TV Azteca from Mexico to be the first private television company in Latin America to access multiprogramming


The Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) of Mexico finally authorized the television company TV Azteca (Salinas Group) to transmit multiprogramming of six channels through the same 6Mhz frequency. This possibility is derived from the migration to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), completed by this country in 2015.


TV Azteca will be the first private corporation to access this benefit in Latin America. In Brazil, this is allowed only for public companies. The Mexican broadcaster owns air channels 7, 13 and 40 for which it could reach up to a total of 18 signals in standard quality (they could be less if it decided to broadcast in high definition).


The IFT argued the decision by stating that “greater choice and content diversity is promoted for the benefit of the audiences of the regions involved through the best use of the same licensed channels and for free to the population”, quoted by local newspaper El Universal.


TV Azteca had launched in April 2009 the restricted DTT system Hi-TV since there was no existing regulation on multiplexing. However, the project was extinguished at the end of 2014 due to the reform of telecommunications and replaced by the IPTV, internet and telephony operator Totalplay.