CARACAS, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Venezuelan television
subscription service DirecTV began resuming operations on Friday
and investment firm Scale Capital said it had reached an
agreement with the DirecTV's local affiliate that had the
backing of Venezuela's government.
Parent company AT&T Inc said in May it was shuttering
the Venezuelan service because it was unable to comply both with
the country's laws and U.S. sanctions, which bar U.S. companies
from contracting with agencies linked to the government of
President Nicolas Maduro.
Scale Capital, which lists a contact address in Chile and
has an investment portfolio that includes South America-focused
firms, said on its website it had "reached an agreement" to
restart service using DirecTV's "installed infrastructure."
"The satellite television service will be reactivated
automatically to the more than two million subscribers in the
country, who will have free service for a period of 90 days,"
Scale Capital said in a statement on its website.
The statement makes no mention of AT&T.
AT&T and Scale Capital did not immediately respond to
requests for comment.
Venezuela's telecommunications regulator Conatel tweeted
that DirecTV "via the company Scale Capital, restored the
subscription television station," adding that the move complied
with supreme court rulings on the matter.
Some Venezuelans reported early Friday on social media that
DirecTV service appeared to have resumed.
DirecTV has for years been a mainstay of poor neighborhoods
in Venezuela, where the company's antennas were often visible on
the zinc roofs of low-income cinder-block houses.
(Reporting by Brian Ellsworth and Corina Pons; Editing by