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EU regulators swoop on HD DVD and Blu-ray

July 28th, 2006 · 1 Comment

They’ve already taken potshots at iTunes, now European antitrust regulators are focusing their attention on the licensing arrangements behind the next generation HD disc wars, in an attempt to see if Sony and Toshiba are stifling competition by tying movie studios to exclusivity deals for either or .
According to a report in trade bible Variety, the European Commission has already began its investigations, soliciting responses from both hardware and software combatants, to see if any are in breach of EU competition rules.
The Commission is apparently keen to ensure that the battling companies do not use a position of power in one market, such as video games, to influence an adjacent market like home entertainment, and so coerce studios to support one format over another.

Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · Trade

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  • 1 stephen bowler // Jul 29, 2006 at 4:15 pm

    its a shame that there concentrating on the AV and movie industry and not sorting out the shamble of the World Trade Agreements, that has just collapsed with no aggreement on market fixing between countries which is keeping many farmers in third world countries poor. Shame on them!!!

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