Cross-border access to pay-TV (AT.40023) [Archived]
Cross-border access to pay-TV (AT.40023) [Archived]

The following Competition guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Cross-border access to pay-TV (AT.40023) [Archived]
  • Case facts
  • Timetable
  • Commentary
  • Related cases


NOTE—appeals lodged before the General Court in Cases T- 873/16 and T- 358/18

ARCHIVED–this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the decision of 7 March 2019 to accept commitments; it is no longer maintained.

See further, timetable, commentary and related cases.

Note–an appeal was lodged by a third party against the Commission’s decision to accept commitments from Paramount–this was dismissed in Case T- 873/16 Groupe Canal + v Commission.

Case facts

Outline European Commission Article 101 TFEU investigation into restrictive agreements in the pay-TV services sector in relation to the licensing of film content by studios to pay-TV broadcasters (case number AT.40023).

Latest development On 7 March 2019, the Commission accepted commitments from Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros and Sky to address the Commission’s concerns in relation to certain clauses in film licensing contracts for pay-TV between the studios and Sky.

The commitments accepted from the four studios (Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros) are similar to those offered by and accepted from Paramount Pictures in July 2016.

Under the commitments accepted from the four studios, which will apply throughout the EEA for five years, the four studios have committed