Sky Sports - now cheaper thanks to BT
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."