EU Accuses 6 US Film Studios Of Anti-Competitive Practices

The European Commission says a British pay-TV channel's agreement with Disney, Warner Bros. and others violates antitrust laws.
Posted at 8:51 AM, Jul 23, 2015

The European Union is going after Disney and five other major U.S. film studios with charges that the studios have broken the EU's antitrust laws.

The European Commission sent what's called a "Statement of Objections" to Disney, Warner Bros., Sony, Fox, Paramount, NBC and British pay-TV channel Sky UK.

The charges revolve around each studio's ties with the British channel. 

The studios sell the rights to show their movies to Sky TV – but only in the UK and Ireland. The EU says the agreements actually block the channel from showing the movies through satellite or streaming services in other EU member states.

In a press release, the EU's commissioner said, "European consumers want to watch the pay-TV channels of their choice regardless of where they live or travel in the EU." 

The commissioner also said that the studios and the channel now have the chance to respond to the claims.

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