Ofcom is expected shortly to propose a new regulatory regime that will require BSkyB to offer, or wholesale, its premium sport and movie channels to rivals such as Virgin Media on regulated terms[...]There's no mention in the article as to whether Sky's premium channels means the high definition versions of Sky sports and movies channels - but to my mind it would be a short-sighted ruling if it didn't. Keep those fingers crossed, Mr Berkett...
Ofcom is expected to throw its weight behind so-called "wholesale must-offer" obligations, meaning that Sky wholesales designated premium channels to other pay-TV retailers at regulated terms.
It is thought that while the original complainants would support such a mechanism, the parties are eager for Ofcom to apply any wholesale must-offer remedy to all Sky's premium channels to prevent it withholding certain sports coverage. It is also thought the parties want Ofcom to fix wholesale prices at a level that promotes effective competition.
June 16, 2009
OFCOM report on Pay TV "coming soon"
According to trade journal Media Week, OFCOM looks likely to find in favour of Virgin Media, BT et al and punish Sky in the report on Pay TV services later this month: