BT Tackles Sky In Court Ahead Of New English Premier League Season
Sky and BT "clashed in court again on Wednesday in their long-running battle over wholesale access to the Sky Sports channels," according to Christopher Williams of the London TELEGRAPH. BT "is attempting to force its rival to allow it provide the channels to subscribers to its YouView internet-based television service." Currently the telecom giant "can only offer the Sky Sports channels, which have rights to the bulk of live Premier League football matches, via its outdated BT Vision set-top boxes." BT "made its case to the Competition Appeal Tribunal, which has the power to impose ‘interim relief’ and force BSkyB to offer Sky Sports at controlled wholesale prices." A quick decision in its favor "would be a fillip for BT, allowing it to market its main television with Sky Sports platform in time for the new Premier League season next month." At the end of the session, Justice Roth said that "a quick decision was possible but the case could also drag through the court’s summer recess and into September" (TELEGRAPH, 7/24).