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Portuguese want more DTT channels


Most respondents to the public consultation on the future of DTT in Portugal advocate more channels “immediately” in order “to maximise existing supply”, according to a partial report published by the Regulatory Authority for the Media (ERC) in conjunction with the National Communications Authority (Anacom). In the findings the ERC states that with regard to the occupation of Multiplex A, […]

Birmingham City TV goes bust

Birmingham’s City TV has gone into administration, before broadcasting any programmes. The company local TV licence was granted in 2012 and the channel would have served 1.2 million households in the Birmingham area. It had until November to start broadcasting but did not have studio premises or equipment, having been unable to secure sufficient financing. Administrator Duff & Phelps said […]

Spain: 4 new HD and 1 SD DTT channels

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The Spanish government plans to award 5 new DTT licences for the launch of 4HD and 1SD channels in 2015. The minister of Industry, José Manuel Soria, has announced the plans confirming that the Spain’s new DTT map will be composed of 8 DTT multiplexes, of which three will be operated by public broadcasters (2 by RTVE and 1 by […]

DTT on Xbox One across Europe

Microsoft is launching a digital TV tuner adapter for the Xbox One later this year in Europe in a bid to expand the console’s live TV features to more markets. Scheduled to launch towards the end of October in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain, the adapter will plug into a USB port, allowing users to bypass a cable […]

DTG next-gen FTA spec for Freeview Connected

DTG members are about to begin work on the evolution of the technical specification for digital terrestrial television (D-Book 8) to introduce support for Freeview Connected and much more, with Working Group meetings due to begin after the summer break. Simon Gauntlett, the DTG’s Chief Technology Officer, has circulated a plan of activity to the relevant expert Working Groups which […]

Oz FreeviewPlus confirms September launch

Originally scheduled for launch in the first half of 2014, but delayed as a result of technical issues, Australian DTT platform Freeview has confirmed that its FreeviewPlus HbbTV service will now launch September 2, and will be backed by a TV teaser campaign, featuring some of Australia’s best-loved TV personalities. The campaign, carrying the tagline ‘FreeviewPlus, a whole new way […]

€10m grant for DTT simulcasting

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Spain has approved a €10 million state subsidy to finance the simulcasting of public (National and Regional) DTT transmissions during the digital migration process, from October to December. The financial aid will be given to the national pubcaster RTVE and the public Regional TV companies in Aragon, Canaries, Catalonia, Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Galicia and Extremadura. The simulcast DTT transmissions will […]

Kenya wants digital TV delay

A Kenyan consumer lobby group is asking the country’s Supreme Court to further delay the full adoption of digital TV and delay the ending of analogue broadcasts. Lawyers Henry Kurauka and Paul Muite, representing the Consumer Federation of Kenya, argued that the country’s Attorney General had misled the court by saying that Kenya would be left behind in terms of […]

Ofcom invites more local TV applications

Ofcom has invited applications for new local TV channels in seven UK locations – Aberdeen, Ayr, Carlisle, Dundee, Forth Valley, Inverness and Stoke on Trent. The invitation follows legislation passed in 2011, enabling Ofcom to issue local TV licences allowing the broadcast of local TV channels on digital terrestrial TV. The first local TV licences were advertised by Ofcom in […]

CSA rejects DTT FTA migration

French broadcast regulator the Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA) has rejected applications from three channels to migrate from pay-TV channels on France’s digital terrestrial TV platform to become free-to-air . The three channels – LCI, Paris Première and Planète + – had sought to change their funding status under provisions that allow the CSA to permit the migration of a […]

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