The USIBB, United States International Broadcasting Bureau, the Federal agency that runs TV Marti, knows it has a real turkey on its hands that's about to get slaughtered and offered up as the main dish on the table of Castro appeasement.
TV Marti has never really reached large numbers of Cubans on the island because of successful jamming, reportedly personally supervised by one of Fidel Castro's sons. It has also been plagued by controversy and scandal.
This makes it an attractive sacrificial turkey to the new congress.
These set of circumstances has caused the agency towards a "market solution"
TV Marti is paying $195,000 for six months worth of broadcasts to WPMF-TV in Miami, an affiliate of the Spanish-language Azteca Americas network, for daily programing. It will be the the first time Marti programming has been broadcast on U.S. airwaves. The programing will be able to reach Cubans on the island through DirectTV.
Here's the Regime's response:
"They are trying new ways to get their meddlesome and subversive messages, designed to destabilize the Cuban revolution, seen and heard in our country," an
article in the Communist Party newspaper Granma said.
"The authorities of our country, with the support of the vast majority of the people, are taking and will take the necessary measures" to halt this new effort to bring TV Marti programming to the country, Granma said.
Read more at the Washington Post
News, commentary and lame comedy is "meddlesome and subversive and destabilizing to the Cuban revolution."
Today. In Misceláneas de Cuba we get a report form independent Cuban journalist, Juan Carlos Linares Balmaseda, informing us that the Cuba’s communist Regime is already taking measures to prevent the Direct TV broadcast from reaching Cubans.
According to Carlos Linares Balmaseda, the National Revolutionary Police in coordination with the Cuban Phone Company and other government agencies have started a campaign to eradicate satellite dishes.
Watching DirectTV or any satellite transmission is illegal in Cuba. The only legal DirectTV dishes are reserved for Hotels that cater ONLY to foreigners as it is also illegal for Cubans to stay in Hotels. Even in the Hotels the signal is interrupted daily to broadcast “Mesa Redonda”, a Cuban “news” program.
Cubans on the island refer to the DirecTV programming received through the illegal dishes as “Television by Cable” (cable TV).
The joint operation taking place in Havana is an effort to eradicate the illegal dishes and cut the homemade “networks” of cables that distribute the “television by cable”.
Rafael Carlos Núñez y Nelson Herrera, two residents of the Havana suburb of Luyano told Linares Balmaseda that they witnessed “patrols of two policemen and a bout a dozen phone company employees in four vans and sometimes on foot, that were combing Pérez street and would cut any suspicious cables capable of carrying the satellite signal.”
According to Linares Balmaseda, similar operations have been reported in other Havana neighborhoods.
Read Killcastro's poignantly subversive take on this here