Advanced Television

German channels appeal VoD regulation

April 18, 2011

ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL have confirmed the launch of a legal appeal against the decision by the country’s competition regulator to block their proposed ‘German Hulu’ video-on-demand service.

The platform was blocked because the Bundeskartellamt was concerned it would be closed to smaller content providers and could create a duopoly in the German VoD market.

Both RTL and ProSiebenSat.1 claim this doesn’t make sense as they themselves are in “intense” competition with each other and rival broadcasters and say the platform is open.

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