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Competition in TV-Distribution - A framework and applications to Sweden


  • Bergman, Mats

    () (Uppsala University)

  • Stennek, Johan

    () (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)


The purpose of this report is to investigate how well competition in the TV-industry works, primarily focusing on distribution. For this purpose we suggest a framework of analysis and, at the same time, we apply this framework to the Swedish market. Even if our focus will be distribution services, we will need to paint a broader picture, including contents providers, channels, pay-TV operators, advertisers, viewers and other market participants. While our assessment is primarily based on economic analysis of the market, we also aim to integrate the economic analysis with the traditional methodology of competition law. We will therefore go into some details of how the relevant markets should be defined. The report concludes with an in-depth investigation of three current issues in the Swedish market.

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  • Bergman, Mats & Stennek, Johan, 2007. "Competition in TV-Distribution - A framework and applications to Sweden," Working Papers in Economics 273, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0273

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    1. Mark Armstrong & Helen Weeds, 2005. "Public Service Broadcasting in the Digital World," Industrial Organization 0507010, EconWPA.
    2. David Evans & Richard Schmalensee, 2007. "The Industrial Organization of Markets with Two-Sided Platforms," CPI Journal, Competition Policy International, vol. 3.
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    television; distribution; cable; satellite; IPTV; terrestrial; telecommunications; competition; oligopoly; competition policy; regulation;

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    • L00 - Industrial Organization - - General - - - General
    • L40 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - General

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