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Canal Plus breaks TPS pledges

March 4, 2011

Vivendi’s Canal Plus unit didn’t abide by commitments made to France’s antitrust regulator when it bought a rival in 2006, French newspaper La Tribune has reported, saying it has seen a preliminary report by the regulator.

The authority is probing Canal Plus’s practices following the purchase of competitor TPS, and is expected to publish the report in the middle of this year. The newspaper says that according to the preliminary report, Canal Plus delayed allowing Internet providers access to some of its TPS channels and the channels didn’t show as much sports and movies as Canal Plus had promised as a condition of the acquisition.

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