Category: Pay TV

Liberty Latin America to acquire 80% of Cabletica

Liberty Latin America announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 80% of Costa Rican cable operator, Cabletica. In the transaction, Cabletica is being valued at an enterprise value of CRC 143 billion (approximately USD 250 million). The current owners of Cabletica – Televisora de Costa Rica – will retain the remaining [...]

AT&T exploring IPO of DirecTV business in Latin America

AT&T announced that is exploring an initial public offering (IPO) of a minority interest in DirecTV Latin America business, in the first half of the year. The company said it has confidentially filed a registration statement with U.S. regulators. In Latin America, AT&T owns 100% of DirecTV Panamericana, which operates in countries such as Argentina, [...]

Osiptel wants to ban set-top box charges

Perus Supervisory Agency for Private Investment in Telecommunications (Osiptel in Spanish) presented a proposal to ban the sale or rental of pay TV set-top boxes. According to the regulator, “the STBs are essential to deliver the service”. The President of Osiptel, Rafael Muente, said that the aim is to “guarantee greater transparency and simplicity in [...]

Pay TV subscribers in Brazil fell 5% in 2017

After several months without official information, Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) released data on the pay TV market in the country. The subscriber base ended 2017 with 17.9 million, this is equivalent to an annual fall of 4.99% (close to 939,000 active contracts), and a drop of 0.70% from November (126,000 subscribers). According to the [...]

ICE expands into Central American markets

Costa Rica’s Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) is preparing its expansion to other markets in Central America to become a regional player. For this purpose, it is partnering with other operators to offer mobile telephony and pay TV services. This way, the state-owned company will compete with Claro and Movistar in markets such as Honduras, [...]

CNT reaffirms its commitment to Ecuadorian soccer

Ecuador’s National Telecommunications Corporation (CNT) ratified its commitment to local soccer. The company, which has negotiated with GolTV to broadcast the matches, has issued a statement after a judge ordered the Ecuadorian Soccer Federation (FEF) to launch a new tender for the TV rights. According to CNT, the companys goal is that “more families have [...]

Ecuador: Justice orders new soccer rights tender

The Ecuadorian Soccer Federation (FEF in Spanish) was ordered to launch a new TV rights tender for local tournament. According to Judge Jean Daniel Vergara, the national body transgressed the constitutional rights of equality by selecting GolTV, the company headed by the Uruguayan entrepreneur Paco Casal. The court ruled in favor of the request for [...]

Comteco offers additional points

Bolivia’s Cooperativa de Telecomunicaciones Cochabamba (Comteco) now offers the possibility of installing an adittional point of pay TV in another home, local news site Opinion reported. The prices of the packages for the second home are less expensive, according to the local media. Comtecos Commercial Manager, said that the goal is to make cable TV [...]

Chile recorded 3.25 million pay TV subs in Q317

According to figures from the most recent report of Chilean regulator Subtel, the pay TV market in the country ended the third quarter of 2017 with 3.25 million subscribers, up 7.5% from previous year. The report revealed that satellite TV systems accounted 50.3% of total subscribers, and cable and IPTV systems the remaining 47.9%. The [...]