5 new DTT channels for Spain in 2015
December 17, 2014
From David Del Valle in Madrid
The Spanish government has confirmed the awarding of 5 new DTT licences for the launch of four HD and one SD channel in 2015, through a public tender or by auction in the first half of the year.
Currently, following the closure of 9 DTT channels, Spaniards can watch 15 national DTT channels: Six operated by Mediaset (Telecinco, Cuatro, FDF, Divinity, Energy and Boing); Five by Atresmedia (Antena 3, La Sexta, Neox, Nova and Gol TV); Two from Veo TV rented to Discovery Max and 13 TV; Two from Net TV rented to Disney Channel and Paramount Channel. With the new channels, the DTT offer available will be 20 DTT channels with a national coverage and with new potential media groups breaking into the market.
Meanwhile, there is Industry and market pressure on the Spanish government to delay the digital switch-off and the DTT reset deadline as a result of the digital dividend seems to be bearing fruit as the Administration is seriously considering to extend it.