The French Competition Authority rejects a complaint on alleged bundling and predatory practices in the Pay-TV sector (TPS / Canal Plus)

On June 5th, 1998, TPS filed a complaint with the French Competition Council against rival pay-TV operator Canal Plus. TPS alleged that Canal Plus breached Article L. 420-2 of the French Commercial Code by resorting to bundling and predatory pricing. Article L. 420-2 is the equivalent under French competition law of Article 82 of the EC Treaty that prohibits abuse of a dominant position. In France, the Canal Plus group operates the premium terrestrial wireless channel Canal+ as well as the satellite bouquet CanalSatellite. TPS operates a rival satellite bouquet. Under TPS's allegations, Canal Plus abused its dominant position on the pay-TV market in France by: (i) offering a single subscription for its Canal+ and CanalSatellite channels; (ii) at a price that was allegedly predatory;

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Aymeric Dumas-Eymard, Jean-Michel Coumes, The French Competition Authority rejects a complaint on alleged bundling and predatory practices in the Pay-TV sector (TPS / Canal Plus), 18 mars 2005, e-Competitions March 2005, Art. N° 13398

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