Advanced Television


South Africa’s DSO draws near

Sentech, South Africa’s state-backed TV transmission business, has started its move towards an all-digital broadcasting model. At midnight on July 31st Sentech switched some frequencies to all-digital transmission. The switchover is about 13 years late. The government’s communications minister had set the end of July as the end-date for analogue transmissions across the country. Broadcasters […]

August 2, 2023By Chris Forrester

RTVE UHD set for Feb 2024 launch

The Board of Directors of Spanish public broadcaster RTVE has unanimously approved a proposal to start regular broadcasts in Ultra High Definition (UHD-4K) beginning on February 15th, 2024. With this agreement, RTVE says it is at the forefront of broadcasting in UHD-4K in open DTT, accessible by the entire population for free and on a […]

July 24, 2023By Colin Mann

France consults on UHD DTT services

French audiovisual services and digital regulator Arcom has been contacted by the Government to grant public service broadcaster France Télévisions a right to use frequencies to allow the broadcasting of France 2 and France 3 in ultra-high definition, over a large part of mainland France and nine overseas territories, from 2024. Other broadcasters have also […]

July 24, 2023By Colin Mann

Bosnia and Herzegovina selects DVB-T2 providers for MUX A

The Ministry of Transport and Communications of Bosnia and Herzegovina has selected the companies that will provide the DVB-T2 equipment for national DTT multiplex MUX A that will carry the TV channels of the country’s public broadcasters. A consortium, consisting of local company Sirius 2000 and Croatia’s Odašiljači i veze (OiV) was selected as the […]

July 24, 2023From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Mediapro renews Gol TV deal

Spanish TV group Mediapro has reached an agreement with Unidad Editorial, owner of former DTT channel Veo TV, to renew their contract so that Gol TV can use its DTT spectrum for three more years. Mediapro will pay €2.8 million yearly to use the frequency for its sports channel. Both groups have been cooperating since […]

July 17, 2023From David Del Valle in Madrid

Narrative Entertainment takes GREAT! channels nationwide

Narrative Entertainment UK has invested in audience reach by expanding its GREAT! network channels to full national distribution on Freeview and returning POP Max, part of Independent broadcaster’s market-leading POP network of children’s channels, to the Freeview Platform. More households which will now be able to receive the channels for the first time. The changes […]

July 5, 2023

Media Capital CEO: “DTT is dead”

The CEO of Portuguese media company Media Capital says that DTT in Portugal “is dead” and that the country “is having a hard time burying” the technology Speaking to the Lusa news agency, Pedro Morais Leitão admitted that the plug in DTT cannot be pulled in January 2024 and proposed that the DTT network operator […]

May 23, 2023From Branislav Pekic in Rome

South Africa misses DSO again

South Africa is now some 12 years behind in its much-promised full adoption of digital television and the switching off of analogue TV signals. The initial digital switch-over was supposed to happen back in November 2011. The latest switch-over date was March 31st 2023, and the date was again missed. The delays are blamed on […]

May 19, 2023

Portuguese broadcasters question future of DTT

Portuguese media group Media Capital (which owns commercial channel TVI) is considering pulling out of DTT broadcasting, said CEO Pedro Morais Leitão during the ‘Congress of Digital Business’ in Lisbon. According to Morais Leitão, it is necessary to rethink DTT, a technology in which Media Capital – together with Impresa (owner of the SIC channel) […]

May 11, 2023From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Cellnex fined €13.7m for abuse of position

Spanish telco provider, Cellnex Telecom, will have to pay a €13.7 million fine imposed by regulator CNMC for the abuse of its dominant position in the distribution of DTT signals. The Spanish court Audiencia Nacional has ratified the sanction after Cellnex’s appeal before the Supreme Court that obliged a recalculation of the fine amount. A […]

May 10, 2023From David Del Valle in Madrid