Ofcom investigation into Sky's EPG charges for Rapture TV

Ofcom opened an investigation, on 10 November 2006, under Section 185(1) of the Communications Act 2003 following the dispute between Rapture Television PLC and Sky. Rapture is a free-to-air digital satellite channel which entered into an agreement in November 2005 with Sky for the provision of EPG listing services. The scope of the dispute is to determine whether Sky's charges to Rapture for these services between November 2005 and November 2006 are fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory.

All representations on the scope of the dispute are to be submitted to Ofcom by 22 November 2006. All stakeholders with relevant information and evidence must provide these by 6 December 2006.

Ofcom issued new guidelines, in September 2006, on its interpretation of what fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory charges would be for Sky's technical platform services. Whilst these do not apply until 1 January 2007, they indicate how Ofcom might approach its investigation of the current case.

Update, February 2007: Case closed by a decision against Rapture.

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