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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 […]

Digital TV peace in Kenya

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Kenya’s Consumer Federation (COFEK) and two of the nation’s digital TV operators have buried the hatchet over an ongoing legal dispute before the Kenyan High Court. The parties, including GOtv and the Star Times Group, were arguing that Kenya’s free-to-air public broadcast channels should stay available on the digital TV broadcast platforms. The FTA channels will now be available to […]

STV wants more local stations

UK broadcaster STV has applied to Ofcom to run local TV services in Aberdeen, Dundee and Ayr. The company launched its first local service, STV Glasgow, in June, and an Edinburgh channel is to go live in January. Each station is run in partnership with local universities and colleges. The broadcaster says the stations would deliver “local news and current […]

Portugal starts migration to MFN for DTT

Portugal has started using Multi Frequency Network (MFN) in an attempt to resolve DTT reception problems in parts of the country. The move follows the request of DTT network operator, PT Comunicações, (PTC) for licensing four transmitters (Marofa, Mendro, Palmela and São Mamede) on alternative frequencies to those operating in mainland Portugal, subsequently approved by the National Communications Authority (Anacom). […]

Sky Italia denies FTA channel launches

Sky Italia has denied Italian press reports that it plans to launch a package of free-to-air channels on DTT. In a statement, Sky Italia stressed it remains focused on the core pay-TV business, while its presence in the free-to-air segment will continue to be represented by channel Cielo. Daily “La Repubblica” reported that the pay-TV operator was planning to challenge […]

Spain’s digital dividend taken to ECJ

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The Spanish digital dividend plan will be taken to the European Court of Justice in Brussels by Infraestructuras y Gestión 2002 – the company that got Spain’s Supreme Court to annul the licences of 9 DTT channels in Spain. It argues that the plan, which draws a new DTT map in the country following the digital migration, is against the […]

NAGRA enables OTT/DTT for Vodafone Spain

NAGRA, the Kudelski Group digital TV business and independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, has announced that its QuickStart Hybrid solution is enabling a combined OTT and DTT offering for Vodafone España,  a provider of unified communications services including voice, messaging, mobile data and fixed broadband services. NAGRA’s end-to-end QuickStart Hybrid allows Vodafone Spain fixed line and […]

Spain: DTT migration on Oct 26

Spanish broadcasters will start to migrate to the new DTT frequencies on October 26th with simulcast transmissions on the current 800 Mhz frequencies. Viewers will have to retune their TV sets through the remote control to search the channels, according to the Ministry of Industry. The Administration will launch from October 15th a massive public campaign to inform about the […]

Spain: Multi-play packages lead pay-TV growth

The combination of five different services in a package (mobile and fixed telephony, mobile and fixed Internet access and pay-TV) is increasingly boosting the take-up of pay-TV services. In the first quarter of the year, the convergent packages with 5 different services

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