The Italian competition authority closes proceedings for alleged breach of Art. 82 EC following commitments made by the undertaking on the audiovisual rights market (Mediaset / Diritti Calcistici II)

Background and procedure The present case note concerns the follow-up of a decision to open proceedings adopted by the Italian NCA in March 2005 that was commented in a previous issue of e-Competitions (P. Ibañez Colomo, “ The Italian competition authority opens proceedings against Reti Televisiva Italiana for breach of Art. 82 EC: The purchase of the broadcasting rights for the football games may constitute an abuse (Diritti calcistici)”, e-Competitions, April 2005, n° 195). Mediaset is the leading undertaking in the Italian media sector. It owns, inter alia, the three main private free-to-air channels via its subsidiary RTI. In 2005, it decided to launch a new pay-TV service using Digital Terrestrial Television (hereinafter, “DTT”) technology. Instead of imposing subscription fees,

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Pablo Ibáñez Colomo, The Italian competition authority closes proceedings for alleged breach of Art. 82 EC following commitments made by the undertaking on the audiovisual rights market (Mediaset / Diritti Calcistici II), 28 juin 2006, Bulletin e-Competitions June 2006, Art. N° 12133

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