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Serbia digital simulcasts from September

Analogue and digital TV simulcasts are due to being in Serbia on September 1st, according to the country’s Ministry of Trade and Telecommunications. The first analogue transmitters will be switched off on March 1st 2015, and Serbia should complete its transition to DTT by mid-2015. The Regulations on the Transition from Analogue to Digital Television Broadcasting and Access to the […]

Saorview reaches 653,000 Irish viewers

The number of households opting for national DTT service Saorview has increased by 41,000 over the last four months, taking the total number of Irish homes with Saorview to 653,000. According to data from Nielsen, this brings the proportion of all TV homes in Ireland that have Saorview – either on its own or combined with other services – to […]

Birmingham TV launch date unrealistic

Rival bidders for Birmingham’s local TV licence claim it is now impossible to launch a quality television service before the government’s deadline, following the encumbent going bust. City TV, the holder of the local TV licence for Birmingham, has appointed administrators to try to find a buyer for the licence. While rival local TV firms relish the opportunity to launch […]

Portuguese want more DTT channels

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Most respondents to the public consultation on the future of DTT in Portugal advocate more channels “immediately” in order “to maximise existing supply”, according to a partial report published by the Regulatory Authority for the Media (ERC) in conjunction with the National Communications Authority (Anacom). In the findings the ERC states that with regard to the occupation of Multiplex A, […]

Birmingham City TV goes bust

Birmingham’s City TV has gone into administration, before broadcasting any programmes. The company local TV licence was granted in 2012 and the channel would have served 1.2 million households in the Birmingham area. It had until November to start broadcasting but did not have studio premises or equipment, having been unable to secure sufficient financing. Administrator Duff & Phelps said […]

Spain: 4 new HD and 1 SD DTT channels

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The Spanish government plans to award 5 new DTT licences for the launch of 4HD and 1SD channels in 2015. The minister of Industry, José Manuel Soria, has announced the plans confirming that the Spain’s new DTT map will be composed of 8 DTT multiplexes, of which three will be operated by public broadcasters (2 by RTVE and 1 by […]

DTT on Xbox One across Europe

Microsoft is launching a digital TV tuner adapter for the Xbox One later this year in Europe in a bid to expand the console’s live TV features to more markets. Scheduled to launch towards the end of October in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain, the adapter will plug into a USB port, allowing users to bypass a cable […]

DTG next-gen FTA spec for Freeview Connected

DTG members are about to begin work on the evolution of the technical specification for digital terrestrial television (D-Book 8) to introduce support for Freeview Connected and much more, with Working Group meetings due to begin after the summer break. Simon Gauntlett, the DTG’s Chief Technology Officer, has circulated a plan of activity to the relevant expert Working Groups which […]

Oz FreeviewPlus confirms September launch

Originally scheduled for launch in the first half of 2014, but delayed as a result of technical issues, Australian DTT platform Freeview has confirmed that its FreeviewPlus HbbTV service will now launch September 2, and will be backed by a TV teaser campaign, featuring some of Australia’s best-loved TV personalities. The campaign, carrying the tagline ‘FreeviewPlus, a whole new way […]

€10m grant for DTT simulcasting

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Spain has approved a €10 million state subsidy to finance the simulcasting of public (National and Regional) DTT transmissions during the digital migration process, from October to December. The financial aid will be given to the national pubcaster RTVE and the public Regional TV companies in Aragon, Canaries, Catalonia, Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Galicia and Extremadura. The simulcast DTT transmissions will […]

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