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Portugal gets fifth free channel

Portugal will auction a free-to-air TV licence for a national channel to compete with the four existing ones. The new channel will be carried on a DTT platform, along with…

China DTV subs 23.6m, IPTV subs 1.14m

China Netmedia, a consulting arm of the State Administration of Radio Film and Television (SARFT) has revealed that as of November 31, 2007 the number of cable DTV subscribers in…

US awareness of switchover grows, education still needed

According to a survey by Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM), there is growing awareness of the nation's February 2009 transition to digital television by US TV broadcasters. However,…

Italy's 1.500 digital TV channels earn E2.5 billion

From Branislav Pekic in Rome There were nearly 1.500 digital TV channels available in Italy and in 2006 they earned E2.5 billion, according to the New TV Observatory of the…

Oz digital switch by 2013

Australia's Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy minister Stephen Conroy has ordered that free-to-air television be broadcast only in a digital signal in all major cities by 2009 with a final…

Ofcom digital progress report

According to Ofcom figures, Freeview achieved near-record sales of 2.4 million digital television receivers in the third quarter of 2007. The media regulator’s quarterly digital TV progress report, for the…

Mediaset: 2012 DSO too late

From Branislav Pekic in Rome The 2012 deadline for the definite switchover from analogue to digital terrestrial TV is too far away, according to the president of Mediaset, Fedele Confalonieri.…

Italy to get third PPV DTT platform in 2008

From Branislav Pekic in Rome After Mediaset Premium and La7Carta Più, Italy will get a third pay-per-view digital terrestrial platform in 2008. The Pangea project is backed by the former…

Industry attack on TV operators over DTT

From David Del Valle in Madrid The Spanish electronic manufacturers have levelled fierce criticism at the TV operators for “their lack of interest” in developing DTT in the country. Jesus…

Ofcom unveils digital dividend auction

UK regulator Ofcom has outlined plans for an auction of the broadcast transmission spectrum that will be freed up by switching off the analogue TV signal in 2012. The freed-up…