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Pay-per-view Television: Consequences of a Ban


  • Claus Thustrup Hansen
  • Søren Kyhl


In the future, a ban of pay-per-view broadcasting will arise on certain events included on national lists in each EU country as put forward in the new ''Television Without Frontiers'' Directive from the 16th of April 1997. This paper analyses theoretically the consequences of such ban when the alternative is financing the events purely by TV-commercials. Results on economic efficiency does not provide much reason for a ban. However, a ban increases consumer surplus which may support a ban for distributional reasons.

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  • Claus Thustrup Hansen & Søren Kyhl, "undated". "Pay-per-view Television: Consequences of a Ban," EPRU Working Paper Series 97-12, Economic Policy Research Unit (EPRU), University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:kud:epruwp:97-12

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    • L50 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - General
    • L82 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Entertainment; Media

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