Claro requests regulatory changes between pay TV and OTTs again in Brazil

Claro Brazil requested to make regulatory changes on the Conditional Access Service Law (SeAC Law), available in the country since 2011, in order to correct regulatory asymmetries between pay TV and OTTs.

Fábio Andrade, Institutional Affairs VP at Claro Brazil, has recently took part of ‘The future of pay TV regulation’, conference developed by Brazilian specialized websites Teletime and Telaviva, in which Anatel’s Attorney Pablo Firmeza; Marcelo Bechara, Institutional Affairs Director at Globo Group; lawyer Roberto Juca and Mauro Garcia, President at Brasil Audiovisual Independente (BRAVI), also participated. There, he claimed for equity in rules between pay TV and OTTs regulations, and requested to repeal the SeAC Law. Similarly, the executive called for an agreement between pay TV operators, networks and content programmers and OTTs, in order to discuss a new regulation for pay TV and OTTs in the country.

In December 2018, Claro Brazil made a complaint to Anatel, where it claimed that Fox+ (Fox) and Esporte Interativo Plus (Turner) offered, through a monthly subscription, linear and live content via OTT, a so similar offer in comparison to convencional pay TV services, and, for this reason, the same legal and tax obligations should be applied for them. That time, America Movil subsidiary asked Anatel to define whether the business model in which subscribers hire access to linear channels through the internet is part of the offers governed by the SeAC Law or if, on the contrary, it requires a specific authorizing license.