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Broadcast & Satellite

Dish adds free-to-air channels unilaterally in Mexico

Tuesday 17 September 2013 | 11:07 CET | News
DTH operator Dish has started transmitting free-to-air TV channels Televisa and TV Azteca unilaterally in Mexico, arguing that the reform of the telecommunications sector enables it to do so. Dish and cable operator Axtel argues that the mere enactment of the reform in June enabled it to add the signals, although an agreement has yet to be reached with broadcasters, who refuse to pay a fee per subscriber per package of three channels (2, 5 and 9) in the case of Televisa, and two channels (7 and 13) in the case of TV Azteca. As a result, more than 2.3 million Dish subscribers will have free access to the five channels. Meanwhile, Televisa and TV Azteca have filed appeals with the regulatory agencies and the courts to force Dish to withdraw the decision to carry the channels.

Categories: Fixed / Broadcast & Satellite
Companies: Axtel / Dish TV
Countries: Mexico
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