Argentina's Clyfer to launch cooperative pay-TV in 2014

Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 18-11-2013

Argentina's Clyfer, the local power co-operative in Buenos Aires, will launch a pay-TV service through its fibre network in 2014.

The company, which got its licence a month ago, has already completed the channel's schedule and is now waiting for permission from the federal communication authority.

Its investment plan is not yet finalised, as the budget is not the same for a local co-operative as it is for a private company, but the infrastructure project is underway and Clyfer is said to have various financial options.

The co-operative will start buying equipment with its own resources and extend the network with its initial income. The technology decoders or set-top boxes (STBs) will be provided by Colsecor, a wholesaler based in Cordoba.

Clyfer is also considering finding private capital to realise the whole investment amount required.

The co-op is about to build a studio and central offices, from which local cooperatives could produce and broadcast their own programming.

The project will have a basic package of 80 different channels for a price that is expected to be lower than its private competitors. The technology will initially be analogue, as the digital migration will start once the cable network is operating.

Local cable co-operatives are growing in Latin America as a low cost alternative to the large TV operators.