The German Competition Authority blocks a joint venture creating an online video on demand platform by the two leading TV broadcasters (RTL / Pro7Sat1)

I. Transaction RTL and Pro7Sat1 planned to set up an online video on demand (VOD) platform which allows users toaccess and watch professional video content. The concept of the platform was to provide content that has already been transmitted on TV and can be accessed free of cost for seven days. The joint-venture was intended to be open for third-party broadcasters. The platform designates seperate areas to the TV broadcasters, who in turn are responsible for the design and the content in these independent areas and run these areas on their own account. The TV broadcasters generate revenues by advertising (banner and video clips) and pay the joint‐venture fees for the technical infrastructure. Some functions are standardised across the platform like players, formats, starting page and

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Wolfgang Nothhelfer, The German Competition Authority blocks a joint venture creating an online video on demand platform by the two leading TV broadcasters (RTL / Pro7Sat1), 17 March 2011, e-Competitions Vertical restrictions and e-commerce, Art. N° 36120

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