The Audiovisual Council of Andalusia (CAA) has detected in its last analysis of the radioelectric spectrum eleven television channels with unlicensed broadcasts in Granada. In the entire community there are 55. Among the infractions detected is the broadcast of pornographic content, violence at times not allowed and advertising or promotion of miracle products. The CAA warns, in a statement, about the “high presence of these illegal television stations, which represent both unfair competition for the regularized channels and a risk for the most vulnerable users by transgressing a good part of their content with audiovisual regulations.”
Through its network of 18 audiovisual material capture centers (one of them in Granada), the CAA has found 14 multiplexes (or composite signal to transmit to various television and radio channels) not assigned in the National Television Plan Digital Terrestrial (TDT) for Andalusia that were occupied by signals. In these multiples, 77 busy channels have been found, 22 of them without content and another 55 with programming catalogable by the Council.
From the analysis of the 55 channels that broadcast content without the corresponding enabling title, in 27 (49%) television stations, 46 broadcasts have been located that violate audiovisual regulations in one way or another: pornographic content (14.31%), violence during not allowed (25.54%) and miracle products (7.15%). The CAA has verified that these infractions related to the inclusion of prohibited content such as pornography are more common in this type of television, with the implications that this represents in terms of the protection of minors.
The collection centers where the most illegally occupied channels have been located are those of Malaga and Fuengirola (18), Seville (15), Almería (12), Granada (11) and Cordoba (8). The main content providers that appear in the multiplex information are Ingest Telecom (28 channels) and TV-Provider (23).
The Audiovisual Council of Andalusia has repeatedly expressed its concern about the high percentage of illegal occupation of DTT frequencies, which almost equals the number of legal television stations captured by this body (65 compared to the 55 ‘pirate’ channels detected) .
The CAA works on this complex phenomenon by carrying out periodic reports, cataloging the content broadcast by these television channels and monitoring them through the alert system for possible breaches of the law. Given the nature of unlicensed channels, which tend to migrate continuously from one frequency to another, the Council carries out technical analyzes every six months with the aim of having a simultaneous and up-to-date image, through all the reception centers, of the panorama of Unlicensed televisions.
The technical report on broadcasts without a license and the decision adopted unanimously by the Council Plenary has been sent to the Department of Social Communication of the Ministry of the Presidency, Interior, Social Dialogue and Administrative Simplification.