Watchdogs take issue with German Hulu

German cartel office wants to decide legality, not EC

COLOGNE, Germany – German anti-trust watchdogs want a say in the new Hulu-style TV platform being planned by local networks RTL Television and ProSiebenSat.1.

Andreas Mundt, president of Germany's cartel office, has said German authorities should decide whether the open Internet platform, which will offer catch-up TV to German and Austrian viewers, complies with local antitrust legislation.

RTL and ProSieben have submitted their plans for a Teutonic Hulu to the European Commission. The plan falls under EU auspices because the two networks' revenues exceed a certain sum. Together RTL and ProSieben earned upwards of $5 billion in the first half of 2010. Brussels is expected to rule on the plans by the end of the month.

But in an article in local newsweekly Focus, Mundt has demanded Brussels transfer authority on the matter to Germany's cartel office.