Putting an end to a three-year case, Chile’s Supreme Court has confirmed a fine of over $2 million for DIRECTV for distributing irregular set-top boxes.
No final word has been issued yet regarding a similar, ongoing case with Liberty Global’s VTR, but local media are already pointing to a similar decision from the Supreme Court.
The fine follows an investigation by the Superintendencia de Electricidad y Combustibles (SEC) after a fire that started in a DIRECTV set-top box in October 2015. Back then, the authority discovered that over one million boxes distributed by AT&T’s satellite operator and Liberty Global didn’t comply with Chilean regulations.
According to the SEC, DIRECTV didn’t replace the irregular boxes after the initial investigation, which has increased the final amount of the fine.
“The Supreme Court’s decision highlights the company’s obligation to deliver safe products for the users, taking all the necessary measures, which are defined by our regulations, in order to guarantee safety,” pointed out Luis Ávila Bravo, head of SEC.