Ofcom has refused to force Sky to give up rights which would let BT show Sky Sports 1 and 2 on the BT YouView TV service.
BT currently has the rights to sell Sky Sports 1 and 2 on BT Vision TV but it doesn’t have the same rights to do so on its YouView-based platform.
Back in June, BT initiated a complaint against Sky, saying it was abusing its dominant position as a provider of pay TV sports and asked Ofcom to intervene. Under the terms of the Competition Act 1998, BT also asked Ofcom to enforce ‘interim measures’ which could have seen Sky forced into letting BT sell Sky Sports 1 and 2 on BT YouView, alongside its recently-launched BT Sport channels.
Read Recombu Digital’s guide to BT SportAs a result of this, the only TV package that BT can offer customers that has both Sky Sports and BT Sport is BT Vision.
Ofcom’s statement says: “On 31 July 2013, Ofcom refused BT’s application for interim measures. We are continuing with our investigation of BT’s Complaint.
“In the initial phase of the investigation in Summer 2013, we expect to gather further information using our powers under the Competition Act 1998, and to analyse this information.”
Ofcom says that it will continue to investigate BT’s initial complaint. It will soon publish a timetable when its expects to reveal more information about its findings and when a verdict can be expected.