The Peruvian Telecommunications Private Investment Supervisory Agency (Osiptel) ordered the Compañía Latinoamericana de Radiodifusión S.A. (Latina Televisión) and DirecTV Peru S.R.L. (DirecTV) to pay a S 6,892,200 (USD 2.03 million) fine, for applying a strategy to exclude other pay TV operators (only DirecTV competitors), benefiting themselves from having the 2018 World Cup Russia broadcast.
Both companies agreed to exclude pay-TV operators (except from DirecTV) from the possibility of broadcasting the Latina Television TV network contents during the last FIFA World Cup, which was considered ‘a vertical collusive practice, under a unjustified refusal, typified as a serious infringement’ , according to articles 11 and 12 of the Anti-Competitive Behaviours Represion Law’s Single Ordered Text. For this reason, DirecTV received a S 4.2 million (USD 1.24 million) fine, while Latina was also fined with S 2.69 million (USD 763,941).
As Osiptel officially reported, both companies have 15 business days to file an appeal against the entity’s resolution. If necessary, the person in charge of issuing a ruling on this issue will be the Osiptel’s Dispute Settlement Court.