Telmex fails to obey OTT coverage court order
Juan Pablo Conti ©RapidTVNews | 25-10-2011 Only days after insisting that nothing would make it stop showing live online coverage of the Pan American Games currently taking place in the Mexican city of Guadalajara, Telmex has ignored a court order asking it to do just that.
Responding to a complaint filed last week by Mexican media conglomerate TV Azteca, Federal District civil judge Rodrigo Cortés Domínguez ordered the billionaire Carlos Slim's telco on Friday to refrain from "transmitting, distributing or divulging television signals through its telecommunications network or through any other means of communication".
Throughout the weekend and as of Monday night, Telmex had ignored the order altogether, with the group's over-the-top (OTT) channel UnoTV continuing with its uninterrupted, live broadcasts from Guadalajara.
At this stage, it remains unclear whether company attorneys might have interpreted that there was scope to continue with the transmissions given that the court order specified that Telmex had 15 days to respond to the charges.
According to Mexican newspaper El Economista, the judge asked for Mexico's Federal Telecommunications Commission (Cofetel) to be informed of his decision, too. The telecoms watchdog is the body that will ultimately need to determine whether – as TV Azteca alleges – the OTT channel constitutes a violation of Telmex's concession licence.
In his decision, Judge Cortés Domínguez also ordered TV Azteca to pay US$7,300, which will be used as guarantee in case the legal action leads to damages to Telmex.