Merger Notification - Announcement according to § 10 Cartel Act

High View GmbH; Fiction First GmbH i. Gr - BWB/Z-6323 | Bundeswettbewerbsbehörde

High View GmbH; Fiction First GmbH i. Gr



On 17.07.2023 the Austrian Federal Competition Authority was notified of the following merger:

Planned purchase process

High View GmbH, Landshut, Germany, intends to acquire 100,00% of the share capital of Fiction First GmbH i.Gr., Cologne, Germany. Fiction First GmbH will in future distribute the TV channels “AXN White” (formerly “Sony Channel”) and “AXN Black” (formerly “Sony AXN”) as well as the subscription video-on-demand service “AXN+” (formerly “Sony One”) to platforms in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  

line of business: operation of TV channels,Television programming and broadcasting activities.

Industry sector: J - Information und Kommunikation

Deadline for bringing in an application pursuant to § 11(1) Cartel Act will end on 14.08.2023.

Entrepreneurs whose legal or economic interests are affected by the merger can bring in a written statement at the Federal Competition Authority or the Federal Cartel Prosecutor within 14 days from publication date.

Note: The intervening party has no right to a certain treatment of the statement and will not gain a party position.

Non-prohibition of the merger

The Federal Competition Authority and the Federal Cartel Prosecutor have not applied for examination of the merger by the Cartel Court. The standstill obligation (§ 17 (1) Cartel Act) ends with effect from 15.08.2023 .

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