Category: DTH

DirecTV to stop buying satellites, to focus on online video business

AT&T, owner of DTH operator DirecTV, announced that is finished buying satellites. Instead, it will focus on growing its online video business. The announcement was made by John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications, in a meeting with analysts. Weve launched our last satellite, Donovan said. In turn, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that AT&T has [...]

DirecTV Latin America has a new president

Manuel Abelleyra was appointed president of DirecTV Latin America, a new organizational unit of Vrio Corp. as of October 2018. Previously, the executive was in charge of the operation in Argentina and the Southern Region. Abelleyra will be responsible for the operations and the management teams of Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, in [...]

Bolivia’s AXS launches DTH service

Bolivian telecoms operator AXS has entered the pay TV market with the launch of its satellite TV service on November 5. According to the company, it will initially be offered in the cities of La Paz, El Alto, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz but it could be extended to the rest of the country. The official [...]

Court again stops Claro’s DTH service in Uruguay

The Administrative Litigation Court (TCA) of Uruguay closed the proceedings through which the telecommunications company Claro (América Móvil) claimed its right to offer satellite TV services in that country. The company had received the DTH license in 2008 and in the last 10 years, it has been facing judicial fights that deny it the possibility [...]

DirecTV loses 73,000 subscribers in Q3

AT&T announced its financial results for the third quarter of 2018. In the report, the group reported that Vrio, the unit that comprises DirecTV businesses in Latin America, registered net losses of 73,000 subscribers during the period (even with gains in Brazil), “due to the completion of the World Cup”. The company ended the quarter [...]

Chile passes new anti-piracy law

The Chilean Senate approved, by 17 votes in favor and one abstention, the initiative that modifies the General Telecommunications Law to set penalties for the illegal decoding of satellite pay TV signals. The regulation establishes that anyone who commercialize or distribute a protected pay TV signal illegally, or who, in the same way, import, distribute [...]

Peru: Man gets five years in prison in piracy case

A man was sentenced to five year in prison for customs offense, after entering the country more than 2,000 satellite TV set-top boxes, according to the Peruvian Ministry of Production (Produce). The objective was to market the equipment without paying the rights to the content owners, reported local newspaper El Comercio. The ruling was obtained [...]

Ecuador court rules against satellite TV piracy

Ecuador’s Justice ruled against two administrators of server IKS 61a in a case of satellite pay TV signal piracy. They were penalized with one year of effective prison and a fine. The Alianza Contra la Piratería de Televisión Paga reported that the investigation process took four years and involved the participation and joint work of [...]

SES-14 goes operational

SES announced that the high-powered SES-14 satellite is now serving Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as North America, North Atlantic and West Africa. It is positioned at 47.5 degrees West, replacing and augmenting services currently provided on NSS-806. The new satellite has both C- and Ku-band wide-beam coverage and Ku-band high throughput spot [...]