Acapulco, Mexico -- Attracting new investments was a major
topic of discussion at the recent CANITEC (Cámara Nacional de la Industria de
Television por Cable) convention here. Enrique Yamuni, president of CANITEC, drove home
the point, urging operators to raise subscriber revenue and diversify their services.
Mexico is seen as the next major Latin American pay TV
market where conditions are ripe for mergers and acquisitions. Competition from
direct-to-home is making it clear that consolidation is key. "The Mexican market has
evolved to the point where size matters. Without it, you can't compete ... and secure
access to funds and better technology," said Luis Torres-Bohl, president of
Atlanta-based consultancy Castle Communications Corp.
Paris -- Direct-to-home platform Galaxy Latin America
launched its service in Argentina last week, quick on the heels of a reciprocal
satellite-transmission agreement signed by the U.S. and Argentine governments June 5. The
Argentine service, known as Galaxy Entertainment de Argentina, is a partnership between
Argentine media heavyweight Grupo Clarín's Artier/Canal 13 unit, Hughes Electronics
Corp. and the Cisneros Group of Cos. Artier/Canal 13 has contracts with 31 partners,
representing 400 points of sale, to distribute Galaxy Entertainment de Argentina.
London -- Alexander Silo, president and CEO of Orbit
Satellite Television and Radio Network, said the Mideast satellite company has now
resolved issues related to an inspection of its Rome facilities by Italian taxation
authorities. Silo said the investigation was satisfactorily concluded in relation to what
he termed as routine value-added-tax claims.
Silo also said Orbit has taken occupation of a large,
five-studio complex at Egypt's new Media Production City, near the Gaza pyramids, as
part of its plan to decentralize its operations from Rome.