Sky-Italia widens platform access

Company to charge 3rd parties same price as internal units

ROME -- Italian satellite broadcaster Sky-Italia agreed to give potential competitors full access to its platform in a move that could open the door to small rivals to sprout up to challenge dominant companies like Sky-Italia and Silvio Berlusconi's Mediaset.

The change came after a complaint to Italian antitrust officials from a small content provider called Conto TV, which claimed that Sky Italia charged outside companies more than it charged its own subsidiaries for services, making it difficult to compete against those companies.

The antitrust regulator called on Sky to come up with its own plan to solve the problem and the company did, agreeing to more transparency and vowing to charge third parties the same price it charged internal units for access to its platform.

Sky-Italia, Italy's leading satellite broadcaster, is a subsidiary of News Corp.
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