Must-carry dispute flares in Romania

January 29, 2014 11.07 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

upc-sign-newUPC Romania has protested to the country’s National Audiovisual Council (CNA) over what it terms are “abusive actions” related to must-carry by Antena Group.

Quoting a note submitted to the regulator on January 27, Mediafax says that Antena Group informed UPC Romania about changes in the technical parameters for the emission of its proprietary channels Antena 1, Antena 2, Antena 3- News & Current Affairs, Euforia TV and GSP TV, which all have must-carry status on cable networks.

In the document, Antena Group also said it was planning to change the CAS, video and audio compression modes, modulation and teletext.

These, says UPC Romania, will require it to make a series of major investments in order to continue distributing the channels and at the same significantly reduce Antena Group’s broadcast costs.

UPC Romania believes Antena Group’s actions run counter to the Broadcast Law and has called for “urgent clarification” of the group’s channels.

Mediafax also reports deadline for the publishing of a list of must-carry channels may be put back from February 1 to March 1.