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Belize Cable Television Operations Association shines at Concord Media Group – Love FM


Now on to other news: The Belize Cable Television Operations Association spoke out against Concord Media Group in a five paragraph, one page press release Wednesday night. At the heart of the matter are the cable broadcasting rights for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. The Association says it has made unremitting efforts, especially over the past five years, to negotiate with programmers for content that conforms to the copyright at affordable costs to allow equal access to each of its member cable operators, large and small. However, in the case of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, Concord Media Group (CMG) first acquired the rights to broadcast the games. The statement said the Association did everything possible to properly acquire the rights to broadcast the content via cable television from International Media Content Limited (IMC), but faced prohibitive licensing costs. In the statement, the Association points out that the Broadcasting Act clearly designates the Association as the only entity to engage in the purchase of rights to broadcast content for its members. In fact, according to the law, (quote) “it is illegal for a person who holds a television license under section five and who offers a program service by cable, or for any other person, other than the Association, to be the holder of a license or assignee of a cinematographic film, a cable program or a program, and in this capacity to offer it to the Association or to any other person for distribution to the members of the Association ”(not cited). And as such, the Association says it will not support what it perceives to be a violation of the law it relies on by hiring licensees other than IMC. It claims that such action could harm the economic interests of its members and even the public interest when accessing and negotiating future content rights. While Concord makes Internet streams from the Olympics available for free, you still cannot watch them on your local TV channels or cable providers at this time.


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