Advanced Television


Spain: 7NN withdraws from national DTT

Spanish DTT channel 7NN is pulling out of the nationwide DTT market, to  focus just on Madrid to save costs and avoid closure. The channel has axed 50 per cent of its staff and is planning to move to a new headquarters to cut costs. 7NN was launched in October 2021 airing a 24/7 news […]

March 13, 2023From David Del Valle in Madrid

Canal+ 18 month pay DTT renewal

French TV regulator Arcom has renewed Canal+ pay DTT frequency for an 18-month period until June 5th 2025. Requested by the pay-TV group itself, while the renewal usually covers a five-years period, the shorter duration reflects Canal+’s desire to remain agile and be in a position to return the frequency should its business model evolve. […]

March 9, 2023From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

France: Niel’s SIX challenger revealed

Xavier Niel, owner of Iliad (Free) and several publications including Le Monde, has appeared before a hearing of French TV regulator Arcom in connection with his ‘SIX’ bid to takeover the M6 DTT frequency. Niel insisted that SIX “doesn’t aim to replace a channel with another” but to “create a new all-genre TV channel”.  He […]

February 15, 2023From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

Forecast: MENA to add 2m pay-TV subs by 2028

The number of pay-TV subscribers in 20 MENA countries will increase from 17.32 million in 2022 to 19.20 million in 2028, according to the Middle East and North Africa Pay TV Forecasts report from analyst firm Digital TV Research. Legitimate pay-TV penetration will remain at only 19 per cent. IPTV subscribers overtook pay satellite TV […]

January 23, 2023

Spain postpones HD DTT migration to 2024

The Spanish government has postponed the migration of all standard definition (SD) DTT channels to HD until February 14th 2024. The Economy Vice president, Nadia Calviño, says that the delay is due to the lack of HD-equipped TV sets in the market as a result of the pandemic. She adds that delaying the migration will […]

January 18, 2023From David Del Valle in Madrid

Italy completes MPEG-4 switchover

Italy will complete the switchover from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 with AVC encoding for DTT broadcasting on December 21st. Most of the national TV channels had already switched to MPEG-4 AVC encoding since March 8th, but smaller broadcasters were given more time to adjust to the new regime. The switch was necessary in order to free […]

December 20, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Portugal considering alternatives to Meo

João Cadete de Matos, the  president of Portugal’s National Communications Authority (Anacom) has acknowledged that Meo (Altice Portugal) has requested the renewal of the DTT network licences. During a meeting with journalists, Cadete de Matos said that the regulator has six months to make an assessment, including financial issues, as ‘DTT has to be cost-orientated.’ […]

December 16, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Altice Portugal requests renewal of DTT licence

After months of uncertainty, Altice Portugal has requested the renewal of the DTT network operator licence for its Meo multimedia unit from Portugal’s National Communications Authority (Anacom). Meo (formerly Portugal Telecom) was awarded the licence to operate Portugal’s DTT only multiplex in 2008 for a period of 15 years. The company had until today (December […]

December 9, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

France: Call for DTT service applications

France’s Arcom (Autorité de régulation de la communication audiovisuelle et numérique/Audiovisual and Digital Communication Regulatory Authority) has issued a call for applications for the award of two national FTA High Definition DTT licences. This call comes in light of the expiry of the authorisations currently granted to the TF1 and M6 services. The spectrum, available […]

December 9, 2022By Colin Mann

Report: How resilient is DTT is Europe?

As more than 90 million households, or 30 per cent of European TV homes, still rely exclusively on free-to-air channels for their TV consumption, the ongoing evolution of DTT transmission standards could be seen as a way to rejuvenate a TV access mode which does not appear as prosperous as it was in the past, […]

November 30, 2022