Advanced Television

Spain reduces regional DTT by half

May 29, 2014

From David Del Valle in Madrid

Spanish regional TV stations will see their DTT offer reduced by half from January 2015 following the Administration’s decision to remove one (with up to four channels) of their two multiplexes (three in the case of Catalonia).

The Minister of Industry, Jose Manuel Soria, has confirmed that the DTT map in Spain will be reshaped as a result of the allocation of the digital dividend. Soria said that the reorganisation is compulsory as it is a EU mandate which obliges all member States to release radioelectrum space to develop 4G services.

The news comes at a time when 9 nationwide DTT channels in Spain have just been closed down following the Supreme Court had ruled that they were unlawful as they got the licences without a public tender.

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