Bundeskartellamt


EU reportedly set to launch full investigation of Liberty-Vodafone deal

The EU is likely to launch a full investigation of Liberty Global’s planned sale of its German and central European assets to Vodafone, according to a Reuters report, citing an unnamed source. The opening of an in-depth investigation by the EU would imply that the EC will reject the request by the German competition regulator, […]

Fries: German Cartel Office move is ‘no surprise’

German competition watchdog the Bundeskartellamt’s move to have the EC refer Vodafone’s planned acquisition of Unitymedia to was “totally expected and not a surprise at all” for Unitymedia parent Liberty Global and the company remains confident that the deal will be approved, according to president and CEO Mike Fries. Speaking to analysts after Liberty posted […]

German competition watchdog wants say on Vodafone-Liberty Global deal

German competition watchdog the Bundeskartellamt, together with the country’s Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, has requested the European Commission to refer Vodafone’s planned acquisition of Liberty Global’s Unitymedia unit to it on the grounds that the deal has an impact on markets in Germany. Andreas Mundt, the Bundeskartellamt’s president, said that the acquisition […]

German regulator investigates Sky-DAZN Champions League deal

German competition authority, the Bundeskartellamt, has launched an investigation into Sky Deutschland‘s Champions League broadcasting deal with streaming service DAZN. The regulator is examining whether the co-operation between the two companies restricts competition, as there is currently no free TV coverage of Champions League live matches in Germany and several matches of German clubs are […]

German watchdog approves ProSiebenSat.1-Discovery JV

The German competition watchdog, the Bundeskartellamt, has approved the plan by commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery to launch a new integrated streaming platform for Germany that will incorporate ProSiebenSat.1’s 7TV and Maxdome services, Eurosport Player and a range of other content. The plan builds on the pair’s existing joint streaming platform, 7TV, extending the latter […]

Sky Germany to lose exclusive grip on Bundesliga live rights

Sky in Germany is set to lose its exclusive grip on Bundesliga football rights after the Federal competition regulator, the Bundeskartellamt, ruled that the German Football League (DFL) must sell the next set of TV rights to more than one buyer. The Bundeskartellamt approved a new selling structure proposed by the DFL on condition that […]

Bundeskartellamt greenlights DVB-T2 pay platform

German competition regulator the Bundeskartellamt has given a green light for transmission services provider Media Broadcast to build a pay platform for the country’s new DVB-T2-based digital-terrestrial infrastructure. Media Broadcast plans to build a pay TV platform for HD services in particular as the country’s DTT infrastructure transitions to DVB-T2, probably from next year. Commercial […]

Sky Deutschland’s acquisition of Sport1 stake approved

The German competition authority, the Bundeskartellamt, has cleared Sky Deutschland’s acquisition of a minority stake in sports channel Sport1, as part of a wider deal that it announced in December. Sky said that it would acquire 100% ownership of production company Plaza Media along with a 25.1% interest in Sport1 and Constantin Sport Marketing from […]

Kabel Deutschland abandons Tele Columbus appeal

Kabel Deutschland has abandoned its appeal against the German Federal Cartel Office, the Bundeskartellamt’s blocking of its acquisition of smaller cable operator Tele Columbus. According to Reuters, Kabel Deutschland took the decision because it does not want to be involved in a protracted legal battle following its acquisition by Vodafone. The acquisition of Tele Columbus […]

German court overturns Kabel BW merger approval

A German court has overturned antitrust regulator the Bundeskartellamt’s 2011 approval of Liberty Global’s acquisition of Baden-Württemburg operator Kabel BW on the grounds that certain conditions set out at the time were not sufficient to compensate for the merged entity’s market power. The Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court, acting on a complaint from Deutsche Telekom, ruled […]