ABTU, the national UHF television association, last week wrote to Roberto Wagner, a member of the Social Communication Council (CCS), to request assistance for providers of so-called special subscription television (TVAs) to regularize their service.
According to Paulo Cesar Ferreira, a director of ABTU and owner of TV O DIA in Rio de Janeiro, the association has insistently asked Anatel to clarify doubts about renewal of UHF licenses but hasn?t received any answers. The first such licenses were granted in 1988 and start expiring this year. Anatel says it?s working with the Communications Ministry on a solution.
Besides license renewal ABTU?s members have asked the CCS for assistance with several other requests submitted to Anatel and the Communications Ministry, also without response according to Paulo Cesar Ferreira.
The main requests are for permission to raise transmitter power and install small retransmitters so as to improve coverage; to increase broadcast time, currently 35% of the total (the rest must be encoded); and to join the working group that?s studying the introduction of digital TV in Brazil.
DTV is especially important for these operators, Mr Ferreira stresses. ?The Government has made concessions to other providers like DISTVs and MMDS licensees so they can continue to operate,? he says. ?DISTVs had their licenses converted to cable and MMDS is now multichannel. We also want a chance to deliver local service. That?s where digital TV comes in.?