New must-carry rules for DTH operators in Argentina

Argentina’s National Communications Agency (Enacom) established that satellite pay TV providers must deliver the State-owned free-to-air channels, as well as the Buenos Aires City channel and the Catholic Church channel (in this latter case in the area of coverage that coincides with the uplink of the DTH systems).
The resolution also states that these systems must carry FTA TV channels whose coverage area coincides with the uplink of the DTH services systems, as well as four FTA channels whose coverage area does not match the uplink.
In turn, the resolution, dated May 22, established the incorporation of TV channels focused on federal information programming, at regional, provincial and local levels, as well as international and national information content.
In Article 2, the resolution indicates that DTH operators must add, as a minimum, in their respective lineups, the number of channels representing 20% of the total channels they offer in the national territory in their basic plans, or a minimum amount of 22 channels.
In Argentina, currently only DirecTV and InTV offer DTH, but the government is expected to move forward with the law that will allow telcos to provide that technology.