Virgin Media has launched an appeal against Ofcoms decision to exclude some of BSkyBÂs premium channels from its Âwholesale must offerÂ decision.
In March, the UK communications regulator ruled that Sky must offer Sky Sports 1 and 2 to rival operators for Â£10.63 (Â12.88) per subscriber per month for each channel Â a 23.4% reduction on existing prices. However, a legal filing at the Competitions Appeal Tribunal shows Virgin Media is arguing that Ofcom Âfailed to consider relevant matters in deciding to exclude Sky Sports 3 and/or 4Â from the wholesale must offer decision. The cable operator is also concerned that Ofcom didnÂt set any controls on the wholesale prices for Sky Sports 1 and/or 2 where they are bundled with other premium channels, including Sky Sports 3 and 4, and SkyÂs premium movie channels.
Virgin Media also questioned the methodology used by Ofcom to determine the wholesale price of Sky Sports 1 and 2.
The Competitions Appeal Tribunal will hold a case management conference on June 25 to plan how the case should proceed.