Court delays decision on German Hulu

Jörn Krieger ©RapidTVNews | 20-06-2012

The future of the joint video portal planned by Germany's two largest commercial broadcast groups RTL and ProSiebenSat.1 remains unclear.
The Oberlandesgericht Düsseldorf appeals court has postponed the announcement of its decision from 20 June to 8 August 2012, the court confirmed to German media magazine "w&v".
Reasons were not given, but it is thought that the delay is due to the upcoming summer holiday period and the senate's high workload.
RTL and ProSiebenSat.1 had planned to set up a video-on-demand (VOD) modelled on successful US platform Hulu under the working title Amazonas. Their affiliated channels wanted to distribute and commercialise series, shows and other programmes on the advertising-funded portal. Each channel would have been responsible for its own segment.
However, Germany's federal anti-trust authority Bundeskartellamt blocked the venture as it would strengthen the market-dominating position both groups already have it its view. RTL and ProSiebenSat.1 lodged an appeal against the prohibition at the Düsseldorf district court.
Public broadcasters ARD and ZDF also plan a joint video portal in conjunction with commercial production companies. The anti-trust body still has to decide about the venture which carries the working title Germany's Gold.