The Hungarian Competition Authority finds that cable television service provider abused its dominant position through the general terms and conditions applicable to its subscription agreements (UPC)

The Hungarian Competition Office (HCO) launched an investigation against UPC Magyarország Kft. (UPC), a major cable television service provider, in order to determine whether UPC abused its dominant position (a) when in two Hungarian towns, it unilaterally introduced new programme packages with different channel distribution and higher price than before, and (b) by introducing new general terms and conditions enabling UPC to unilaterally increase subscription fees. The HCO first investigated the relevant market by determining substitutability on the basis of the purpose, the price, the quality and the conditions of the service. UPC argued that the relevant product market was the market of television programme provision services. The HCO found that cable television services rendered by

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  • Lakatos, Köves (Budapest)
  • Lakatos, Köves (Budapest)

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Ádám Máttyus, Eszter Ritter, The Hungarian Competition Authority finds that cable television service provider abused its dominant position through the general terms and conditions applicable to its subscription agreements (UPC), 23 January 2001, e-Competitions January 2001 , Art. N° 21246

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