The French Competition Authority rejects a complaint and a request for interim measures lodged by an association of telecommunications operators regarding an exclusive agreement for the distribution of TV programs as catch-up TV (AFORST / France Telecom & France Televisions)

In a decision dated 7 May 2008, the French Competition Council dismissed both the referral and the request for interim measures lodged by the Association for network operators and telecommunication services (“AFORST”) against France Television and France Telecom regarding an exclusive agreement for the distribution of TV programs as “catch-up TV”. “Catch-up TV” is a new service allowing the watching of pre-recorded TV programs on demand very shortly after these programs have been broadcasted by TV channels. This service is also referred to as “Rewind TV”. “Catch-up TV” programs may be watched on a personal computer, on a TV screen, on a mobile phone or on a Portable Media Player (“PMP”). This service enables consumers to watch TV programs they have missed on TV. France Television and France

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Juliette Goyer, Dominique Enjolras, The French Competition Authority rejects a complaint and a request for interim measures lodged by an association of telecommunications operators regarding an exclusive agreement for the distribution of TV programs as catch-up TV (AFORST / France Telecom & France Televisions), 7 May 2008, e-Competitions May 2008, Art. N° 38019

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