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EU: Top Hollywood studios face antitrust probe

 |  July 23, 2015

The EU accused six top Hollywood studios and the Sky TV pay channel today (23 July) of breaching antitrust laws, in the latest salvo in Brussels’ efforts to break down digital barriers in Europe.

Brussels accuses Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros, as well as Britain and Ireland’s Sky TV of using movie licenses to block access to their content in other European Union countries.

The charges are the newest in a series made by the EU’s steely new Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, fresh from taking on Internet giant Google and Russian energy behemoth Gazprom.

“European consumers want to watch the pay-TV channels of their choice regardless of where they live or travel in the EU. Our EU economy Internet antitrust investigation shows that they cannot do this today,” Vestager said in a statement.

“We believe that this may be in breach of EU competition rules,” she said. “The studios and Sky UK now have the chance to respond to our concerns.”

There was no immediate reaction from the Hollywood studios or Sky TV to the announcement, which follows an investigation launched in January 2014.

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