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BBC World cuts SuperCable

Channel still carried in Venezuela by another distrib

MIAMI — BBC World has pulled the international feevee from Venezuela’s SuperCable due to an unspecified “ongoing commercial dispute.”

“We have done everything possible, but we regret that we can no longer distribute BBC World via SuperCable while this dispute continues,” says Jeff Hazell, BBC World director of sales and distribution.

BBC World reached 57,000 subs on SuperCable. The channel is still carried in Venezuela by cabler NetUno and by satcaster DirecTV.

Other pay TV programmers in Latin America have pulled their signals from operators in the past as a last resort.

Last year HBO Latin America Group was embroiled in a legal battle with No. 2 Argentine cabler Multicanal. Unable to reach a new accord on carriage rights and piracy issues, HBO pulled 10 nets for which the contract had expired.

On the other side, in November, Colombian pay TV cooperative TVPC dropped Turner Broadcasting System’s signals, which included the top-rated Cartoon Network, after talks fell apart over lowering carriage fees, but the signals were later restored.

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