SKY Brasil closes deal with SBT, Record TV and RedeTV

Brazilian free-to-air TV channels represented by Simba -SBT, Record TV and RedeTV – reached an agreement with SKY Brasil, the country’s largest DTH system, to return to the operator’s lineup.

The three channels stopped being transmitted in March with the switch-off in Sao Paulo, after failing to finalize a distribution agreement for their HD signals. According to Veja, Simba would have accepted the payment of R$ 1 (USD 0.3) for the channels, when originally the required price was $15 (USD 4.7). The company did not disclosed when the channels will be available again.

SKY became the second operator in reaching an agreement, the first one was Vivo (Telefónica) in August. Meanwhile, Simba continues to negotiate with Net and Claro HDTV, both part of América Móvil group, which together account for more than 50% of the pay TV market.