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Italian regulator confirms probe into DAZN-Telecom Italia Serie A deal

Regulator AGCM is investigating whether the deal will "lead to significant distortions of competition"

The Italian antitrust regulator has opened an investigation as to whether the agreement between DAZN and Telecom Italia’s deal on Serie A broadcast would damage competition.

In March, DAZN won the rights to broadcast all 10 Serie A matches per week beginning with the 2021/2022 season.

At the time, it announced a deal with Telecom Italia which will bring the streaming service’s to TIMVISION for the next three years.

“The agreement between TIM and DAZN could lead to significant distortions of competition,” the authority said in a statement, and added the agreement could limit development of the country’s pay-TV market.

The watchdog said it would assess whether some of the competition concerns might be alleviated by adopting measures such as a potential suspension of clauses to limit DAZN’s ability to distribute its services on other platforms, reports Reuters.

Telecom Italia released a statement saying it was confident that talks with the regulator would lead to clarification of the agreement with DAZN and that the deal will boost “competition in the pay-TV market, [and] the viewing of streaming content.”