Markus Wagemann


This article focuses on the German television (“TV”) market from an antitrust perspective, limited to some competition aspects of the technical and program side of the German TV market. On the technical side, we are in a situation of an emerging market for digital TV where a TV household needs a decoder in order to transfer digital TV signals into analog TV signals, because most households still have analog TV sets and also to descramble encrypted pay-TV signals for subscribers. The other issue, the program side, is more what competition authorities are dealing with, in particular the Bundeskartellamt in its most recent prohibition decision.