EchoStar Chairman Releases Statement on Pending Mexican Legislation
[Via Satellite 02-12-2014] Charlie Ergen, chairman of EchoStar Corporation, has released a statement on the proposed “Must Carry, Must Offer” legislation in Mexico. The legislation will require broadcasters to offer channels to pay-TV carriers while making them carry free-to-air channels.
In the statement, Ergen addressed EchoStar’s 2008 investment in Mexico through its ownership of DISH Mexico.
“Such investments were made on the belief that the Mexican government and regulatory authorities would ensure a competitive landscape and framework for subscription television providers operating in Mexico,” said Ergen.
He continued to address EchoStar’s investment in Mexico and its free broadcast TV channels for millions in the country, saying he hopes the government will still allow free access to TV.
“EchoStar trusts that the Mexican government will continue down its current path to ensure that Mexican consumers have the ability to watch free of charge their preferred free broadcast TV channels on any subscription television system they choose,” said Ergen. “Through such competitive actions, Mexico will continue to ensure the on-going development of a level playing field for subscription television providers. Such assurance will encourage further investment by competitive companies such as DISH Mexico, ultimately benefiting Mexican consumers with continued choice in pay television services.”