Category archives for: DTT/DSO

Sky Italia: “RAI, Mediaset distorting market”

Italian broadcasters RAI and Mediaset are a ”unique case” in Europe with a presence of TV channels on DTT that has no equal, according to pay-TV operator Sky Italia. Speaking during a Parliamentary hearing in Rome, the executive vice president of Sky Italia, Eric Gerritsen, claimed an “intervention” is necessary in the awarding of frequencies. He also criticized the ownership […]

Russia’s public TV needs more cash

Russia’s OTR public TV network is appealing for more voluntary cash from viewers. “Russian Public TV needs help so that the channel’s broadcasting can continue its existence and we can create new important projects,” the TV channel’s press service told viewers, and reported by BBC Monitoring. It said that the collection of donations to support the TV channel’s operation had […]

Dutch debate DTT future


The Dutch ministry of economic affairs is holding a public consultation until the end of July on the future of free-to-air TV. The current DVB-T licences will expire January 31st 2017, and the government aims to decide in early 2015 what to do with the associated spectrum. KPN operates DTT through subsidiary Digitenne, and the public broadcaster NPO also holds […]

Telecom Italia Media, L’Espresso merge DTT

Telecom Italia Media and Italian multimedia group L’Espresso have completed the merger of their activities as DTT network operators (Telecom Italia Media Broadcasting and Rete A, respectively) with the launch of Persidera. This operation has created the largest independent DTT network operator in Italy with five national digital multiplexes, competing on the market with RAI’s RaiWay and Mediaset’s EI Towers. […]

RTVE saved from bankruptcy, ads return?

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State-owned TV group RTVE has been rescued from bankruptcy by the Spanish government which has injected €130 million into the debt-burdened company through SEPI, an entity that groups all of the state’s public holdings under one umbrella. The president of RTVE, Leopoldo González-Echenique had publicly demanded emergency funds to cover costs as the group, with 6,500 employees, incurred in €716 […]

SABC to go commercial


South Africa’s public broadcaster (SABC) is to launch an all-entertainment channel on Multichoice’s DStv platform by the end of this year.  SABC already has a 24/7 news channel on DStv. SABC says it will draw material from its archive, and that it recognises that partnerships between itself and private companies will become increasingly important, and is an important focus for […]

New Freeview HD channels

Communications infrastructure and media services company Arqiva is launching two new HD channels – Channel 4 +1 HD and 4seven HD – on UK DTT platform Freeview. The channels – airing on July 1st – will be available to over 70 per cent of the UK population from Arqiva’s newly-launched Freeview HD multiplex. These new channels are additional HD Freeview […]

RTVE launches 4K DTT channel

Spain’s TV pubcaster RTVE has launched a pilot 4K Ultra-HD channel, La pasión del Prado, a documentary channel that broadcast a 50 minute documentary shot in 4K based on the history of the Madrid gallery and the works of art housed there. To produce the documentary, TVE has used the latest compression technologies under the HEVC format and has broadcast […]

1bn digital TV homes by year-end

There will be more than 1 billion digital TV households across 138 countries by end-2014, up by 130 million on 2013 and by 461 million from the 590 million recorded in 2010, according to a report from Digital TV Research. The Digital TV World Household Databook estimates that

Spain’s digital dividend plan by July

The Spanish government is set to approve the so-called digital dividend technical plan by the end of July to free up the 800 Mhz band frequencies currently used by DTT to the benefit of 4G service providers. Over the coming months, the existing 15 DTT channels (after the closure of 9DTT channels which reduced the number from 24 to 15) […]

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