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The European Commission is chasing up consumer complaints that DVDs cost too much in the EU.

According to the FT, EU competition commissioner Mario Monti is going address a meeting of consumers in Stockholm today, and tell them the Commission has got in touch with Hollywood film companies to quiz them on their pricing strategies.

It's also going to find out if encoding the DVDs so they'll only play in specific regions constitutes anti-competitive practice.

If this investigation is anything like the old probes into European CD pricing, it'll go nowhere. ®

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