by Steve Beasant on 19 August, 2011
Welcoming the Competition Commission’s provisional finding of a lack of competition in the pay-TV market for Hollywood movies, Jill Johnstone, Director of Consumer Rights Policy at Consumer Focus said:
‘The Competition Commission found that Sky enjoys a stranglehold on movies watched on pay-TV leading to a lack of effective competition and reduced consumer choice. We believe that the 15 month release window imposed by Hollywood studios after cinematic release is counter-productive and actually fuels the use of sites where people download movies illegally.
‘Greater innovation, competition and choice are needed if the industry is to steer consumers away from unlicensed services such as Newzbin. We know most people would prefer to take the legal option if available. We look forward to robust action by the Competition Commission to boost the legal choices available to consumers in this market. Carrots not sticks should lead the way in fighting online copyright infringement.’
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