Category archives for: DTT/DSO

Consumers and broadcasters will pay for DSO

Three years after the latest shift in the frequencies, Spaniards will again have to foot the bill of the new DTT migration following the digital dividend to be completed by January 2015. The Administration estimates that the total cost of retuning will amount to €200 million with over 8 million households paying between €20 and €23 each to readjust their [...]

Spain: 8 more DTT channels face closure

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The shutdown of nine DTT channels in Spain by a May 6th deadline may be followed by the closure of another eight DTT channels if the Supreme Court accepts the appeal made by the company Infraestructuras y Gestión 2002 – which has argued that these additional channels also got their licences unlawfully. The Spanish government has admitted it is a [...]

Thailand: TV coupon plan postponed


The distribution of digital TV subsidy coupons may be postponed to late June or early July, as the regulator has not finalised the plan’s details or coupon value. The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) could not conclude the coupon’s value and distribution plan for proposal to the board on April 16th. Col Natee Sukonrat, chairman of the NBTC’s broadcasting [...]

Spain finalises digital dividend regulation

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Following its decision to close down nine DTT channels, the Spanish Administration is now speeding up its plans to pave the way for the allocation of the so-called digital dividend to be completed by January 2015. The government will approve a Royal Decree before summer that will govern the entire process. “We will strictly keep to that timetable, which means [...]

Cairo Communications only bidder for Italian DTT

Cairo Communications has submitted the only bid on the DTT frequency auction, called by Italy’s Ministry for Economic Development. Significantly, the auction was not open to companies that own three or more digital multiplexes, i.e. Mediaset, RAI and Telecom Italia Broadcasting. The starting price of the auction was set at €30 million. The Ministry will now consider whether the bid [...]

Digital pay-TV soars in Eastern Europe

The number of digital pay-TV subscribers will increase from 26.1 million (21.5 per cent of TV households) in 2010 to 45.0 million (36.6 per cent) in 2013 and onto 73.6 million (58.2 per cent) by 2020, according to a report from Digital TV Research. As Eastern Europe crawls out of recession, the number of digital TV homes will triple between [...]

MPs: BBC’s Digital Media Initiative “complete failure”


A Committee of MPs has described the BBC’s Digital Media Initiative as a “complete failure” and accused the Corporation of complacency and a lack of transparency in its dealings with parliamentary bodies. The Rt. Hon. Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts, speaking as the Committee published a report examining the BBC’s Digital Media Initiative (DMI), said: [...]

Spain: New DTT channels with 35% coverage

The closure of the nine DTT channels will lead to coverage problems for new service because the planned new frequencies will only be able to reach 35 per cent of the population, according to a report from broadcast and telecoms infrastructure specialist Abertis Telecom. The Spanish government plans to call a public tender to award the new DTT licences using [...]

Australia embraces new screens


The latest Australian Multi-Screen Report, covering the fourth quarter of calendar 2013, shows robust viewing of broadcast television on in-home TVs. Australians are spending more time watching conventional television than they did a year ago and are also using Internet-connected devices to complement their viewing of TV and other video. An estimated 40 per cent of homes now have tablets [...]

Telecom Italia, Espresso to merge DTT networks


Telecom Italia Media and Espresso Group have signed agreements to merge their respective DTT network operator businesses controlled by Telecom Italia Media Broadcasting (TIMB) and Rete A. The merger between TIMB and Rete A, who own three and two digital multiplexes respectively, will create the leading independent network operator in Italy with five digital multiplexes. The operation will lead to [...]

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