Codacons announced that the commitments made by Tim and Dazn to rectify possible competition violations challenged by the two operators have been rejected. The Authority has stated that it will complete the procedure before March 31 of next year, compared to the previous deadline of June 30, 2022.
The Antimonopoly Authority rejected the commitments made by Tim and Dazn to rectify any possible infringements of competition challenged by the Authority against the two operators. This was announced by Codacons, which has participated in the procedure for representing the rights of users potentially harmed by anti-competitive conduct. On July 6, 2021, the Antitrust had initiated an investigation against Tim and Dazn for a possible agreement to restrict competition related to the agreement for the distribution and technological support of the television rights to Serie A football during the 2021 triennium. 2024, remember the Codacons. The Authority has stated that it will complete the procedure before 31 March 2023, compared to the previous deadline of 30 June 2022. Dazn “takes note of the Authority’s provision extending the deadline for the conclusion of the procedure until 31 March 2023. and pending the communication of the preliminary conclusions, as it has always done since the beginning of the procedure, action will continue in order to ensure compliance with the agreement “. The group specified this to ANSA.
The Authority’s procedure, Codacons reconstructs, refers to “a hypothesis of an agreement restricting competition, in breach of Article 101 TFEU, in relation to the provisions of the agreement which commercially and technically limit DAZN in the offer of pay-TV services, reducing the latter’s ability to offer discounts to users and to choose the additional transmission methods it deems most appropriate (in terms of the transmission methods used, devices in which the DAZN application is available to the public, the possibility for users to take advantage of payment services by telephone account), as well as reduce incentives for DAZN investment for interconnection with fixed and mobile operators and for the adaptation of its content distribution network, an agreement that prevents TIM’s competing telecommunications operators from undertaking commercial initiatives and which, through its wide exclusivity, have selective policies, also affecting existing contractual relationships and preventing them from replicating the possibility of applying discounts or granting their users promotional vouchers for offering content relating to Serie A matches. ” Today, explains the consumer association, the Antimonopoly has issued a provision with which “Given that the commitments presented by Telecom Italia SpA, DAZN Limited and DAZN Media Services Srl seem, both together and individually, unfit profiles identified in the resolution initiating the investigation, as they are not likely to resolve the competition concerns highlighted in the initial provision, when they have not led to shared contractual changes, such as now eliminating competition issues “. The authority therefore decided to “reject the undertakings submitted by Telecom Italia SpA, DAZN Limited and DAZN Media Services Srl”. “We are now waiting for the next steps of the Antimonopoly on the Dazn-Tim case, with the Authority also to comment on the new complaint filed today by Codacons against the tariff increases for the vision of the championship of football 2022/2023 ordered by Dazn “, concludes the association.
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