CanalSat contracts under investigation

Monopoly DTH provider Canal Satelliteís carriage deals with thematic channels are already coming under scrutiny.

French competition authority Conseil de la Concurrence has confirmed it has started investigating Canal+ Groupís CanalSat carriage contracts that have been signed up with theme channels. This investigation specifically looks into the exclusivity clauses of contracts signed between Canal+ Group, now in a monopolistic situation since the TPS-CanalSat merger, and thematic channels.

The Conseilís investigation is based on a complaint filed last year by Groupe AB, after CanalSat refused to let ABís channels be carried on telcos Orange and Neuf Cegetelís IPTV offers while they were carried on Canal+ ADSL offers.

No decision is expected before the end of 2008.

Canal+ Group has declined to comment the news.