Spanish commercial channels call for level playing field

UTECA, the body that represents Spanish TV commercial terrestrial channels, has called on the next government to limit the amount of advertising on pay TV channels amidst claims that the current rules favour the pay sector. Currently, pay TV channels can air over 12 minutes of advertising per hour, while the free-to-air channels of Atresmedia […]

EC court rules on Spanish DTT subsidies

The EC General Court has ruled that Spanish government subsidies for the country’s digital-terrestrial platform are illegal. The court ruled that subsidies granted to operators of DTT services between 2005 and 2009 break EC rules, confiring a decision by the Commission in 2013. The court ruling requires Spain to recover €260 million in subsidies. The […]

Atresmedia, Mediaset and Real Madrid set to secure DTT HD licences

The Spanish government is on the point of awarding licences for six new channels on the country’s digital terrestrial platform, with Atresmedia, Mediaset and Real Madrid set to capture licences for HD services, according to local reports. The three will be awarded one HD licence each, according to the reports, while licences for three standard-definition […]