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Feb 15, 2018

HBO Demands Copyright Compliance from Cable Operators

Ready to pay more for basic cable? It could happen as issues of copyright compliance come to Belize. Home Box Office, the giant pay-per-view movie and special programming service, sent principals of its Latin American subsidiary to Belize to meet today with the Board of Directors for Belize’s Cable Television Operators Association. Their discussion is to outline a road map to copyright compliance. But the final note should shock fear into Belizeans, as the Association says it will soon be signing a copyright agreement with H.B.O.  It means that the U.S. version of the channel will disappear from our screens along with related channels and be replaced by the Latin American version. There have long been complaints that rights for channels and special events like the Olympics and World Cup have been secured by certain companies for large sums of money, only to see pirates air the programs practically for free. It’s also true for local television stations such as this one. Even though rights to major international events are acquired by local stations, cable companies often proceed to show the games without buying sub-licenses for the rights holders. The members of the cable board are President Evan Tench; vice president Pedro Salazar; treasurer Pedro Lizarraga and directors Errol Cattouse and Carol Reich, representing all the major cable operators countrywide. We will of course continue to follow this developing story.

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1 Response for “HBO Demands Copyright Compliance from Cable Operators”

  1. Al Katyl says:

    The Latin version will have a disproportionate number of spanish channels in a country of 360k where most speak English.

    Just keep our local channels and a few US. Channels like the old US channels 2,4,5,7,9,11. and 13 of the 1970s. $45 per month is very steep. Also add UTube channel for documentaries and video reference for our students.

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