Category archives for: DTT/DSO

YouView expansion plans as shareholders agree

UK on demand TV service YouView says it is demonstrating further momentum and ambition following the completion of its shareholder agreement. The agreement guarantees five years of funding by all seven shareholders including BT and TalkTalk (which gives YouView scale in the UK broadband market), the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Arqiva. The service has passed well over […]

Spain: New DTT channels in 2015

Spain will call a new public tender to award nationwide DTT channels, with priority for HD content, in 2015 – representing 30 per cent of the country’s private TV frequencies. Following the recent closure of nine DTT channels whose licences were awarded in 2010 unlawfully (without a public tender) the Administration has worked out a new DTT plan to reshape […]

EBU debunks spectrum debate ‘myths’

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has made available a new fact sheet on spectrum that tackles what it says are common misperceptions about consumers’ TV and mobile usage. Recommendations about the allocation of spectrum in Europe (set to be decided in 2015) are being discussed right now, and will have repercussions for broadcast quality and the way in which over […]

Albania’s Agon Channel to launch on DTT in Italy

Albania’s Agon Channel will launch on DTT in Italy in October or November this year, with a programme schedule mostly consisting of reality, variety and game shows, as well as interactive TV series, news and sports. Capacity on an Italian DTT multiplex has already been leased and Agon Channel’s target audience will be young adults (aged 18-55 years). The free-to-air […]

Sky Italia: “RAI, Mediaset distorting market”

Italian broadcasters RAI and Mediaset are a ”unique case” in Europe with a presence of TV channels on DTT that has no equal, according to pay-TV operator Sky Italia. Speaking during a Parliamentary hearing in Rome, the executive vice president of Sky Italia, Eric Gerritsen, claimed an “intervention” is necessary in the awarding of frequencies. He also criticized the ownership […]

Russia’s public TV needs more cash

Russia’s OTR public TV network is appealing for more voluntary cash from viewers. “Russian Public TV needs help so that the channel’s broadcasting can continue its existence and we can create new important projects,” the TV channel’s press service told viewers, and reported by BBC Monitoring. It said that the collection of donations to support the TV channel’s operation had […]

Dutch debate DTT future


The Dutch ministry of economic affairs is holding a public consultation until the end of July on the future of free-to-air TV. The current DVB-T licences will expire January 31st 2017, and the government aims to decide in early 2015 what to do with the associated spectrum. KPN operates DTT through subsidiary Digitenne, and the public broadcaster NPO also holds […]

Telecom Italia Media, L’Espresso merge DTT

Telecom Italia Media and Italian multimedia group L’Espresso have completed the merger of their activities as DTT network operators (Telecom Italia Media Broadcasting and Rete A, respectively) with the launch of Persidera. This operation has created the largest independent DTT network operator in Italy with five national digital multiplexes, competing on the market with RAI’s RaiWay and Mediaset’s EI Towers. […]

RTVE saved from bankruptcy, ads return?

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State-owned TV group RTVE has been rescued from bankruptcy by the Spanish government which has injected €130 million into the debt-burdened company through SEPI, an entity that groups all of the state’s public holdings under one umbrella. The president of RTVE, Leopoldo González-Echenique had publicly demanded emergency funds to cover costs as the group, with 6,500 employees, incurred in €716 […]

SABC to go commercial


South Africa’s public broadcaster (SABC) is to launch an all-entertainment channel on Multichoice’s DStv platform by the end of this year.  SABC already has a 24/7 news channel on DStv. SABC says it will draw material from its archive, and that it recognises that partnerships between itself and private companies will become increasingly important, and is an important focus for […]

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