VTR is sued by AMC Networks Latin America for removing channels from its programming grid

After the request made by Chilean Supreme Court of Justice, which forced pay TV operator VTR to bring TVI / Filmocentro’s channels back to its programming grid, the operator was now sued by AMC Networks Latin America LLC at the Chilean Free Competition Defense Court (TDLC) for removing the Film&Arts, AMC, El Gourmet, Europa Europa, Sundance TV and Mas Chic channels. 

According to what was reported in Chilean newspaper La Tercera, AMC Networks reported that VTR ‘unfairly refused to continue distributing TV channels represented by AMC through its platforms, after offering rates that are not related to market conditions’. AMC added that ‘the ‘price’ offered by VTR meant a 50% reduction at first, and then a 70%, on the total revenue that AMC received from VTR for the contents, further increasing the difference regarding the conditions that our represented had with other national operators’.

In addition, AMC reported that ‘the second offer made by VTR meant the removal of the AMC channel, which is how our represented brand is called, and that, together with Sundance TV, represented the most accessed channels by subscribers’.

La Tercera also reported that AMC requests to start negotiations to establish the commercial and economic conditions to  continue broadcasting AMC contents, and a fine to the Chilean pay TV operator, whose executives did not make comments on this issue.