programming.
The European commission has sent a statement of objections to Sky UK and a number of Hollywood studios: Disney, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Brothers. The European commissioner in charge of competition claimed that European citizens want to watch the pay-TV channel regardless of where they live in the EU, which they cannot do today, because licensing agreements between the movie studios and Sky UK don’t allow users in other EU countries to access Sky’s pay-TV services. This may breach the EU competition rules, and the companies could be fined 10% of their annual turnover.
The European commission also aims to ensure that the EU consumers are able to watch TV from any part of the continent, and therefore it challenges the right of Hollywood studios to sell their content separately in different European states. The EC recently unveiled its plan for a digital single market across Europe.
The EU’s competition investigations also include similar cases against Canal Plus of France, DTS of Spain, Sky Deutschland of Germany and Sky Italia of Italy. These cases have exposed the use of the so-called “geo-blocking” – this is when the companies restrict access to content based on geographical location. As a result, the Commission discovered clauses that required Sky UK to block access to movies using geo-blocking. The broadcaster acknowledged the receipt of the objections from the European Commission. The company promised to consider it and respond in due course. As for Hollywood studios, they did not respond.
After targeting 6 big Hollywood companies, the EC risks raised concerns in the US, where there is already suspicion about EU trade regulation. American companies, especially tech multinational corporations, have always been a particular target for the European Commission.
The investigation against Sky and movie studios is open-ended with no legal deadline for completion. It can be noted that similar cases have stretched over years.
Saturday, July 25th, 2015
|posted by (2015-07-26 06:15:36)|
|About time. All Sky are interested in is pushing sport packages and putting their rates up every five minutes, but I will not be holding my breath for a change in policy in my lifetime.|
|And why do people do file sharing? Geo-blocking sounds like a perfect reason for sharing to me.|
|Its not just the online world where they're at this either. We're in the middle of a satellite switchover that'll stop most of the people in Europe getting to watch there TV that way as well. I'm in Portugal and we lost the signal for all the free to air stuff last year. What did everyone do?Did they switch to watching local TV? Did they accept it quietly and spend their time on other things? Did they get the hump and move back to the UK?|
No. ...Now everybody I know here, and I do mean EVERYBODY, just pirates their TV. Theres money to be made selling these services but no ones even letting you pay for the stuff and left with a choice of "do without or steal"...well, I'll just "steal", thank you very much.
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