Rapid TV News is reporting that UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has thrown out an action by cableco Virgin Media which attempted to halt the next bidding process for the TV rights to the English Premier League (EPL).
Virgin's complaint prompted Ofcom to initiate an investigation under section 25 of the UK Competition Act, and the regulator opened a consultation as part of its review of the UK's pay-TV 'wholesale must-offer' services pertaining to the joint selling arrangements by the Premier League for live, UK audiovisual media rights for Premier League football matches.
It noted that there would be a 'significant' gap, of around 17 months, between the auction and the start of the 2016/2017 seasons when broadcasting of the relevant matches will commence.
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