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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 […]

Dutch digital TV market now 6.7m


The number of digital TV connections in the Netherlands grew by 0.8 per cent during the second quarter of 2014 to 6.76 million on June 30th 2014. Digital TV was used by 87.7 per cent of TV subscribers in the Netherlands, including 3.73 million cable subscribers who also have analogue TV connections.  The total TV market grew to 7.71 million […]

EBU expresses 700 MHz DTT concerns

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has welcomed the European Commission’s High Level Group report recommending that the EU safeguard access to spectrum below 700 MHz for digital terrestrial television until 2030. However, it is concerned about the early release of the 700 MHz frequencies. The group, chaired by former European Commissioner and WTO Director General Pascal Lamy looked at future […]

Philippines set for ISDB-T deployment

The Philippines has moved one step closer to deployment of Japanese digital terrestrial broadcasting standard Integrated Service Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) following the release of a draft implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the transmission switchover by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). NTC Commissioner Gamaliel A. Cordoba has invited all affected and interested parties to a public hearing for the proposed […]

Serbia digital simulcasts from September

Analogue and digital TV simulcasts are due to being in Serbia on September 1st, according to the country’s Ministry of Trade and Telecommunications. The first analogue transmitters will be switched off on March 1st 2015, and Serbia should complete its transition to DTT by mid-2015. The Regulations on the Transition from Analogue to Digital Television Broadcasting and Access to the […]

Saorview reaches 653,000 Irish viewers

The number of households opting for national DTT service Saorview has increased by 41,000 over the last four months, taking the total number of Irish homes with Saorview to 653,000. According to data from Nielsen, this brings the proportion of all TV homes in Ireland that have Saorview – either on its own or combined with other services – to […]

Birmingham TV launch date unrealistic

Rival bidders for Birmingham’s local TV licence claim it is now impossible to launch a quality television service before the government’s deadline, following the encumbent going bust. City TV, the holder of the local TV licence for Birmingham, has appointed administrators to try to find a buyer for the licence. While rival local TV firms relish the opportunity to launch […]

Portuguese want more DTT channels


Most respondents to the public consultation on the future of DTT in Portugal advocate more channels “immediately” in order “to maximise existing supply”, according to a partial report published by the Regulatory Authority for the Media (ERC) in conjunction with the National Communications Authority (Anacom). In the findings the ERC states that with regard to the occupation of Multiplex A, […]

Birmingham City TV goes bust

Birmingham’s City TV has gone into administration, before broadcasting any programmes. The company local TV licence was granted in 2012 and the channel would have served 1.2 million households in the Birmingham area. It had until November to start broadcasting but did not have studio premises or equipment, having been unable to secure sufficient financing. Administrator Duff & Phelps said […]

Spain: 4 new HD and 1 SD DTT channels

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The Spanish government plans to award 5 new DTT licences for the launch of 4HD and 1SD channels in 2015. The minister of Industry, José Manuel Soria, has announced the plans confirming that the Spain’s new DTT map will be composed of 8 DTT multiplexes, of which three will be operated by public broadcasters (2 by RTVE and 1 by […]

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