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Phase II: The European Commission approves, after a Phase II investigation and subject to behavioural remedies in Sweden and Finland, the acquisition by a Swedish telecommunication and mobile network operator of an audiovisual content provider (Telia / Bonnier Broadcasting)

The audiovisual sector is highly dynamic and incumbent players increasingly face the competitive pressure exerted by subscription video on demand (SVOD) platforms such as Amazon Prime, Netflix or Disney+. One of the most pressing questions for competition authorities analyzing this sector is to assess the competitive pressure exercised by SVOD platforms on more traditional pay-TV service providers. This question is difficult to address as even if from a consumer’s perspective the services may appear substitutable to pay-TV services, SVOD services involve different technologies and means of distributions. Background Indeed, such services are generally non-linear services only and provided over the top (OTT) (i.e. on the open Internet, for example via a connected television or mobile

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François Brunet, Victor Levy, Phase II: The European Commission approves, after a Phase II investigation and subject to behavioural remedies in Sweden and Finland, the acquisition by a Swedish telecommunication and mobile network operator of an audiovisual content provider (Telia / Bonnier Broadcasting), 12 November 2019, Concurrences N° 3-2020, Art. N° 96055, pp. 127-130

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