Dahlia TV pulls out of Spain

Spanish digital-terrestrial pay-TV provider Dahlia TV has decided to withdraw from the market.

The company, owned by Sweden’s Air Plus TV, decided to pull out following the delay in government approval of pay services on the platform and the emergence of media group Mediapro, which is commercialising its Gol TV premium football channel on DTT, as a potential competitor. A possible merger between Mediapro’s La Sexta and commercial channel Antena 3 could also create a strong digital-terrestrial player.

Dahlia TV’s backers planned to invest approximately €150m in setting up the platform, and signed up Sony’s AXN as an anchor channel.