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DTG underpins Freeview Play with D-Book 8

The DTG has given the UK digital terrestrial TV industry the tools to support Freeview Play and manage the Ofcom-announced 700MHz clearance with the launch of D-Book 8. The 2015 revision of the D-Book also includes support for potential future HEVC broadcasts, a new method to deliver software updates via broadband, smart retuning, and hundreds of minor updates to maintain […]

DTT dominates in Spain

Whereas in most of Europe, TV  consumption is via satellite with a penetration rate of 35 per cent, in Spain, DTT takes the lion’s share with 11.56 million homes, albeit with a drop of 500,000 homes, down 8.6 per cent in 2014, according to a report from SES Astra. The study reveals

Media Broadcast DTT platform licence

Media Broadcast of Germany, a European full-service provider in the broadcasting and media industry, has been awarded the broadcasting capacities to operate a digital terrestrial television platform tendered by the State Media Authorities. The licence is an important step towards making the digital terrestrial television of the future a reality. The DVB-T2 platform that Media Broadcast will build and operate […]

Spain: New DTT licences on hold

The Spanish government’s plans to award 5 new DTT licences have been put on hold until probably next September. They were originally slated to be awarded in the first half of the year. Local and Regional elections may be the main reasons for the delay. The digital migration to be completed on March 31st may be also a reason as […]

Digital TV homes to double in LatAm

Despite slowing economic growth, the number of digital TV households in Latin America will double by 2020. A report by Digital TV Research estimates 152 million digital TV households by 2020. Digital TV will climb from only 17.9 per cent penetration of TV households at end-2010 to just over the halfway mark by end-2014 and onto 93.6 per cent by […]

French DTT at 10 faces challenges

French association of independent channels ACI, which comprises groups such as L’Equipe, Lagardère Active, NRJ, NextRadio TV, and Diversité TV France, is using the occasion of the 10th anniversary of digital territorial television in France to urge French authorities to adapt the French audiovisual market to the new rules so as to preserve the free-to-air national terrestrial network. The association […]

Montenegro invites DVB-T2 channel bids

Montenegro’s Agency for Electronic Media has announced a tender for awarding capacity on the first national DVB-T2 multiplex (MUX 1). The multiplex will cover four allotted areas – Bjelasica (channel 43), Lovcen (35), Podgorica (24) and Tvrdas (49). DTT network operator Radio-difuzni Centar will be responsible for providing 85 per cent coverage of the population of Montenegro. Commercial broadcasters as […]

Star Group loses Ghana legal action

Star Times Group has lost a Ghana court action. Star Communication Network Technology Company Limited of China, had sued Ghana’s Ministry of Communications through the Attorney-General over the cancellation of an April 11th 2012 contract for the supply and installation of the nation’s DTT Network system. The Ministry of Communication denied any wrongdoing and explained that it cancelled the contract […]

South Africa to miss DSO deadline

Although South Africa’s Communications Minister Faith Muthambi had earlier intimated that the nation would switch off its analogue broadcasting system in June, the Department of Communications has issued a New Broadcasting Digital Migration policy which suggests this is not the case. The Department says it welcomes the Cabinet decision regarding the approval of the Broadcasting Digital Migration Amendment Policy with […]

ITV: Risks ahead

The initial results from the UK’s leading commercial broadcaster ITV were received well (pre-tax profits up 39 per cent to £605 million for the year).  But now the analysts have had a chance to get their teeth into the numbers, and they have some concerns as to the state of play at ITV. William Packer, an analyst at investment bank […]

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