EU commissioner for Competition Joachim Almunia gives a press conference on January 13, 2014 at the EU Headquarters in Brussels. AFP PHOTO GEORGES GOBET
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The EU launched a probe on Monday into licensing arrangements by the major US film studios which may prevent European pay-TV operators from showing their movies in more than one country.The Commission cited agreements between several major US film studies -- Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal and Paramount Pictures -- and the largest European pay-TV broadcasters such as Britain's BSkyB, France's Canal Plus, Sky Italia of Italy, Sky Deutschland and DTS of Spain.This "absolute territorial protection" provision, however, means the US films are shown exclusively in the member state concerned and cannot be broadcast outside its borders.
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