MIL-OSI Translation: Sirius to pay $3.3 million penalty to resolve concerns over advertised subscription prices

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MIL OSI Translation. Canadian French to English –

Source: Government of Canada – in French 1

June 5, 2024, GATINEAU, Quebec, Competition Bureau

The Competition Bureau has entered into an agreement with SiriusXM Canada to resolve concerns regarding indications given regarding subscription prices.

A Bureau investigation concluded that Sirius advertised its satellite radio and streaming subscription plans outside of Quebec at prices that are unattainable due to mandatory additional fees, a practice known as partial price indication.

The Bureau determined that consumers could not purchase subscription plans at the listed price because they had to pay music royalties and administrative fees. These mandatory additional fees increased the monthly cost of a subscription by 10 to 20%.

The Bureau concluded that the company promoted its subscription services on its website, as well as in promotional emails and mailings sent to the Canadian public.

As part of an agreement registered with the Competition Tribunal, Sirius agreed:

to pay a penalty of $3.3 million and an additional $30,000 for the costs of the Bureau’s investigation; not to give any partial price indication, nor to promote subscription plans at unattainable prices; to improve its compliance program and implement new procedures to comply with the law.

The Bureau acknowledges Sirius’ cooperation during its investigation, as well as its voluntary compliance with respect to concerns regarding subscription pricing guidance.

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