The EU Commission prohibits mergers in the German pay-tv sector (Bertelsmann/Kirch / Premiere and Deutsche Telekom / Betaresearch)

"Mergers : Recent Developments and Important Decisions"* Major Phase II decisions concerned two proposed concentrations in the German pay-tv sector. In a first step CLT-UFA, a joint venture between Bertelsmann AG and Audiofina SA, and Kirch, the leading supplier of cinema films and TV entertainment programmes in Germany, would have acquired joint control by of the German pay tv-provider Premiereand the German company BetaDigital. In a second part of the operation, CLTUFA, Kirchand Deutsche Telekomwould have taken over the German company Beta-Research. The aim of the proposal was to develop Premiere into a joint digital pay-tv channel and marketing platform using Kirch‘s current digital TV activities and its “D-box” technology. BetaDigital should

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  • European Commission - DG TRADE (Brussels)
  • DG COMP (Brussels)

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Geraldine Emberger, John Kemp, The EU Commission prohibits mergers in the German pay-tv sector (Bertelsmann/Kirch / Premiere and Deutsche Telekom / Betaresearch), 27 May 1998, e-Competitions Bulletin May 1998, Art. N° 39377

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