Spain urges single pay DTT STB

From David Del Valle in Madrid

The Ministry of Industry has urged TV operators and electronic manufacturers to reach an agreement to market a single set-top-box able to receive pay DTT services to avoid the proliferation of different DTT devices.

To this end, TV networks and manufacturers have set up a working group to find a suitable solution so that one single DTT device is able to receive pay services and HD transmissions. "It would be a horizontal solution supported by all involved players", said the General Director of Impulsa TDT, Andres de Armas.

Currently 50.7 per cent of TV households have DTT services. In February 576,000 DTT receivers were sold of which 283,000 were iDTVs. A total of 17 million DTT receivers have been sold since the launch of services. DTT coverage already reaches 93.5 per cent of the population.

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