Advanced Television


Spain: RTVE switches off SD signals

Spanish public broadcaster RTVE has switched off the SD transmission of its six channels (La 1, La 2, Canal 24 horas, Clan, Teledeporte and TVE Internacional), migrating them to HD, a week before the February 14th deadline. Meanwhile, it is launching the first UHD channel in Spain with regular transmissions, La 1 UHD, which will […]

February 6, 2024From David Del Valle in Madrid

Spain finalises HD DTT migration

Spain is readying for the migration to HD for all its DTT TV channels on February 14th. From that date onwards, all DTT transmissions will have to be HD as SD will be switched off. The country is now under an intense media campaign to prepare for the switchover with the Administration launching an  online […]

January 23, 2024From David Del Valle in Madrid

Eutelsat boost for du MENA services

Satellite operator Eutelsat is working with multiplay telco du to upgrade its direct-to-home satellite services across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. With this partnership, du is increasing capacity at the 7/8° West orbital position, enabling its media customers to deliver high-definition content to viewers seamlessly, with an optimised user experience. The 7/8° […]

June 26, 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

Regional versions of BBC One HD by April 2023

Viewers will soon be able to watch BBC One in HD without having to switch over to the current standard-definition versions for their local programming, following the roll-out of BBC One HD in England. The BBC aims for the rollout of BBC One HD in England for Freeview, Sky, YouView and Freesat viewers to be […]

November 23, 2022

Spain: CNMC calls for HD obligation lifting

Spain’s competition regulator Comisión Nacional de Los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC) has asked the Administration not to oblige TV operators to migrate to HD at a specified time, allowing them to make the migration freely at their discretion “in proper financial and market conditions”. The CNMC fears that the legal obligation to migrate transmissions […]

October 24, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

Spain: HD migration delayed until 2024

Spanish TV operators will be able to continue broadcasting in standard definition until 2024 following a proposed Royal Decree that delays the HD obligation until February 14th of that year. Initially, the DTT Technical Plan had set the date of January 1st 2023 as the deadline for migration to HD. The Spanish government cited “the […]

August 10, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

SES reach rises to 366m homes

Satellite operator SES, in its latest Satellite Monitor global reach survey, says it is now delivers almost 8,400 TV channels – including 3,130 in HD or UHD – to a total of 366 million TV homes worldwide, an increase of five million homes over the previous year. SES says it continues to outperform the industry […]

April 5, 2022By Chris Forrester

SES extends contract with QVC

Home shopping channels from QVC have signed a multi-year contract renewal with satellite operator SES for viewers in the UK and Ireland. The companies have announced a five-year contract renewal to broadcast the company’s QVC, QVC Beauty, QVC Extra and QVC Style channels over SES’s 28.2 / 28.5 degrees East satellites. As part of the […]

April 4, 2022By Chris Forrester

Arabsat wins upgrade of CGTN to HD

China Global TV Network’s Arabic-language service on Arabsat is upgrading to an HD service. Organised and carried in collaboration with Globecast the new CGTN-Arabic HD channel is being carried by Arabsat’s Badr-6 satellite and its coverage extends throughout the MENA region. “This recent upgrade to HD also contributes to the greater enjoyment of the channel’s […]

January 27, 2022By Chris Forrester