Category Archives: Free to Air

Chile’s TVN doubles losses

Chilean free-to-air channels presented their financial results for the first half of 2018. According to the data, the state-owned channel TVN doubled its losses compared to the same period last year. Mega and Canal 13 reported positive results. TVN reported losses of CH$ 9,024 million (USD 13.1 million). The channel said the results are explained [...]

FTA channels oppose AT&T-Time Warner deal in Brazil

During a public hearing held this week in the Commission of Science and Technology, Communication and Information Technology of the Chamber of Deputies, executives of Abert and Abratel, entities representing main free-to-air channels, presented their arguments against AT&T- Time Warner merger. According to Abert, which represents Globo, SBT and Band, the acquisition is a “clear [...]

Brazil reduces time to approve licenses for TV retransmissions

The Government of Brazil published in the Official Gazette a decree that modifies the regulation of the TV retransmission service. With this change, the approval period for a license reduces from six years to four months. The President of Brazil, Michel Temer, had announced a few days ago that he was going to provide his [...]

SABC bags English Premier League deal

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has declared that it will now air English Premier League live matches, starting with this weekend’s London derby between Arsenal and West Ham United. The public broadcaster said it will increase its soccer offering on Saturday afternoons with SABC1 airing live matches from the local Premier Soccer League and [...]

IFT starts investigation on substantial power in radio and TV

Mexico´s Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) has launched a process to determine the possible existence of economic agents with substantial market power in the radio and television industries. In the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF), the regulator said the investigation is ex officio. The procedure “does not prejudge the existence of substantial power by any [...]

TV Pública and CCTV sign first co-production deal

Televisión Pública Argentina and Chinese broadcaster CCTV announced that they have signed the first co-production agreement between both countries for the production of the series Sorprendente China and its Argentine version Sorprendente Argentina. The deal seeks to “show the cultural and social nuances of two countries geographically distant but close by human and technological relations,” [...]

Canal 1’s audience keeps growing

Colombias free-to-air channel Canal 1 announced that on July 24 it achieved a share of 9.23% and nine of its shows registered above 1 rating point, which represented the best figure recorded since the launch of the new programming, on August 14, 2017. According to the data provided by the channel and based on figures [...]

TV Azteca considers leaving soccer business

TV Azteca CEO Benjamín Salinas said in the Q218 report that soccer costs are becoming “less sustainable” from a financial perspective so the company is evaluating whether to continue or not in this business. “We are obligated to review the soccer business in a comprehensive manner and to evaluate the viability of staying there, the [...]

SABC1 to launch new programming line-up and content

SABC1 is introducing a new programming line-up and content following the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with some new drama and reality shows, new seasons of local series, and some scheduling changes like a dedicated Sunday night local drama miniseries slot. “We will be introducing a slate of brand-new shows, new seasons, as well as revamped [...]