Fate of Brazilian pay-TV hangs in the balance

Fate of Brazilian pay-TV hangs in the balance

In parallel to the broad reformist agenda that has been rolling forward in Brazil, less-publicized—yet vital—sectoral overhauls aim to modernize Brazilian legislation and foster a better business environment. After the new Telecoms Law finally passed in Congress, senators are now scrambling to update the so-called Pay-TV Law—a fight that is set to be just as fierce as its predecessor. 

Established in 2011, Brazil’s pay-TV legislation, as it is known, forbids cross-ownership between telecom service providers (such as cable and satellite operators) and content producers, such as TV channels or studios. Also, operators are not allowed to use Brazilian...

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