Canal+ says beIN Sport is anti-competitive
July 11, 2013
French pay-TV broadcaster Canal+ has filed a complaint against Al Jazeera’s beIN Sport for anti-competitive behaviour.
According to BFM Business, Canal+ filed a complaint with the Tribunal de Commerce after preparing a case over the last few months. The broadcaster is arguing that the Qatari group is engaging in unfair competition, and that Canal Plus, as an enterprise that needs to make a profit, cannot compete with a broadcast operation funded by the Qatari state.
Canal+ president Bertrand Meheut has previously said that beIN Sport was likely to turn in a loss of around €300 million for its first year. Canal+ is now suggesting that beIN Sport is being sold at a price that doesn’t meet its costs.