Thumbs down for Orange content exclusivity

A French competition council said that France Telecom's Orange should not be allowed exclusive rights to its own Orange sports and movie content running on the carrier's IPTV and DTH networks. Though the decision doesn't have specific implications for other markets, content exclusivity is the source of growing anti-competitive concerns in other TV markets, particularly in the U.S. Orange actually has earned media praise in the past and been held up as a model TV operator for being so aggressive to forge deals that gave the carrier exclusive access to some content. However, the competition council has been investigating Orange's content practices since one year ago this week.

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