Medianet challenges Maldives Broadcasting Commission over World Cup transmission
Rebecca Hawkes | 11 July 2014
The Maldives largest cable TV provider Medianet is taking legal action against an order from the Maldives Broadcasting Commission (MBC) to cease airing FIFA World Cup matches on the Sony channels it carries.
Medianet says Sony Six, Sony Six HD and Sony Pix have re-broadcasting agreements to show the football from Brazil, however MBC claims only state broadcaster Television Maldives and private broadcaster Villa TV (VTV) are authorised to broadcast World Cup matches in the Indian Ocean island nation.
Pay-TV operator Medianet says the order from the MBC is unlawful and has called for a full investigation, according to Minivan News.
MBC counter claims Medianet's agreement with India's Multi Screen Media (MSM), which operates the local Sony channels was not made in accordance with the Maldives rebroadcasting regulations.
The judge presiding over the case estimates court hearings will be completed by Sunday (13 July) according to local media.