Mexico authorizes Televisa to offer multiprogramming despite preponderance


The Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) of Mexico authorized the telecommunications company Televisa to broadcast multiprogramming through subsidiaries Televimex, Television de Puebla, Radiotelevisora ​​de Mexico Norte and Canales de Television Popular.


This possibility is derived from the migration to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), completed in this country in December 2015. The IFT declared Televisa as a dominant economic agent in broadcasting but not in Pay-TV.


Televisa will be the second private corporation to access this benefit in Latin America. The IFT granted a permit to its competing company, TV Azteca, in March. In Brazil, this is allowed only for state companies.


“These authorizations only involve an expansion of the number of content channels that can be transmitted, which involves a most efficient use of radio spectrum, since applicants will introduce new programming channels that were not previously transmitted in the main population to serve, which implies a benefit for the audience”, stated the IFT in a press release.