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Sardinia kick-starts Italy switchover

Italy’s communications authority said a deal has been reached between all TV operators in the Sardinia region on how to switchover to DTT. Sardinia is the first of Italy’s 20…

FCC says wireless auction may be muted

The head of the Federal Communications Commission expressed concern that the credit crunch could hinder bidders in an upcoming government auction of wireless airwaves. Chairman Kevin Martin said that he…

Spain’s DTT reaches 10m

From David Del Valle in Madrid One out of every four households in Spain are already connected to DTT, reaching a total of 10 million viewers. However, only 4.6 million…

Portuguese reject DTT subsidies

From Branislav Pekic Rome Portugal's Minister for Parliamentary Issues, responsible for the Social Communications Portfolio, has rejected subsidising DTT decoders, pointing out that the Government does not have the obligation…

Analogue switch-off fails in Spain

From David Del Valle in Madrid Spain has failed to switch off Local TV analogue transmissions breaking the law that stated that from January 1st all 1,000 existing local TV…

No more ads on French public TV?

From Sotires Eleftheriou in Paris In a surprise announcement President Sarkozy said that the government is looking to drop ads from the public sector television and radio channels. These are…

Portugal gets fifth free channel

Portugal will auction a free-to-air TV licence for a national channel to compete with the four existing ones. The new channel will be carried on a DTT platform, along with…

China DTV subs 23.6m, IPTV subs 1.14m

China Netmedia, a consulting arm of the State Administration of Radio Film and Television (SARFT) has revealed that as of November 31, 2007 the number of cable DTV subscribers in…

US awareness of switchover grows, education still needed

According to a survey by Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM), there is growing awareness of the nation's February 2009 transition to digital television by US TV broadcasters. However,…

Italy's 1.500 digital TV channels earn E2.5 billion

From Branislav Pekic in Rome There were nearly 1.500 digital TV channels available in Italy and in 2006 they earned E2.5 billion, according to the New TV Observatory of the…