French watchdog mulls new DTT multiplex for UHD TV services

France’s media regulator the CSA has opened a public consultation on the future of the country’s digital-terrestrial TV platform, introducing the idea of launching a new multi-city multiplex that could be used to launch UHD services. To improve quality and make space for new services including UHD, the consultation will also consider the possibility of […]

Burkina Faso taps Eutelsat for digital TV rollout

Société Burkinabè de Télédiffusion (SBT), the public agency deploying digital terrestrial channels across Burkina Faso, has agreed a deal with Eutelsat. The multi-year satellite capacity agreement will help accelerate analogue switch-off in Burkina Faso, with capacity leased on Eutelsat 3B already delivering some 20 channels to 35 digital terrestrial transmitting towers in the country. SBT […]

Digita taps Nevion for digital-terrestrial move to IP transport

Finnish digital-terrestrial network operator Digita has chosen technology provider Nevio to supply equipment and software to provide transport of signals from its headend to its transmission sites. The contract is part of Digita’s move to migrate its DVB transport infrastructure from legacy technology to IP. Nevion will provide its Virtuoso CP4400 DTT processors at Digita’s […]

Sony makes FTA Italian move as Sky Italia drops AXN channels

Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) is moving into the Italian free-to-air TV market for the first time as a two-channel carriage agreement with Sky draws to a close. SPTN has reached a deal with Television Broadcasting System (TBS) to buy the channels NekoTV and Capri Gourmet, which have been broadcasting on the Italian digital terrestrial […]

Zee expands in Africa with Mali DTT launch

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) is moving into Mali, launching its Zee Magic and Zee Cinema channels on digital terrestrial TV network TNTSAT Africa. The move is part of a wider push by Zee into the African market, with Zee Bollymovies – an English-dubbed Bollywood movie channel for the African market – also expanding its […]

Sub-Saharan pay TV customers to almost double by 2022

The number of pay TV customers in Sub-Saharan Africa will almost double between 2016 and 2022, according to new research. The Digital TV Research report claims that the total will climb from 19.47 million pay TV subscribers across 35 countries at the end of 2016 to 36.72 million by 2022, with the proportion of pay […]

Italy finally ends interference-causing broadcasts

Italy has informed the International Telecommunications Union that it has ceased transmitting TV programmes on 61 frequencies that have been causing problems with interference in neighbouring countries. The ITU Radiocommunication Bureau received a complaint from the Slovenian government in 2005 about interference resulting from Italian broadcasts, with other countries joining the chorus of complaint from […]

Swedish freeze on 700MHz sale attracts Telia’s wrath

A move by the Swedish government to stop the sale of 700MHz spectrum on security ground has been met with sharp criticism from telecom operator Telia, which hoped to capture some of the released spectrum. The country’s telecom regulator, the PTS, pulled the planned sale of 700MHz spectrum – bandwidth currently used for digital-terrestrial broadcasting […]

EC rules against Spain’s DTT compensation scheme

The European Commission has ruled that a Spanish scheme compensating terrestrial commercial broadcasters for simulcasting their broadcasts during the digitisation of the terrestrial television signal is in breach of EU state aid rules. Spain had required broadcasters to simulcast their transmissions in analogue and digital during the country’s digital switchover period, in order to avoid […]

Talking Pictures TV strikes simulcast deal with local TV channels

UK free-to-air movie channel Talking Pictures TV has agreed deals with two of the country’s local DTT channels whereby several hours of Talking Pictures TV content will be simulcast on the local services each day, starting this weekend. The channel has struck deals with Latest TV in Brighton and Bay TV in Swansea via its […]

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