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Ofcom investigates Sky Sports YouView deal

June 19, 2013

giggs-footballOfcom has confirmed it will launch an investigation into BSkyB over the wholesale supply of its sports channels after a complaint from rival BT.

Ofcom said the probe would centre on BT’s claims that the terms on which Sky offered its sports channels, Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2, to BT’s YouView platform amounted to an abuse of Sky’s market dominance.

BT has complained to Ofcom that Sky is making the supply of the two channels conditional on BT making its own sports channels available to Sky for retail on Sky’s platform.

“Sky considers BT’s latest complaint to be entirely without merit. We look forward to engaging constructively with Ofcom,” BSkyB said in a statement.

The two companies have evolved into competitors after BT revealed that it would launch sports channels that will be available for free to its broadband subscribers this summer.

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