Saturday, February 20, 2016

Canal + agreement / BeIN Sports: UFC feared an “inflationary spiral” –

The UFC-Que Choisir has expressed concern Friday of the exclusive distribution agreement under discussion between Channel + and BeIN Sports, which she said could lead to a “inflationary spiral” and multiply the bill by 3 or 4 to sports programs on television. The consumer protection association called the Competition Authority to protect the interests of consumers, believing that such an agreement would present “serious risks” for the maintenance of affordable televised sports offer.

the UFC asked the competition Authority, which will decide on the project, to ensure that “operating modes selected by beIN Sports Channel More preserve the purchasing power of consumers in the long term. ” If rates do not change, “a subscription to Sports beIN necessarily linked to an offer Channel would lead to consumers multiplying by 3 or 4 of their bill” if the alarm UFC.

to avoid an “inflationary spiral”, the UFC-Que Choisir calls a “decoupling offers sports programs and film programs offers on Canal More. ” The proposed alliance for five years between the subsidiary of Vivendi and the Qatari announced Thursday provides that “all channels BeIN Sports in France would be available exclusively in the offers of the Group Canal +”.

Pourtant, launched in June 2013 the chain Bein Sports and an offer “at affordable price and with no commitment period” represented a breakthrough that should be preserved, insists the UFC. Bein Sports now offers its programs to 13 euros per month with no commitment, while offers of Channel + are priced from 25 euros ( channel Sat) to 40 euros ( channel +) per month, with a one year commitment, said the UFC.

Vivendi announced Thursday a draft agreement along with a transformation plan designed to “stop losses” group Canal +. Chains Channel + in France are losing subscribers since 2012. And they have cut their operating loss to 264 million euros in 2015. In front, despite its some 2.5 million subscribers, Bein Sports also suffered heavy losses, estimated at about 250 million euros annually due to inflation of sports rights.

(with AFP)


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