Bosnian Competition Council decides English Premier League case

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By Dragan Gajin

On 16 December 2013, the Bosnian Competition Council issued a decision finding that the company IKO Balkan, registered in Romania, abused its dominant position on the relevant market in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The violations established by the council concerned conditions under which IKO Balkan offered its channel Sport Klub, which exclusively broadcasts the English Premier League (EPL) in Bosnia, to cable operators in the country. The council imposed a fine on IKO Balkan in the amount of BAM125,000 (approximately €64,000 or £53,000).

IKO Balkan belongs to a group of companies that consists of some of the leading cable TV/DTH/IPTV operators in the countries of the former Yugoslavia, including the leading Serbian cable TV operator, Serbia Broadband (SBB). In Bosnia, IKO Balkan’s related companies involved in the distribution of TV signal are Telemach and Total TV.

Sport Klub is a sports TV channel owned by IKO Balkan. IKO Balkan buys broadcasting rights concerning various sport events (football, tennis, basketball etc) and packs them into this channel, which is then distributed through cable TV/DTH/IPTV operators…

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