Chile approves DTT law, ignoring FIFA complaints

Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 18-11-2013

Chile's Government has finally presented the changes it wants to make to the recently approved DTT law, meaning that the regulation will go back to Parliament, where it has already been debated upon for over four years.

However, no changes will be made to the part of the law regarding the broadcasting rights for Spain's national football team's matches, which FIFA and Conmebol had complained about.

According to the newspaper El Mercurio, the Government has presented a document in which it applies for some minor changes and more concrete explanations of the law. The need for a plural TV, the idea of advertising and the remit of the national TV authority are included, but nothing about football rights.

Chile's DTT law states that the national team's matches have to be broadcast free-to-air, even though a pay-TV channel wants to broadcast them. About a week after the law was approved, the football associations sent a letter to the Government, explaining that the national team may be fined and even banned from international competitions if FIFA and Conmebol don't retain the broadcasting rights.

Chile has been debating the DTT law for almost five years, one of the longest processes in Latin America for TV legislation. The football paragraph was redacted and apparently accepted in 2011, and now won't be changed.