Portuguese Competition Authority’s decision against Sport TV confirmed by the Lisbon Court of Appeal

Press Release 04/2015
 
Portuguese Competition Authority’s decision against Sport TV confirmed by the Lisbon Court of Appeal
 
 
 
The Lisbon Court of Appeal confirmed the Portuguese Competition Authority’s (PCA) decision against Sport TV for abusing its dominant position in the market of conditional-access premium sports TV channels, during a period of more than six years.
 
In the judgement delivered in 11 March 2015, the Lisbon Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal filed by Sport TV entirely, confirming that the company abused its dominant position in the market by applying discriminatory conditions to subscription-based television operators.
 
In 2013, the PCA imposed a fine of €3.7 million to Sport TV, for applying a discriminatory remuneration system in the distribution agreements for Sport TV television channels, entered into between this company and the operators of subscription-based television services, from 1 January 2005 to 31 March 2011.
 
The PCA’s decision concluded an investigation launched in 2010, following a complaint by the subscription-based television operator Cabovisão – Televisão por Cabo S.A.
 
The Competition, Regulation and Supervision Court had previously reduced the fine to €2.7 million.
 
The ruling is still pending to become res judicata.