Astra condemns Hispasat DTT

From David Del Valle in Madrid

SES Astra in Spain has condemned the Spanish Government for the “inadequate” deployment of DTT and in particular its “a very costly” deal with Hispasat for satellite DTT distribution.

Luis Sahun, director of Astra Spain, says Hispasat “will not allow viewers to have access to pay DTT channels and 3D”. He also claims the satellite cost is “exorbitant” at E1bn over 10 years. He says the best solution would be DTT/DTH STBs “with no restrictions in the reception of the signal as in France and the UK” with an estimated satellite cost of E62 million over the next 10 years.

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