Russian analogue broadcasters set for reprieve

Russia’s State Commission for Radio Frequencies (GKRCH) is set to allow local broadcasters to extend their analogue transmissions for a further two years on receipt of an application for a permit, according to local reports. Gaining permission from the state organization will enable qualifying broadcasters to continue over-the-air analogue transmissions in the 174-230MHz and 470-70MHz […]

Canal+ secures time-limited renewal of DTT presence

France’s Canal+ has agreed to renew the presence of its encrypted channel on France’s struggling digital-terrestrial TV platform for a further 18 months following the expiration of its current licence on December 5 this year. Regulator ARCOM had agreed in June last year to allow a procedure of renewal without a call for rival candidates. […]

Canal+ reportedly seeking shorter commitment for DTT licence

French pay TV outfit Canal+ is looking to finalise a new licence to broadcast on France’s digital-terrestrial platform within the next few weeks, but is pressing for a reduced period for the renewal, according to a report by financial daily Les Echos. The pay TV operator has blown hot and cold on renewing its DTT […]

Xavier Niel to compete with TF1 and M6 for DTT frequency

French regulator ARCOM has announced that it received three bids for its recently advertised national DTT frequencies by the January 23 deadline. As expected incumbent operators TF1 and RTL-owned M6 are both seeking renewal of their existing DTT services. But they will face competition from NJJ, the investment vehicle controlled by French telco billionaire Xavier […]

Former ITV chair argues that DTT is vital for “national resilience”

UK TV industry grandee Peter Bazalgette has warned that the role of content delivery via digital terrestrial television (DTT) should not be neglected, as the UK and other leading media markets hurtle towards an internet-only future. In a letter to the Financial Times, the former ITV chair said that DTT could play a crucial role […]

ARCOM sets tight deadline for French DTT applications

French media regulator ARCOM has given companies until January 23 to submit an application for one of two DTT licences currently held by TF1 and M6. This will then be followed by public hearings in February before the two licences are granted. Interested parties need to show their hand by January 16 – and then […]

Xavier Niel outfit asks for ‘more time’ to prepare DTT proposal

French telecom and media entrepreneur Xavier Niel’s NJJ Médias unit has asked media regulator ARCOM to give it time to submit a bid to launch a digital-terrestrial TV channel ahead of the renewal of frequencies granted to TF1 and M6. Interviewed by ARCOM yesterday, Iliad Group VP Maxime Lombardini, accompanied by legal advisor François Sureau, […]

Xavier Niel circles France’s DTT platform ahead of frequency renewals

Speculation is bubbling up in France around the possibility that telecom tycoon Xavier Niel, owner of ISP Free, may mount a bid to take over some of the digital-terrestrial TV frequencies currently occupied by TF1 and M6. The licences covering the frequencies are due to expire next March and media regulator ARCOM is currently holding […]

EBU finds that 5G broadcast and DTT can share UHF band and broadcast infrastructure

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has concluded that 5G broadcast systems can be introduced alongside existing DTT in the UHF band. The reveal means that existing broadcast towers could be used to significantly enhance the coverage and minimise the cost of roll-out of the new technology. It also adds the potential to bring free-to-air content […]

Canal+ to stay on digital-terrestrial in France

French pay TV operator Canal+ has secured agreement from media regulator the Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSA) for the renewal of its presence on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform for the next three years. The CSA’s authorisation covers the period up to December 6 2023. The announcement, which came just ahead of the expiry of Canal+’s […]

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