Category Archives: Free to Air

Imagen Televisión announces new programming

Mexican broadcaster Imagen Televisión announced its 2019 programming slate. Olegario Vázquez Aldir, CEO of Grupo Empresarial Ángeles, to which Grupo Imagen belongs, highlighted that in less than two years, the network reached a 15% market share. “We are not afraid of competition, we have never been scared by competition or the battle to win the [...]

AfricaXP partners with SES to roll out new FTA bouquet in Nigeria

AfricaXP is a digital content distributor and themed linear channel creator that facilitates synergies between content rights owners and media platform operators, has rolled out Premium.Free, a bouquet of 13 channels that are being offered using SES satellites at 28.2 degrees East. The new bouquet of FTA channels comprises of diverse range of contents from sports [...]

UCV TV to change name

Chiles free-to-air channel UCV TV, owned by Media 23 SpA (90%) and the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso (10%), will change its name to TV+. The new image will be presented before the end of the year. According to Diario Financiero, the change will involve investments of between USD 600,000 and USD 1 million and [...]

TCRA monitoring FTA local channels in Tanzania

Tanzania Communications regulatory Authority is currently collecting information from viewers regarding payments to have access to free to air local channels by MultiChoice Tanzania Limited (DStv), Azam Media Limited and Simbanet (Zuku) which is against the law. Following the direction of TCRA to inform decoder subscribers to remove free to air local channels which include [...]

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 [...]