Colombia. NexTV Series was the perfect space for the National Television Authority, ANTV, headed by its director Ángela María Mora Soto, to call for allied institutions and officially announce the creation of the Inter-Institutional Table against Piracy.

The Director of the ANTV called the National Prosecutor's Office, the National Directorate of Copyright (DNDA), the Directorate of National Taxes and Customs (DIAN), the National Police, the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC), and FOX for the launching of the Interinstitutional Table against Television Piracy for the fight against the illegal provision of the service in any form, the marketing and unauthorized distribution of protected TV signals, the sub-reporting of users and the sale of devices not authorized to decipher signals protected by their holders.

This new agreement was made to work for the legality of the Industry and the ANTV seeks to counteract the illegal practices of both clandestine operators, as concessionaires and suppliers of devices not authorized for the commercialization of protected audiovisual signals. Likewise, by linking the National Directorate of Copyright and the National Police, new fronts will be attacked in the digital environment, such as the piracy of signals on the Internet.

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The results of this joint management will be reflected in future industry events, as will be the next Working Table to be held with Industry in the framework of the ANDICOM 2018 event.

For some years, the ANTV has been executing several actions against pay TV piracy, which include different days of training, preventive and forfeiture throughout the country, and campaigns aimed at raising awareness among operators and users of the service, among others

According to its own figures, the ANTV has fined 150 illegal pay TV operators since the anti-piracy strategy was approved in the 2016 year. Likewise, 130 technical inspections have been carried out, 150 local pay TV providers have been fined for violating copyright legislation and equipment has been confiscated at 20 broadcast stations; numbers that have been made public in sessions and trainings with some industry players such as Andinalink, ASOTIC, among others.

Following the plan of action launched in April of 2016, the ANTV had already strengthened its efforts, mainly with the Prosecutor's Office, and allocated more resources to the coordination responsible for these issues. The strategy and alliances with involved entities were made after knowing that almost three million (3.000.000) households received a pay television signal through illegal suppliers, resulting in losses in tax revenues of more than one hundred million pesos (\ 100.000.000).

It is expected that later the ANTV can link other authorities and of course the industry itself, all this to achieve the construction and defense of a healthy audiovisual market, in which fair competition prevails for the benefit of all consumers and formal companies who provide services

The objective of the ANTV and this new alliance will be the articulation of the public and private sector, looking for joint mechanisms to discourage and repress the illicit activities of the piracy of pay television.

Richard St.
Author: Richard St.
Editor
Journalist from the University of Antioquia (2010), with experience in technology and economics. Editor of the magazines TVyVideo + Radio and AVI Latin America. Academic Coordinator of TecnoTelevisión & Radio.

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