Foxtel and Austar's sporting chance

With the protracted approval process for the Foxtel-Austar merger finally over, the conditions of the deal allow for significant competitive opportunities – particularly in subscription-driving sports rights.

The ridiculously protracted process for gaining competition policy approval for the Foxtel merger with Austar is finally over, just short of a year after the merger was announced. While the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission produced an impressive list of Foxtel concessions to gain approval for the deal, in reality the proposal has got through the process relatively unscathed.

The concessions relate to Foxtel undertakings not to acquire exclusive IPTV, video-on-demand and mobile programming rights. Movies and television programming, however, aren’t the drivers of subscription television take-up.

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