Sky Sports - now cheaper thanks to BT

17 February 2014

football Sky Sports hate BT as it is and today, they'll be spitting feathers as the telecoms companies have pulled a fast one on them, after the court of appeal agreed that the pay TV giant must now offer Sky Sports 1 and 2 at a discount to their rivals.

BT appealed a ruling by the Competition Appeal Tribunal which ignored Ofcom's decision which said BSkyB was abusing their power in the televised sports sector. Ofcom said that Sky should drop their wholesale prices by 23%.

Thanks to the decision from the court of appeal, the CAT will now have to reconsider their verdict, especially the bit where they decide how much less everyone will have to pay BSkyB for sports TV.

"Sky continues to believe that Ofcom's 2010 decision is flawed and that the WMO [wholesale must offer] obligation ought properly to be removed, and will continue to pursue all available options to achieve this aim," BSkyB said in a statement.

Ofcom batted away all that, saying: "Ensuring fair and effective competition in the pay TV market has always been Ofcom’s objective. Ofcom’s 2010 decision that Sky must offer premium sports channels to other providers was designed to deliver choice and innovation to consumers through greater competition."


  • klingelton
    And what's more likely to happen? will SKY reduce the price of SKY sports to other customers? Or will SKY increase the price of the tv packages it offers to its own customers, then in a week offer a reduction, as a week is obviously a fair time to offer a product at full price. This is toothless and pointless.
  • wOnKeY H.
    much like feral fucking trolley of the week
  • Ian
    In no way will Sky Sports be cheaper because of BT. Thanks to BT, I'm paying more per month if I want to watch every Premier League game. And this ruling might make Sky sell sports cheaper, but they'll just put the price of everything else up. In this market, unfortunately, competition only increases prices for the consumer.
  • Slacker
    I can't believe people still pay to watch the crap offered up on TV. Bollocks to Sky, and bollocks to the TV Licence I say.

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