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New Chilean DTH bouquet - 04-August-2009, 13:03

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A 70-channel DTH service, using DVB-S2 transmission, is testing in Chile, prior to launching in other Latino markets.

Visiontel is expected to launch within weeks, say local reports. Visiontel will be the fourth DTH operator in Chile, following DirecTV, Telmex and Telefonica. The Chilean pay-TV market had some 1.5m subs at the end of last year, with satellite taking a 40% overall share.

A forecast from NexTV Latam says that half of pay-TV households across Latin America will be watching satellite between 2010 and 2011. Now Chile is expected to be the first key Latin America market where DTH will surpass cable subscribers.

The head of the project is Konrad Burchadt, who was behind the expansion internationally of Entel Chile during the 1990s, and then was Vice-President of VTR, the cable MSO, in 2006. The DVB-S2 platform integrator is Argentine company Network Broadcast.

The first stage of the Visiontel project will be focused in Southern Cone countries (Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay). They are planning a second stage expansion to all of Latin America. Most of the management team worked with Burchadt in Entel Chile (Luis Ahumada, Rafael Cristi and Francisco Ubilla are well-known names in the business and now hold senior positions at Visiontel). But Visiontel also includes Marcelo Salinas, who was in charge of installations in DTH operator Zap TV (now Telmex TV), the first Chilean competitor against DirecTV. Erika Tapia, former VTR Telefnica and Fernando Pavez, who commanded the satellite division of Chilean international carrier Entel from 1974 until 2006, are also part of the executive team
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