Category archives for: DTT/DSO

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

Motors TV goes FTA in UK

Motorsport-dedicated channel Motors TV is to be available to all regular free-to-air households across the UK from October 9th in a move that is set to increase dramatically the number of people able to receive the service. Following a successful seven-month trial on Arqiva’s Connect TV service, communications infrastructure and media services company Arqiva has now enabled the network to […]

Spain approves DTT reset funds

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Spaniards will have to pay in advance for the reset of their DTT aerials with an average cost of €150 per building as the €286 million funds approved by the government to finance it will not be available until January. To get back the money, they will have to keep the invoice and send it through a reclaim platform specifically […]

France’s 700 MHz auction set for 2015

French President François Hollande has announced that the process of auctioning frequencies in the 700 MHz band for use by telcos will get under way in 2015. Any resultant frequency auction could help rebalance the public accounts. An auction of frequencies in the 800 MHz band in 2011 saw the Government earn €2.6 billion. He revealed the initiative in a […]

New EC setback to Spain’s DTT subsidies

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Spain has suffered a new setback over subsidies to extend DTT throughout the country. The European Commission has ruled that the €46 million subsidies given in the Spanish Region of Castilla-La Mancha to finance the DTT deployment in isolated areas are illegal on the grounds that they break European legislation. Brussels has concluded that the subsidies went against the principle […]

SABER calls for action on ‘European Digital Divide’

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The SABER Project has called upon the members of the EU and their regional governments to implement co-ordinated Regional Voucher Schemes to encourage awareness and take-up of satellite broadband solutions to cut the Digital Divide across Europe’s most rural regions. According to June 2014 Digital Agenda Scoreboard up to 6 million EU houses are still without access to fixed broadband […]

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