The Spanish Administration has allocated E8.72 million to complete the digital migration of 32 transition projects from now until June 30, 2009 following the first analogue switch-off in the country, in the city of Soria, was successfully made in July.
The DTT Technical Plan lays down 90 transition projects as a whole that cover all the territory which are divided into three different groups: the first, with a population under 500,000 inhabitants; the second, with a population between 500,000 and 700,000 inhabitants; and a third group with a population of over 700,000 inhabitants.
Meanwhile, Mediapro main shareholder in the commercial TV channel La Sexta, is finalising the launch of a pay TV DTT platform over the next weeks that would offer several channels, including a football TV channel.
Initially, the platform would be available to cable operators until the Administration gives the go-ahead to pay TV over DTT by changing the current legislation that prohibits any pay TV content on DTT.
Jaume Roures, the president of Mediapro, has urged the Government to change the law to authorise pay DTT content. “This new model should be included in the new Audiovisual Law and that should be implemented before next Christmas because the broadcasters can't waste two Christmas campaigns,” he commented. Mediapro’s football TV channel would broadcast at least 16 monthly soccer matches at a price of E1 per match