June 4, 2020 / 1:32 PM / a month ago

Italy court restores content restrictions on Sky over pay-TV deal with Mediaset

FILE PHOTO: A British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB) logo is seen at the company's UK headquarters in west London July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville

ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s top administrative court restored content restrictions on Comcast’s unit Sky Italia, the country’s top pay-TV player, a court document showed on Thursday.

Last year, Italy’s competition watchdog imposed a three-year ban preventing Sky’s Italian business from distributing exclusive content on its online video-streaming service platform, including lucrative soccer broadcasting rights.

The antitrust decision came after a pay-TV deal between Sky Italia and Italy’s biggest commercial broadcaster Mediaset (MS.MI), which the regulator said would limit competition in a market where Sky was already a dominant player.

But In March an Italian administrative court lifted the restrictions, a decision which the Italian watchdog appealed.

Reporting by Domenico Lusi, writing by Elvira Pollina, editing by Giulia Segreti

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