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Euronews: BSkyB Rapped Over Movie Rights

Sky , Maroc Telecom and EE lead the charge in today's EMEA regional roundup.

  • The U.K. Competition Commission has ruled that BSkyB's control over pay-TV movie rights in Britain is restricting competition, leading to higher prices, reduced choice and a lack of innovation for subscribers, reports the BBC. The triple-play provider, which boasts twice as many pay-TV subscribers in the U.K. as all its rivals put together, could face restrictions on the number of Hollywood studios with which it can hold exclusive rights to premiere new releases. (See Competition Commission Raps BSkyB, BSkyB Responds to CC's Findings and BSkyB Reports Full Year.)
  • Labor unions at Morocco's Vivendi -controlled Maroc Telecom have called for a three-day strike, beginning Aug. 29. The timing coincides with the end of the Ramadan religious festival, usually a peak period for calls. (See Pyramid: Three's a Crowd in Morocco.)

  • Everything Everywhere, the U.K. joint venture between Orange and T-Mobile, has promoted Nicola Shenton to director of devices. Her brief will encompass strategy, portfolio management and delivery of said devices. (See Everything Everywhere Promotes Shenton, CEO Quits Everything Everywhere, Everything Everywhere Shrinks in Q2 and Top 20 Terrible Company Names.)

  • Romanian incumbent Romtelecom S.A. , majority owned by Greece's OTE S.A. , is to deploy Comptel Corp. (Nasdaq, Helsinki: CTL1V)'s Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) software to automate service activation of its new IMS network. The move represents just the latest installment in an ongoing relationship between the two. (See Romanian Operator Deploys Comptel, OTE Reports Q2 and Romania Returns From Wilderness Year.)

  • Dido Harding, the CEO of U.K. broadband provider TalkTalk , has issued a statement in response to the £3 million (US$4.9 million) fine imposed on it by regulator Ofcom on Thursday for billing balls-ups. She says: "We are of course disappointed at the scale of the fine and feel it is a disproportionate penalty; however we are striving to continually improve and invest in customer experience and are pleased at the clear progress we are starting to make." Some of the customers who had to spend hours grappling with billing hassles probably feel the fine was actually quite well proportioned. (See TalkTalk Responds to Ofcom Fine, Ofcom Fines TalkTalk £3M, Ofcom Reveals UK's Least Favorite Telcos and TalkTalk's Billing Mess Costs It £2.5M.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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