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FuboTV Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery Over Planned Sports Streaming Platform

New York, February 20, 2024, The Europe Today: Sports-focused streaming service FuboTV has initiated legal action by filing an antitrust lawsuit against media giants Walt Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery over their collaborative efforts to launch a sports streaming platform, as revealed in a statement by FuboTV on Tuesday.

FuboTV alleges that the proposed joint venture among the media conglomerates poses a significant threat to competition and will lead to inflated prices for consumers. In its official statement, FuboTV expressed concerns that the launch of the planned sports streaming service could undermine fair market practices and limit consumer choices.

The lawsuit comes in response to the joint venture announced in February by Fox Corp, Disney’s ESPN, and Warner Bros Discovery. The collaborative initiative aims to introduce a sports streaming service targeted at younger audiences who prefer digital platforms over traditional television. The service is slated for launch in the upcoming autumn.

The envisioned sports streaming platform is designed to amalgamate the extensive portfolio of professional and collegiate sports rights held by the involved media companies. This encompasses rights to major sporting events such as the National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), FIFA World Cup, and various college competitions.

When contacted by Reuters for comments regarding the antitrust lawsuit, Warner Bros Discovery, Fox, and ESPN declined to provide statements.

The legal dispute between FuboTV and the media conglomerates underscores the intensifying competition in the streaming industry, particularly in the sports content segment. As the legal proceedings unfold, industry observers will be closely monitoring the implications on the planned joint venture and the broader landscape of sports streaming services.