Foxtel's merger scorecard

With sports broadcasts driving subscription television sales, Foxtel has emerged from the ACCC's extended scrutiny of its Austar merger relatively unscathed.

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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