RTL Interactive CEO Marc SchrÃ¶der used ANGA Cable to mount a robust defence of the proposed Amazonas online catch-up joint venture between RTL and ProSiebenSat.1, which was rejected by the German Federal Cartel Office on the grounds that it would create a duopoly.
We made it clear that it would have been open to all broadcasters and it would only be a technical platform,Â SchrÃ¶der said during a panel session on TV at the congress. ÂThere would not have been central marketing or coordination.Â He added that the two companies had not intended to set up hosting infrastructure on their own. ÂThe objective was that we wanted to have one destination for the customer,Â said SchrÃ¶der. At a time when consumers could turn to the internet for content, broadcasters were still Âin the stone ageÂ with a range of different online portals, he said.
SchrÃ¶der received support from Carl-Eugen Eberle, general counsel of public broadcaster ZDF, speaking on the same panel. Eberle said that the ÂHulus and Googlesâ¦would be happyÂ if the project was not allowed, Âbecause if they do not allow it in Germany, it will come from outside Â IÂm sorry the Cartel Office took that decision.Â
Eberle said that the public broadcastersÂ own plans for an online TV service were different in that it would be a pay service and would have no impact on the wider advertising market.
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