Uruguay caps size of pay-TV operators

Uruguay’s industry ministry on December 31st issued an official decree that has the effect of limiting the market share of pay-TV broadcasting.

The new rules state that no single company y might enjoy a more than 25 per cent overall share in the nation, or a 35 per cent domination in one locality.  Currently no operator breaches these rules, but the Ministry says it wants to ensure competition in the sector, and to foster original programming while avoiding monopolies and market domination.

According to Dataxis, Uruguay’s market-leader is Cablevision (with an overall 16 per cent market share, although a 24 per cent share in capital Montevideo), followed by DirecTV (11.7 per cent).

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