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Cash shortage means Madrid DTT black out

One third of Madrid may be left without DTT for lack of funds to pay for the DTT distribution of the signals. 58 out of the 179 municipalities in Madrid, affecting around 270,000 people, are now facing a possible DTT blackout as the local authorities have no money to pay the maintenance of the DTT infrastructure operated by Abertis Telecom. […]

Mexico DTT bidders down to 2

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Mexico’s would-be bidders for a pair of free-to-air digital TV licences are down to just two finalists. Initially there were 12 interested parties. Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) regulator is offering two channels with a technical reach of more than 90 per cent of Mexico’s population, and set a floor bidding price of $56.1 million. The two finalists, Cadena Tres […]

Kenya fines digital TV players

Kenya’s Communications Authority (CA) has lifted its ban on the trio of Kenyan digital broadcasters (Nation Media Group, Royal Media Services and The Standard Media Group) which together broadcast as Africa Digital Network.  However, there are fines to be paid. The three were alleged to have broadcast commercials criticising other players, and of unauthorised transmissions of Kenya’s public broadcasts. The […]

French Senate expresses 700MHz concerns

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Following the initiative of the President of the Committee on Culture, Education and Communication, Catherine Morin-Desailly, and the Chairman of the Committee on Economic Affairs, Jean -Claude Lenoir, the French Senate’s Culture and Economic Affairs Commissions have held hearings with Sébastien Soriano, President of telecoms regulator Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes (ARCEP) and subsequently Olivier Schrameck, […]

Linear viewing decline continues in 2014

Research from Enders Analysis on the multichannel TV squeeze found that total daily average viewing time declined by a steep 5 per cent year-on-year in 2014. The younger demographic of 4-15 year olds as well as the content types catering to this audience (Children and Music) saw the strongest decrease with double digit declines. Increasing connectivity as well as smartphone […]

61% of UK adults receive pay-TV

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Ofcom has published its annual reports into the consumer experience of the fixed and mobile, Internet and digital broadcasting markets. Around half of all UK adults access multichannel television at home through Freeview, with 34 per cent only using Freeview. This compares to 30 per cent only using satellite and 14 per cent only using cable. Just over six in […]

Kenya to get 3 extra digital channels

The new would-be broadcasters have applied for digital TV licences in Kenya. The three intend to broadcast free-to-air signals on the country’s newly-established digital frequencies. Acme Communications, Number One TV and Global Konnect are the three players and are already in receipt of temporary permits which require transmissions to start within 30 days from January 20th. These three new entrants […]

London Live to cut third of work force

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London Live, the struggling London city TV station, is set to cut 20 jobs, around a third of its staff, with the cost-savings to be re-invested in programming content. The channel, owned by Evgeny Lebedev, is making the cuts to its news and current affairs team.  “As the business develops, we are able to assess where our resources are best […]

Sky TG24 FTA DTT

The DTT FTA version of Sky TG24 will make its Italian debut on channel 27, within a programme schedule also featuring documentaries, in-depth reports, movies and specials. Sky TG24 that, over the last three years, has experienced a significant growth (+ 40 per cent daily unique viewers compared to the period 2007/2010) and that in 2014 was Sky Italia’s top-watched […]

DTG welcomes Roku, Asda

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The DTG, the industry association for digital television in the UK, has announced Asda and Roku as its newest members. Asda is one of the UKs leading supermarket chains and a major retailer of consumer electronics. Roku is a set-top manufacturer that has expanded business into a range of HD and Ultra HD TV sets with built-in Roku software. Both […]

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