Category archives for: DTT/DSO

Motors TV goes FTA in UK

Motorsport-dedicated channel Motors TV is to be available to all regular free-to-air households across the UK from October 9th in a move that is set to increase dramatically the number of people able to receive the service. Following a successful seven-month trial on Arqiva’s Connect TV service, communications infrastructure and media services company Arqiva has now enabled the network to […]

Spain approves DTT reset funds

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Spaniards will have to pay in advance for the reset of their DTT aerials with an average cost of €150 per building as the €286 million funds approved by the government to finance it will not be available until January. To get back the money, they will have to keep the invoice and send it through a reclaim platform specifically […]

France’s 700 MHz auction set for 2015

French President François Hollande has announced that the process of auctioning frequencies in the 700 MHz band for use by telcos will get under way in 2015. Any resultant frequency auction could help rebalance the public accounts. An auction of frequencies in the 800 MHz band in 2011 saw the Government earn €2.6 billion. He revealed the initiative in a […]

New EC setback to Spain’s DTT subsidies

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Spain has suffered a new setback over subsidies to extend DTT throughout the country. The European Commission has ruled that the €46 million subsidies given in the Spanish Region of Castilla-La Mancha to finance the DTT deployment in isolated areas are illegal on the grounds that they break European legislation. Brussels has concluded that the subsidies went against the principle […]

SABER calls for action on ‘European Digital Divide’

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The SABER Project has called upon the members of the EU and their regional governments to implement co-ordinated Regional Voucher Schemes to encourage awareness and take-up of satellite broadband solutions to cut the Digital Divide across Europe’s most rural regions. According to June 2014 Digital Agenda Scoreboard up to 6 million EU houses are still without access to fixed broadband […]

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”

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A major study from IHS Technology first revealed by advanced-television.com 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 […]

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