VTR from Chile to eliminate three national Pay-TV channels, which will take legal actions

Telecommunications company VTR (Liberty Global) from Chile will remove from their Pay-TV grid local signals Via X, Zona Latina and ARTV as of April 18th. Filmocentro TV (TVI), the production company that groups these channels, has stated that it will take legal actions due to breach of contract.

On February 17th, VTR sent a letter to its customers in which it warned that it would make changes to “improve the signal supply” by replacing Filmocentro’s channels for Sundance Channel, Paramount Channel and NatGeo Wild.

“VTR’s announcement is deeply abusive: it ignores an existing contract, it ignores the audience and consumers’ interests and it aims to bury local television production”, expressed Filmocentro’s statement, which further added that it would “appeal to court justice and to all according entities in order to demand the restoration of their rights and of all Chileans”.

“VTR has the highest percentage of local titles and production signals within all Pay-TV companies in Chile”, the operator replied in a statement. According to figures published in January 2016 by the subsecretary of Telecommunications (Subtel) of Chile to the third quarter of 2015, VTR is the leading company in the Pay-TV sector with a 35% market share (1,022,000 subscribers).