Sky Italia, L’Espresso DTT joint venture

Pay-TV operator Sky Italia and Italian multimedia group L’Espresso are close to an agreement for the launch of a new DTT platform, according to a report in the Milano Finanza newspaper.

The platform, in which the partners would have equal stakes, would use the multiplexes and digital TV frequencies already owned by the L’Espresso group. The two DTT multiplexes (Rete A), which currently reach 20 million Italian households, are currently used to transmit the group’s TV channels as well as Cielo, owned by Sky Italia.

The business plan for the L’Espresso group foresees an increase in the leased capacity on the DTT multiplexes to third parties, from 6 in 2012 to 11 in 2016.

The group’s portfolio includes national and local papers (including daily “La Repubblica”), three radio stations; as well as four TV channels, of which one with national coverage (Deejay TV) via DTT.

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