Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 13-09-2013
Mexican pay-TV operator Dish is to start broadcasting the free-to-air (FTA) channels Televisa and TV Azteca due to recent reforms in telecoms regulations.
The satellite company was refusing to pay for broadcasting the free-to-air channels of both groups, offering them in a special package at an extra cost.
Both audiovisual companies have over 80% of the free-to-air market in Mexico, but their presence on the pay-TV platforms was limited. Now, their channels will be broadcast on Dish at no extra cost for viewers. In addition, the signals will be offered on Axtel, the pay-TV operator which covers the capital Mexico DF, Monterrey, Guadalajara, San Luis Potosí, Querétaro, Puebla, Aguascalientes and León.
The new telecom rules "promote competition and bring the opportunity of reaching new and more clients, offering them the content they are used to watching but with better quality and an interactive platform," said to Jenaro Martínez, director, Axtel TV.
The solution offered by Mexico's telecoms authority follows the 'must carry' principle and means that free-to-air channels are forced to offer their signals without cost and that pay-TV operators are obliged to broadcast them.