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Paramount Studios has chosen to abandon its planned exclusivity clauses with Sky TV, following concerns they breached EU competition rules.

The European Commission wants to prevent companies limiting the sale of their products and services to just one EU member state.

As a result, it raised concerns with Paramount's deal with Sky in the UK, but the studio has now responded by offering concessions.

These mean consumers outside the UK and Ireland will also be able to access any Paramount content broadcast in the British Isles by Sky UK.

In a statement, Paramount said: "Today’s agreement eliminates the possibility of fines and enables the Commission to close similar pending cases against Viacom and Paramount relating to broadcasters in Italy, France, Germany and Spain."

The concessions apply both to satellite broadcast and online services and will be valid for five years.

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