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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 [...]

MultiChoice expands Sub-Saharan DTT with Intelsat

Intelsat, a provider of satellite services, has announced that African DTH operator, MultiChoice, is leveraging Intelsat capacity to expand the reach of its DTT offering in Sub-Saharan Africa. Under the agreement, MultiChoice, a pioneer in the Sub-Saharan African market, will expand its C-band capacity on Intelsat 904 at 60º East to distribute content to its terrestrial towers for DTT services. [...]

#contraelapagon against DTT closure

#contraelapagon (against the switch off) is the campaign, sponsored by online portal Vertele and supported by Atresmedia and Mediaset, launched against the closure of nine DTT channels ordered by the Spanish government in compliance with the Supreme Court’s ruling on the grounds that those licences were awarded unlawfully. The initiative argues that the closure will mean that over one [...]

DTT drives LatAm digital TV

Digital TV is finally taking off in Latin America – from only 18.1 per cent penetration of TV households at end-2010 to just over the halfway mark by end-2014 and onto 94.5 per cent by 2020, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. To put it another way, 132 million digital TV households (in the 19 countries covered [...]

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