Virgin Media's abuse claim against Sky (channel carriage)

Virgin Media press notice announcing a High Court claim of abuse of a dominant position against BSkyB.

Virgin Media (formerly known as ntl:Telewest) claims that Sky's conduct in negotiating reduced fees for including Virgin Media's channels in its retail pay TV packages, and in proposed increased fees (which Virgin Media declined to pay) for including Sky's unregulated channels in Virgin Media's pay TV offer, amounted to an abuse of Sky's alleged dominant position "in the UK Pay TV market".

Update, 27 April 2007: This AFX report clarifies that the claim is about an alleged predatory strategy, not simply excessive pricing of the Sky channels. Virgin accuses Sky of mounting a "disproportionate attack targeted at its only material competitor, that is designed to stifle the emergence of greater potential competition". The precise definition of the market from which Virgin Media claims that it is being excluded remains unclear (at least to me).

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