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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 […]

New Freeview HD channels

Communications infrastructure and media services company Arqiva is launching two new HD channels – Channel 4 +1 HD and 4seven HD – on UK DTT platform Freeview. The channels – airing on July 1st – will be available to over 70 per cent of the UK population from Arqiva’s newly-launched Freeview HD multiplex. These new channels are additional HD Freeview […]

RTVE launches 4K DTT channel

Spain’s TV pubcaster RTVE has launched a pilot 4K Ultra-HD channel, La pasión del Prado, a documentary channel that broadcast a 50 minute documentary shot in 4K based on the history of the Madrid gallery and the works of art housed there. To produce the documentary, TVE has used the latest compression technologies under the HEVC format and has broadcast […]

1bn digital TV homes by year-end

There will be more than 1 billion digital TV households across 138 countries by end-2014, up by 130 million on 2013 and by 461 million from the 590 million recorded in 2010, according to a report from Digital TV Research. The Digital TV World Household Databook estimates that

Spain’s digital dividend plan by July

The Spanish government is set to approve the so-called digital dividend technical plan by the end of July to free up the 800 Mhz band frequencies currently used by DTT to the benefit of 4G service providers. Over the coming months, the existing 15 DTT channels (after the closure of 9DTT channels which reduced the number from 24 to 15) […]

SBS HbbTV On Demand launches in beta

Australian public broadcaster SBS’s dedicated catch-up viewing service, SBS On Demand, will now be available to the public in beta (pre-release test version) via HbbTV enabled televisions, which are launching in Australia in coming months. The launch anticipates the delayed introduction of hybrid service FreeviewPlus. From today, users with new HbbTV-enabled televisions which are connected to the Internet will see […]

Vintage TV now on Freeview

Vintage TV – the music channel dedicated to bringing the best of a century of popular music, culture, fashion and trends – is now available to UK viewers with an Internet-connected Freeview HD or Freeview+HD set-top box or TV. Those with compatible equipment can enjoy full, subscription-free access to the channel thanks to Arqiva’s Connect TV service, by selecting Vintage […]

Ofcom latest local TV licences

Ofcom has awarded licences to run local TV services in Guildford, Reading and Salisbury on digital terrestrial TV (DTT). The licences are awarded to That’s Surrey Limited, That’s Berkshire Limited and That’s Salisbury Limited, respectively. The awards follow legislation enabling Ofcom to issue local TV licences. The channels will be broadcast on DTT by the local multiplex, a discrete amount […]

Ovum: 2014 most accessible World Cup ever


This summer’s football World Cup is proving to be the most accessible in the tournament’s history, with broadcast and streaming services available on up to 5.9 billion screens globally. This is according to research firm Ovum, which reveals that PCs, tablets, and smartphones are providing alternatives to conventional TV viewing, accounting for 57 per cent of all screens. However, with […]

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