Warning issued to Colombian pay-TV
By Chris Forrester

Colombia’s National TV Commission regulator says that pay-TV operators who under-report their actual subscriber numbers risk losing their licences. The Commission’s main director Jaime Andrés Estrada, said he has evidence that some operators are manipulating their subs data in order to boost their own revenues, and to reduce tax liabilities to the government.

The reported differences in subscriber numbers are huge. For example, the Colombian National Statistics Administrating Department disclosed that pay-TV reaches about the 76 per cent of households. However, figures reported by the operators to the National TV Commission indicate that pay-TV numbers account for just 31 per cent of the population.