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Ofcom says Top Up can show soccer

UK communications regulator Ofcom has ruled that Top Up TV can market rival UK pay-TV operator BSkyB’s flagship sports channels.

News Corp-backed Sky has recently been forced to wholesale its Sky Sports 1 and 2 channels to third parties at regulated rates and attempted to block the move by Top Up to offer these to its customers.

Top Up offers a pay-TV service that can be accessed via the Freeview digital terrestrial platform. Other Sky rivals, Virgin Media and BT, have also started carrying the Sky channels.