The German Competition Authority prohibits an online video platform joint venture (RTL / Pro7Sat1)

On March 17, 2011, the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) rejected plans by German broadcasting groups RTL and Pro7Sat1 to launch a joint venture for the creation and operation of an online video platform. This decision illustrates how in Europe, particularly in Germany, antitrust authorities tend to look at media markets very narrowly and to be skeptical of traditional efficiency arguments.

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Thomas Jestaedt, Johannes Zöttl, Carsten Gromotke, The German Competition Authority prohibits an online video platform joint venture (RTL / Pro7Sat1), 17 March 2011, e-Competitions March 2011, Art. N° 50052

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