Four popular free to air networks are expected to be pulled from local subscription TV broadcasters from January 1, 2020.
Fans of Fox network’s Walking Dead, NBC’s the Voice, Days of Our Lives and Suits, CBS’ NCIS and ABC’s The View and Jimmy Kimmel may be forced to seek alternative ways to keep up to date with the shows as the Telecommunications Authority of T&T is clamping down on service providers who have not been compliant with intellectual property rights.
"The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (the Authority) notes recent media publications and commentaries with regard to increasing rates for subscription television (pay TV) by local providers and the corresponding concerns expressed by consumers on the proposed rate increases.
The Authority has worked to ensure that the pay TV television market in Trinidad and Tobago is an open one where consumer choice will drive demand and determine price.
Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie is weighing in on the Telecommunication Authority's recent action, in addressing companies that have been owing on their license fees.
The Minister issued the following statement today.
"I have observed the Public Advisory dated June 10, 2016 from the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago in which all persons operating a public telecommunications network or broadcasting service contrary to the provisions of the Telecommunications Act Chap. 47:31 (the Act) are required to immediately cease and desist operation.