Spanish private TV Association UTECA is set to ask Cellnex, an Abertis subsidiary, to reduce the high bill it pays for the distribution of DTT channels – above all for small DTT operators.
The Association is finalising a proposal to be submitted to Cellnex to change the calculation of the DTT fee to a fixed fee combined with an additional variable fee according to the audience ratings.
The move has been made at the request of the smaller DTT channels – including DKiss, 13TV, Real Madrid TV, Vocento and Unidad Editorial – in an attempt to balance the bills paid by the big and small DTT operators.
Currently, every SD channel pays €5.1 million a year to Cellnex for the DTT distribution, €7 million in the case of a HD channel. This represents around 60 per cent of the annual costs of a small TV channel, putting them at a clear disadvantage with the big players such as Atresmedia and Mediaset – which have around ten times more revenue.