Spanish regulator the CNMC has fined Telefónica-owned pay TV operator DTS €661,796 for failure to meet its obligations to finance European content creation in 2014.
The CNMC found that DTS, which formerly operated pay TV services under the Canal+ brand, was in breach of its obligations under the Spanish audiovisual communications law, which requires telecom operators that distribute TV services to allocate 5% of their operating income to finance European content. In the case of public companies, the amount is 6%.
The imposition of a file follows an investigation by the CNMC, opened in March, after its analysis of spending by operators for 2014 showed DTS falling short of its obligations to the tune of €7.4 million.
Telefónica, which has since acquired DTS and committed to a major programme of investment in drama series, spent €4 million in 2014, exceeding its obligation comfortably.
The CNMC’s analysis for 2015 also found DTS falling short of its required spend.