Anatel extends validity of old pay TV concessions in Brazil

The National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) of Brazil extended the terms of validity of the old concessions of the Pay TV “Special Service”, founded in 1989 by the government at that time to negotiate with media groups.

After the decision, which goes against the provisions of the SeAC Law (12485/2011), which provided for audiovisual communication with conditional access, companies now have the possibility of renewing their 6MHz spectrum indefinitely, after ten years in those that could not do so, as long as they provide at least one pay TV service part-time.Originally, 25 opent TV concessions had been granted around the main Brazilian capitals. But as of today, only 18 remain, since, in recent years, Globo and RBS returned the concessions that belonged to them, and now they can only transmit as an open signal for 45% of the time, while the rest of the transmission is encrypted. “The intention of all open TV signals is to become a retransmission channel, so that they can even broadcast 100% of the time” declared councilor Moisés Moreira, who voted against the extension.