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Spain Digital Dividend delay cost €9m a month

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The Spanish government will reportedly have to pay the telco operators Telefonica, Vodafone and Orange at least €9 million a month (€300,000 a day) if it fails to release the 800 Mhz frequencies by January 1st 2015. These frequencies are now used by DTT channels which should migrate to other bands to allow the provision of 4G services by the [...]

Thaicom tests DTT


Satellite operator Thaicom is starting its DTT re-transmissions today (April 1st) and in accordance with the national ‘must carry’ rules set by Thailand’s Broadcasting & Telecoms Commission (NBTC). Free-to-air DTT signals will now also be carried by Thaicom’s satellite transmissions.. “Thaicom recognises that this is an important step for Thailand’s broadcasting industry, and we are well-prepared for this new change,” [...]

CBS Reality for Freeview

CBS Reality, part of the CBS Chello Zone UK Partnership Channels, announced is expanding its reach by launching on the UK’s biggest free-to-air digital television provider, Freeview. CBS Reality will become available to over 9.5 million Freeview households on channel 66 and will air 100 per cent reality programming. Tanya Gugenheim, Chief of Business Development, Chello Zone said:  “We are [...]

Half Spanish homes have HD

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HD is gaining momentum in Spain with 7.8 million homes out of the total 16.8 million TV households enjoying HD transmissions, a growth of 8.7 per cent, according to SES Astra. Most of HD broadcasts are received through DTT, with 5.83 million homes, up 6.4 per cent, and an offer of 6 HD channels. HD satellite transmissions are present in [...]

Romania auctions DVB-T2 frequencies

Romania’s telecoms regulator Ancom has started the auction process for five DVB-T2 terrestrial multiplexes. Applicants have until May 8th to register their interests. The auction process will start with a minimum bid of €300,000 for each multiplex, although most observers expect the end prices to be much higher. Licences will run for 10 years, and run from June 17th next [...]

Spain: 9 DTT channels will close in May

The Spanish government has ordered the shutdown of nine DTT channels with nationwide coverage before May 6. That is the final deadline given by the Supreme Court to implement its ruling which has been postponed over the last 16 months. The Ministry of Industry has required the four broadcasters involved to cease the transmissions. Atresmedia will have to close down [...]

Dutch digital connections now 86%

The number of digital TV connections in the Netherlands grew one percent during the fourth quarter of 2013 to 6.66 million, according to Telecompaper’s quarterly report on the Dutch TV market. The total TV market (including analogue TV subscribers) increased to 7.74 million at the end of 2013 with digital TV being used by 86.1 per cent of TV subscribers [...]

N America to add 5m pay-TV subs

Despite recent findings suggesting the US multichannel segment posted its first full-year decline in subscriptions for 2013, and amidst continued talk about cord-cutting, a new report from Digital TV Research forecasts that the number of pay-TV subscribers in North America will continue to increase – despite a small decline last year. The Digital TV North America report estimates that

Bosnia selects Croatia’s OiV for DTT

Croatian broadcast network operator Odasiljaci i Veze (OiV) has signed a €3.4 million deal with Bosnia’s Ministry of Transport and Communications for the first phase of the introduction of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT). OiV has been contracted to upgrade, from analogue to digital, five broadcasting locations in Sarajevo, Banja Luka and Mostar within 120 days. The selected broadcasting standard will [...]

China Digital TV steams ahead

Encryption specialists China Digital TV saw a huge rise in its NYSE share price at the end of last week. Indeed, on March 20th the price rose 9.7 per cent in the single session, and even after a modest fall-back on March 21st, the price was still significantly up on the start of the week (opened at $2.82, closed at [...]

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