Sky Brasil asks to avoid 'must carry' regulation

Iñaki Ferreras | 10-01-2013

Brazil's pay DTH operator Sky Brasil, owned by News Corp, has asked the country's telco regulator Anatel if it can avoid carrying all the country's free-to-air channels, as demanded by the Conditional Access Service Law recently approved by Brazil's Parliament.

According to this legislation, DTH operators must carry in their grids over 500 analogue channels generated in different regions, although the companies can claim against this obligation due to technical problems.
Anatel has stated that there are 14 free-to-air channels that must be carried compulsory, including Globo, Band, CNT, Record, SBT, Rede Brasil and Rede TV.

According to Next TV Latam, Sky Brasil is willing to carry TV Record and Globo but not MTV and Record News, meaning there's a conflict to be resolved in order for it to abide by the new regulations.