Second Ofcom consultation on Sky Picnic and pay TV markets

Ofcom consultation (111 pages, PDF) on the Sky Picnic terrestrial pay-TV proposal. This follows an October 2007 Ofcom consultation. Sky recently mothballed its Picnic business unit, complaining about delays in Ofcom's approval.

Ofcom also released a second consultation (472 pages in six PDF files) as part of its study of competition in the markets for pay TV in the UK. This follows its December 2007 paper.

The main proposal seems to be to force Sky to offer its premium channels to other retailers on a wholesale basis. The terms of supply would be regulated by Ofcom under Communications Act 2003 powers to include “conditions relating to competition matters” in broadcasting licences.

Responses by Tuesday 9 December 2008.

For further information or advice please contact Franck Latrémolière.

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