T&T faces removal of four US channels

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – FOREIGN free-to-air channels CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX will be pulled from the local cable channel line-up from January 1, unless local cable providers obtain the necessary rights from the copyright owners of the stations to air them.

That’s according to the regulator of the local telecommunications industry, the Telecommunications Authority of T&T.

In an announcement on Monday, TATT said four years ago it exercised forbearance on the transmission of the four channels so that it could consider the many issues related to the Intellectual Property Rights of the broadcast of those stations in T&T.

That period of forbearance has now come to an end, TATT announced.

Forbearance is basically the period in which TATT has agreed not to exercise or enforce certain rules.

“Any subscription TV broadcasters airing these channels must have the legal right from the copyright owner to do so,” the Authority advised.

Customers will notice the removal of these stations from their channel line-up if their subscription TV broadcasting provider has not obtained the relevant rights to broadcast the station from the copyright owners,” TATT noted.