Advanced Television


Forecast: Pay-TV to add 15m subs

The Global Pay TV Subscriber Forecasts report from analyst firm Digital TV Research predicts 15 million additional pay-TV subscribers between 2020 and 2026, to take the global total to 1.02 billion. Between 2020 and 2026, 92 countries will add pay-TV subscribers and 46 countries will lose subscribers. “China and India will together continue to provide […]

May 4, 2021

South Africa targets March for DTT

South Africa’s plans to switch off its analogue TV transmissions and replace with digital terrestrial TV have suffered more than their share of false dawns. Now the country’s president says the nation will start the shift in March. President Cyril Ramaphosa last week told the National Assembly in his ‘State of the Nation’ speech that […]

February 17, 2021By Chris Forrester

Portugal sets up working group on DTT future

The Portuguese Government has announced it will set up an inter-ministerial working group to gather opinions and studies on the future of DTT in the country. The news was announced by the Secretary of State for Cinema, Audiovisual and Media, Nuno Artur Silva, during a Parliamentary hearing. He said that the group will prepare a […]

January 22, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Altice Portugal criticises regulator over DTT conduct

DTT network operator Altice Portugal has expressed regret that the National Communications Authority (Anacom) has opted to move forward with the frequency migration of the DTT network, accusing the regulator of “disregarding” the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Anacom president, João Cadete Matos, announced on October 19th that, due to the difficulties of displacement of […]

October 20, 2020From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Spain: DTT stage 3 leaves 500,000 homes in dark

The third phase of DTT simulcasting swich-off in Spain comes to an end today (October 13th) with 500,000 households still needing to refit their antennas. Only 350,000 out of the 850,000 SMATV affected installations (due to the DTT migration) have made the necessary adjustments to continue watching DTT in the country. Therefore, the rest of […]

October 13, 2020From David Del Valle in Madrid

Spain: End to DTT simulcasts

DTT Simulcast transmissions will come to an end in Spain between October 1st and 14th with around 20 per cent of SMATV-equipped buildings in the country still to be refitted. Among the first to switch-off simulcasting are Cantabria, Girona, Pontevedra, Tarragona and Tenerife. On October 7th new regions will be added such as Madrid, Alicante, […]

September 30, 2020From David Del Valle in Madrid

Portugal wants more public DTT channels

The Portuguese Parliament has approved a proposal by left-wing political party Bloco da Esquerda (BE) to increase the number of public service TV channels on the national DTT network. According to the draft resolution, which was also voted by members of other political parties, the Parliament will now recommend to the Government to ‘take the […]

July 24, 2020From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Survey: 5G to replace traditional broadcast distribution  

According to a recent global survey of broadcasters, 82 per cent believe that cellular networks such as 5G will eventually replace traditional broadcast distribution such as DTT/DTV and satellite as the preferred way to access TV content, with over a third (37 per cent) of these respondents expecting this to begin happening within one to […]

July 16, 2020