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Belize Cable Television Operations Association joins Concord Media Group – Love FM

Now on to some other news: The Belize Cable Television Operations Association came out against Concord Media Group in a five-paragraph, one-page press release Wednesday night. At the center of the matter are the cable rights to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. The Association says it has made tireless efforts, especially over the past five years, to negotiate with programmers for content that is compliant. to copyright at affordable costs in order to allow equal access to each of its member cable distributors, large and small. However, in the case of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, Concord Media Group (CMG) first acquired the broadcast rights for the games. The statement said the Association made every effort to properly acquire the rights to broadcast the content via cable television from International Media Content Limited (IMC), but faced prohibitive licensing costs. In the statement, the Association points out that the Radio and Television Act clearly designates the Association as the only entity to engage in the purchase of content broadcast rights for its members. In fact, according to the law, (quote) “it is illegal for a person who holds a television license under section five and provides cable program service, or for any other person, other than the Association, to be the licensee or assignee of a motion picture, cable program or broadcast, and as such to offer it to the Association or any other person for distribution to members of the Association” (without quotation marks). And as such, the Association declares that it will not support what it perceives as a violation of the law on which it relies by engaging licensees other than IMC. It claims that such action could harm the economic interests of its members and even the public interest in accessing and negotiating future content rights. While Concord makes freely available the Internet streams of the Olympics, you still can’t s watch on your local TV stations or cable companies for now.