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€11.5m bill for Spain DTT extension

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The delay until March 31st 2015 of the digital switch-off and the DTT reset deadline will have an extra cost of almost €11.5 million in Spain, according to the government. In the three months until March, each day will equate to an extra cost of €127,500, which makes a total of €11,475,000 to March 31st as the telcos are not […]

Digital UK backs Ofcom mobile spectrum opposition


Digital UK – the company that manages the development and strategy of DTT and supports viewers – has welcomed UK regulator Ofcom’s stated intention to oppose the idea of allowing mobile services to move into more frequencies currently used by terrestrial TV (co-primary allocation). Ofcom has published an update on its preparations for the World Radiocommunications Conference in November (WRC-15). […]

Spain to close DTT bids to foreign investors

The Spanish Government is reportedly set to change the TV law  to ban potential foreign investors in the awarding of 5 new DTT licences later on this year. The interest of foreign TV groups is raising serious concern within the Government that “unsuitable” companies could take control of the FTA content in the DTT market. To avoid this, The Administration […]

Last-minute hold-up for Kenya DSO

The process of converting Kenya to all-digital TV transmissions has been beset by delays, with frequent legal challenges from broadcasters arguing that the nation was not yet ready for digital TV. A ‘final’ deadline date for the important Nairobi region was made for December 31st, but this was stymied with a last-minute legal intervention which saw a Nairobi court postpone […]

TBN heralds significant UK launch

Having announced mid-summer 2014 its intention to launch a DTT service in the UK at the beginning of 2015, the Trinity Broadcasting Family of Networks is heralding what it says is one of the most significant moments in the history of television broadcast across the UK. Trinity Broadcasting Network will launch its newest network, TBN UK, on UK free-to-air digital […]

Italy postpones DVB-T2 obligation

Italy’s Council of Ministers has passed a decree postponing the obligation of the compulsory sale of DVB-T2 compatible TV sets, originally scheduled for January 1st 2015, and specifying the use of the HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding or H.265) codec. Under existing law, from next week, TV manufacturers would not have been able to market TV sets without DVB-T2 tuners, […]

5 new DTT channels for Spain in 2015

The Spanish government  has confirmed the awarding of 5 new DTT licences for the launch of four HD and one SD channel in 2015, through a public tender or by auction in the first half of the year.  Three of the HD channels will be part of a new multiplex whereas the fourth will share frequency with RTVE’s La 1 […]

Russia offers Crimea DTT tender

Despite international condemnation Russia has stayed in possession of the Crimea region since its invasion in February 2014.  Russia’s federal telecoms regulator is now to sell off the digital terrestrial TV frequencies in the area, which will include Sebastopol. Roskomnadzor says it will launch a tender on February 25th to cover nineteen TV frequencies in the Crimea. These bands are […]

Montenegro DTT licences for commercial broadcasters


Montenegro’s Agency for Electronic Media (AEM) has awarded three free-to-air licences to commercial broadcasters for the use of Multiplex 1 (MUX 1) with national coverage. The licences were awarded, after a public tender procedure, to TV Vijesti, TV Prva and TV Pink M. MUX 1 already carries the two TV channels of public broadcaster Radio Televizija Crne Gore. MUX 1, […]

Eurosport to withdraw from French pay DTT


Sports channel Eurosport will withdraw from the French pay DTT market when Discovery Communications’s shares in Eurosport France surpass the 51 per cent mark. TF1 CEO Nonce Paolini confirmed the plan of action at a press gathering, adding that the request will be brought to media regulatory body CSA before the end of the year. Discovery could raise its share […]

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