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Kenya wants digital TV delay

A Kenyan consumer lobby group is asking the country’s Supreme Court to further delay the full adoption of digital TV and delay the ending of analogue broadcasts. Lawyers Henry Kurauka and Paul Muite, representing the Consumer Federation of Kenya, argued that the country’s Attorney General had misled the court by saying that Kenya would be left behind in terms of […]

Ofcom invites more local TV applications

Ofcom has invited applications for new local TV channels in seven UK locations – Aberdeen, Ayr, Carlisle, Dundee, Forth Valley, Inverness and Stoke on Trent. The invitation follows legislation passed in 2011, enabling Ofcom to issue local TV licences allowing the broadcast of local TV channels on digital terrestrial TV. The first local TV licences were advertised by Ofcom in […]

CSA rejects DTT FTA migration

French broadcast regulator the Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA) has rejected applications from three channels to migrate from pay-TV channels on France’s digital terrestrial TV platform to become free-to-air . The three channels – LCI, Paris Première and Planète + – had sought to change their funding status under provisions that allow the CSA to permit the migration of a […]

Local TV licences for Maidstone, Basingstoke

In a continuation of its local TV licensing programme, Ofcom has awarded licences to run local TV services in Maidstone and Basingstoke on digital terrestrial TV (DTT). The licences are awarded to KMTV and That’s Basingstoke Limited. Ofcom has now awarded 30 local TV licences, as well as the multiplex licence. The first local TV channel began broadcasting on DTT […]

Spain: 3 months to re-set 8m DTT aerials

Eight million homes in Spain (corresponding to 1.1 million buildings with SMATV) will have to readjust their DTT antennas in only 3 months (from October to December) since the approval of the DTT technical plan now scheduled for mid-September. Spaniards will have to pay for the migration to a new frequency band with an average cost of €23 per household […]

Spain delays digital dividend plan

The Spanish Government will not approve the digital dividend plan until September as the initial schedule to go ahead in July has been delayed. The plan should legislate for the freeing up of the 800 Mhz band frequencies currently used by DTT to the benefit of 4G service providers. In the last quarter of the year, the existing 15 DTT […]

Digital TV innovators rewarded

Four digital TV innovations are set to be showcased at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam following their success in a Dragon’s Den-style event hosted by the Digital TV Group – the members’ association for digital television in the UK. The second annual DTG Television Innovation Awards, in partnership with UK Trade & Investment, saw a shortlist of eight […]

YouView expansion plans as shareholders agree

UK on demand TV service YouView says it is demonstrating further momentum and ambition following the completion of its shareholder agreement. The agreement guarantees five years of funding by all seven shareholders including BT and TalkTalk (which gives YouView scale in the UK broadband market), the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Arqiva. The service has passed well over […]

Spain: New DTT channels in 2015

Spain will call a new public tender to award nationwide DTT channels, with priority for HD content, in 2015 – representing 30 per cent of the country’s private TV frequencies. Following the recent closure of nine DTT channels whose licences were awarded in 2010 unlawfully (without a public tender) the Administration has worked out a new DTT plan to reshape […]

EBU debunks spectrum debate ‘myths’

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has made available a new fact sheet on spectrum that tackles what it says are common misperceptions about consumers’ TV and mobile usage. Recommendations about the allocation of spectrum in Europe (set to be decided in 2015) are being discussed right now, and will have repercussions for broadcast quality and the way in which over […]

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