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Spain: 2nd digital dividend in the 700 MHz band

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As Spain gets ready to retune its DTT aerials with broadcasters freeing up the 800 MHz band for 4G services, the State Secretary of Telecommunications, Victor Calvo-Sotelo, has announced in Parliament that a new digital dividend will take place in the 700 Mhz band. “This second process will be easier because that range (of frequencies) are not being used with […]

IHS’s Bisson: “Risk of cord-cutting constant”


A major study from IHS Technology first revealed by August 1 has confirmed that a number of pay-TV markets saw declines in their subscriber numbers in Q1 this year. Moreover, the report says that IPTV and satellite-delivered subscriber growth has slowed. However, cable and pay-DTT growth is suffering “the greatest levels of cord-cutting”. IHS’s senior analyst and director Guy […]

Zamora first 4G city in Spain

The northern city of Zamora will be the first city in Spain to complete DTT migration and use the 800 MHz band frequencies to deploy 4G services. Over the last two years, Zamora and the nearby village of Fuentesauco have been testing 4G services led by the Ministry of Industry with the cooperation of telcos Telefónica, Orange and Vodafone – […]

Spain: Telcos to pay for 4G interference

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Spanish telcos will have to pay the bill for any 4G interference in the transmission of DTT from January 1st when the DTT migration to another frequencies band is completed. The Government has made this clear soon after it approved a new DTT technical plan and accepted to pay for the DTT retuning with a total cost of €286 million. […]

France 24 starts on French DTT, HD versions planned

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French international news channel France 24 has made its first foray into French DTT this week, launching on channel 33 to a potential 12 million viewers. This channel was foreshadowed by French Ministry of Culture and Communication last April. Mentioned in the 2013-2015 strategy of France 24’s holding France Médias Monde, this expansion in France completes the domestic distribution as […]

Spain picks up €286 DTT retuning bill

The Spanish Government will pay the bill for readjusting DTT aerials on around one million buildings. The retuning must take place before the end of the year as a result of the allocation of the digital dividend to 4G operators. The Government estimates that the total cost to readjust the aerials will be €286 million (in comparison with the €800 […]

TVPlayer brings 16 channels to Freeview

TVPlayer, the OTT platform operated by Simplestream, is extending its multi-platform offering by launching a portfolio of free-to-air channels via channel 241 on UK DTT platform Freeview. Popular music stations Heart and Capital TV, together with Clubland TV, Planet Pop, Channel AKA and NOW Music, home to music from the UK’s leading labels and No1 artists, form the music hub […]

Serbia to get €24m loan for DTT project


Serbia’s Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Rasim Ljajic has announced that an agreement will be signed next week with the EBRD on a €24 million loan for the setting up of the second and third DTT multiplex. Serbia previously received a €10 million loan from the European Union for the setting up of the first DTT multiplex. The period […]

TF1 and ITAS enter OneCast negotiations

The TF1 and ITAS groups have entered into exclusive negotiations with a view to the acquisition by ITAS TIM, a subsidiary of ITAS group, of OneCast, a subsidiary of TF1 operating in the DTT multiplex broadcasting sector. An agreement could be signed in the coming weeks, once the negotiations have been finalised and the necessary procedures for the information of […]

S&T acquires Synapse TV and VuTV JVs

Interactive TV and associated technologies specialist Strategy & Technology (S&T) and multi-platform live streaming and catch-up TV service provider Simplestream have reconstructed their two joint ventures – Synapse TV Ltd and VuTV Ltd – to be wholly owned by S&T, who will continue to run and develop the businesses, both of which are currently focused on delivery of OTT video […]

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