U.S. Sat Feeds Worry Latin Execs

Latin American tv execs at NATPE expressed concern over whether they can compete with satellite-fed U.S. programming from the likes of CNN Intl., HBO and ESPN.

In a sesh titled “Satellite Tv and Its Influence,” Osvaldo Barzelatto, head of the Chilean division of MGM Communications, warned that tv ad revenue has remained stagnant in many Latin American countries. He predicted that Latin governments might impose quotas on programming if ad support for local b’casters dries up.

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