MultiChoice's monopoly over sports rights and premium content is in government's sights with Minister of Communications Yunus Carrim announcing that a discussion document on this issue will be released by the end of November, notes a City Press report.
''Carrim also noted that the Competition Commission was 'very keen' to look into this matter. City Press says it reported in June that two complaints had been lodged with the commission – one by On Digital Media (ODM), the parent company of struggling, rival satellite broadcaster TopTV. ODM argues that SuperSport is refusing to give it access to an essential facility, is engaging in anticompetitive and exclusionary acts and is requiring or inducing a supplier or customer to not deal with them, notes the report. The other competition complaint was lodged by a member of the public. Both complained about MultiChoice subsidiary SuperSport's monopoly on key sports rights like the Premier Soccer League, the English Premiership, the Springboks and Super Rugby matches and Proteas and local cricket tournaments. Carrim said that the issue of premium content was very much on his desk at the moment. The likely outcome of this policy process would be to force MultiChoice to license certain premium content to rival broadcasters, notes the report.''' '