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Italian regulator approves DAZN-Telecom Italia Serie A deal

Italy's AGCM had launched an investigation into competition issues at the start of July

The Italian antitrust regulator has ruled there is no reason for it to intervene in the deal between DAZN and Telecom Italia to stream Serie A football matches.

At the beginning of July, the AGCM said it had launched an investigation into the deal, stating it could “lead to significant distortions of competition”.

However, it has now said proposals submitted by the TIM and DAZN have served to ease its concerns.

The regulator added that TIM had amended clauses within the agreement that would not require DAZN subscribers to sign up to its TIMvision pay-TV as well as subscribe to a TIM fixed broadband offer.

DAZN also committed to providing services to enable football fans to watch on digital terrestrial television in the event of streaming problems.

The AGCM said it had thus closed the investigation after “deeming that the initiatives and amendments to the agreement by TIM and DAZN are currently capable of preventing serious and irreparable damage to the competition.”