You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

U.K. pay TV receives mixed review

Ofcom delivers praise, concerns

LONDON — The U.K. pay TV market has “delivered significant benefits to consumers,” but there are “warning signs” relating to some areas where choice may be limited, regulator Ofcom has reported.

The org, which is being lobbied by rivals of satcaster BSkyB to look at its dominance, said the market delivers “reasonable” levels of consumer satisfaction, and — at $8 billion — the biggest source of revenue to the U.K. broadcast industry, but there were possible concerns.

These included whether vertically integrated combos like BSkyB have the incentive to sell their premium content, such as sport and movies, to other platforms and if firms are able to compete effectively for premium content.

Ofcom also suggested that the practice of consumers having to buy a basic package before they are allowed to buy premium content could be limiting choice.

Publication of the 133-page Ofcom document came as the regulator launched a consultation on competition in the U.K. pay TV market.

A submission from BSkyB’s rivals, including cable giant Virgin Media and sports specialist Setanta, accused the satcaster of running “a vicious circle of control,” especially over film and sports rights, which crushes competition.

Ofcom said it had “not yet reached a view on the existence of competition problems.”

BSkyB and Virgin Media are involved in a bitter dispute after they failed to agree a new carriage deal for Sky channels in February.

This led to the satellite platform pulling several webs, including Sky One, from Virgin.

More TV

  • Kristen Wiig SNL

    Kristen Wiig Will No Longer Star in Apple Comedy After 'Wonder Woman 2' Scheduling Conflict

    LONDON — The U.K. pay TV market has “delivered significant benefits to consumers,” but there are “warning signs” relating to some areas where choice may be limited, regulator Ofcom has reported. The org, which is being lobbied by rivals of satcaster BSkyB to look at its dominance, said the market delivers “reasonable” levels of consumer […]

  • Laura Ingraham

    Fox News Defends Laura Ingraham Amid Calls for Advertiser Boycott

    LONDON — The U.K. pay TV market has “delivered significant benefits to consumers,” but there are “warning signs” relating to some areas where choice may be limited, regulator Ofcom has reported. The org, which is being lobbied by rivals of satcaster BSkyB to look at its dominance, said the market delivers “reasonable” levels of consumer […]

  • Netflix Locks Up Deal for ‘Inside

    Netflix Locks Up Deal For ‘Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons’

    LONDON — The U.K. pay TV market has “delivered significant benefits to consumers,” but there are “warning signs” relating to some areas where choice may be limited, regulator Ofcom has reported. The org, which is being lobbied by rivals of satcaster BSkyB to look at its dominance, said the market delivers “reasonable” levels of consumer […]

  • The End of the F***ing World

    'Little Boy Blue,' 'La Casa De Papel' Win Drama Prizes at Monte Carlo TV Festival

    LONDON — The U.K. pay TV market has “delivered significant benefits to consumers,” but there are “warning signs” relating to some areas where choice may be limited, regulator Ofcom has reported. The org, which is being lobbied by rivals of satcaster BSkyB to look at its dominance, said the market delivers “reasonable” levels of consumer […]

  • KIERSTEN ROBINSON

    Kiersten Robinson Named Universal TV Senior VP, Current Programming

    LONDON — The U.K. pay TV market has “delivered significant benefits to consumers,” but there are “warning signs” relating to some areas where choice may be limited, regulator Ofcom has reported. The org, which is being lobbied by rivals of satcaster BSkyB to look at its dominance, said the market delivers “reasonable” levels of consumer […]

  • Gayle King

    TV Anchors Fight to Stay Objective in Coverage of Family Separation at Border

    LONDON — The U.K. pay TV market has “delivered significant benefits to consumers,” but there are “warning signs” relating to some areas where choice may be limited, regulator Ofcom has reported. The org, which is being lobbied by rivals of satcaster BSkyB to look at its dominance, said the market delivers “reasonable” levels of consumer […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content