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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018. 10:54 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Belizeans may soon start paying considerably more money for cable packages as the country, and in particular, cable companies, which have profited from pirating premium cable channels, are being pushed to comply with international copyright laws.

According to reports, executives from HBO Latin America were in Belize yesterday for a meeting with the Belize Cable TV Operators Association (BCTVOA). A release from BCTVOA says the meeting was held “to outline a road map to copyright compliance”.

The meeting was reportedly led by Phil Welcome, director of anti-piracy for HBO Latin America.

If and when these changes come into effect it will most likely mean that premium channels, including HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, CINEMAX and others, which are popular for many TV dramas, will only be available on a premium package for more money than the basic rate currently charged by cable providers.

More meetings are expected to be held in the following weeks to chart a way forward on the issue in Belize.

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