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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

Spain: Canal Red acquires DTT licence

Canal Red, a new TV channel promoted by the former vice president of Spanish Government, Pablo Iglesias, has acquired the DTT licence from the failed right-wing 7NN news channel, which closed down in March. The new channel will initially broadcast in Madrid but plans to eventually cover the whole country and also expand into Latin […]

April 26, 2023From David Del Valle in Madrid

Italy: Number of TV channels drops

Italian households had the potential of receiving 343 TV channels on DTT and satellite in 2022, down from 413 in 2021, distributed by over 100 broadcasters, of which 80 based in Italy. The annual survey by Confindustria Radio Televisioni (CRTV), shows that 292 channels were owned by broadcasters based in Italy, of which 106 distributed […]

April 21, 2023From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Brazil to define DTT standard in 2024

The Brazilian government has presented a series of guidelines for the upgrading of the existing DTT standard, also known as ISDB-T, by December 31st 2024. TV 3.0 will represent the evolution of TV 2.5, promising a significant improvement of sound and image quality, upscaling from Full HD to 4K or 8K, in addition to increased […]

April 11, 2023From Branislav Pekic in Rome

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