Category archives for: DTT/DSO

MultiChoice expands Sub-Saharan DTT with Intelsat

Intelsat, a provider of satellite services, has announced that African DTH operator, MultiChoice, is leveraging Intelsat capacity to expand the reach of its DTT offering in Sub-Saharan Africa. Under the agreement, MultiChoice, a pioneer in the Sub-Saharan African market, will expand its C-band capacity on Intelsat 904 at 60º East to distribute content to its terrestrial towers for DTT services. [...]

#contraelapagon against DTT closure

#contraelapagon (against the switch off) is the change.org campaign, sponsored by online portal Vertele and supported by Atresmedia and Mediaset, launched against the closure of nine DTT channels ordered by the Spanish government in compliance with the Supreme Court’s ruling on the grounds that those licences were awarded unlawfully. The initiative argues that the closure will mean that over one [...]

DTT drives LatAm digital TV

Digital TV is finally taking off in Latin America – from only 18.1 per cent penetration of TV households at end-2010 to just over the halfway mark by end-2014 and onto 94.5 per cent by 2020, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. To put it another way, 132 million digital TV households (in the 19 countries covered [...]

Spain Digital Dividend delay cost €9m a month

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The Spanish government will reportedly have to pay the telco operators Telefonica, Vodafone and Orange at least €9 million a month (€300,000 a day) if it fails to release the 800 Mhz frequencies by January 1st 2015. These frequencies are now used by DTT channels which should migrate to other bands to allow the provision of 4G services by the [...]

Thaicom tests DTT

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Satellite operator Thaicom is starting its DTT re-transmissions today (April 1st) and in accordance with the national ‘must carry’ rules set by Thailand’s Broadcasting & Telecoms Commission (NBTC). Free-to-air DTT signals will now also be carried by Thaicom’s satellite transmissions.. “Thaicom recognises that this is an important step for Thailand’s broadcasting industry, and we are well-prepared for this new change,” [...]

CBS Reality for Freeview

CBS Reality, part of the CBS Chello Zone UK Partnership Channels, announced is expanding its reach by launching on the UK’s biggest free-to-air digital television provider, Freeview. CBS Reality will become available to over 9.5 million Freeview households on channel 66 and will air 100 per cent reality programming. Tanya Gugenheim, Chief of Business Development, Chello Zone said:  “We are [...]

Half Spanish homes have HD

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HD is gaining momentum in Spain with 7.8 million homes out of the total 16.8 million TV households enjoying HD transmissions, a growth of 8.7 per cent, according to SES Astra. Most of HD broadcasts are received through DTT, with 5.83 million homes, up 6.4 per cent, and an offer of 6 HD channels. HD satellite transmissions are present in [...]

Romania auctions DVB-T2 frequencies

Romania’s telecoms regulator Ancom has started the auction process for five DVB-T2 terrestrial multiplexes. Applicants have until May 8th to register their interests. The auction process will start with a minimum bid of €300,000 for each multiplex, although most observers expect the end prices to be much higher. Licences will run for 10 years, and run from June 17th next [...]

Spain: 9 DTT channels will close in May

The Spanish government has ordered the shutdown of nine DTT channels with nationwide coverage before May 6. That is the final deadline given by the Supreme Court to implement its ruling which has been postponed over the last 16 months. The Ministry of Industry has required the four broadcasters involved to cease the transmissions. Atresmedia will have to close down [...]

Dutch digital connections now 86%

The number of digital TV connections in the Netherlands grew one percent during the fourth quarter of 2013 to 6.66 million, according to Telecompaper’s quarterly report on the Dutch TV market. The total TV market (including analogue TV subscribers) increased to 7.74 million at the end of 2013 with digital TV being used by 86.1 per cent of TV subscribers [...]

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