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Local nets contest Spain’s DTT plan

A network of small local TV stations (the so-called ‘Community Networks’) has appealed to the Supreme Court against the Government-imposed new DTT plan calling for its halt. According to ReMC (Red de Medios Comunitarios, Network of Community Media), the new DTT plan is discriminatory as it has omitted the services from the allocation of DTT frequencies. The new DTT plan […]

Ofcom opens up 700 MHz for mobile broadband

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UK comms regulator Ofcom has announced it is to make valuable airwaves available for mobile broadband services, suggesting it is also securing the future of digital terrestrial TV. The decision allows mobile network operators to deliver mobile broadband using some of the frequencies currently used for digital terrestrial TV services, such as Freeview, and wireless microphones. These frequencies make up […]

Spain: DTT blackout for 300,000 buildings?

Thirty-five per cent of buildings in Spain may be left out of the DTT migration for lack of material or replacement parts leading many of those 300,000 buildings to a DTT blackout by January 1st when the DTT migration process must be completed. The National Federation of Telecommunications, FECOTEL, has publicly reported that there aren´t enough stored components to replace […]

Grants deadline opened to adapt DTT

Spaniards can already apply for the grants to adapt their aerials to watch DTT as a result of the digital migration the country is now facing due to the so-called digital dividend. From now until June 30th 2015 an Internet application through the website red.es is available to fill in a form to apply for the aid to finance the […]

Nigerians to spend $4.2bn on digital TV

Nigeria is embracing digital TV. It is committed to meeting the July 31st 2015 deadline for ending analogue TV, and in the process its citizens will spend “not less than N700 billion” ($4.2bn) on decoders or set-top boxes to allow them to receive digital TV. Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) is a Nigerian media powerhouse, and one recent report said

Digital UK: ‘DTT important spectrum user’

Alex Pumfrey, Chief Operating Officer of Digital UK – the company which supports the UK’s terrestrial TV service and its viewers – has suggested that digital terrestrial television will remain an important user of spectrum into the future. Participating in a Westminster eForum Keynote Seminar on the next steps for spectrum, Pumfrey noted that DTT was playing its part in […]

TalkTalk halves triple-play prices

TalkTalk has cut the cost of its TV, broadband and calls packages to half price for 12 months. TalkTalk’s Essentials TV package will now be £4.25 a month plus line rental, while Plus TV – TalkTalk’s YouView TV bundle – will be £9.25 a month plus line rental. The deal provides a saving of up to £190 over 18 months […]

StarTimes channel boost for digital

In a strategic bid to offer customers more robust and improved digital television experience, Nigerian digital pay-TV provider StarTimes has unveiled nine new television channels across its StarTimes and StarSat platforms. The channels will also be enjoyed for free for seven days by customers across all subscription bouquets on StarTimes in an Open Week programme from November 10 through November […]

Lagardère buys into Gulli, plans African expansion

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Lagardère Active has bought the 34 per cent of shares owned by France Television in youth and family DTT channel Gulli. Lagardère intends to launch an African French and English version next year. The channel is already operating in Russia, along with preschool network TiJi. Following two years of talks, the groups have finally agreed a reported €25 million price. […]

Broadcast unions call for spectrum safeguards

Leaders of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) have demanded global action to protect spectrum to guarantee the future of broadcasting.The call was made on the closing day of the 50th Anniversary Annual Assembly of the ABU, which was hosted in Macau by the public service broadcaster of the China Special Administrative Region Macau, Teledifusao […]

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