Sky Italia faces anti-trust investigation

The Italian competition authority AGCOM is to launch an investigation into the Sky Italia pay-TV platform. AGCOM wants to establish whether the satellite-delivered operation constitutes an abuse of a dominant position. The investigation with the Guardia di Finanza was launched after a complaint from Conto TV, a third party channel carried on the Sky Italia platform. The broadcaster claims the conditions imposed by Sky to broadcast on the platform were not transparent and failed to reflect their true cost.

“We have always guaranteed access to our platform at fair, transparent and non-discriminatory conditions, fully applying the commitments to the European Commission, which the Communication Authority also follows. We are confident that the results of the Antitrust authority’s preliminary investigation will confirm Sky’s absolute correctness,” a spokesman for Sky Italia told Broadband TV News.
Launched in July 2003, Sky Italia reached 4.560 million subscribers by September 2008.