Orange can keep its channels exclusive
By Robert Briel
Published: July 16, 2010 10.14 Europe/London
French IPTV provider Orange, part of France Telecom, can keep its Orange Sport and Orange Cinema Series channels exclusively on its IPTV platform, following a verdict by the Court of Cassation (La Cour de cassation).
Orange had already received blessing at the Court of Appeal of Paris on May 14, 2009, with a ruling that even copncluded that “such exclusivity was a positive factor for the competition”.
Two competing IPTV platforms, Free and SFR, had appealed against this decision in cassation, arguing they should have been able to access channels of their competitor Orange.
With the latest verdict, Orange can now keep its exclusivity of their premium sports and movies channels.