Earlier this year the Uruguayan government decided to re-allocated the country’s 512 MHz terrestrial band, and to shift its broadcaster’s channels onto satellite.
That has now happened, and Argentina-owned Cablevisión has launched an expanded DTH service into Uruguay’s 3 major cities and to add High-Definition channels to its portfolio. Cablevisión was operating a limited DTH service to some of the country’s interior villages and towns, which it will lose.
The new DTH service offers 45 HDTV channels, including sports and football, for the local equivalent of $31 a month. Subscribers will gain access to the company’s ‘FLOW’ TV Everywhere platform.
Cablevisión was set an 18-month time limit (from January 2018) to establish its DTH service. Some 85,000 cabled homes in Montevideo, San José and Canelones will need to shift to the new DTH service and the broadcaster is offering a month-long free-viewing period.
The move is seen as risky. Only DirecTV has the rights to offer a national DTH service.