Prisa and Telefonica Trio Plus competition fines
January 24, 2013
From David Del Valle in Madrid
Prisa TV, owner of digital DTH platform Canal Plus, and Telefonica, operator of IPTV and mobile TV service Movistar Imagenio, have been fined up to €188,646 following the National Competition Commission (CNC) guilty verdict on restrictive practices in the pay TV market.
Both companies had failed to meet CNC’s conditions to avoid unfair competition in the market by marketing Trio Plus, a package of combined TV services, without allowing users to acquire the integrated services in a separate way at the same price as was imposed by the competition watchdog.
In July 2012, the CNC started legal proceedings against them and now has concluded that they have made a “serious breach” imposing on Prisa and Telefonica fines of €88,387 and €100,259, respectively.