Virgin Media reacts to U-turn in Sky Movies probe

UK MSO Virgin Media has railed against the Competition Commission’s provisional findings, issued yesterday, that said there is adequate competition for movies in the first pay TV subscription window in the UK.

“Virgin Media strongly disagrees with today’s provisional findings by the Competition Commission and continues to support its earlier findings of 2011 – that Sky’s control of movie rights is restricting competition in the UK,” a spokeswoman told the Guardian newspaper. “The recent emergence of providers such as LoveFilm and Netflix has done nothing to impact Sky’s advantage and we’re currently working to better understand the reasons for the commission’s decision as we consider next steps.”