Conatel takes control of DirecTV facilities in Venezuela

The Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) requested that country’s National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) to ‘take immediate control of all movable and immovable property, commercial offices, administrative headquarters, operations and broadcasts center, antennas and any other type of facilities’ intended to provide DirecTV Venezuela’s subscription service (AT&T), together with the Bolivarian National Armed Forces.

The measure took place after AT&T reported it has closed DirecTV operations in Venezuela last Tuesday in an official statement, where it explained that  the US government’s sanctions on Venezuela have prohibited the broadcast of Globovision and PDVSA’s TV channels, both of which are required under DirecTV’s license to provide pay TV service in Venezuela.

On the same statement, the TSJ also requests the DTH for the service to be restituted, and reports that Conatel must appoint ‘an Ad-Hoc Administrative Board, which will be in charge of the administration, with the aim of guaranteeing the immediate restoration of the pay TV services and fulfillment with all the the company workers labor rights’ The Administrative Board, as Conatel reports, ‘will also verify any collection situation since the the service was cancelled, which must be reported to the TSJ Constitutional Hall’.