Looks like Mexico's IFT is having the same concerns as Brazil with sports channels.
The merger between Disney and 21ST Century Fox could affect Mexican Soccer
From the Institute of Telecommunications Law (IDET) concerned the merger between Disney and 21st Century Fox , as this could have on consumer detriment television in Mexico, including football fans.
- The IDET detected disadvantages to promote competition as well as distribution of audiovisual products in Mexico with the merger between Disney and Fox
- Mexican soccer could be involved after 4 teams are broadcast by Fox Sports
- Fox launched a premium application with national and international sports content, whose price is 139 pesos per month
According to an Economist report , the IDET has stated that it finds disadvantages to promote healthy competition as well as the distribution of audiovisual products; this, despite the fact that the Federal Telecommunications Institute still needs to analyze the transaction.
And it is that the games of Monterrey, Pachuca, León and Tijuana are broadcast by the Fox Sports signal , which means 22 percent of the teams that play in the first division of the country.
While, from ESPN can see the matches of Atlas and Santos, although it is shared rights with TV Azteca .
After the announcement of purchase, the media reports, Fox launched a premium application with national and international sports content, whose price is 139 pesos per month, or free for those who already pay for the television service.
Similarly, El Economista said that Morena senators will summon the commissioners of the IFT, Gabriel Contreras , as well as Alejandra Palacios , from the Federal Commission of Economic Competition, to look into the risks of the union.
In the last tournament, 31 percent of the 153 games played in the regular season were broadcast exclusively by a pay-TV channel, while 77 percent were tuned to open television.
And, during the last four years, the television offer of the parties changed for the followers, derived from the distribution of television rights, which produced better offers from Fox Sports, ESPN, TVC Deportes as well asClaro Video.
In such a way that the Mexican amateur would have to pay to be able to watch the transmissions of the equipment, something that lives since 1998 when Televisa incorporated first division matches in its pay signal (Sky) since by contract it was established that the clubs yielded two or three matches per tournament.
However, this fact could be slowed down in Mexico, also, there are precedents, in Argentina, to see football matches must be paid, while in Brazil the purchase was not authorized by the Administrative Council of the Economic Defense; Meanwhile, in the United States, the union was made without the inclusion of Fox Sports , to avoid monopolistic actions.