VTR forced to stop broadcasting TVN
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
| 30 October 2014
Putting an end to a conflict which has been on-going since 2010, Chile's Court of Appeal has upheld the ruling to force VTR to stop broadcasting TVN's HD signal.
tvnAccording to Chile's national TV association, Anatel, VTR could now take its case to the country's Supreme Court, although the cable company hasn't announced its intentions as yet.
The conflict started in 2010 during the World Cup in South Africa, to which TVN had exclusive broadcasting rights in Chile for its HD signal. VTR decided to include the public signal in its own cable programming without requesting permission, as in previous years the TVN analogue signal had been broadcast by both Telefónica and Claro.
In spite of the antecedents, the court made a clear decision in 2012, saying that prior authorisation is strictly necessary as TVN owns the rights for its own programming.
"Once the sentence is executed, we can use the indemnification we are entitled to and begin to evaluate how the unauthorised use of our signal has been prejudicial to us, especially regarding relations with those cable operators which had actually paid for our signal," said Hernán Triviño, legal issues manager at TVN.