Mexico may force cable operators to offer free-to-air channels

Iñaki Ferreras | 09-01-2013

Mexico's Competition Federal Commission (CFC) has come out in favour of the country's proposed 'must carry' and 'must offer' TV legislation.
According to Next TV Latam, quoting El Universal, the CFC claims that the legislation would promote competition within television services and networks.
In December the country's president Enrique Peña signed a document establishing that further national free-to-air (FTA) channels would be allocated under legislation adhering more closely to international best practices, such as the requirement that cable operators must include FTA channels in their schedule for free (must carry) and the obligation for signals to be offered to pay-TV operators in a non-discriminatory way and at competitive prices (must offer).
This opens the door for Televisa and TV Azteca to charge cable operators for their free-to-air channels.