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:: 26/10/2014

Philippines - ASO to begin in 2019

Analogue switch-off is set to begin in 2019 in the region of the capital city Manila.

:: 24/10/2014

Belgium - Blank DVB-T2 signal continue to be broadcast

DVB-T2 signals continue to be broadcast in the Flemish-speaking part of the country, but no content is shown.

:: 24/10/2014

United States - FCC to delay spectrum incentive auctions

The Federal Communications Commissio (FCC) has indicated that the spectrum incentive auctions will be delayed until 2016. Initially, the FCC had anticipated holding the auctions in 2015.

:: 24/10/2014

Thailand - Demand expected to be high for mobile DTT receivers

Demand for mobile DTT receivers is expected to be high and help household switch to digital television.

:: 23/10/2014

France - LCI to remain on pay-DTT platform until early 2015

The Conseil d'État has given a preliminary decision regarding the pay-DTT service LCI. This is a continuous news service owned by the media group TF1.

:: 23/10/2014

France - Court rejects compensation for M6's loss of "bonus channel"

The Conseil d'Etat has rejected the commercial broadcaster M6's claims for compensation.

:: 23/10/2014

Poland - TVN seeks to launch new services on DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster TVN has announced plans to launch two new television programme services on the DTT platform.

:: 23/10/2014

Italy - BlackRock increases stake in EI Towers

The investment company BlackRock has increased its stake in the broadcast network operator EI Towers.

:: 22/10/2014

Kenya - Ministry amends DTT legal framework

The Ministry of Information and Communications has amended broadcast regulation to allow the three incumbent national commercial broadcasters to be allocated a DTT license.

:: 22/10/2014

Tanzania - DSO to be completed by June 2015

The government has affirmed that it will complete digital switchover by 17 June 2015.

:: 22/10/2014

South Africa - Government increases funding for DSO

The government's budget policy statement released on 22 October shows that ZAR620 million (EURO 44 million) will be allocated to digital switchover.

:: 21/10/2014

Thailand - NBTC implements measures against DTT coupon corruption

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has put in place measures to protect against corruption during the distribution of digital television coupons.

:: 21/10/2014

Mexico - Unclear if ASO to completed in North by 26 November

It is unclear whether analogue switch-off will be able to proceed in the northern part of the country as initially planned.

:: 21/10/2014

Thailand - Demand high for DTT set-top boxes

Demand for DTT receivers high with 10,000 purchased the first day when the DTT vouchers were available for redemption. Most purchases were made in the region of Bangkok.

:: 20/10/2014

Nigeria - Launch of new service on pay-DTT platforms

The pay-DTT platforms GOtv and SterTimes have added a new television programme service.

:: 20/10/2014

Ethiopia - DSO planned for completion in 2016

The Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority (EBA) has announced that planning for digital switchover has begun.

:: 20/10/2014

Armenia - OSCE issues report on DSO progress

The OSCE has issued a report on digital switchover in Armenia. It has been undertaken by the OSCE Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression.

:: 19/10/2014

Montenegro - Funds secured for DSO

Preparations are underway for the official launch of the DTT platform on 1 December 2014.

:: 16/10/2014

Draft ECC Report 224 ready for ECC approval

Task group 6 (TG6) has finalised its report on the future of the UHF band in Europe. TG6 had been tasked by the ECC to study this issue following a request from the European Commission.

:: 15/10/2014

Poland - Two bidders for license to operate local DTT multiplexes

The communications regulator UKE has announced that it has received two bids for the licenses to operate local DTT multiplexes.

:: 15/10/2014

United States - NAB claims FCC underestimates DTT coverage loss

According to the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has underestimated the number of viewers likely to be affected by the loss of DTT coverage after the spectrum incentive auctions.

:: 15/10/2014

Serbia - Deadline set to apply for free DTT set-top boxes

The government has set 30 June 2015 as the deadline to apply for a government subsidized DTT set-top box.

:: 15/10/2014

Germany - TLC to be available on DTT platform in Munich

The commercial broadcaster Discovery Networks has announced that it will change its content offering on the DTT platform in Munich.

:: 15/10/2014

Spain - Infraestructuras y Gestión 2002 to go to ECJ over government's DTT plans

The company Infraestructuras y Gestión 2002 has indicated that it is preparing to file a lawsuit against the government for its handling of DTT frequency allocations.

:: 15/10/2014

Thailand - Strong sales for DTT receivers

The sale of DTT receivers is booming as the roll-out the the DTT platform begins.

:: 14/10/2014

Spain - RTVE launches DTT migration information campaign

The public service broadcaster has launched its information campaign about the upcoming changes to the DTT platform.

:: 14/10/2014

Croatia - Italian interference to DTT platform to end

The interference to the DTT platform by Italian broadcast signals is expected to come to an end by the beginning of 2015.

:: 14/10/2014

Germany - WDR announces DVB-T2 trial in Cologne

The regional public service broadcaster WDR and the broadcast network operator Media Broadcast have announced plans to begin a DVB-T2 / HEVC trial.

:: 13/10/2014

United States - FCC suspends ASO for low-power transmission sites

In preparation for the upcoming broadcast incentive auction, the Federal Communications Commissio (FCC) has revised rules related to low-power and translator transmission sites.

:: 10/10/2014

United Kingdom - Ofcom indicates possible use of broadcast white spaces as of 2015

The communications regulator Ofcom has indicated that the roll out of technologies making use of "white spaces" could take place in 2015.

:: 10/10/2014

Argentina - RT Espanol launches on DTT platform

Russia Today (RT) Espanol has officially launched on the DTT platform in Argentina.

:: 10/10/2014

Poland - MUX-8 to offer services from TVP and commercial broadcasters

The head of the broadcast regulatory authority, KRRiT, has indicated that MUX-8 will be shared between public service and commercial broadcasters.

:: 09/10/2014

Spain - DTT simulcast to begin on 26 October

Broadcasters with DTT services using the 800 MHz frequency band will begin transmitting from new frequencies starting on 26 October.

:: 09/10/2014

Germany - Commercial license extensions for DTT platform in Hannover

The media regulator for Lower Saxony, NLM, has extended the DTT licenses for 4 broadcasters.

:: 08/10/2014

Austria - Carinthia to begin DVB-T2 migration

The communications regulator KommAustria (RTR) has approved the migration of part of the DTT platform to the DVB-T2 standard in the region of Carinthia.

:: 08/10/2014

United States - Live ATSC 3.0 trial with 4k content

The manufacturer Technicolor and the broadcaster Sinclair have completed a live trial of the DTT specification ATSC 3.0.

:: 08/10/2014

United Kingdom - Motors TV available on Freeview platform

The television programme service Motors TV UK is now available on the free-to-air DTT platform Freeview.

:: 08/10/2014

United Kingdom - Ofcom agrees to changes in content obligations for London Live

The communications regulator Ofcom has agreed to changes in the content obligations for the local DTT service London Live.

:: 07/10/2014

Spain - Government to reimburse DTT antenna upgrades in 2015

The government has announced the process to support households with their antenna upgrades.

:: 07/10/2014

Czech Republic - CTU prepares final draft of Spectrum Management Strategy

The Czech Telecommunication Office (CTU) has finalised its Spectrum Management Strategy which will be sent to the government.

:: 06/10/2014

France - Commercial broadcasters file lawsuit over "bonus" channels

The leading commercial broadcaster TF1 has filed a lawsuit against the government for its failure to provide it with a so-called bonus television service on the DTT platform.

:: 06/10/2014

Mexico - 2.5 million DTT receivers ready for distribution

Doubts are emerging about government plans to complete analogue switch-off in the north eastern part of the country.

:: 06/10/2014

Serbia - Up to 1 million households must acquire a DTT receiver

The State Secretary for the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Communications, Tatjana Matić, is encouraging viewers to acquire DTT receivers.

:: 06/10/2014

Germany - Berlin DVB-T2 / HEVC trial underway

The broadcast network operator Media Broadcast has announced the launch of a new DTT trial in Berlin.

:: 06/10/2014

Cuba - DTT platform reaches 50% of population

The DTT platform is now available to 5 million viewers which represents 50% of the population.

:: 04/10/2014

Colombia - Satellite service to complement DTT coverage

The government has announced that it will use a free-to-view satellite service to ensure coverage of digital television services.

:: 03/10/2014

Czech Republic - Óčko Expres available on DTT platform

The music television service Óčko Expres is joining the DTT platform.

:: 03/10/2014

France - Auction of licenses using 700 MHz band to take place in 2015

The government has announced that the auction of licenses to operate mobile broadband services in the 700 MHz band will take place in 2015

:: 02/10/2014

Kenya - Launch of new local service on pay-DTT platform

The pay-DTT operator StarTimes has launched a new service on its platform known as Dadin Kowa.

:: 02/10/2014

Czech Republic - CRa tests use of drones to monitor DTT network

The broadcast network operator České Radiokomunikace (CRa) has tested the use of drones to monitor its DTT transmission sites.

:: 02/10/2014

Rwanda - Pay-DTT operator GOtv adds new services

The pay-DTT operator GOtv has announced the launch of new television services on its platform.

:: 02/10/2014

Belarus - ASO completed in Svisloch

The Ministry of Communications and Informatics (MPT) has announced the completion of analogue switch-off in the region of Svisloch.

:: 01/10/2014

Kenya - National commercial broadcast services returns to DTT platform

The pay-DTT operator StarTimes has announced the availability of new free-to-air television programme services on its DTT platform.

:: 01/10/2014

Spain - DTT operators to return state aid received for DTT network in Castilla-La Mancha

The European Commission (EC) has ruled that state aid provided to DTT platform operators in Castilla-La Mancha to be incompatible with European Union rules.

:: 30/09/2014

Ireland - ComReg consultation on award of frequency licenses including 700 MHz band

The communications regulator ComReg has opened a consultation on the award of spectrum licenses, with the possibility of including the 700 MHz band.

:: 30/09/2014

United States - FCC proposes updates to broadcast "white spaces" rules

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed changes to its rules governing the use of "white spaces" between broadcast services.

:: 30/09/2014

Study finds underutilisation of spectrum reserved for IMT services

According to a study published by LS Telecom, at least 30% of spectrum reserved for mobile broadband services has not been licensed.

:: 30/09/2014

Czech Republic - Regulator updates DTT D-Book

The Czech Telecommunications Office (CTU) has updated the national receiver specification for the DTT platform known as the D-Book.

:: 30/09/2014

Brazil - Anatel allocates licenses in the 700 MHz band

The communications regulator Anatel has announced the results of its licensing procedure in the 700 MHz band.

:: 29/09/2014

Bosnia - CRa expresses concern with DSO process

The communications regulator CRa has expressed its concern with the status of digital switchover in the country.

:: 29/09/2014

Germany - New service joins DTT platform in Dresden

The media regulator for the region of Saxony, SLM, has granted an eight year DTT license to the television service RiC.

:: 29/09/2014

Serbia - Ministry presents Digital TV trademark

The Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications has met with manufacturers in order to discuss the use of the Digital TV trademark.

:: 29/09/2014

Hungary - NMHH announces results of 800 MHz auction

The communications regulator NMHH has announced the results of its auction of frequency licenses in the 800 MHz band.

:: 29/09/2014

Slovakia - Availability of local DTT services in 37 regions

The communications regulator RU has announced that 25 network operators provide local DTT services to 37 regions.

:: 29/09/2014

Costa Rica - Plans underway to bring interactive services to DTT platform

Work is underway to bring interactive services to the DTT platform using the Internet.

:: 29/09/2014

Germany - License extensions for commercial broadcasters in Hesse

The media regulator for the Land of Hesse has announced the DTT license renewal for 8 commercial television services.

:: 29/09/2014

El Salvador - Supreme Court puts DSO on-hold

The digital switchover process is currently on hold following a Supreme Court decision.

:: 29/09/2014

Mexico - Wireless broadband service trial in 700 MHz band

The Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transporte (SCT) has announced that it will undertake trials of mobile broadband services in the 700 MHz band.

:: 29/09/2014

Singapore - MDA launches DTT help scheme

Eligible viewers are now invited to apply for the Digital TV Assistance Scheme.

:: 29/09/2014

Kenya - Supreme Court orders CAK to re-open DTT network licensing procedure

The Supreme Court has issued its ruling on digital switchover and overturned the previous ruling by the Court of Appeals.

:: 29/09/2014

United Kingdom - Freeview launches new advertising campaign

The free-to-air DTT platform, marketed as Freeview, has launched a new advertising campaign for the Autumn season.

:: 29/09/2014

Thailand - NBTC reaches agreement for Channel 3 to continue analogue service

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has approved a plan to allow the analogue television service Channel 3 to join the DTT platform.

:: 26/09/2014

Poland - UKE issues draft regulations for MUX-8

The communications regulator UKE has forwarded its draft documentation for the award of a new DTT multiplex license to the broadcast regulator KRRiT.

:: 25/09/2014

Romania - Ancom opens consultation on licenses to operate DTT multiplexes

The communications regulator Ancom has opened a public consultation on its draft decision to award to national DTT multiplex licenses.

:: 24/09/2014

Haiti - DSO to cost $30 million

According to the communications regulator Conatel, the switchover of terrestrial networks to digital is expected to cost $30 million.

:: 24/09/2014

Belarus - ASO to be completed by May 2015

Analogue switch-off is expected to be completed by May 2015. This is two months earlier than initially planned.

:: 24/09/2014

Spain - Government plans release of 700 MHz band for mobile broadband services

The government has announced that it plans to make the 700 MHz band available for mobile broadband services.

:: 24/09/2014

Mexico - Two television service licenses on DTT platform to be allocated by June 2015

The communications regulator IFT has approved modifications to the licensing conditions for two national broadcast services.

:: 24/09/2014

EBU warns against Band III allocation for DTT platform

The EBU has issued a guide explaining why the frequencies in Band III must be reserved for digital radio services.

:: 23/09/2014

Spain - Telecom operators to pay for filters to block interference to DTT reception

Despite not yet having established a plan for resolving DTT interference issues, the government has announced that telecom operators will need to assume some of the costs.

:: 23/09/2014

France - France 24 launches on DTT platform

The continuous news service France 24 launched on the free-to-air DTT platform on 23 September.

:: 23/09/2014

Spain - Government to provide financial support for DTT antenna upgrade

The government has approved a Royal Decree that provides a new technical frequency plan for the DTT platform.

:: 22/09/2014

Montenegro - DTT platform to officially launch by end of year

The government has announced its preparations for digital switchover with an information campaign now officially launched.

:: 22/09/2014

Italy - Mediaset to launch Premium Prestige on pay-DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster Mediaset has announced its plans to launch a new television services on its pay-DTT platform Mediaset Premium.

:: 22/09/2014

Thailand - NBTC expected to migrate DTT platform out of 700 MHz band

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is expected to allocate the frequencies from 380 MHz to 510 MHz to the DTT platform.

:: 21/09/2014

Costa Rica - Regional broadcasters unite for DSO

Local and regional broadcasters are planning to pool their resources to reduce the cost of digital switchover.

:: 20/09/2014

India - Launch of mobile TV services using DVB-T2 Lite

The public service broadcaster Doordarshan has announced plans to launch mobile television platform using the DVB-T2 Lite standard.

:: 19/09/2014

Italy - Broadcast network operator Persidera to be made available for sale

The DTT multiplex operator Persidera could be up for sale. Expressions of Interest will most likely be requested this Autumn.

:: 19/09/2014

Malaysia - 700 MHz band reserved for television at least until 2018

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is in the process of identifying frequencies to allocate to mobile broadband services.

:: 19/09/2014

Swaziland - DTT platform to launch by January 2015

A public awareness campaign has officially begun to inform viewers about digital switchover.

:: 18/09/2014

Czech Republic - Prima begins HbbTV trial on DTT platform

The broadcast network operator České Radiokomunikace (CRa) has announced that it is undertaking an HbbTV trial with the commercial broadcaster Prima TV.

:: 18/09/2014

Cambodia - Pay-DTT operator One TV celebrates second anniversary

The pay-DTT operator One TV has announced plans to expand its coverage and improve reception in the capital city Phnom Penh.

:: 18/09/2014

Germany - RTL to continue on DTT platform in North

The media regulator for northern Germany, Medienanstalt Hamburg / Schleswig-Holstein (MA HSH), has extended the licenses for RTL services on the DTT platform.

:: 17/09/2014

Lithuania - New television services to join pay-DTT platform

The Radio and Television Commission (RTK) has approved the addition of two new television services to the pay-DTT platform operated by TEO.

:: 17/09/2014

IEEE issues standard for network co-existence in White Space

The IEEE has issued a new standard on the use of white spaces between television channels.

:: 17/09/2014

Bulgaria - Nova TV seeks to remove service from DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster Nova TV is seeking to have one of its television services removed from the DTT platform.

:: 17/09/2014

Czech Republic - Ocko TV launches HbbTV service

The commercial broadcaster Ocko TV has launched HbbTV services.

:: 16/09/2014

Sri Lanka - ASO to be completed by 2020

The government has announced that the country will complete digital switchover by 2020.

:: 16/09/2014

Uganda - UCC aims to complete digital switchover by December

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has announced that it plans to complete the roll-out of the DTT platform by the end of the year.

:: 16/09/2014

Portugal - PTC issued temporary DTT frequency license

The communications regulator Anacom has issued the broadcast network operator PT Comunicaçőes (PTC) with a temporary frequency license to use for the DTT platform.

:: 16/09/2014

France - Coverage of HD/DTT platform to reach 85% of population

The broadcast regulator has announced that the coverage of high-definition services on the DTT platform is set to increase.

:: 16/09/2014

Dem. Republic Of The Congo - StarTimes resumes pay-DTT services

The pay-DTT operator StarTimes can resume services in the country. This follows the intervention of the president Joseph Kabila to re-instate the service.

:: 16/09/2014

United Kingdom - Ofcom rejects proposed changes to London Live

The communications regulator Ofcom has issued its decision regarding the licensing changes requested by the local DTT service London Live.

:: 15/09/2014

Philippines - ASO to be completed by 2019 at the latest

The head of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) announced that analogue switch-off will be completed in 3-5 years.

:: 15/09/2014

United Kingdom - Ofcom issues update on local DTT services

The communications regulator Ofcom has issued an update on local television services on the DTT platform in the United Kingdom.

:: 15/09/2014

Ukraine - Truce between National Council and Zeonbud

The National Council for Television and Radio has formally acknowledged the steps taken by the operator Zeonbud to make services on the DTT platform available free-to-air.

:: 12/09/2014

Croatia - HAKOM issues local DTT license

The communications regulator has allocated a new licenses to operate a local DTT multiplex.

:: 12/09/2014

Ukraine - Zeonbud begins unencrypting DTT platform

The National Council on Television and Radio is calling on broadcasters to sue the DTT platform operator Zeonbud.

:: 10/09/2014

Peru - DTT platform to launch by the end of the year

The government has announced that it will not postpone the dates for the launch of the DTT platform or the completion of analogue switch-off as set out in the Digital Migration Plan.

:: 10/09/2014

Australia - Government calls for DTT platform migration to MPEG-4 AVC

In a keynote address at the communications conference RadComms, the Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull called on broadcasters to switch to the MPEG-4 AVC standard on the DTT platform.

:: 10/09/2014

France - TF1 negotiating sale of broadcast subsidiary OneCast

The commercial broadcaster TF1 is in negotiations to sell its broadcast network subsidiary OneCast to the telecom manufacturer ITAS.

:: 10/09/2014

Senegal - DTT platform to provide HbbTV services

The DTT platform operator Excaf Telecom has selected HTTV for the provision of receivers on its DTT platform.

:: 10/09/2014

Venezuela - Nearly half a million DTT households

According to the regulator Cantv, the free-to-air DTT platform is accessed by 440,497 households.

:: 10/09/2014

Uganda - DTT rollout to begin in October

The DTT platform is set to launch in October with services to first be made available in the region of Kampala.

:: 09/09/2014

Belarus - ASO completed in Grodno

The national broadcast operator BRTPC has announced the completion of analogue switch-off in the region of Grodno on 10 September.

:: 09/09/2014

Serbia - EBRD loan for DSO

The government is expected to sign an agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for a loan to support digital switchover.

:: 09/09/2014

South Africa - Sentech promises full DTT coverage by the end of the year

The state-owned broadcast network operator Sentech has confirmed that it will complete the roll-out of the DTT network by the end of the year.

:: 08/09/2014

Poland - TVP expands HbbTV offer

The public service broadcaster TVP has announced that it is expanding its HbbTV offering with the launch of TVP Parlament on the platform.

:: 08/09/2014

Uruguay - DTT platform to launch in Montevideo

The government has announced that the free-to-air DTT platform is ready for launch.

:: 08/09/2014

Bulgaria - BNT to receive additional funding to cover DTT costs

The government is set to give EURO 5 million to the public service broadcaster BNT to help pay the cost of digital switchover.

:: 04/09/2014

Italy - RAI agrees to sell stake in RAIWAY

The Board of Directors for the public service broadcaster RAI have unanimously agreed to sell a stake of RAIWAY.

:: 04/09/2014

Dem. Republic Of The Congo - StarTimes required to cease pay-DTT operations

The government has withdrawn the license held by the pay-DTT operator StarTimes to operate services in the country.

:: 03/09/2014

Mexico - IFT issues new guidelines for digital switchover

The Federal Institute of Telecommunications has approved new policy guidelines on digital switchover.

:: 03/09/2014

United Kingdom - CBS Action to join Freeview

Freeview has announced the launch of a new television programme service on the DTT platform.

:: 03/09/2014

Thailand - NBTC to distribute DTT coupons starting on 15 October

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has announced that it will begin the distribution of coupons to be used for the acquisition of DTT receivers.

:: 03/09/2014

Serbia - Official launch of DTT platform

The DTT platform has officially launched in Serbia. Services are available to 90% of the population.

:: 02/09/2014

Moldova - Allocation of the digital dividend

The National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (Anrceti) has awarded licenses for the provision of wireless broadband services in the 800, 900 and 1800 MHz bands.

:: 02/09/2014

Netherlands - Content from Belgium to be available on DTT platform

The Dutch Media Commissioner has ordered the DTT platform operator KPN to make Belgium public television services available to viewers.

:: 02/09/2014

Ecuador - DTT trials commence

DTT trials have begun since mid-August in the regions of Quito and Guayaquil.

:: 02/09/2014

Australia - Launch of FreeviewPlus

FreeviewPlus has officially launched on the free-to-air DTT platform in Australia.

:: 01/09/2014

Commission issues spectrum inventory

The European Commission has issued its inventory of spectrum usage by 24 member-states.

:: 01/09/2014

Nigeria - GOtv to help educate viewers about digital switchover

The pay-DTT operator GOtv has announced plans to help increase awareness about digital switchover.

:: 01/09/2014

Pascal Lamy presents HLG report

The former EU Commissioner, Pascal Lamy, has presented his report on the use of the UHF band in the next few decades.

:: 01/09/2014

Germany - LPR opens tender for new service on DTT platform

The media regulator for the state of Hessen, LPR, has opened a tender for the provision of a television service on the DTT platform.

:: 01/09/2014

Philippines - NTC issues draft DSO rules

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has issued its draft implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for digital switchover.

:: 31/08/2014

Afghanistan - Launch of DTT platform

The DTT platform has launched in the capital city Kabul.

:: 29/08/2014

New Zealand - Government issues rules for white space usage

The government has issued draft rules for the use of television white space devices.

:: 29/08/2014

Poland - UKE opens tender for 5 local DTT multiplexes

The communications regulator UKE has opened a tender for the operation of five local DTT multiplexes.

:: 29/08/2014

Germany - New television service to join DTT platform in NRW

The media regulator for the state of North Rhine Westphalia has received interest from the commercial broadcasters ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL to expand their offering on the DTT platform.

:: 29/08/2014

South Africa - ICASA opens tender for new broadcast service on terrestrial platform

The communications regulator ICASA is inviting candidates to ender for a broadcast license on the free-to-air television platform.

:: 28/08/2014

Argentina - Public hearing to be held to discuss DTT broadcast regulations

The Federal Authority for Broadcasting, AFSCA, has announced that it will hold a public hearing to gather opinions for the development of its digital switchover regulation.

:: 28/08/2014

Cuba - Sale of DTT receivers begins

Sales of DTT receivers has now begun. Consumers can now purchase DTT receivers for 38.30 CUC ($40) which is equivalent, for some, to one month's salary.

:: 28/08/2014

Finland - DNA's DTT platform increases service offering

The DTT platform operator DNA has announced that two new television services will be available on its network as of 1 September.

:: 27/08/2014

United Kingdom - DTT retune set for 3 September

Freeview has announced that viewers will need to re-tune their DTT receivers on 3 September.

:: 27/08/2014

Mexico - ASO postponed in Ciudad Juarez

The Secretariat of Communications and Transport (SCT) has again postponed analogue switch-off in Ciudad Juarez.

:: 27/08/2014

Ukraine - Working Group to address DSO issues

The National Council for Television and Radio (NCTR) has set up a Working Group to address certain issues related to digital switchover.

:: 27/08/2014

Nigeria - 40 million DTT receivers needed for DSO

According to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), the country will need at least N60 billion (EURO 276 million) to complete digital switchover.

:: 26/08/2014

Spain - RTVE confirms closure of TeleDeporte

The head of the public service broadcaster RTVE, José Ramón Díez, has confirmed the closure of its DTT service TeleDeporte.

:: 26/08/2014

Brazil - New rules for DTT transmissions

The Ministry of Communications has issued new rules for DTT transmissions by broadcast network operators.

:: 25/08/2014

Senegal - Excaf Télécom selected to deploy DTT network

The Comité national pour le passage de l’audiovisuel analogique au numérique (Contan) has selected Excaf Télécoms to deploy the country's DTT network.

:: 25/08/2014

United States - TiVo launches DVR for DTT platform

TiVo, a provider of television service devices, has announced the launch of a new DVR that can access services on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 25/08/2014

Dem. Republic Of The Congo - Broadcasters join StarTimes' DTT platform

The pay-DTT operator StarTimes is helping broadcasters with digital switchover.

:: 25/08/2014

Germany - DVB-T2 / HEVC trial to begin in Berlin

Preparations are underway for DVB-T2 / HEVC trial to take place in Berlin starting in Autumn 2014.

:: 22/08/2014

South Africa - ICASA issues new DTT regulations

The communications regulator ICASA has issued new regulations for the DTT platform.

:: 22/08/2014

Brazil - Abert critical of regulator's tender for licenses in 700 MHz band

The Association of Brazilian broadcasters, Abert, has issued a statement with its concerns about the upcoming auction of the 700 MHz band for mobile telecom services.

:: 22/08/2014

Nigeria - ASO confirmed for June 2015

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has confirmed its commitment to completing analogue switch-off by June 2015.

:: 21/08/2014

Nigeria - GOtv launches in Makurdi

The pay-DTT operator GOtv has announced the launch of its services in the city of Makurdi.

:: 21/08/2014

Ukraine - DTT operator Zeonbud threatened by license violation

The National Council for Television and Radio has warned the DTT platform operator Zeonbud to compy with its license obligations.

:: 21/08/2014

Brazil - Anatel opens tender for licenses in 700 MHz band

The communications regulator Anatel has opened a tender for licenses to provide mobile broadband services in the 700 MHz band.

:: 21/08/2014

Austria - KommAustria calls for migration to DVB-T2 standard

The communications regulator KommAustria has opened a tender for the operation of the DTT multiplexes MUX A and MUX B.

:: 20/08/2014

Germany - Discussions underway to accelerate DVB-T2 migration

An article in the Handelsblatt is reporting that the government is seeking to accelerate the migration towards the DVB-T2 standard.

:: 20/08/2014

Russia - Government to increase DSO funding

According to information published in Broadband TV News, the government is planning to allocate an additional R26 billion (EURO 539 million) for digital switchover.

:: 20/08/2014

Ireland - ComReg publishes responses to UHF band consultation

The communications regulator ComReg has published an overview of the responses received to its consultation, opened earlier in the year, on the use and management of the UHF band (470 - 790 MHz).

:: 19/08/2014

Belarus - Shared antennas available to access pay-DTT services

The pay-DTT operator Beltelecom has announced that it will be possible to access its services using a shared antenna.

:: 18/08/2014

United States - NAB files lawsuit against FCC over spectrum auction plans

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) plans for the upcoming incentive auctions.

:: 18/08/2014

Belarus - TV ZALA expands coverage

The pay-DTT platform TV ZALA has expanded its coverage.

:: 18/08/2014

Serbia - DTT platform to officially launch on 1 September

The Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications has published its regulations for digital switchover in the Official Gazette.

:: 17/08/2014

Nigeria - GOtv expands pay-DTT coverage

The coverage of the pay-DTT platform GOtv has been expanded in Nigeria

:: 15/08/2014

Venezuela - PDVSA TV to launch on DTT platform

A new television programme service is set to launch on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 15/08/2014

Thailand - Broadcaster calls for DSO incentives

The media group BEC World is calling on the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to provide it with incentives as it migrates its broadcast service Channel 3 from analogue to digital on the terrestrial television platform.

:: 15/08/2014

Zimbabwe - 3 million DTT receivers needed for digital switchover

An estimated 3 million households are not prepared for digital switchover.

:: 15/08/2014

Czech Republic - Increase in number of LTE interferences to DTT reception

According to the Czech Telecommunications Office (CTU), it has received twice as many complaints regarding interference issues with DTT reception in July compared with June.

:: 14/08/2014

Hungary - New services available on pay-DTT platform

The DTT operator Antenna Hungaria has provided new details about its service upgrade on the pay platform.

:: 14/08/2014

Azerbaijian - Increase of DTT coverage

Coverage of the free-to-air DTT platform will be expanded following the launch of 10 new transmission sites.

:: 13/08/2014

Brazil - Anatel opens consultation on DTT frequency plan

The communications regulator Anacom has opened a consultation on its frequency plan for the DTT platform.

:: 13/08/2014

Serbia - Towercom to advise with DSO

The Slovakian broadcast network operator Towercom and the consultancy firm Aspiro have been selected to provide support for digital switchover in Serbia.

:: 12/08/2014

Ireland - Saorview expands household penetration

The number of households using the free-to-air DTT platform Saorview has increassed.

:: 12/08/2014

Czech Republic - Coverage of MUX 7 to expand

The coverage of the DTT multiplex MUX 7 will expand its coverage during the month of August.

:: 11/08/2014

Spain - EURO 250 million to upgrade DTT antennas

The Minister for Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, has confirmed that the cost of adapting DTT reception antennas will cost EURO 250 million.

:: 11/08/2014

Nigeria - Core TV News launches on DTT platform

A new television programme service has launched on the pay-DTT platform StarTimes.

:: 11/08/2014

Hungary - Fox TV to join DTT platform

A new television programme service Fox TV is set to launch on the DTT platform.

:: 08/08/2014

United Kingdom - BLTV files for bankrupcty without launching on DTT platform

The local television service Birmingham City TV (BLTV) has filed for bankruptcy without having begun to broadcast on the DTT platform.

:: 08/08/2014

Portugal - Viewers call for more services on DTT platform

The communications regulator Anacom together with the media regulator ERC have published the partial results of their consultation on the future of the DTT platfom.

:: 07/08/2014

United Kingdom - DTG to begin work on D-Book 8

The DTG has begun work on the next-generation free-to-air DTT standard.

:: 07/08/2014

Xbox One to support DVB-T / DVB-T2 standards

Microsoft has announced that it will enable access to television services from the Xbox One. This feature is made possible following the request of users.

:: 07/08/2014

Kenya - Star Swahili launches on pay-DTT platform

The pay-DTT operator StarTimes has launched a new television programme service called Star Swahili.

:: 07/08/2014

Australia - Freeview Plus to launch on 2 September

Freeview has announced that its Freeview Plus platform will launch on 2 September.

:: 06/08/2014

France - CSA opens tender for local DTT service

The broadcast regulator CSA has opened a tender for the provision of television services on the regional DTT platform in Paris.

:: 06/08/2014

Kenya - 18% DTT penetration

The Communications Authority (CAK) has announced that 18% of households access the DTT platform.

:: 06/08/2014

Mexico - Government distributes nearly 100,000 DTT receivers

The Secretary for Communications and Transportation has announced the successful completion of the first phase of the digital switchover trial in the northern part of the country.

:: 05/08/2014

Cape Verde - ANAC calls for establishment of DTT test centre

The head of the National Communications Agency (ANAC) had indicated that the country would like to host a DTT testing laboratory.

:: 04/08/2014

DVB to transmit 7 HD/DTT services from single multiplex

DVB has announced that it will transmit 7 HD television services from a single DTT multiplex during IBC 2014.

:: 04/08/2014

Nigeria - Pay-DTT platform launches in Abeokuta

The pay-DTT operator GOtv has launched services in the region of Abeokuta in the Ogun State.

:: 03/08/2014

Tanzania - Academic analysis of DSO in Dar-es-Salaam

An academic article has been published that provides a technial analysis of digital switchover in Dar-es-Salaam.

:: 03/08/2014

Mongolia - Launch of DTT platform

The DTT platform officially launched in the capital city Ulaanbaatar on 31 July. Throughout the month of August, coverage will be increased to all parts of the city.

:: 03/08/2014

Fiji - Preparations underway for DTT launch

The government has announced that it has finalised its digital switchover plans.

:: 01/08/2014

Spain - EURO 10 million in aid for DTT simulcast

The government has decided to give EURO 10 million in aid to public service broadcasters on the DTT platform.

:: 01/08/2014

Slovakia - Macquarie acquires Towercom

Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 4 has acquired the broadcast network operator Towercom.

:: 01/08/2014

Rwanda - Analogue switch-off completed

Analogue switch-off has been completed in Rwanda.

:: 31/07/2014

Czech Republic - No DVB-T2 transition before 2021

The Ministry for Industry and Trade has announced that it supports a transition towards the DVB-T2 standard but not before 2021.

:: 31/07/2014

Italy - Broadcasters opt for HbbTV

Broadcasters have agreed to adopt the HbbTV 2.0 specification for interactive services on the DTT platform.

:: 31/07/2014

EBU report shows LTE cannot replace DTT

The EBU has issued a new report that examines the possibility of delivering broadcast content using mobile broadband (LTE) networks.

:: 31/07/2014

United Kingdom - Ofcom opens tender for local DTT licenses

The communications regulator Ofcom is inviting broadcasters to apply for local service licenses on the DTT platform.

:: 31/07/2014

United Kingdom - TBN UK to launch on Freeview

The television programme service Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) UK is set to launch on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 30/07/2014

Croatia - HAKOM opens tender for regional DTT MUX license

The communications regulator HAKOM has opened a tender for a license to operate a regional DTT multiplex.

:: 30/07/2014

United Kingdom - Local DTT service licenses awarded in Basingstoke and Maidstone

The communications regulator Ofcom has awarded local DTT licenses for the areas of Maidstone and Basingstoke.

:: 29/07/2014

Spain - Three months to upgrade 1.1 million SMATV buildings

The government has estimated that approximately 8 million households will need to make adjustments to their antennas in order to continue to access the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 29/07/2014

Tanzania - ASO to be completed by October 2014

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has confirmed that digital switchover will be completed by October 2014.

:: 29/07/2014

France - CSA against new television services on free-to-air DTT platform

The broadcast regulator CSA has decided against allowing three television services to join the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 27/07/2014

Philippines - DTT platform to launch end 2014 / early 2015

The head of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has suggested that the DTT platform could launch at the end of 2014 or in 2015.

:: 27/07/2014

Congo - Government prepares for DSO

The government has announced that it is ready to begin the digital switchover process.

:: 25/07/2014

Slovakia - New services join DTT platform

New television services will be added to the free-to-air platform including CT1, CT2, Slovak Sport 1 and Lux TV.

:: 25/07/2014

Kyrgyzstan - Unit set up to lead DSO

In preparation for digital switchover, the government has set up a new unit within the Ministry of Culture, Information, and Tourism.

:: 25/07/2014

Thailand - NBTC issues framework for DTT coupon programme

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is preparing to submit its plan for the DTT coupon programme to the government for final approval.

:: 25/07/2014

United Kingdom - London Live seeks changes to content obligations

The communications regulator Ofcom has opened a consultation on potential changes to the broadcast obligations of the local television service ESTV Limited.

:: 25/07/2014

Kenya - StarTimes Sports 2 launches on pay-DTT platform

The pay-DTT operator StarTimes has increased its service offering with the addition of a new television programme service.

:: 24/07/2014

United Kingdom - Digital UK reports value of DTT platform

Digital UK, the DTT platform operator, has published an update on the DTT platform in the United Kingdom.

:: 24/07/2014

Spain - New National Technical Plan for DTT platform to be approved in September

The revised technical plan for the DTT platform will not enter into force until mid September. Initially, the government had planned to approve the plan by the end of July.

:: 24/07/2014

Czech Republic - Slovak Sport joins free-to-air DTT platform

A new television programme service has joined the regional multiplex known as MUX-8.

:: 23/07/2014

Simon Fell warns against 700 MHz allocation to telecom services

DigiTAG president and director of technology and innovation at the EBU has warned against the allocation of the 700 MHz band to mobile telecom services.

:: 23/07/2014

WBU supports UHF band allocation for DTT services

The World Broadcasting Unions (WBU) have affirmed their support for the frequencies in the UHF band (from 470 to 694 MHz) maintain their allocation for terrestrial televisionn services.

:: 23/07/2014

Poland - Increase in number of DTT households

An increasing number of households are turning to the free-to-air DTT platform for their primary television services.

:: 22/07/2014

Sub-Saharan African countries unlikely to complete ASO by June 2015

According to Ovum research, most countries in sub-Saharan Africa will not complete analogue switch-off by June 2015.

:: 22/07/2014

Ukraine - Zeonbud calls for DTT consultation

The National Council for Television and Radio has decided to cancel the requirement for the use of conditional access on the DTT platform.

:: 22/07/2014

Hungary - Digi Sport 1 and 2 launch on pay-DTT platform

The pay-DTT platform operator Antenna Hungaria has announced the availability of new television services.

:: 22/07/2014

Spain - Frequencies to be available for the launch of new DTT services

The government has presented a revised plan for the DTT platform that will allow for the launch of new services.

:: 22/07/2014

Nigeria - StarTimes increases DTT coverage

The pay-DTT operator StarTimes has announced that its platform is now available in 32 states of the country.

:: 21/07/2014

Netherlands - Spectrum decisions to be made earlier

The government will now require that decisions regarding spectrum usage be made 2 to 4 years before the license expiration date.

:: 21/07/2014

United States - Less than 80,000 Aero subscribers

According to papers filed with the U.S. Copyright Office, Aero had a total of 77,596 subscribers, spread out among 10 cities, at the end of 2013.

:: 17/07/2014

Czech Republic - Slovak Sport 1 may join DTT platform

The television service Slovak Sport 1 is in negotiations to join the national free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 17/07/2014

Czech Republic - 13 cases of interference to DTT platform in June

The Czech Telecommunications Office (CTO) has reported 13 instances of LTE interference to the DTT platform during the month of June.

:: 17/07/2014

EBU issues spectrum factsheet

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has published a new factsheet debunking common misperceptions on spectrum needs.

:: 16/07/2014

Argentina - New television service joins DTT platform

The television programme service Russia Today is set to launch on the DTT platform.

:: 16/07/2014

Italy - Agon Channel to launch on DTT platform

The Albanian television programme service Agon Channel is set to launch on the national DTT platform in Italy.

:: 15/07/2014

Belarus - Expansion of pay-DTT coverage

The pay-DTT operator Beltelcom has announced the expansion of its pay service.

:: 15/07/2014

India - Seminar / Exhibition on DVB-T2

The public service broadcaster Doordarshan is organising a seminar/exhibition on DVB-T2 reception, including DVB-T2 Lite.

:: 14/07/2014

Cameroon - CRTV to lead DSO

The government has mandated the public service broadcaster CRTV to lead digital switchover.

:: 14/07/2014

Venezuela - Cendit and UIT developing prototype transmitters

The government is working together with academia to develop a prototype low-power transmitter for the DTT platform.

:: 14/07/2014

Kazakhstan - Government to provide EURO 143 million for DSO

The government has announced that it will set aside KZT 36 billion for (EURO 143 million) digital switchover over the next two years.

:: 14/07/2014

Nigeria - Government calls for ASO preparation

The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, is calling on state governments to prepare for digital switchover by 31 October 2014.

:: 14/07/2014

ITU Working Party unable to agree on spectrum needed for mobile services

The ITU-R Working Party 5D (WP5D) has been unable to agree on the spectrum requirements for mobile telecom services at its recent meeting held in Canada in June.

:: 11/07/2014

Poland - UKE opens consultation on MUX-8

The communications regulator UKE has opened a consultation on the allocation of a new DTT multiplex.

:: 11/07/2014

SADC adopts DSO guidelines to protect consumers

Members of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) have adopted guidelines to protect consumers during the digital switchover process.

:: 11/07/2014

Brazil - Anatel issues co-existence rules for 700 MHz band

The communications regulator Anatel has issued the rules for co-existence between broadcast and mobile telecom services.

:: 10/07/2014

Czech Republic - Launch of local TV services in Trutnov

A new local television service is set to launch in eastern Bohemia in Septmber.

:: 10/07/2014

Zambia - Star Software to build first phase of DTT network

The government has signed an agreement with Star Software Technology Company for the procurement of goods and services in the first phase of the DTT network deployment.

:: 10/07/2014

France - New services on DTT multiplex in Paris

The broadcast regulator CSA has allocated slots to two new services on the regional multiplex in Paris.

:: 10/07/2014

Brazil - Government issues ordinance on ASO obligations

The Ministry of Communications has issued an ordinance regarding analogue switch-off which will take place from April 2016 until 2018.

:: 10/07/2014

Portugal - Consultation on DTT coverage requirements

The communications regulator Anacom has opened a consultation on its decision regarding the coverage for the DTT platform.

:: 10/07/2014

Sweden - FOX Sweden to launch on pay-DTT platform

FOX International Channels (FIC) will now be available on the DTT platform in Sweden.

:: 10/07/2014

Germany - DVB-T2 trial extended to include HEVC

In preparation for the launch of the DVB-T2 platform, manufacturers will be able to test their receivers in a new DVB-T2 trial set to take place in Munich.

:: 10/07/2014

Hungary - Interest in HbbTV services growing

According to the broadcast network operator Antenna Hungaria, 20,000 homes have an HbbTV enabled receiver. Of these, 10% have access an HbbTV service.

:: 08/07/2014

Preliminary results for EC study on Broadcast-Broadband convergence

Preliminary results for the study on broadcast-broadband convergence indicate only incremental benefits.

:: 08/07/2014

Belarus - ASO underway in Baranovichi

The government has announced that three analogue terrestrial television transmission sites will be switched off on 10 July

:: 08/07/2014

Paraguay - Single tower for broadcast and telecom networks

Discussions are underway to examine the possibility of combining the infrastructure used by broadcast and mobile telecom networks.

:: 08/07/2014

Thailand - Network operators warned to submit progress reports

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has warned the broadcast network operators MCOT and Public Relations Department to submit their DTT network progress reports.

:: 07/07/2014

France - Competition Authority issues recommendation on LCI, Paris Premičre business model

The Competition Authority has expressed its doubts about the change in business model for three television services on the DTT platform.

:: 07/07/2014

Netherlands - Consultation on future of free-to-air DTT

The Ministry of Economic Affairs has opened a consultation on the future of the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 07/07/2014

Two DTT licenses allocated in Suriname

The communications regulator TAS has awarded two licenses to operate the DTT platform in Suriname.

:: 07/07/2014

Italy - Telefonica acquires 11% stake in pay-DTT operator Mediaset Premium

The commercial broadcaster Mediaset has announced that the telecom operator Telefonica has taken an 11.1% stake in its pay platform Mediaset Premium.

:: 06/07/2014

Nigeria - Government to introduce content access fee

The government is planning to introduce a content access fee as part of its migration to digital television.

:: 05/07/2014

Costa Rica - DTT platform available to 60% of population

The public service broadcaster Canal UCR has begun its first DTT transmissions.

:: 04/07/2014

United Kingdom - Changes to LCN on DTT platform

The DTT platform operator Digital UK has issued its decision regarding changes to be made to the LCN on the DTT platform

:: 04/07/2014

Singapore - M1 to manage DSO help scheme

The Media Development Authority (MDA) has selected the telecom company M1 to manage the digital switchover help scheme.

:: 04/07/2014

Zimbabwe - Government needs $173 to complete DSO

According to the Minister for Media, Information and Broadcasting Services, Jonathan Moyo, the country will need $173 milion to complete digital switchover.

:: 04/07/2014

France - Ultra HD (4k) trial on DTT platform

The media group NRJ together with the broadcast network operator TDF is undertaking a trial of Ultra HD (4K) services on the DTT platform.

:: 03/07/2014

Thailand - Thaicom makes DTT services available on satellite

As part of the migration to digital television, the satellite operator Thaicom has announced that it will make television services from the DTT platform availalve on its satellite platform.

:: 03/07/2014

Russia - Possible launch of commercial DTT platform

Discussions are underway to launch a commercial DTT multiplex.

:: 02/07/2014

Serbia - ASO to be completed by end 2014

The head of the Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communication and Postal Services (RATEL), Milan Jankovic, has announced that analogue switch-off will be completed by the end of 2014.

:: 02/07/2014

Nigeria - ASO completed in city of Jos

Analogue switch-off was successfully completed in the city of Jos on 30 June. This is the first phase of analogue switch-off.

:: 01/07/2014

Czech Republic - Praha TV officially launched

The television service Praha TV has launched on 1 July.

:: 01/07/2014

ECC issues draft report on UHF strategy for Europe

The ECC has issued its draft report on a long-term vision for UHF band (470 - 694 MHz) in Europe.

:: 01/07/2014

Denmark - New television services join pay-DTT platform

The pay-DTT operator Boxer has announced changes to its service offering.

:: 30/06/2014

Spain - Teledeporte to exit from DTT platform

As part of its cost-saving plan, the public service broadcaster is considering to shut-down its DTT service Teledeporte.

:: 30/06/2014

Italy - Persidera formed to manage 5 DTT multiplexes

Telecom Italia Media (TIM) and L'Espresso have officially merged their DTT multiplexes into a single entity known as Persidera.

:: 30/06/2014

Brazil - 4k/DTT trial in Rio de Janeiro

The manufacturer NEC has announced that it will participate in a 4k trial on the DTT platform in Brazil.

:: 27/06/2014

Poland - UKE opens consultation on regional multiplex licenses

The communications regulator UKE has opened a consultation on the launch of 5 regional DTT multiplexes.

:: 27/06/2014

Argentina - World Cup leads to a run on DTT receivers

The World Cup is leading to a depletion of the stock of DTT receivers for sale.

:: 27/06/2014

Denmark - Consultation opened on 700 MHz band

The Danish Business Authority has opened a consultation on using the 700 MHz band for mobile broadband services.

:: 27/06/2014

Sierra Leone - GoTV to launch by end of summer

The head of Multichoice has announced plans to launch its pay-DTT platform within the next two months.

:: 27/06/2014

Burundi - $40 million to finance DSO

The Agence de Régulation et de Contrôle des Télécommunications (ARCT) has announced that China will provide the country with assistance for digital switchover.

:: 27/06/2014

United Kingdom - Ofcom opens consultation on WRC-15 positions

The communications regulator Ofcom has opened a consultation on the key issues to be considered by the UK delegation at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC).

:: 27/06/2014

Venezuela - DTT coverage extended to Anzoategui

The coverage of the DTT platform has been expanded to the state of Anzoátegui.

:: 26/06/2014

United Kingdom - Two HD service join DTT platform

Two new television services in high-definition are set to join the free-to-air DTT platform Freeview on 1 July.

:: 25/06/2014

Italy - Cairo Communications offers EURO 31 million for DTT multplex license

The media group Cairo Communications has offered EURO 31,626,000 for the license to operate one DTT multiplex.

:: 25/06/2014

Poland - MUX-8 allocated to TVP

The National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) has allocated a national DTT multiplex to the public service broadcaster TVP.

:: 25/06/2014

France - 58% of households rely on DTT platform

According to the latest data published by the broadcast regulator CSA, the DTT platform is the most widely used television delivery platform in the county.

:: 25/06/2014

United States - Supreme Court rules against AERO service

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the pay streaming service AERO violates copyright rules.

:: 25/06/2014

Moldova - ANRCETI opens consultation on regulation for 800 MHz band licenses

The regulator for electronic communications, ANRCETI, has opened a consultation on its draft decision for licenses to operate services in the 800 MHz, 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands.

:: 25/06/2014

Germany - ARD calls for accelerated DVB-T2 transition

The public service broadcaster ARD would like to accelerate the transition to the DVB-T2 standard on the DTT platform. Currently, the DTT platform uses the DVB-T standard.

:: 24/06/2014

Spain - Ultra HD trial on DTT platform

The public service broadcaster RTVE is undertaking a trial of Ultra HD (4k) services on the DTT platform.

:: 24/06/2014

Czech Republic - Launch of regional multiplex on 1 July

The broadcast network operator Ceske Radiokomunikace (CR) has announced that it will launch a new regional DTT multiplex on 1 July.

:: 24/06/2014

Brazil - ASO to begin in April 2016

The Ministry of Communications has issued the timeline for analogue switch-off.

:: 23/06/2014

Montenegro - MUX1 license awarded to Radio-difuzni centar

The Agency for Electronic Communications, ARDCG, has issued a license to Radio-difuzni Centar to operate one DTT multiplex (MUX1).

:: 21/06/2014

Thailand - Go-ahead given for digital TV coupon programme

The military junta has given its approval for the digital television subsidy programme.

:: 20/06/2014

Belarus - New services on pay-DTT platform

The pay-DTT platform, ZALA, is increasing its television programme service offering.

:: 20/06/2014

Italy - Sky Italia to join DTT platform

The pay television operator Sky Italia has reached an agreement to rent DTT capacity from Telecom Italia Media (TIM).

:: 19/06/2014

Serbia - DTT platform to reach 90% coverage by end of August

The broadcast network operator ETV has announced that the DTT platform will be available to 90% of the population by the end of August.

:: 19/06/2014

United Kingdom - Ofcom announces licenses for local DTT services

The communications regulator Ofcom has announced the award of local DTT licenses for the areas of Guildford, Reading and Salisbury.

:: 19/06/2014

Thailand - Digital TV coupon programme put on hold

The military junta has suspended the digital TV coupon programme.

:: 18/06/2014

Slovakia - Towercom reportedly for sale

Rumours are circulating that the broadcast network operator in Slovakia, Towercom, is for sale.

:: 18/06/2014

Sao Tome And Princip - AGER to develop DSO plan

The head of the General Authority for Telecommunications Regulation (AGER) has announced plans to develop a digital switchover plan.

:: 17/06/2014

Tanzania - Government declares ready for DSO completion by 2015

The DTT platform is now available to 25% of the population.

:: 17/06/2014

Launch of DTT platform in Crimea

The DTT platform is set to launch in the region of Crimea on 1 July.

:: 17/06/2014

Venezuela - Over 400,000 households access DTT platform

The goverment has announced that 424,675 households can now access the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 16/06/2014

Singapore - IDA approves regulation for white space usage

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has announced that up to 180 MHz of spectrum in the broadcast bands will be available for white-space devices.

:: 16/06/2014

Spain - Unidad Editorial may sell DTT multiplex

The media group Unidad Editorial is considering a sale of its DTT multiplex.

:: 16/06/2014

Poland - UKE allocates regional DTT service

The communications regulator UKE has awarded a license to Telewizja Łużyce for the provision of services on the local DTT platform.

:: 16/06/2014

Italy - Adiconsum calls for delay to DVB-T2 receiver obligation

The consumer advocacy group Adiconsum has called for regulators to postpone the obligation for all DTT receivers sold to include a DVB-T2 tuner as of 1 January 2015.

:: 16/06/2014

Netherlands - VRT's KetNet/OP12 to launch on DTT platform

The Commission for Media has ruled that the DTT platform operator KPN must make available the services of the public service broadcaster VRT.

:: 16/06/2014

Hungary - FOX launches on pay-DTT platform

The pay-DTT platform operator Antenna Hungaria has announced the availability of new services on its MinDig TV Extra platform.

:: 16/06/2014

Italy - Cairo makes offer for DTT multiplex

The media group Cairo Communications has made an offer to acquire Lot 3 of the government's auction of DTT multiplexes.

:: 14/06/2014

France - Broadcasters file complaint with EC regarding changes to DTT business model

A group of independent broadcasters with services on the free-to-air DTT platform has filed a complaint with the European Commission (EC) regarding a recent amendment to French broadcast legislation.

:: 13/06/2014

United Kingdom - D-Book 8 to be published later in the year

The DTG has announced plans to publish a new version of the D-Book in 2014 which will allow for the implementation of the new Digital UK specification for connected TV on the Freeview platform.

:: 13/06/2014

Slovakia - DTT penetration grows to 30% of households

The number of households that rely on the DTT platform for access to their primary television services has now reached 30%

:: 12/06/2014

Italy - Tivuitalia multiplex for sale

Screen Service has announced plans to sell its subsidiary Tivuitalia which operates one multiplex on the DTT platform.

:: 12/06/2014

Mexico - IFT delays process for licensing new DTT services

The communications regulator Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT) has announced delays to the licensing of two new television programme services on the DTT platform.

:: 12/06/2014

Spain - Infraestructuras y Gestión 2002 calls on government to open tender for new DTT services

The company, Infraestructuras y Gestión 2002, is calling on the government to open a tender for 9 television programme services on the DTT platform.

:: 11/06/2014

Venezuela - Tender opened for content on DTT platform

The telecommunications regulator Conatel is inviting candidates to tender for three national competitions to provide content on the DTT platform.

:: 11/06/2014

Ghana - DTT launch in Ashanti region

The public service broadcaster GBC has announced that it has launched its DTT services in the southern region of Ashanti.

:: 11/06/2014

France - Conseil d'Etat upholds ARCEP regulation of DTT market

The administrative court, the Conseil d'Etat, upholds the regulation of the wholesale DTT broadcasting market put in place by the communications regulator ARCEP.

:: 11/06/2014

Bosnia - First phase of DSO to be completed this summer

The first phase of digital switchover is expected to be completed by mid-August.

:: 10/06/2014

Sweden - Report on telecom interference to DTT platform

According to a new report, the launch of mobile telecom services in the 800 MHz band has caused interference to DTT reception. However, most of the interference has been rectified by the installation of filters.

:: 10/06/2014

Serbia - Delays to DSO process

The digital switchover process has fallen behind schedule with only 15 to 20% of transmitter sites ready for digital broadcasting.

:: 10/06/2014

Romania - DTT multiplexes awarded to SNR

The communications regulator Ancom has announced the results of the auction for the licenses to operate DTT multiplexes.

:: 09/06/2014

Germany - Regional broadcasters exit DTT platform in Bavaria

Two regional broadcasters have decided to exit the DTT platform in Bavaria

:: 09/06/2014

Australia - Lauch of HbbTV on DTT platform delayed

The planned launch of HbbTV services on the DTT platform has been delayed.

:: 06/06/2014

Kenya - Pay-DTT operator to decrease price of receivers

The pay-DTT operator StarTimes has announced that it will decreases the price of its DTT receivers.

:: 06/06/2014

Czech Republic - Launch of TV Praha on MUX-4

A new television programme service, TV Praha, is set to launch on Multiplex 4 in July.

:: 06/06/2014

Chile - Broadcasters to join together to build DTT network

Broadcasters with services on the free-to-air terrestrial television platform have announced plans to build and operate a single broadcast network for the DTT platform.

:: 05/06/2014

Germany - N24 joins DTT platform

The continuous news service, N24, has joined the free-to-air DTT platform in the region of Stuttgart.

:: 05/06/2014

United Kingdom - Freeview to develop connected TV service

Freeview and Digital UK have announced plans to develop a Freeview-branded connected television service. The new service will combine the benefits of the free-to-air DTT platform with the Internet.

:: 05/06/2014

United Kingdom - BBC to trial Ultra HD on the DTT platform

The public service broadcaster BBC has announced a trial of Ultra (4k) HD services on the DTT platform.

:: 04/06/2014

Argentina - DTT available to 88% of population

The DTT platform has expanded its coverage and is now available to 88% of the population.

:: 04/06/2014

Belgium - RTBF sets up temporary transmission at Wavre

The public service broadcaster for the French-speaking community in Belgium, RTBF, has announced that DTT services are now available from its transmission site at Wavre, near Brussels.

:: 04/06/2014

Hungary - Antenna Hungaria begins roll-out of MUX D

The broadcast network operator Antenna Hungaria has begun preparing for the launch of a fourth DTT multiplex (MUX D).

:: 04/06/2014

Russia - RTRS revises DTT transmission fees

The broadcast network operator RTRS has revised its pricing scheme for broadcasters providing services on the second DTT multiplex.

:: 03/06/2014

Malaysia - DTT roll-out to begin in January 2015

The broadcast network operator Puncak Semangat has announced plans to invest MYR 2 billion (EURO 455,000) in its DTT platform.

:: 03/06/2014

Germany - Regulators and broadcast industry meet to discuss migration to DVB-T2

Planning for a migration of the DTT platform from the DVB-T to DVB-T2 standard has begun. This is now possible following the support of all major public service and commercial broadcasters.

:: 03/06/2014

Germany - Media Broadcast to launch DVB-T2 network

The broadcast network operator Media-Broadcast has announced plans to launch a DVB-T2 network in the next two years.

:: 03/06/2014

Thailand - Army awarded public television service license

The Broadcasting Committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has agreed to allow the Thai Army to operate a digital public television service.

:: 02/06/2014

Czech Republic - CTU approves Spectrum Management Strategy

The Council of the regulator communications regulator CTU has approved a new Spectrum Management Strategy.

:: 02/06/2014

United States - Incentive auctions may result in changes to broadcast coverage

The Federal Communications Commissio (FCC) has issued the framework for the upcoming spectrum incentive auctions.

:: 02/06/2014

France - TF1 launches HbbTV shopping app on DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster TF1 has announced the launch of a new HbbTV application that allows for shopping using the television set.

:: 02/06/2014

Croatia - HRT launches HRT2 HD

The public service broadcaster HRT has made its service HRT 2 available in HD on the DTT platform on a trial basis.

:: 02/06/2014

United Kingdom - Freeview launches new advertising campaign

The free-to-air DTT platform Freeview has launched a new advertising campaign to promote its HDTV offering.

:: 31/05/2014

Netherlands - New HbbTV services available on DTT platform

The public service broadcasters are increasing their offering of HbbTV services.

:: 29/05/2014

Japan - Ultra HD trial using ISDB-T standard

The commercial broadcaster Kansai TV has completed an Ultra (4k) HD trial on the DTT platform in Osaka.

:: 29/05/2014

Mexico - Government begins distribution of DTT receivers

The government has begun the process of distributing free DTT receivers to eligible households.

:: 28/05/2014

United Kingdom - Ofcom issues consultation on use of 700 MHz band

The communications regulator Ofcom has issued a consultation on the future use of the 700 MHz band.

:: 28/05/2014

Spain - Regional DTT offering to be reduced

The Spanish government has confirmed that the autonomous regions in the country will need to reduce the number of regional DTT multiplexes available.

:: 28/05/2014

Hungary - DTT platform to offer 50 television services by this summer

The DTT platform is set for expansion with the launch of two additional multiplexes (MUX D and MUX E) this summer.

:: 27/05/2014

Italy - Sportitalia returns to DTT platform

The television programme service Sportitalia will return to the free-to-air DTT platform on 2 June.

:: 27/05/2014

Belgium - Fire a transmission site in Wavre

A major fire has damaged the broadcast transmission site at Wavre, located 30 km from Brussels. The fire is believed to be an act of sabotage.

:: 26/05/2014

Nigeria - Digital switchover uncertain

The head of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has warned that Nigeria could fail to complete digital switchover by June 2015.

:: 26/05/2014

Germany - New service joins DTT platform in Saxony

The media regulator for the state of Saxony has allocated a new television programme service on the DTT platform.

:: 26/05/2014

Austria - ORS announces plans to transition to DVB-T2

The DTT plattform operator ORS has announced plans to transition to the DVB-T2 standard.

:: 25/05/2014

High costs of using LTE networks for delivery of linear television content

The EBU Technical Review has published a two-part article comparing cellular mobile broadband (LTE) networks with broadcast (DVB-T2) networks for the provision of linear television services.

:: 23/05/2014

Italy - Local DTT broadcasters to clear 74 frequencies

The communications regulator Agcom has issued a list of frequencies that must be vacated by the end of the year. It includes a total of 74 frequencies.

:: 23/05/2014

Nigeria - NTA to be split into two parts

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has plans to split the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) into two separate entities.

:: 23/05/2014

Chile - President approves new law on digital TV

The new President, Michelle Bachelet, has announced the promulgation of the new law on digital television.

:: 22/05/2014

France - Ultra HD trial on DTT platform

The broadcast regulator CSA has authorised an Ultra (4k) HD trial in the region of Paris.

:: 22/05/2014

Cameroon - DTT public information meeting in Paris

In preparation for the roll-out of its DTT platform, the government is planning to hold a public information meeting in Paris to present its digital switchover plans.

:: 21/05/2014

Malawi - Free-to-air DTT platform to use GOtv network

The government has signed an agreement with the pay-DTT operator GOtv for the provision of free-to-air services on its network.

:: 21/05/2014

RTRS to expand DTT network to Crimea

The Russian Ministry of Communications and Media has announced plans to launch its DTT platform in the region of Crimea.

:: 21/05/2014

Belarus - 8 analogue transmission sites to switch-off on 1 June

The Ministry of Communications and Information has announced that analogue switch-off will take place on 1 June.

:: 20/05/2014

Moldova - DTT platform to offer 3 national multiplexes

Planning for digital switchover is underway. In preparation, the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications organised a round table on digital switchover with the Coordinating Council on Broadcasting and the broadcast network operator Radiocomunicatii.

:: 20/05/2014

United Kingdom - Government affirms support for DTT platform

The government has reassured the broadcast industry of its support for the DTT platform at the recent DTG Summit 2014.

:: 19/05/2014

Spain - Government seeks to reduce DTT offer in Catalunya

The government has indicated that it seeks to reduce the number of multiplexes available in the region of Catalunya.

:: 19/05/2014

Czech Republic - Ultra HDTV trial on DTT platform begins

The broadcast network operator České Radiokomunikace (CR) has announced the launch of its trial of Ultra (4k) HDTV services on the DTT platform.

:: 18/05/2014

Malawi - Government calls on media to inform viewers about DSO

The government has called on the media to help inform the public about digital switchover.

:: 17/05/2014

Zimbabwe - Government prepares for digital switchover

The government has announced that it is in the process of mobilising resources for digital switchover.

:: 17/05/2014

Zambia - Government adopts digital switchover policy

The government has launched its digital migration policy and directed the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) and the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) to put in place the policy and ensure its smooth execution.

:: 16/05/2014

Russia - National launch of MUX-2 likely to be delayed until 2018

The nationwide launch of the second DTT multiplex, MUX-2, is expected to be delayed until 2018. However, this multiplex is already available in Moscow.

:: 16/05/2014

Mexico - Government to distribute DTT receivers to qualifying household

The government has announced that it will distribute 13.8 million digital television sets to low-income households.

:: 15/05/2014

Thailand - Samart launches smartphone with DVB-T2 tuner

The manufacturer Samart has announced the launch of its new smartphones with an in-built DVB-T2 tuner. It is available under the company's i-mobile brand.

:: 15/05/2014

Albania - ASO set for completion in June 2015

The government has confirmed that analogue switch-off will take place as planned in June 2015.

:: 15/05/2014

United Kingdom - Additional coverage of Wimbledon and Commonwealth Games on DTT platform

The communications regulator Ofcom has agreed to allow the public service broadcaster BBC to use spare capacity on the DTT platform for a limited period of time.

:: 14/05/2014

Brazil - DTT platform to reach 65% of homes by end of year

The communications regulator has announced that the DTT platform should reach 65% of the population by the end of the year.

:: 14/05/2014

France - New areas eligible for government's DTT funding

The government has announced that new areas are eligible for government funding to access digital television.

:: 14/05/2014

1.68 billion digital TV homes by 2020

In its Digital TV World Household Forecasts report, Digital TV Research estimates that 1.68 billion households will access digital television by 2020.

:: 14/05/2014

United Kingdom - truTV to launch on DTT platform in August

The media group Turner Broadcasting is set to launch a new television programme service on the free-to-air DTT platform, Freeview.

:: 13/05/2014

Croatia - 37,000 subscribers to pay-DTT platform

In one year following its launch, the pay-DTT operator Evotv has acquired 37,000 subscribers.

:: 13/05/2014

Uzbekistan - Deadline extended for DTT equipment tender

The broadcast network operator UzTelecom has announced the extension of the deadline to submit bids for its tender for the supply of DTT equipment.

:: 12/05/2014

Russia - DTT platform reaches 84% of population

According to the Scientific Institute of Radio, the DTT platform is available to 84.37% of the population.

:: 11/05/2014

Uganda - UCC optimistic about DSO

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is optimistic that the country will be able to complete digital switchover by its June 2015 deadline.

:: 08/05/2014

Poland - Emitel critical of delays to new DTT license allocations

The broadcast network operator is criticising the communications regulator UKE and broadcast regulator KRRiT for their delay in licensing new DTT services.

:: 08/05/2014

Germany - RTL affirms committment to DTT platform

The media authority for Lower Saxony, NLM, has issued a ten-year extension for 8 television programme services on the DTT platform.

:: 08/05/2014

Romania - Two bids received for DTT licenses

The communications regulator Ancom has announced that it received two applications to participate in its auction of licenses to operate DTT multiplexes.

:: 08/05/2014

Kyrgyzstan - ASO postponed until 1 June 2015

The government has announced that the completion of analogue switch-off will be postponed until 1 June 2015.

:: 08/05/2014

Thailand - DTT subsidy coupons to be distributed in August

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has announced that DTT receiver coupons will not be distributed until August.

:: 07/05/2014

Belarus - Pay-DTT platform expands coverage

The coverage of the pay-DTT platform has been expanded. Services are now broadcast from 26 transmission sites.

:: 07/05/2014

Kenya - Cofek sues pay-DTT operators on behalf of subscribers

The Consumers Federation of Kenya (COFEK) is suing the pay-DTT operators StarTimes and GOtv on behalf of subscribers who have lost access to the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 07/05/2014

Spain - Local governments may need to pay for DTT transmissions in remote areas

The regional government in Madrid has announced that it will stop funding the transmission of DTT services used by 58 small villages.

:: 07/05/2014

Portugal - Anacom clears PTC pricing on DTT platform

The communications regulator Anacom has approved the encoding, multiplexing and transmission costs for Multiplex A on the free-to-air platform.

:: 06/05/2014

Belarus - 10,000 pay-DTT subscribers

The pay-DTT platform has reached 10,000 subscribers. The platform is operated by the Beltelecom.

:: 06/05/2014

Georgia - GNCC extends deadline for DTT license tender

The Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC) has announced the extension of its deadline to submit tenders to operate multiplexes on the DTT platform.

:: 05/05/2014

Poland - DTT allows for greater population coverage

According to the Ministry of Administration and Digitisation (MAC), the DTT platform is now available to 99.5% of the population.

:: 05/05/2014

Spain - Warnings about LTE interference to DTT platform

The National Federation for Telecoms (Fecotel) has warned that the provision of mobile broadband services in the 800 MHz band will cause interference to DTT reception.

:: 05/05/2014

Slovenia - Allocation of licenses in 800 MHz band

The communications regulator AKOS has announced the results of its auction of licenses to use frequencies in the 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2600 MHz bands.

:: 05/05/2014

Spain - 9 television services exit the DTT platform

The free-to-air DTT platform has reduced its service offering from 24 television programme services to 15 services.

:: 05/05/2014

Italy - RAI considers selling stake in RaiWay

Discussions are underway to sell a minority stake in the broadcast network subsidiary of the public service broadcaster RAI.

:: 05/05/2014

Czech Republic - Launch of new regional service on DTT platform

A new regional television programme service has launched from Multiplex 4.

:: 05/05/2014

Poland - KRRiT to announce new DTT services by end of year

The broadcast regulator KRRiT is expected to announce the new television programme services that will join the DTT platform in the autumn.

:: 03/05/2014

Thailand - Consumer group opposes DTT coupon subsidy amount

The Foundation for Consumers has called for a decrease in the amount of the subsidy programme for DTT receivers.

:: 01/05/2014

Jamaica - Digicell acquires frequency license in 700 MHz band

The telecom operator Digicel has acquired a block of frequencies in the 700 MHz band for J$2.73 billion ($25 million).

:: 30/04/2014

Costa Rica - DTT platform officially launches

The DTT platform is set to officially launch on 1 May. This follows DTT trials that had been undertaken by the broadcaster Canal 13.

:: 30/04/2014

Dominican Republic - Indotel opens consultation on DTT standard

The communications regulator Indotel has opened a consultation on the selection of the ATSC standard for the DTT platform.

:: 30/04/2014

Pay-DTT operator GOtv expands subscriber payment options

GOtv is expanding the options that subscribers can use to pay for their DTT services in Rwanda and Kenya.

:: 30/04/2014

United Kingdom - Ofcom issues Spectrum Management Strategy

The communications regulator Ofcom has issued its Spectrum Management Strategy for the next 10 years.

:: 29/04/2014

Mexico - IFT announces delays to ASO timetable

The communications regulator IFT has announced that it will delay analogue switch-off in the northern parts of the country.

:: 29/04/2014

Brazil - Government gives assurances to protect DTT platform from 4G interference

During a Senate hearing on the allocation of of the 700 MHz band to mobile telecom services, the Ministry of Communications gave assurances that these services would not disrupt the DTT platform.

:: 29/04/2014

Kenya - StarTimes plans to expand DTT network coverage

The pay-DTT operator StarTimes has announced plans to invest USD 75 million to expand its DTT network.

:: 28/04/2014

Zimbabwe - ASO deadline may not be achieved

Legislators have been warned that the country is likely to miss its analogue switch-off deadline set for June 2015.

:: 28/04/2014

Venezuela - Over 1 million homes to have DTT access by end of 2014

The government has announced that it will distribute 650,000 DTT set-top boxes by the end of the year.

:: 28/04/2014

Spain - Court confirms exit of 9 television services from DTT platform

The Supreme Court has confirmed the closure of nine television programme services on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 28/04/2014

Netherlands - KPN grows IPTV platform while pay-DTT platform declines

The telecom operator KPN has increased its total number of televison subscribers by 27,000 in the first quarter of 2014.

:: 28/04/2014

Sweden - Four new services join pay-DTT platform

The pay-DTT operator Boxer has announced the launch of 4 new television programme services on its platform.

:: 27/04/2014

Uruguay - New services on DTT platform to delay launch

The television programme services Giro and VTV are expected to delay their launch on the DTT platform.

:: 25/04/2014

United Kingdom - Launch of local DTT services in Liverpool and Manchester

Local DTT services are now available in the areas of Liverpool, Manchester, and Preston.

:: 24/04/2014

Uganda - AG critical of management of the DSO process

The Auditor General (AG) has issued an audit report of the digital switchover process which is critical of the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).

:: 24/04/2014

France - Pay-DTT service TF6 to close by end of year

The commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 have announced the closure of their joint televison service TF6 at the end of the year.

:: 24/04/2014

Poland - Fokus TV to launch on DTT platform

On 28 April, the television programme service Fokus TV will join MUX 1 on the DTT platform. Viewers may need to perform a rescan on their receiver to access this service.

:: 24/04/2014

Portugal - Anacom opens consultation on future of DTT platform

The communications regulator Anacom, together with the media regulator ERC, has opened a consultation on the future of the DTT platform.

:: 23/04/2014

South Africa - Report recommends digital dividend for wireless broadband services

The Department of Communications has issued a report on the second digital dividend. The report was prepared by the consultancy firm Deloitte.

:: 22/04/2014

Spain - 800 MHz band to be cleared by 1 June

The Minister for Industry, José Manuel Soria, has confirmed that the government will approve the frequency plan clearing the 800 MHz band by early June.

:: 22/04/2014

Kenya - Cofek threatens lawsuit against pay-DTT operators

The consumer advocacy group Cofek has threatened to file a class action lawsuit against the pay-DTT operators StarTimes and GOtv as well as the communications regulator CAK (formerly CCK).

:: 22/04/2014

Uruguay - Government to provide DSO support to low-income households

The government has announced that it will provide funding of USD $20 million to help low-income households acquire a DTT set-top box.

:: 22/04/2014

United Kingdom - Freeview EPG update on 3 September

Digital UK, which manages the technical aspects of the free-to-air DTT platform, has announced that ti will update the platform's Electronic Programme Guide (EPG).

:: 22/04/2014

Thailand - Delays to DTT coupon programme

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) will delay the distribution of its digital switchover coupons until late June or early July.

:: 21/04/2014

Kenya - Fears emerge that advertising revenue may shift to radio as ASO approaches

Media companies are warning that advertising revenue could shift away from television as digital switchover approaches.

:: 18/04/2014

United Kingdom - Bid TV exits from DTT platform

The television programme services Price Drop and Bid TV have been removed from the DTT platform Freeview.

:: 17/04/2014

Azerbaijian - ASO to be completed by end of the year

The government announced that it plans to complete digital switchover by the end of the year.

:: 17/04/2014

Czech Republic - Tip TV seeks national DTT service license

The broadcaster Tip TV is seeking to revise its licensing conditions on the DTT platform.

:: 16/04/2014

Colombia - DTT platform to reach 65% of population by November

The roll-out of the DTT network is underway. It is expected that 65% of the population will be able to access the platform by November.

:: 16/04/2014

Nigeria - ASO to be completed by 31 January 2015

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has announced that it plans to complete digital switchover by 31 January 2015.

:: 16/04/2014

Czech Republic - CR expected to develop HbbTV applications for DTT platform

Interest in the provision of HbbTV services on the DTT platform is growing.

:: 16/04/2014

Mexico - IFT sets minimum price for DTT service licenses

The Federal Institute of Telecommunications, IFT, has set the minimum price for the licensing of two new television programme services on the DTT platform.

:: 16/04/2014

Netherlands - Digitenne to continue at least until 2017

The pay-DTT operator (and telecom operator) KPN has expressed its interest in continuing to offer its pay-DTT service Digitenne beyond 2017.

:: 16/04/2014

Kenya - GOtv introduces CI access for pay-DTT services

The pay-DTT operator GOtv has announced the launch of the GO Card.

:: 15/04/2014

South Africa - M-Net continues campaign against DTT encryption

The pay television operator M-Net has stepped up its campaign against an encryption system in DTT receivers.

:: 15/04/2014

Spain - DTT services to be removed from 800 MHz band by the end if the year

The Secretary of State for Telecommunications has indicated that his department will soon present the government with a final Royal Decree regarding the so-called digital dividend frequencies.

:: 15/04/2014

Italy - Cairo Communications only bidder for DTT license auction

The media group Cairo Communications has submitted an application to participate in the auction for licenses to operate up to 3 DTT multiplexes.

:: 14/04/2014

Brazil - Government to distribute 14 million DTT receivers

The government has announced plans to distribute DTT set-top boxes to low-income families.

:: 11/04/2014

Slovakia - RTVS to launch HbbTV service

The public service broadcaster RTVS plans to launch an HbbTV service on the DTT platform in July.

:: 11/04/2014

Germany - RTL and ProSieben.Sat remain on DTT platform

The commercial broadcasters RTL and ProSieben.Sat will remain on the free-to-air DTT platform in the region of North Rhine Westphalia.

:: 11/04/2014

Kenya - Court confirms ASO in Nairobi on 30 September

The Supreme Court has confirmed that analogue switch-off date for Nairobi that had been set by the Court of Appeals. Switch-off will take place on 30 September.

:: 10/04/2014

Spain - Launch of new DTT services would only be available to 35% of homes

According to the broadcast network operator Abertis, only 35% of households will be able to access the launch of new DTT multiplexes.

:: 10/04/2014

France - France 24 to join DTT platform in Paris

The Minister of Culture has asked the broadcast regulator CSA to allocate a DTT license to the continuous news service France 24.

:: 09/04/2014

Poland - MUX 3 expands coverage

The public service broadcaster TVP is set to expand the coverage of its multiplex, MUX 3.

:: 09/04/2014

Slovakia - Launch of TELEVIZIA on the DTT platform

A new television programme service, TELEVÍZIA, has launched on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 09/04/2014

Belgium - Norkring switches off DVB-T2 network

The broadcast network operator Norkring has officially switched off its DVB-T2 network in the Flemish speaking community of the country.

:: 08/04/2014

United States - FCC calls for broadcasters on DTT platform to move to broadband

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Tom Wheeler, has called on broadcasters to deliver their content over the Internet.

:: 08/04/2014

Thailand - True4U to officially launch 1 July on DTT platform

True DTT has announced that it will officially launch its television programme service True4U on 1 July.

:: 08/04/2014

Uzbekistan - Tender opened for DTT network equipment

The network operator UzTelecom has opened a tender for the procurement of equipment for the DTT platform.

:: 08/04/2014

Italy - DTT multiplex operation joint venture

The merger of DTT network activities by Telecom Italia Media (TIM) and the Espresso Group are set to be confirmed on 9 April.

:: 07/04/2014

Turkey - Cancellation of national DTT licenses

The communications regulator RTUK has announced the cancellation of all licenses to operate services in the national DTT platform (T1 licenses).

:: 07/04/2014

Belarus - Pay-DTT platform expands coverage

The coverage area of the pay-DTT platform ZALA has been expanded.

:: 07/04/2014

Uzbekistan - Loan from Japan to fund DTT roll-out

The government has signed an agreement with the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation and several commercial banks for a loan to fund the roll-out of the DTT platform.

:: 05/04/2014

Portugal - Incumbent broadcasters willing to expand DTT offer

A new study indicates interest by broadcasters to increase their service offering on the DTT platform.

:: 04/04/2014

Poland - UKE opens consultation on digital dividend

The communications regulator UKE has opened a consultation on the allocation of mobile broadband services in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands.

:: 04/04/2014

Hungary - Extension of HbbTV trial on DTT platform

The broadcast network operator Antenna Hungaria has announced that it will extend its trial of hybrid television services on the DTT platform.

:: 04/04/2014

Italy - Mediaset sells 25% stake in EI Towers

The media group Mediaset has announced the sale of a 25% in its subsidiary EI Towers SpA.

:: 04/04/2014

Rwanda - DTT platform to be available to 95% of the country

Digital switchover is set to increase the number of households that own a television set.

:: 03/04/2014

Italy - Sky Italia unlikely to participate in upcoming DTT auction

The pay satellite platform operator, Sky Italia, has indicated that it will not participate in the upcoming auction of licenses to operate DTT multiplexes.

:: 03/04/2014

Czech Republic - Regional multiplex 8 expands coverage

The broadcast network operator Ceske Radiokomunikace(CR) has announced the expansion of the regional DTT multiplex 8.

:: 03/04/2014

Mozambique - StarTimes to complete second phase of DTT network expansion

StarTimes has been commissioned by the government to complete the second phase of the DTT network roll-out.

:: 02/04/2014

Ghana - GoTV expands coverage to Koforidua

The pay-DTT platform operator, GoTV, has expanded its coverage to reach the region of Koforidua.

:: 02/04/2014

Rwanda - ASO proceeding as planned

According to the Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA), digital migration is proceeding as planned.

:: 02/04/2014

Austria - Two new HD services join DTT platform

The public service broadcaster ORF has announced that it will make two of its television programme services available in high-definition.

:: 02/04/2014

DTT to become leading digital television platform in Latin America by 2020

According to a new report published by Digital TV Research, 94.5% of households will have digital television in Latin America by 2020.

:: 01/04/2014

United Kingdom - CBS Reality joins Freeview platform

A new television servie, CBS Reality, has launched on the free-to-air DTT platform Freeview.

:: 01/04/2014

Kenya - Government to appeal Court decision to cancel DTT network license

The recent decision by the Court of Appeals to postpone analogue switch-off and cancel a license to operate a DTT network is causing uproar.

:: 31/03/2014

Sweden - Broadcast Authority allocates 57 licenses on DTT platform

The Swedish Broadcasting Authority has allocated 57 television service licenses on the DTT platform. A total of 30 broadcasters had submitted 85 applications.

:: 31/03/2014

Poland - KRRiT calls for three additional DTT multiplexes

The National Broadcasting Council, KRRiT, has highlighted the importance of the DTT platform in its recently published Strategy for the period 2014 - 2016.

:: 31/03/2014

Swaziland - Swazi TV forms DSO committee

Preparations are underway for digital switchover which will be completed by 15 June 2015.

:: 31/03/2014

United Kingdom - Launch of London Live on local DTT platform

A new local television service has launched on the DTT platform in London

:: 28/03/2014

Colombia - World Cup to be available on DTT platform in HD

The free-to-air broadcasters Caracol and RCN have announced that they will broadcast the World Cup Football Championship on the DTT platform.

:: 28/03/2014

Norway - 515,000 subscribers for RiksTV

The pay-DTT service provider, RiksTV, has announced a positive financial results for 2013. The year 2013 provided the highest revenues and operating profits for RiksTV since its launch in 2007.

:: 28/03/2014

Kenya - Court postpones ASO

The Court of Appeals has sided with broadcasters and agreed to postpone analogue switch-off until 30 September.

:: 28/03/2014

Tanzania - Second phase of ASO set for 1 April

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has announced that analogue switch-off is set to take place in Singida and Tabora on 1 April.

:: 27/03/2014

Zambia - Star Software awarded digital switchover license (again)

The government has announced that the tender to manage digital switchover has been awarded to Star Software Technologies, a subsidiary of StarTimes.

:: 27/03/2014

Spain - Government orders shutdown of 9 DTT services

The government has ordered that 9 television services on the DTT platform shut down by 6 May.

:: 27/03/2014

Hungary - State purchases Antenna Hungaria from TDF

The broadcast network operator Antenna Hungaria is set to be re-nationalised.

:: 27/03/2014

Hungary - C8 to launch on free-to-air DTT platform

The DTT platform operator Antenna Hungaria has announced the launch of a new television service on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 27/03/2014

Romania - Ancom opens tender for DTT multiplex licenses

The communications regulator Ancom has opened its tender for the licenses to operate 5 DTT multiplexes. Candidates must apply for the licenses by 8 May.

:: 26/03/2014

Belarus - ASO to continues on 1 April

Analogue switch-off is set to take place in three regions on 1 April.

:: 25/03/2014

EBU issues report questioning spectrum needs for mobile telecom services

The EBU has issued an article in which it questions the spectrum requirements of the mobile telecom industry.

:: 25/03/2014

Thailand - DTT trial to commence on 1 April

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has approved a technical trial of the DTT platform.

:: 25/03/2014

Georgia - Tender to be opened to build and operate DTT networks

The National Communications Commission has announced plans to open a tender for frequency licenses to build and operate the networks for up to five DTT multiplexes.

:: 24/03/2014

United Kingdom - Local DTT service in Norwich launched

The television service Mustard TV has launched on the local DTT platform in the region of Norwich.

:: 23/03/2014

Uruguay - Government to provide $27 million for DSO

The government has announced that it will provide $27 million in funding for digital switchover.

:: 21/03/2014

Bosnia - Network provider for first phase of DSO selected

The first phase of digital switchover is set to begin with the selection of OiV to build the DTT network at six transmission sites.

:: 21/03/2014

Bulgaria - DTT platform reaches 96% of the population

According to the government, the DTT platform is available to 96% of the population.

:: 20/03/2014

Portugal - Anacom opens consultation on DTT transmission costs

The communications regulator Anacom has opened a consultation on the fees charged by the broadcast nework operator for the provision of DTT services.

:: 20/03/2014

United Kingdom - New children service to launch on Freeview

A new television programme service is set to launch on the free-to-air DTT platform Freeview.

:: 20/03/2014

France - France Televisions launches news service on HbbTV platform

The public service broadcaster France Televisions has announced the launch of a new service on its HbbTV platform.

:: 19/03/2014

Nigeria - NBC to gather interest for licenses to operate a DTT network

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has opened a consultation to gather interest from prospective operators of a DTT network.

:: 18/03/2014

Cape Verde - ANAC opens tender for DSO communications campaign

The National Communications Authority, ANAC, has opened a tender for the provision of communication services for digital switchover.

:: 18/03/2014

Italy - BBC considering to join DTT platform

The broadcaster BBC is considering making its television programme services available on the DTT platform.

:: 18/03/2014

Russia - Regional broadcasters can continue analogue transmissions beyond 2018

The governmental commission for television and radio has confirmed that regional broadcasters will be able to continue to use the analogue terrestrial platform after 2018.

:: 18/03/2014

Uruguay - Giro TV plans to launch on DTT platform in Spring

The new television programme Giro TV is set to launch this Spring on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 18/03/2014

Ghana - GOtv increases its coverage area

The pay-DTT operator GOtv has expanded its service offering to the town of Obuasi as of 14 March.

:: 18/03/2014

Czech Republic - CRa warns against allocating frequencies away from DTT platform

The broadcast network operator České Radiokomunikace (CRa) has warned against the restrictions being placed on the DTT platform by the Czech Telecommunications Office (CTO)

:: 18/03/2014

South Africa - Planned DTT launched delayed

The planned launch of the DTT platform on 1 April has been delayed.

:: 17/03/2014

Hungary - Two additional DTT multiplexes to launch

The DTT platform is set to expand with the launch of two new multiplexes (MUX D and MUX E) this summer.

:: 17/03/2014

United Kingdom - Ofcom sets cost-based fees for DTT multiplexes

The communications regulator Ofcom has issued its framework for setting the fees for spectrum usage.

:: 17/03/2014

Thailand - NBTC to allocate first public service DTT license

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) will open the tender for the first public service television programme license on the DTT platform.

:: 15/03/2014

Poland - Stopklatka TV officially launched on DTT platform

A new television programme service, Stopklatka TV, joined the DTT platform on 15 March at 6am.

:: 14/03/2014

United Kingdom - No license for local DTT service in Bangor

The communications regulator Ofcom's Broadcast Licensing Committee (BLC) has decided not to award a license for a local DTT service in the region of Bangor.

:: 14/03/2014

Kenya - Court calls for amicable solution to DSO dispute

The Court of Appeals has postponed issuing a decision on digital switchover until 28 March. A decision had been expected on 14 March following a challenge to the digital switchover process by three media groups.

:: 13/03/2014

United Kingdom - Watchdog issues report about 4G auction

The National Audit Office has issued its report on the auction of frequencies in the 800 MHz band to mobile telecom operators.

:: 13/03/2014

Dominican Republic - Government to compensate viewers for DSO

The government has announced that it will help viewers acquire receivers to access the DTT platform.

:: 12/03/2014

New Zealand - Freeview used by nearly 62% of households

Freeview is the leading television delivery platform in New Zealand, used by 61.7% of household.

:: 12/03/2014

France - CSA to examine two requests for changes in DTT business model

The broadcast regulator CSA has announced its process for considering changes to the business model of television services on the DTT platform.

:: 12/03/2014

Bosnia - DTT platform set to launch this summer

The first phase of digital switchover is underway with the government's signature of a contract to install DTT transmission equipment.

:: 12/03/2014

Rwanda - StarTimes resolves interference issues

The pay-DTT operator StarTimes has confirmed that the reception problems its subscribers had experienced is now over.

:: 12/03/2014

Kyrgyzstan - Kyrgyztelecom opens tender for procurement of DTT equipment

The broadcast network operator Kyrgyztelecom has opened a tender for the supply of equipment for digital broadcasting.

:: 11/03/2014

Kenya - 99% of residents aware of digital switchover

According to a survey by Ipsos Synovate, 99% of Kenyans are aware of digital switchover.

:: 11/03/2014

Poland - TVP issues timeline for removal of services from Multiplex 1

The public service broadcaster TVP has announced that it will remove its service TVP2 from Multiplex 1 on 15 March.

:: 11/03/2014

Romania - CNA provides DTT license conditions

The National Audiovisual Council (CNA) has provided its requirements to be used as part of the process for allocating licenses on the DTT platform.

:: 10/03/2014

United Kingdom - Government issues guiding principles for spectrum strategy

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has issued its spectrum strategy for the United Kingdom. It seeks to put in place a framework for a period ending in 2025 that can enable the best economic and social value.

:: 10/03/2014

Poland - TVP to increase coverage of Multiplex 3 to reach all viewers

It is estimated that slightly more half a million viewers are unable to access the DTT platform. This represents approximately 1.5% of the population.

:: 07/03/2014

Libya - Planning begins for DSO

Preparations are underway to launch the DTT platform by June 2015. The Libyan government has drafted its digital switchover roadmap with support from the EBU and UNESCO.

:: 06/03/2014

Chile - Senate approves DTT legislation

The Senate has approved the proposed legislative framework for digital switchover. As a next step, the proposed law will be sent to the President who is expected to give her approval.

:: 06/03/2014

Poland - Planning underway for new DTT multiplex

Planning is underway to launch a new DTT multiplex using frequencies in the VHF band.

:: 06/03/2014

Spain - UTECA board resigns in protest of DTT license uncertainty

The governing board of UTECA has resigned in protest to the uncertainty currently facing the DTT platform. UTECA is the association of commercial broadcasters.

:: 06/03/2014

Namibia - DTT coverage to reach 69% of population by end of year

DTT switchover is underway with 49% of the population able to access the DTT platform.

:: 06/03/2014

Belarus - 21 regions to complete ASO by end of year

The government has announced that analogue switch-off will be completed in 21 regions by the end of the year.

:: 06/03/2014

Portugal - Zon Optimus to drop challenge to DTT license

The telecom operator Zon Optimus has announced that it has dropped its legal challenge to the media regulator ERC regarding its DTT tender in 2009.

:: 06/03/2014

United Kingdom - BBC3 to exit from DTT platform in 2015

The public service broadcaster BBC has announced that it will change the distribution of its television service BBC Three.

:: 05/03/2014

Colombia - Investigation opened for failure to provide DTT information

Several manufacturers are under investigation for failing to provide consumers with information about product compatibility with the DTT platform.

:: 05/03/2014

Poland - TV Puls begins testing HbbTV services on DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster TV Puls has begun a trial of interactive television services on the DTT platform.

:: 05/03/2014

Romania - Ancom finalises DTT tender documents

The communications regulator Ancom has finalised the documents for the upcoming auction of DTT licenses.

:: 03/03/2014

Argentina - Coverage of DTT platform expanded

Coverage of the DTT platform has been expanded to the regions of Chubut and Formosa in the north eastern part of the country.

:: 03/03/2014

United States - DoJ supports broadcasters in case against Aero

The Department of Justice (DoJ) has filed a brief in support of broadcasters in their fight against Aero.

:: 03/03/2014

Australia - FreeviewPlus to launch in May

The free-to-air DTT platform, Freeview, will make hybrid broadcast and broadband services available to viewers in May. It will use the HbbTV standard.

:: 28/02/2014

Peru - Launch of new services on DTT platform

The public service broadcaster TV Peru has launched new services on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 28/02/2014

Chile - 700 MHz band auction generates $20 million

The telecom operators Entel, Movistar, and Claro have acquired licenses to operate wireless broadband services in the 700 MHz band.

:: 28/02/2014

Malawi - Government opens tender for DTT set-top boxes

The government has opened a tender for the supply and delivery of DTT set-top boxes.

:: 28/02/2014

Czech Republic - Ultra HDTV trial on the DTT platform

The broadcast network operator České Radiokomunikace (CR) has announced that it will begin testing 4k Ultra HD on the DTT platform.

:: 27/02/2014

Ukraine - Suggested remedies to kick-start digital switchover

DigiTAG member Ivan Omelyanuk has given his views on how the Ukraine can successful transition to digital terrestrial television.

:: 27/02/2014

Sweden - Government allocates 700 MHz band to mobile broadband services

The government has announced that the 700 MHz band will be allocated to mobile broadband services as of 1 April 2017.

:: 27/02/2014

Serbia - ETV to open tender for DTT network infrastructure

The broadcast network operator JP Emisiona Tehnika i Veze (ETV) has announced that it will open a tender for the final phase of digital switchover.

:: 27/02/2014

Armenia - ASO to be completed by 1 June 2015

The government has announced that analogue switch-off will be completed by 1 June 2015.

:: 27/02/2014

Thailand - DTT coupon set at THB 690

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has announced its initial plans for the digital television subsidy programme.

:: 26/02/2014

South Africa - President authorises investigation of DSO tender

The president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma has authorised an investigation into the tender awarded to Media Corner.

:: 26/02/2014

South Africa - DTT platform to launch on 1 April

The Department of Communications (DOC) has announced that it plans to launch the DTT platform on 1 April.

:: 25/02/2014

Slovakia - License to operate local DTT multiplex awarded

The electronic communications regulator TU SR has granted 2M Media the right to operate a local DTT multiplex in Nitra.

:: 24/02/2014

Slovenia - AKOS opens tender for television service licenses on DTT platform

The Agency for Communication Networks and Services (AKOS) has announced that it is opening a tender for 4 licenses to provide television programme services on the DTT platform.

:: 23/02/2014

Nigeria - City of Jos to lead DSO

The city of Jos in Plateau State will be the first to complete digital switchover in Nigeria. It will take place in April.

:: 22/02/2014

Uganda - MOTV files suit against adoption of DVB-T2 standard

The pay television provider MOTV is suing the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) for changing its policy on the standard used for the DTT platform.

:: 21/02/2014

Mexico - SCT to distribute 120,000 DTTS receivers

The Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT) has announced plans to undertake a digital switchover pilot in the regions of Nuevo Laredo and Reynosa.

:: 21/02/2014

Netherlands - KPN encourages DTT subscribers to migrate to IPTV

According to Broadband TV News, the telecom operator KPN has stopped actively selling its pay-DTT service Digitenne. KPN operates the DVB-T network.

:: 21/02/2014

Ecuador - DTT receiver certification underway

Receiver certification is underway with 55 model now approved for sale in the market.

:: 20/02/2014

Sweden - Successful testing of 4K Ultra HD on the DTT platform

The broadcast network operator Teracom has announced the successful testing of a 4K Ultra HD signal on the DTT platform.

:: 20/02/2014

Poland - Tender opened for local DTT multiplex license

The communications regulator UKE has opened a tender for a license to operate a local DTT multiplex in Lower Silesia.

:: 20/02/2014

Tanzania - Planning for final DSO phase underway

The communications regulator TCRA is preparing for the second and final stage of digital switchover.

:: 20/02/2014

Venezuela - Regulator begins distribution of DTT receivers

The communications regulator Cantv has begun the distribution of DTT receivers.

:: 20/02/2014

Rwanda - Interference dispute between pay-DTT operators

A dispute has arisen between the two pay-DTT service providers in the country.

:: 20/02/2014

Vietnam - Local manufacturers call on government support for DSO

Local manufacturers have affirmed their preparedness to provide the market the DTT receivers.

:: 19/02/2014

Venezuela - Prototype DTT set-top box developed

The National Centre for the Development and Reseach in Telecommunication (Cendit) has developed a prototype DTT set-top box for the Venezuelen market.

:: 19/02/2014

United States - Judge grants preliminary injunction against Aero

A US District Court in Utah has granted a preliminary injunction against Aereo's broadcast re-transmission service.

:: 19/02/2014

Russia - No firm date for ASO to be set

The transition to digital television is expected to take place gradually and without the scheduling of a firm timetable for analogue switch-off.

:: 19/02/2014

Poland - Stopklatka TV prepares to join the DTT platform

A new television programme service is set to join the national DTT platform on 15 March.

:: 19/02/2014

Canada - Auction for licenses in 700 MHz band completed

The auction of wireless broadband service licenses in the 700 MHz band has generated CAN $5.27 billion.

:: 19/02/2014

Singapore - Government to provide DSO aid to low-income households

The minister of communications has announced that up to 170,000 households could receive support to help offset the cost of digital switchover.

:: 18/02/2014

Poland - UKE issues consultation on auction for 800 MHz licenses

The communications regulator UKE has opened a consultation on its planned auction for frequency licenses in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands.

:: 18/02/2014

France - M6 requests access for Paris Premiere on the free-to-air platform

The media group M6 has announced that it has officially requested that its television service Paris Premiere become available on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 17/02/2014

Slovenia - Three applicants for upcoming auction of licenses in 800 MHz band

The Agency for Communcation Networks and Services (AKOS) has announced that three companies have submitted documentation to participate in the upcoming auction for licenses to operate mobile broadband services.

:: 17/02/2014

Belgium - Pay-DTT operator Telenet to cease operations

The pay television provider Telenet has announced that it will stop operating its pay-DTT service in the Flemish speaking part of the country as of 31 March.

:: 17/02/2014

Kenya - ASO delayed until 14 March

The Court of Appeals has extended the date for analogue switch-off in Nairobi for an additional 30 days.

:: 14/02/2014

Azerbaijian - Teleradio expands pay-DTT network

The broadcast network operator Teleradio has announced the expansion of its pay-DTT network.

:: 13/02/2014

Brazil - SET calls for greater DTT protection against LTE services in 700 MHz band

According to the Brazilian Society of Television Engineering (SET), the introduction of mobile broadband services in the 700 MHz band will cause interference to the DTT platform without the implementation of appropriate mitigation measures.

:: 13/02/2014

Spain - Intereconomia exits the free-to-air DTT platform

The television programme service Intereconomia will exit the free-to-air DTT platform. Instead, it will become a pay television service.

:: 13/02/2014

Slovenia - Multiplex C meets DTT coverage requirement

The communications regulator AKOS has confirmed the the operator of Multiplex C has met its license obligation in terms of population coverage.

:: 13/02/2014

Uganda - DTT receivers to be available on open market

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has given its approval for five firms to begin selling DTT receivers.

:: 12/02/2014

StarTimes has 1.5 million DTT subscribers across Africa

The pay-DTT operator StarTimes, with services offered across Africa, had 1.5 million subscribers at the end of 2013.

:: 12/02/2014

Poland - Cyfrowy Polsat seeks changes to mobile pay-DTT offer

The operator of the fourth DTT multiplex, Cyfrowy Polsat, has requested the right to make changes to the composition of the multiplex.

:: 12/02/2014

Zimbabwe - GOtv stops pay-DTT services

The pay-DTT operator GOtv has stopped the transmission of its pay-DTT services since 31 January.

:: 12/02/2014

Tanzania - Planning underway for second phase of DSO

Plans are now underway to begin the second phase of digital switchover.

:: 12/02/2014

Poland - UKE cancels digital dividend auction

The Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) has announced the cancellation of its planned auction of licenses to operate services in the 800 MHz band.

:: 11/02/2014

Ireland - ComReg opens consultation on UHF band usage

The communications regulator ComReg has issued a consultation on the use of frequencies in the UHF band from 470 - 790 MHz.

:: 11/02/2014

Germany - ManouLenz.TV launches on DTT platform in Berlin

A new television services has joined the DTT platform in the region of Berlin-Brandenburg since 1 February.

:: 10/02/2014

Thailand - Network operators to share transmission sites for DTT platform

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is requiring that DTT network operators use the same transmission sites for their services.

:: 09/02/2014

United Kingdom - PSBs to push for Freeview Connect

The public service broadcasters BBC, Channel 4 and ITV are reported to be spearheading a new initiative to make their catch-up television content available on all Internet-enabled television receivers.

:: 07/02/2014

Greece - Digea granted DTT license

The Hellenic Telecommunications and Postal Commission (EETT) has announced that it has awarded the license for the operation of the DTT platform to the broadcast network operator Digea.

:: 07/02/2014

Cambodia - One TV increases its DTT coverage

The pay-DTT operator, One TV, has annonced that it has expanded its service offering into the province of Kandal.

:: 07/02/2014

Italy - Ministry approves tender documents for auction of DTT frequency licenses

The Ministry for Economic Development has signed the tender documents for the auction of DTT frequency licenses. The auction is expected to generate at least EURO 90 million.

:: 06/02/2014

Uganda - ASO to be completed by the end of the year

The Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) has announced that digital switchover will be completed by December 2014.

:: 06/02/2014

Cuba - DTT roll-out underway

The second phase of the commercial DTT trial has begun at the end of January with the installation of two transmitters targeting the city of Artemisa.

:: 31/01/2014

Rwanda - ASO to begin in Kigali

Analogue switch-off will begin in the capital city Kigali at midnight on 31 January.

:: 30/01/2014

Ghana - NCA issues rules on DTT receiver conformance testing

The National Communications Authority (NCA) has issued its rules for the conformance test of DTT receivers on the free-to-air platform.

:: 29/12/2013

Venezuela - TV Fanb launches on DTT platform

The government has launched a new television service on the DTT platform on 28 December.

:: 28/12/2013

Thailand - Final day of auction generates EURO 243 million

The second and final day of auctions for licenses to operate services on the DTT platform generated a total of THB 11 billion (EURO 243 million).

:: 27/12/2013

Greece - Candidates invited to tender for DTT licenses

The Hellenic Telecommunications and Postal Commission (EETT) is inviting candidates to tender for licenses to operate the DTT platform.

:: 27/12/2013

Italy - Broadcasters interfering with international DTT platforms to shut down

The government has agreed to compensate broadcasters that have been allocated frequencies on the DTT platform that are not in conformance with the DTT frequency plan.

:: 27/12/2013

Kenya - ASO in Nairobi delayed until 6 February

The Court of Appeal of ordered the reinstation of analogue terrestrial television in Nairobi and its surrounding region.

:: 26/12/2013

Thailand - Nearly EURO 900 million generated in Day 1 of DTT auction

The first day of auction for licenses on the DTT platform generated THB 39.65 billion (EURO 876 million) . Two auctions took place for 7 standard-definition television service licenses and 7 high-definition television service licenses.

:: 26/12/2013

Kenya - ASO in Nairobi set to take place on 26 December

Analogue switch-off is set to take place in Nairobi on 26 December despite a legal challenge from three leading national broadcasters.

:: 23/12/2013

Bosnia - DTT platform to launch in January

The DTT platform is set to launch in January 2014.

:: 23/12/2013

Thailand - 60% of population to access DTT platform at time of launch

The DTT platform will be available to at least 60% of the population when it launches in February 2014. The DTT platform will consist of 12 public broadcast services and 24 commercial services.

:: 19/12/2013

Brazil - New lab opens to develop DTT applications

A second Ginga BR lab has been opened. The Ginga labs seek to develop interactive applications for the DTT platform.

:: 19/12/2013

Romania - Deadline extended for consultation on DTT licensing rules

The communications regulator Ancom has announced that it is extending the deadline for its public consultation on the rules for licensing services on the DTT platform.

:: 19/12/2013

Cuba - DTT platform to launch in 2014

The official launch of the DTT platform is set to take place in 2014 in all of the regional capitals as well as in several cities with a high population.

:: 18/12/2013

Finland - MTV services available on pay-DTT platform

The DTT service operator DNA and the broadcaster MTV have entered into an agreement that will bring MTV services to the DNA platform.

:: 18/12/2013

Mexico - IFT approves new DTT frequency plan

The communications regulator Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT) has approved a new DTT frequency plan.

:: 18/12/2013

Spain - Supreme Court confirms invalidation of 9 DTT licenses

The Supreme Court has confirmed the closure of nine television services on the DTT platform. It is also requiring that these services cease broadcasting immediately.

:: 18/12/2013

Czech Republic - New HbbTV service launched

The public service broadcaster CT has announced the launch of a new HbbTV service available on the DTT platform.

:: 18/12/2013

Russia - TV-3 awarded DTT license for MUX-2

The Roskomnadzor has announced that the license to provide a television service on MUX 2 has been allocated to TV-3.

:: 18/12/2013

Poland - Local DTT multiplex to launch on 19 December

The first local DTT multiplex will be launched by the operator NTL Radomsko in the region of Radomska on 19 December.

:: 17/12/2013

Portugal - Consultation on DTT platform to be launched in early 2014

The communications regulator Anacom has announced plans to open a consultation on the DTT platform in early 2014.

:: 17/12/2013

Portugal - Anacom to measure DTT signal levels

The communications regulator Anacom has announced plans to install a testing equipment to monitor DTT reception.

:: 17/12/2013

France - DTT is used in nearly 60% of homes

According to the latest research published by the broadcast regulator CSA, 59.7% of households rely on the DTT platform for their television reception.

:: 17/12/2013

Thailand - DTT auction to take place on 26-27 December

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has announced that the auction of DTT service licenses will take place on 26-27 December.

:: 17/12/2013

Kenya - CCK reduced DTT transmission rates

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has reduced the rates for the transmission of DTT services across the country.

:: 16/12/2013

Panama - Government to distribute 50,000 DTT set-top boxes

The public services regulator ASEP has acquired 50,000 DTT set-top boxes to distribute to low-income households in the regions of Panama City and Colon.

:: 16/12/2013

Germany - RTL will remain on DTT platform

In a reversal of its previous position, the commercial broadcaster RTL has indicated that it plans to remain on the DTT platform.

:: 16/12/2013

Russia - Decrease in government budget for DSO

The amount of funding available for digital switchover programme has decreased slightly.

:: 16/12/2013

Singapore - Mediacorp launches services on DTT platform

Mediacorp has announced that it will begin the transmission of its 7 television programme services on the DTT platform.

:: 14/12/2013

Mexico - Import of analogue TV sets prohibited

Legislation has now entered into force that prevents the import of television sets with only an analogue tuner.

:: 13/12/2013

United Kingdom - Digital UK publishes its response to Ofcom consultation on White Spaces

In its response to Ofcom's consultation on the approaches to co-existence between television services and devices using the white spaces in the UHF bands, Digital UK has expressed concern with the potential harm that such white space services could cause to existing license holders.

:: 12/12/2013

Ghana - NCA develops DTT receiver specification

The National Communications Authority (NCA) has developed a draft national DTT specification.

:: 12/12/2013

Germany - Manoulenz to launch on DTT platform in Bavaria

The media regulator for Bavaria, BLM, has approved the launch of the service ManouLenz on the DTT platform in Munich and Nurember.

:: 12/12/2013

Germany - DTT licenses for Tele 5 and Eurosport extended in the north

The media regulator for the area of Hamburg / Schleswig-Holstein (MA-HSH) has extended the broadcast licenses for Tele 5 and Eurosport on the DTT platform until 7 November 2024.

:: 12/12/2013

United Kingdom - Channel 5 Later to launch on DTT platform

A new television service is set to launch on the DTT platform in January.

:: 12/12/2013

France - Inventory of spectrum usage to be undertaken

An inventory of spectrum usage will be undertaken in France. The aim is to improve spectrum efficiency and sharing.

:: 11/12/2013

Cape Verde - Committee to lead DSO established

A commission responsible for leading digital switchover has been established by the government.

:: 11/12/2013

Russia - MUX-2 launches in Moscow

The second DTT multiplex has been launched in the region of Moscow on 11 December. It uses the DVB-T2 standard.

:: 11/12/2013

Azerbaijian - B&BTV plans to launch pay-DTT service

B&BTV Communications has indicated plans to launch pay-DTT services in the autonomous region of Nakhichevan in March 2014.

:: 11/12/2013

Poland - TVP sets conditions for early exit of MUX 1

At a meeting organised by the communications regulator UKE, the public service broadcaster TVP has given its conditions for exiting from Multiplex 1 before the end of April.

:: 11/12/2013

Qatar - DVB-T2 platform to launch by the end of the year

Qatar Media Corporation (QMC) is planninng to launch its DTT platform using the DVB-T2 standard by the end of the year.

:: 10/12/2013

Norway - Auction for licenses in 800 MHz band completed

The auction to provide mobile broadband services in Norway generated NOK 1.8 billion (€212 million) in revenue for the government.

:: 10/12/2013

Botswana - Japanese DTT experts to support digital switchover

The Japanese government has announced plans to support Botswana with its digital switchover plans.

:: 10/12/2013

Thailand - NBTC announced qualified bidders for the upcoming DTT auction

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has announced that all media groups that have applied to particpate in the upcoming auction of DTT service licenses are qualified to do so.

:: 10/12/2013

Kenya - ASO in Nairobi postponed until judge's ruling on 23 December

A judge has ruled to postpone analogue switch-off in Nairobi until 23 December. Switch-off was set to take place on 13 December.

:: 10/12/2013

Australia - Analogue Switch-Off completed

Analogue switch-off has been completed in Australia on 10 December with the switch-off of analogue services in the regions of Melbourne and Remote Central and Eastern Australia.

:: 09/12/2013

Poland - Tender for new DTT multiplex expected to be soon launched

The broadcast regulator KRRiT is expected to open a tender for a fifth DTT multiplex with operations to begin in Autumn 2014.

:: 09/12/2013

Kenya - Cost of DTT receivers not a hindrance to digital switchover

According to the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), the affordability of DTT receivers is not a hindrance to digital migration.

:: 09/12/2013

United Kingdom - 5 new HD services launch on Freeview

The public service broadcaster BBC has announced that it will launch five new television programme service in high-definition on 10 December. They will be available on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 06/12/2013

Brazil - Trial of LTE interference to DTT reception begins

The trial of the potential interference to the DTT platform caused by LTE (4G) services operating in the 700 MHz band has begun.

:: 06/12/2013

South Africa - DTT platform must launch by 1 April 2014

Amendments have been made to the Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy. Most notably, it sets 1 April 2014 as the date when the DTT platform must launch.

:: 06/12/2013

United States - FCC sets new timetable for broadcast incentive auction

The Federal Communications Commissio (FCC) has announced plans to delay the planned broadcast incentive auction until the middle of 2015.

:: 06/12/2013

France - Assembly approves 5% tax on DTT service re-sale

The National Assembly has adopted an amendment placing a tax on the resale of DTT frequency licenses.

:: 06/12/2013

United Kingdom - Ofcom extends deadline for strategy management consultation

The communications regulator Ofcom has announced an extension to its consultation on its spectrum management strategy.

:: 06/12/2013

Kenya - Cabinet gives go-ahead for ASO on 13 December

The Cabinet has given its approval to the digital migration plan that will begin on 13 December in Nairobi.

:: 05/12/2013

Macedonia (fyr) - DTT platform available to 94.9% of the population

The DTT platform operator One has announced that it has increased the coverage of the DTT platform.

:: 05/12/2013

Mongolia - MNBC migrates to DVB-T2

The DTT operator Mongolia Digital Broadcasting (MNBC) has migrated its services to the DVB-T2 and MPEG-4 AVC standards.

:: 05/12/2013

Zambia - Tender for DTT license expected to be issued soon

The government has given its go-ahead to proceed with the tender for the license to manage digital switchover.

:: 05/12/2013

South Africa - CA system not a mandatory feature for DTT receivers

The Cabinet has approved amendments to its initial switchover policy related to conditional access. According to these new amendments, the inclusion of conditional access systems in DTT receivers an optional requirement.

:: 04/12/2013

Spain - Real Madrid TV to join free-to-air DTT platform

Changes are underway on the DTT platform with the arrival of a new free-to-air DTT services as of January 2014.

:: 04/12/2013

Mexico - Government allocates MXN 6 billion for ASO projects

The Secretary of Communications and Tranportation (SCT) will have a budget of MXN 6 billion (EURO 340 million) for analogue switch-off projects in 2014.

:: 04/12/2013

Namibia - DTT platform officially launched

The DTT platform has officially launched and is set to reach nationwide coverage by the end of the year.

:: 04/12/2013

South Africa - Poynting launches solar-powered DTT receiver kit

The manufacturer Poynting has announced the launch of a solar-powered DTT kit. The kit includes an LED television set, solar panel, solar charger controller, DTT antenna, set-top box and cables.

:: 04/12/2013

Norway - RiksTV adds new services to its DTT platform

The pay-DTT operator RiksTV has announced the launch of a new television service on its platform.

:: 03/12/2013

Spain - Reduced TV zapping since ASO completed

According to research by Barlovento Comunicación, television 'zapping' has reduced since the completion of analogue switch-off in 2010.

:: 03/12/2013

Israel - DTT coverage to reach 90% by next April

The DTT platform now reaches 80% of the population and is expected to increase coverage to 90% of the population by next April.

:: 03/12/2013

Australia - ASO completed in Sydney

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the region of Sydney at 9am on 3 December.

:: 02/12/2013

Poland - Emitel changes owners

The private equity firm Montagu has agreed to sell the broadcast network operator Emitel to Alinda Capital Partners.

:: 02/12/2013

United States - ATSC proposes draft interactive specification as Candidate Standard

The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has promoted its draft interactive system, known as A/105, to Candidate Standard.

:: 02/12/2013

Malawi - White space trial officially launched

The government has officially launched a trial of services using the white spaces available in the UHF band licensed to television broadcasts.

:: 01/12/2013

Tanzania - StarTimes increases coverage of its DTT platform

The pay-DTT operator StarTimes has announced that it has expanded the coverage of its DTT platform.

:: 01/12/2013

New Zealand - Analogue switch-off completed on 1 December

Analogue switch-off has been completed in New Zealand. The final stage of switch-off took place in the region of upper North Island at 2am on 1 December.

:: 29/11/2013

Poland - Interest high to use frequencies 174-230 MHz for DTT platform

The communications regulator UKE has announced that 19 organisations have expressed an interest in using the frequencies 174-230 MHz.

:: 29/11/2013

Kenya - Consumers warned against counterfeit DTT receivers

The Communications Commissions of Kenya (CCK) has cautioned viewers about counterfeit DTT receivers. It has received complaints from consumers who have been victim of unscrupulous retailers.

:: 29/11/2013

Indonesia - Ministry prepares DSO regulatory framework

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology is in the process of drafting new regulations for the implementation of digital switchover.

:: 29/11/2013

Kenya - StarTimes enhances service offering

The pay-DTT operator StarTimes has announced the addition of new television services to its offering.

:: 28/11/2013

Cambodia - Pay-DTT operator expands service offering

The pay-DTT operator, One TV, has announced the launch of two new television packages on 1 December.

:: 28/11/2013

Romania - Ancom opens consultation on proposed DTT licensing rules

The communications regulator Ancom has opened a consultation its proposed rules for allocating DTT licenses.

:: 28/11/2013

Uzbekistan - South Korea provides loan to help with digital switchover

The South Korean Eximbank has agreed to give a loan worth $21 million to Uzbekistan to aid with the digital switchover process.

:: 28/11/2013

Tanzania - ASO to be completed in 2014

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) announced that it plans to complete analogue switch-off in 2014.

:: 27/11/2013

Spain - RRTV exits regional DTT platform

The Parliament for the region of Valencia has voted to close the regional public service broadcaster Radiotelevisión Valenciana (RRTV).

:: 27/11/2013

New Zealand - Over 100,000 TV sets recycled as last phase of ASO approaches

Approximately 113,000 television sets have been recycled as part of the government's TV TakeBack programme.

:: 27/11/2013

Rwanda - Planned ASO at end of year postponed

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (Rura) has announced that it will postpone analogue switch-off that had been set to take place at the end of the year.

:: 27/11/2013

Hungary - Pay-DTT platform MinDigTV Extra updated with new services

The DTT platform operator Antenna Hungaria announced improvements to its pay-DTT platform MinDigTV Extra.

:: 27/11/2013

United Kingdom - Local DTT licenses awarded in York and Middlesbrough

The communications regulator Ofcom has awarded local DTT service licenses in York and Middlesbrough.

:: 26/11/2013

United Kingdom - Al Jazeera HD launches on DTT platform

The continuous news service Al Jazeera English has launched in high-definition (HD) on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 26/11/2013

Finland - DNA convergence with pay-DTT platform PlusTV

The pay-DTT operator DNA has announced the convergence between its DTT offering and that of PlusTV.

:: 26/11/2013

United Kingdom - First local TV service launched on DTT platform

The Department of Communications, Media and Sports (DCMS) has announced the launch of the first local television service on the DTT platform.

:: 25/11/2013

Ghana - DTT launch on 12 December

The DTT platform is set to launch on 12 December.

:: 23/11/2013

Kenya - Broadcasters file lawsuit to stop ASO in Nairobi

The commercial broadcasters Nation Media Group (NMG), Royal Media Services and Standard Group have filed a lawsuit against he planned switch-off of analogue terrestrial television services in Nairobi on 13 December.

:: 22/11/2013

Malawi - Planned DTT launch on 30 November delayed

The government has announced delays to its planned digital switchover process.

:: 22/11/2013

Chile - President vetoes proposed digital television legislation

The President has vetoed the proposed digital television legislation that had been previously approved by the Senate and the Constitutional Court.

:: 21/11/2013

Australia - 87% of households in remote central and eastern region ready for ASO

Approximately 87% of households in the areas of remote central and eastern Australia are ready for analogue switch-off.

:: 21/11/2013

Belarus - Coverage of pay-DTT platform increased

Coverage of the pay-DTT platform operated by Beltelecom, TV ZALA, has been expanded beyond the region of Minsk.

:: 21/11/2013

Poland - Demand high for fifth multiplex

Demand for a license to operate a fifth multiplex on the DTT platform is high.

:: 21/11/2013

United Kingdom - Ofcom consultation on increasing capacity for mobile telecom services

The communications regulator Ofcom has opened a consultation to increase spectrum available for mobile telecom services.

:: 21/11/2013

55% of households worldwide access digital television

According to research published by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), 55% of households now access digital television.

:: 21/11/2013

Australia - ASO completed in Victor Harbor

Analogue switch-off has been completed in parts of southern Australia, specifically in the areas of Victor Harbor, Port Elliot and Middleton.

:: 19/11/2013

Spain - Government appeals EC decision against DTT subsidies

The Spanish government has appealed the decision made by the European Commission which declared its subsidies for the roll out of the DTT platform in remote areas to be illegal.

:: 19/11/2013

Brazil - Government will ensure all viewers can access DTT platform

According to the Secretary of Electronic Communications, analogue switch-off will not proceed until all viewers have access to the DTT platform.

:: 19/11/2013

Czech Republic - Auction for licenses in the 800 MHz band completed

The auction of licenses to operate services in the 800 MHz band has generated a total of CZK 7.27 billion (€266 million)

:: 19/11/2013

Brazil - Anatel to conduct LTE / DTT interference testing

The communications regulator Anatel has announced plans to trial the co-existence between LTE and DTT services.

:: 19/11/2013

Russia - Two broadcasters apply for license on MUX 2

Two broadcasters, TV3 and Dozhd, have submitted applications to the Roskomnadzor for a license to provide services on the DTT platform.

:: 18/11/2013

New Zealand - Boom in sale of DTT receivers

In anticipation of the final phase of analogue switch-off, viewers have been purchasing new television sets.

:: 17/11/2013

United States - Sports leagues support broadcasters against Aero service

Major sporting leagues are supporting broadcasters in their legal effort to stop the Aero mobile television service.

:: 16/11/2013

Kenya - StarTimes drops price of DTT set-top box

In preparation for analogue switch-off in Nairobi, the pay-DTT operator StarTimes has announced that is dropping the price of its set-top box.

:: 15/11/2013

Austria - HbbTV service to be available from DTT platform

The public service broadcaster ORF has announced that it will make its ORF-TVthek service accessible from the DTT platform.

:: 15/11/2013

Portugal - PT fined for failure in meeting DTT license obligation

The communications regulator has fined PT Comunicaçőes €150,000 for its failure to provide adequate information about the DTT platform.

:: 15/11/2013

United Kingdom - DTT platform celebrates 15th anniversary

The DTT is celebrating its 15th anniversary having launched on 15 November 1998. The UK was one of the first countries to launch its DTT platform.

:: 15/11/2013

Serbia - DTT platform now available to 75% of the population

The DTT platform is now available to 75% of the population. This follows the upgrade of 35 transmission sites with digital equipment.

:: 15/11/2013

Venezuela - DTT platform available to 50% of population

According to the Minister of Science and Technology, Manuel Fernández, 50% of the population can now access the DTT platform.

:: 14/11/2013

Brazil - Anatel approves use of 700 MHz band for mobile telecom services

The communications regulator Anatel has issued its first regulation for the use of the 700 MHz band by mobile telecom operators.

:: 14/11/2013

Namibia - DTT platform to launch on 27 November

The DTT platform is set to launch on 27 November. It will be managed by the public service broadcaster NBC.

:: 14/11/2013

Czech Republic - New music service launches on DTT platform

A new television programme service is set to launch on the DTT platform in Prague on 15 November.

:: 13/11/2013

Australia - Over 94% of households ready for ASO

As analogue switch-off approaches, 94% of households in Sydney have converted to digital television. Switch-off is set to take place in the region on 3 December.

:: 13/11/2013

Bosnia - PSB prepared for digital switchover

The head of digitalization for the public service broadcaster, Zdravko Šavija, has announced that slow steps forward are underway.

:: 13/11/2013

Hungary - M3 to launch on pay-DTT platform

The public service broadcaster Magyar Television has announced the launch of a new television programme service on the DTT platform.

:: 12/11/2013

Honduras - DTT platform to launch in February 2014

The head of the communications regulator Conatel presented plans for the digital switchover for the public service broadcasters.

:: 12/11/2013

Italy - Mediaset Premium revenue increase 7% year-on-year

The pay-DTT revenue for the commercial broadcaster Mediaset has increased by 7% compared with the same period in 2012.

:: 12/11/2013

Belgium - 800 MHz auction generates €360 million

The communications regulator BIPT has released the results of its auction for licenses to operate services in the 800 MHz band. The auction generated a total of €360 million.

:: 12/11/2013

Poland - Possible availability of fourth free-to-air DTT multiplex

A fourth multiplex may launch on the DTT platforms as a result of the interest that the UKE receives for the use of the frequencies 170-234 MHz.

:: 11/11/2013

Hungary - Frequency changes in Southern Transdanubia region

The broadcast network operator Antenna Hungaria has announced that it will make frequency changes on the DTT platform on 12-15 November.

:: 11/11/2013

Kenya - Spain provides digital switchover support

The Spanish government will provide a KES 1.2 billion (€10 million) loan to support digital switchover in Kenya.

:: 11/11/2013

Argentina - Pay-DTT operator opts for DVB-T2

The pay-DTT service provider, Antina, has announced plans to switch its network to the DVB-T2 standard in early 2014.

:: 11/11/2013

Portugal - Anacom video to explain DTT reception problems

The communications regulator Anacom has developed a video explaining the problems of DTT interference and how Anacom helps improve the situation.

:: 11/11/2013

Kenya - Demand for digital TVs soars

In preparation for analogue switch-off, viewers are purchasing new television sets with demand tripling in recent months.

:: 11/11/2013

Australia - DTT platform to launch HbbTV services in 2014

The free-to-air DTT platform will launch new services using the HbbTV standard in the first half of 2014.

:: 11/11/2013

Spain - Government to shut down 9 DTT services

At a recent media briefing, the government confirmed plans to shut down nine television programme services on the DTT platform.

:: 10/11/2013

DTT platform helps expand viewer choice for continuous news services

According to a report published by the European Audiovisual Observatory, the free-to-air DTT platform offers 43 news television services across Europe in 2013.

:: 08/11/2013

Portugal - Commercial broadcasters oppose plan to increase RTP's DTT offering

The commercial broadcasters TVI and SIC have objected to the government's proposal allowiwing the public service broadcaste RTP to launch new services on the DTT platform.

:: 07/11/2013

United Kingdom - Freeview launches HD ad campaign

The free-to-air DTT platform, Freeview, has launched a new marketing campaign highlighting its high-definition (HD) offer.

:: 07/11/2013

Poland - Availability of 174-230 MHz frequencies for DTT platform

The Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) is inviting applicants to express their interest for the use of the frequencies 174-230 MHz.

:: 06/11/2013

United Kingdom - Ofcom issues addendum to consultation on spectrum license fees

The communications regulator Ofcom is extending the deadline to submit responses to its consultation on setting fees for the use of spectrum.

:: 05/11/2013

Thailand - Options for DTT multiplex configuration approved by NBTC

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has announced the possible multiplex configurations that can be adopted by broadcast network operators.

:: 05/11/2013

Philippines - Official selection of ISDB-T standard

According to a press release on the website of the Brazilan Ministry of Communications, the Philippines have selected the ISDB-T standard for its DTT platform.

:: 05/11/2013

Kenya - ASO maintained for 13 December

Confusion continues regarding the date for the first phase of analogue switch-off.

:: 05/11/2013

South Africa - SABC against use of CA system on DTT platform

The public service broadcaster SABC has announced that it will not support the use of a conditional access system for the DTT platform.

:: 04/11/2013

Italy - Mediaset Premium increases sports content

The pay-DTT service provider, Mediaset Premium, has added two new television programme services since 1 November.

:: 02/11/2013

Spain - Real Madrid to launch DTT service in January

It is expected that the football club Real Madrid will launch a television programme service on the free-to-air DTT platform in early 2014.

:: 01/11/2013

Moldova - Three national multiplexes to be available on DTT platform

The government is moving forward with its plans for digital switchover.

:: 01/11/2013

Philippines - NTC to publish memorandum on adoption of ISDB-T standard

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has moved forward with the planned selection of the standard to be used for the DTT platform.

:: 31/10/2013

United Kingdom - Local DTT licenses awarded in Cambridge and Scarborough

The communications regulator Ofcom has announced the award of Local DTT service licenses in Cambridge and Scarborough.

:: 31/10/2013

Italy - Sportitalia stops broadcasting on DTT platform

The three television programme services on the DTT platform operated by Sportitalia will cease broadcasting on 1 November.

:: 31/10/2013

Hungary - ASO completed

The National Media and Communications Authority (NMHH) has announced the completion of analogue switch-off nationwide on 31 October at 12.30.

:: 31/10/2013

Norway - New television service to join DTT platform

The media group MTG has announced that it will launch a new television programme service, TV6, on 21 November. It will be available on the pay-DTT platform RiksTV.

:: 30/10/2013

Finland - 800 MHz band license auction generates €108 million

The Ministry of Transport and Communications has announced the results of its auction of licenses to operate services in the 800 MHz band.

:: 30/10/2013

Latvia - Auction for 800 MHz band licenses completed

The communications regulator, Public Utilities Commission (PUC), has approved the results of the recent auction of licenses to operate services in the 800 MHz band.

:: 30/10/2013

Thailand - 41 projects proposed for DTT service licenses

A total of 29 broadcasters have applied to participate in the auction of licenses to operate services on the DTT platform.

:: 30/10/2013

Vietnam - ASO to be completed by 2020

Speaking at the ABU General Assembly, the Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Tan Dung, reaffirmed his country's commitment to digital switchover.

:: 29/10/2013

Kenya - ASO delayed until June

The government has decided to postpone the first phase of analogue switch-off until June 2014. Initially switch-off had been set to take place in Nairobi on 13 December.

:: 28/10/2013

United States - Major marketing push to promote Dyle mobile TV

The Mobile Content Venture (MCV) has announced a major marketing campaign to boost awareness of its mobile television services.

:: 28/10/2013

Croatia - Two bidders for remaining 800 MHz band licenses

The communications regulator HAKOM has received two bids for licenses to operate services in the 800 MHz band.

:: 25/10/2013

Azerbaijian - Roll-out of commercial DTT platform underway

The broadcast network operator Teleradio has announced that it is increasing the coverage of its commercial DTT platform.

:: 25/10/2013

Hungary - Nearly 130,000 pay-DTT households

The broadcast network operator Antenna Hungaria has announced plans to launch DTT transmissions from 19 new sites following the completion of analogue switch-off on 31 October.

:: 25/10/2013

Uzbekistan - New agency set-up to regulate radio frequencies

The President has signed a decree establishing a new organization to handle radio frequency issues.

:: 25/10/2013

Uruguay - President makes changes to DTT license allocation

The President José Mujica has retracted his previous allocation of service licenses on the DTT platform.

:: 24/10/2013

Bosnia - 6 bids submitted for DTT microwave link tender

The Ministry of Communications and Transport has received 6 bids for the procurement of digital microwave links for the DTT platform.

:: 24/10/2013

Nigeria - GOtv offers free antennas to subscribers

The pay-DTT provider GOtv is offering its subscribers free antennas.

:: 24/10/2013

Spain - DTT operators must return Government aid

The government has warned that up to 1.2 million viewers risk losing access to the DTT platform should network operators be required to return government aid received as of 2005.

:: 24/10/2013

Hungary - 95% of eligible homes have applied for DSO support

According to the communications regulator NMHH, 95% of eligible households have received support in preparation for analogue switch-off. The process is set to be completed on 31 October.

:: 24/10/2013

Mexico - New method to reduce DSO costs under development

The Secretary of Communications and Transprtation is working on a plan to increase the penetration of the DTT platform.

:: 24/10/2013

Serbia - Government approves DSO frequency plan

In preparation for analogue switch-off, the government has approved the frequency plan for digital switchover.

:: 23/10/2013

France - Ultra HD and HEVC trial on DVB-T2 network

Images & Réseaux, together with the broadcast network operator TDF, has announced plans to trial Ultra HD services on its experimental DVB-T2 network.

:: 23/10/2013

South Africa - Further delays for DTT platform

The government has confirmed the delays to the procurement of DTT set-top boxes which will further delay the launch of the DTT platform.

:: 23/10/2013

New Zealand - TV TakeBack scheme launches in Upper North Island

In preparation for analogue switch-off in the Upper North Island on 1 December, the government has launched the final phase of its programme to recycle unwanted television sets.

:: 23/10/2013

Portugal - Anacom refutes DECO charges

The communications regulator Anacom has responded to the threat of a lawsuit from the consumer protection organization DECO.

:: 23/10/2013

New Zealand - SKY to return UHF frequencies

The pay television operator Sky has decided that it will return its unused frequencies in the UHF band to the government.

:: 23/10/2013

Kenya - CCK launches DSO information campaign

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has launched an information campaign ahead of the switch off of analogue services on 13 December.

:: 22/10/2013

France - Multiplexes M7 and M8 reach 58% of the population

The broadcast regulator CSA has announced the fifth phase of the roll-out of multiplexes M7 and M8.

:: 22/10/2013

Thailand - DTT coverage to reach at least 95% within three years

The four broadcast network operators have indicated that they will provide a DTT coverage of at least 95% of the population within three years.

:: 22/10/2013

Portugal - ANACOM faces lawsuit over poor DTT reception

The consumer protection organisation, DECO, has filed a lawsuit against the communications regulator Anacom for its failure to ensure that viewers had an adequate DTT signal.

:: 22/10/2013

Kenya - CCK confirms ASO in Nairobi on 13 December

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has confirmed that analogue switch-off will take place in Nairobi on 13 December as planned.

:: 21/10/2013

Austria - Frequency auction raises €2 billion

The Austrian Regulatory Authority (TKK) raised €2 billion in its auction of licenses to operate services in the 800 MHz, 900 MHz, and 1800 MHz bands.

:: 21/10/2013

Azerbaijian - Government to offer DSO help scheme

The government has announced that it will put in place a programme to help low-income households access a DTT receiver.

:: 21/10/2013

Germany - Regulators stress importance of DTT platform

The public service broadcaster ARD together with the media regulators for each region have reaffirmed the importance of the DTT platform.

:: 21/10/2013

Croatia - HAKOM to monitor frequency usage along Istria coast

The communications regulator HAKOM has put in place a frequency monitoring station along the coast of Istria.

:: 18/10/2013

Venezuela - Government to distribute DTT receivers

The government is preparing to distribute free DTT receivers to all households.

:: 18/10/2013

Solomon Islands - No current plans for digital switchover

The Telecommunications Commission of the Solomon Islands (TCSI) has opened a consultation on proposed updates to the current framework governing the broadcast industry.

:: 18/10/2013

Malawi - DTT platform ready for launch in 4 weeks

The first phase of the installation of DTT transmitting equipment is ready to begin and is expected to be completed in 4 weeks.

:: 18/10/2013

Germany - Report shows DTT platform is most cost efficient

According to a new report on the television market in Germany, the DT platform had the lowest Total Cost of Ownership per household in 2012.

:: 17/10/2013

Azerbaijian - DTT platform available in Shemkir region

The coverage of the DTT platform has been increased with the roll-out of services in the region of Shemkir.

:: 17/10/2013

Romania - Ancom issues DTT timetable

The communications regulator Ancom has issued its preliminary timetable for the digital switchover process. It is set to be completed by 17 June 2015.

:: 17/10/2013

Kenya - New services on StarTimes' pay-DTT platform

The pay-DTT platform operator StarTimes is making new television programme services available to its subscribers.

:: 17/10/2013

Russia - Tender open for television slot available on MUX 2

The media regulator Roscomnadzor is inviting broadcasters to participate in a tender for a service s.ot on the DTT platform.

:: 16/10/2013

Chile - ASO to be completed within 5 years of DTT launch

The Ministry of Telecommunications has issued further information on its website regarding the recently adopted legislation governing digital switchover.

:: 16/10/2013

Myanmar - DTT launches in three major cities

Digital switchover is set to begin in three cities by the end of the month.

:: 16/10/2013

Hong Kong - New licenses granted for free-to-air DTT platform

The government has allocated two new licenses on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 15/10/2013

Chile - Senate approves DTT legislation

The Senate has approved the new audiovisual legislation which provides the framework for the launch of the DTT platform.

:: 15/10/2013

Thailand - NBTC approves proposed DTT transmission rates

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has approved the proposed rates by the four DTT broadcast network operators.

:: 15/10/2013

Belarus - Additional services available for pay-DTT subscribers

The pay-DTT service provider Beltelecom is making new services available to its subscribers.

:: 15/10/2013

France - ANFR issues 1805 authorizations for LTE services in 800 MHz band

The regulator for frequency usage, ANFR, has published the results of the pilot of LTE services operating in the 800 MHz band.

:: 14/10/2013

New Zealand - 1 November deadline for DSO help scheme

In preparation for analogue switch-off on 1 December in upper North Island, eligible viewers are encouraged to apply to the Target Assistance Programme by 1 November.

:: 14/10/2013

Poland - 160,000 monthly HbbTV viewers

The public service broadcaster TVP has given a positive assessment of its foray into HbbTV services.

:: 14/10/2013

Hungary - HbbTV trial on DTT platform to begin on 15 October

The broadcast network operator Antenna Hungaria has announced that it will begin a six-month trial of HbbTV services on the DTT platform.

:: 11/10/2013

Philippines - NTC to meet with broadcasters about ISDB-T adoption

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is scheduled to meet with the broadcasters ABS-CBN and GMA Network to discuss the adoption of the ISDB-T standard for the DTT platform.

:: 11/10/2013

Slovenia - New DTT multiplex launched

A second DTT multiplex, MUX C, has been launched on 14 October according to the broadcast network operator RTV SLO.

:: 10/10/2013

Italy - RAI to launch 4 HD services on DTT platform

The public service broadcaster RAI has been granted permission by the Ministry of Economic Development to launch 4 new HD services on the DTT platform.

:: 09/10/2013

Portugal - Government supports launch of new DTT services

The government has announced its support for the launch of two new television programme services on the free-to-air DTT platform by the public service broadcaster RTP.

:: 09/10/2013

Czech Republic - CT:D and CT art coverage reaches 95% of population

The coverage of two services offered by the public service broadcaster Czech Television (CT) has increased.

:: 09/10/2013

Bulgaria - Government launches DSO information campaign

The government is planning to launch an advertising campaign about digital switchover. It will provide information about ways to access the DTT platform.

:: 09/10/2013

South Africa - Issue of conditional access remains unresolved

Progress towards digital switchover has been hampered by the issue of conditional access.

:: 09/10/2013

Italy - IPTV and satellite viewing declines

Viewers are increasingly relying on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 09/10/2013

Serbia - 75% DTT coverage by 15 November

The broadcast network operator ETV is in the process of upgrading its DTT network with DVB-T2 transmitters.

:: 08/10/2013

Uganda - UBC ready to launch DTT platform by end of year

The public service broadcaster Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) has announced that it is ready for digital switchover.

:: 08/10/2013

Zambia - Star Software appeals DTT tender cancellation

The preferred bidder for the license to build and operate the DTT platform has appealed the recent government decision to cancel the tender.

:: 08/10/2013

Ecuador - Government launches DSO awareness campaign

The government is launching a campaign to inform viewers about the need for new receivers as part of the transition to the DTT platform.

:: 07/10/2013

Italy - TIM and Espresso closer to merging DTT multiplexes

Telecom Italia Media and the publisher L'Espresso have signed a non-binding agreement to merge their DTT multiplexes.

:: 07/10/2013

United Kingdom - Ofcom commissions report on improving DTT receiver performance against interference

Ofcom has commissioned research to examine how mobile broadband services can co-exist alongside broadcast services.

:: 07/10/2013

Italy - RAI to improve DTT reception in regions of Asti and Turin

The public service broadcaster has admitted to DTT reception issues affecting approximately 500,000 viewers in northern Italy.

:: 04/10/2013

Macedonia (fyr) - Sport Klub 3 to launch on pay-DTT platform

The pay-DTT service provider Boom TV has announced that it will launch a new television programme service on its platform.

:: 04/10/2013

United Kingdom - Freeview to launch new ad campaign

The free-to-air DTT marketing organisation, Freeview, has launched a new advertising campaign.

:: 04/10/2013

Belgium - DVB-T services switched off in 800 MHz band along border with France

The French communications agency ANFR and it counterpart in Belgium, BIPT, have signed an agreement on the introduction of 4G services in the 800 MHz band along their shared border.

:: 03/10/2013

France - CSA approves white space trial in 700 MHz band

The broadcast regulator CSA has given its approval for the use of white spaces in the UHF band as part of a trial.

:: 03/10/2013

United Kingdom - Al Jazeera HD to launch on Freeview by end of year

The broadcast network operator Arqiva has announced that the television programme service Al Jazeera will launch in high-definition on the DTTplatform by the end of the year.

:: 02/10/2013

United Kingdom - Ofcom announces plans for major trial of white spaces in UHF band

The communications regulator Ofcom has announced the participants of its 6 month trial of services using the white spaces in the UHF band.

:: 02/10/2013

United Kingdom - Ofcom opens consultation on its spectrum management strategy

The communications regulator Ofcom has opened a consultation on its spectrum management strategy over the next ten years.

:: 01/10/2013

Mexico - Government to take lead on digital switchover

The government has announced that it will take the lead in managing the digital switchover transition.

:: 01/10/2013

Peru - 75% of viewers unaware of DTT services

According to a survey conducted by the broadcasting council ConcorTV, 75% of viewers are unaware of the DTT platform.

:: 01/10/2013

Thailand - Army receives second DTT network license

The Army has been allocated a second license to operate a multiplex on the DTT platform.

:: 01/10/2013

Czech Republic - CTU receives 5 applicants for 800 MHz band auction

The telecom regulator CTU has announced that it has received 5 applications to participate in its upcoming auction of frequencies in the 800 MHz band.

:: 30/09/2013

France - TFI threatens to shutdown its pay-DTT service LCI

The commercial broadcaster TF1 has suggested that it may shut-down its continuous news service LCI which is currently available on the pay-DTT platform.

:: 30/09/2013

Bulgaria - ASO to take place on 30 September

Analogue switch-off is set to take place on 30 September although it is not yet clear how many homes will not be able to access the DTT platform.

:: 29/09/2013

Hungary - Antenna Hungaria to begin HbbTV trial

The broadcast network operator Antenna Hungaria will undertake a trial of HbbTV services on the DTT patform.

:: 29/09/2013

United Kingdom - Possible sale of 25% stake in Arqiva

The Australian fund Macquarie is considering selling its 25% stake in the broadcast network operator Arqiva in a deal that could be worth €600 million.

:: 29/09/2013

New Zealand - ASO completed in Lower North Island

In the morning of 29 September, the second phase of analogue switch-off was completed.

:: 29/09/2013

Hungary - 112,000 pay-DTT subscribers

According to the communications regulator NMHH, 3.3 million household subscribe to a pay-television service.

:: 27/09/2013

Zambia - Investigation into irregularities in DTT tender process

The government has confirmed that an investigation has been opened regarding breaches in the tender of the license to build and operate the DTT platform.

:: 27/09/2013

Portugal - ERC approves two new services on DTT platform

The media regulator ERC has given its go-ahead for the launch of two new television services on the DTT platform by the public service broadcaster RTP.

:: 26/09/2013

Mexico - Telemex considering to tender for DTT service license

The telecom operator Telemex is considering to apply for one of the two licenses to be available on the DTT platform.

:: 26/09/2013

Russia - SPAS allocated license for MUX 2

The government has allocated a DTT license to the religious television programme service SPAS. The service will be available from MUX 2.

:: 26/09/2013

ECOWAS approves DTT specification with access services

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has announced that it has approved a specification for access services.

:: 25/09/2013

Uruguay - VTV and Pop TV awarded DTT licenses

Two licenses for the provision of free-to- air television programme services on the DTT platform have been awarded to VTV and Pop TV.

:: 25/09/2013

Netherlands - Canal Digitaal launches pay-DTT offer

Competition on the pay-DTT platform increases with a new low-cost offer from Canal Digitaal.

:: 24/09/2013

Italy - 3D/DTT trial begins in Naples

A trial 3D service has begun on the DTT platform in Naples on 20 September.

:: 24/09/2013

Italy - FUB partners with consumer organisation to help DTT viewers with LTE interference

The consumer organisation Adiconsum is oartnering with the Fondazione Ugo Bordoni (FUB) to help viewers having DTT reception problems caused by LTE interference.

:: 24/09/2013

Poland - INFO-TV-FM seeks compensation for DVB-H network

Magna Polonia, which owns the DVB-H network operator INFO-TV-FM, has filed a lawsuit against the leading telecom operators PTK Centertel, P4, Polkomtel and T-Mobile Poland.

:: 24/09/2013

United Kingdom - Al Jazeera to join Freeview HD platform

The continuous news service Al Jazeera is set to join the free-to-air DTT platform in high-definition (HD).

:: 24/09/2013

United Kingdom - Ofcom opens tender for phase 2 of local DTT licenses

The communications regulator Ofcom is inviting candidates to tender for licenses to provide television services on the local DTT platform.

:: 23/09/2013

Bulgaria - Up to 1 million viewers may be without DTT access after ASO

Not all viewers have access to the DTT platform despite analogue switch-off set to take place on 30 September.

:: 23/09/2013

Thailand - NBTC considers DTT auction strategy

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is in the process of determining the order in which it will auction licenses for the DTT platform.

:: 23/09/2013

Poland - Slight increase in number of DTT households

According to Jerzy Straszewski, head of the Chamber of Electronic Communications (PIKE), digital switchover has had an impact on the broadcast industry altough the full extent of the impact is not yet known.

:: 23/09/2013

Hungary - 2 million DTT receivers sold

It is expected that 2 million DTT receivers will have been sold as part of the digital switchover process.

:: 22/09/2013

Zambia - Government cancels DTT tender

The government has cancelled the tender for the building and operation of the DTT platform. This tender had been estimated to be worth approximately US$220 million.

:: 20/09/2013

Portugal - Cofina interested in joining DTT platform

The media group Cofina has expressed interest in participating in the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 19/09/2013

Lithuania - 72,000 subscribe to pay-DTT platform

According to the communications regulator RRT, 72,000 households subscribed to the pay-DTT platform offered by the telecom operator TEO.

:: 19/09/2013

Germany - Two service slots available on DTT platform in Hamburg

The media regulator for the area of Hamburg / Schleswig-Holstein (MA-HSH) has opened a tender for two service slots on the DTT platform.

:: 18/09/2013

Germany - PSBs plan to transition to DVB-T2 in 2017

The public service broadcaster ARD is planning to transition its DTT standard from DVB-T to DVB-T2.

:: 18/09/2013

Italy - Court finds in favor of RAI in DTT dispute

The court in Lazio has found in favor of the public service broadcaster RAI in a class action suit brought by DTT viewers in the area of Ravenna.

:: 18/09/2013

France - Coverage of MUXes R7 and R8 set to increase

The fourth phase of the roll-out of HD/DTT services is set to begin in France.

:: 18/09/2013

Spain - DTT network subsidies to be reimbursed within 4 months

The Eutopean Commission is requiring that the €235 million in state aid given to help roll-out the DTT platform be returned within the next four months.

:: 18/09/2013

Bulgaria - Government critical of EC's decision to take it to ECJ

The government has criticized the European Commission's decision to take it to the European Court of Justice regarding its allocation of DTT multiplexes.

:: 18/09/2013

Serbia - DTT roll-out to be completed by mid-2014

At a Parliamentary hearing, the head of the Regulatory Telecommunications Agency (Ratel), announced that the roll out of the DTT platform will be completed by June 2014.

:: 17/09/2013

Thailand - DTT network operators issue service rates

The four broadcasters with licenses to operate DTT networks have issued their rates for other broadcasters to use their network.

:: 17/09/2013

Argentina - Content sought for free-to-air DTT platform

A tender has been opened to produce content for two television programme services on the DTT platform.

:: 16/09/2013

France - New HbbTV services on DTT platform

The television programme services Public Sénat and LCP-Assemblée nationale offer viewers HbbTV services on the DTT platform as of 16 September.

:: 16/09/2013

Serbia - RRA rejects broadcasters appeal for TV Avala frequency license

The Broadcasting Agency (RRA) has rejected an appeal lodged by two broadcasters that failed to acquire a frequency license on the terrestrial platform.

:: 16/09/2013

Macedonia (fyr) - CA module available for ONE's pay-DTT services

The pay-DTT patform operator ONE has launched a CA module known as NP4 to allow subscribers to access its services.

:: 14/09/2013

Italy - Telecom Italia may merge DTT multiplexes with L'Espresso Group

Speculation is mounting that the media groups Telecom Italia and L’Espresso are discussing plans to combine their DTT multiplex operation.

:: 13/09/2013

Thailand - Broadcasters show strong interest for DTT licenses

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has announced that 49 broadcasters have submitted applications to participate in the upcoming auction of DTT licenses.

:: 13/09/2013

Slovenia - Commercial services to move from MUX A to MUX C

Commercial broadcast services currently using from MUX A will be moved to MUX C as of 14 October.

:: 13/09/2013

United Kingdom - Ofcom opens consultation on DTT license fees

The communications regulator Ofcom has opened a consultation on its proposals for license fees for the DTT platform.

:: 10/09/2013

Mexico - Insufficient funds allocated to Ifetel

The proposed budget for the newly created Federal Institute for Telecommunications (Ifetel) is insufficient according to the head of the communications regulator Cofetel.

:: 10/09/2013

United States - 100 million viewers use the DTT platform

According to the LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition, between 81 to 100 million viewers rely on the DTT platform to access television services.

:: 10/09/2013

Germany - DTT penetration continues to grow in urban areas

According to the latest Digitalization Report, the DTT platform remains a key television delivery platform in Germany.

:: 09/09/2013

Poland - Two new television services to join DTT platform

The National Council for Radio and Television (KRRiT) has issued two broadcast service licenses for the DTT platform.

:: 09/09/2013

Czech Republic - Two new services launch on MUX 4

Two new television services are set to launch on the DTT platform by the Pohoda media group. They will be available on Multiplex 4.

:: 09/09/2013

Ghana - GOtv increases DTT coverage

The pay-DTT operator GOtv has announced the expansion of its service to the northern region of Tamale.

:: 08/09/2013

Honduras - Conatel confirms adoption of ISDB-T standard

The National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) has confirmed the adoption of the ISDB-T standard.

:: 08/09/2013

Ghana - Government approves funding for digital migration

The government has approved plans to finance digital migration.

:: 06/09/2013

Czech Republic - DVB-T2 platform unlikely to launch before 2015

According to Jaromír Novák, the head of the Czech Telecommunications Office (CTU), it is unlikely that a DTT platform using the DVB-T2 standard will launch before 2015.

:: 05/09/2013

Honduras - Regional DTT licenses allocated

As part of is recent auction of DTT service licenses, the communications regulator Conatel allocated several regional service licenses.

:: 05/09/2013

Czech Republic - CT :D and Art reach 75.7% of the population

According to the Czech Telecommunications Office (CTU), the television services Déčko and Art are available to 75.7% of the population.

:: 05/09/2013

Honduras - Azteca TV granted DTT license

The Mexican media group Azteca TV has been allocated a license to operate a free-to-air television programme service on the DTT platform.

:: 05/09/2013

Spain - RTVE launches HbbTV service

The public service broadcaster RTVE has launched a new interactive television service using the HbbTV standard.

:: 05/09/2013

Russia - Broadcasters on MUX-2 seek change in status to public service

The 10 broadcasters with licenses to provide services on the second multiplex (MUX 2) have requested a change their status to public service provider.

:: 05/09/2013

Africa first region to complete frequency coordination for 700 MHZ band

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has announced that frequency coordination for digital switchover has been successfully concluded for 47 Sub-Saharan African countries.

:: 04/09/2013

Portugal - 57,000 households received subsidies to access satellite services

The communications regulator Anacom has issued information about the DTT subsidy programme to help viewers outside the DTT coverage area.

:: 04/09/2013

Mexico - Cofetel opens tender for supply of DTT set-top boxes

The communications regulator Cofetel has announced the tender for the supply of DTT set-top boxes for the areas preparing for the second phase of analogue switch-off.

:: 04/09/2013

Czech Republic - CR begins pay-DTT trial

The broadcast network operator Ceske Radiokomunikace (CR) has begin a trial of pay television services on the DTT platform.

:: 04/09/2013

United Kingdom - Ofcom opens consultation on plans to introduce white space devices

The communications regulator Ofcom has opened a consultation on its proposal for the introduction of white-space devices in the UHF band.

:: 04/09/2013

Algeria - 90% DTT coverage by end of 2014

According to the national broadcast network operator TDA, the DTT platform is set to reach 90% of the population by the end of 2014.

:: 04/09/2013

Kenya - Multichoice to provide subsidised DTT set-top boxes

The pay operator Multichoice Africa has offered to provide 1.5 million DTT set-top boxes at a subsidised rate to help with digital switchover.

:: 04/09/2013

Bulgaria - ASO delayed until November

The government has announced that it will delay plans for analogue switch-off.

:: 03/09/2013

Honduras - Consultation opened to change DTT standard adopted

The communications regulator Conatel has opened a consultation on a change to the DTT standard adopted.

:: 03/09/2013

Mexico - New television service joins DTT platform

A new service has launched on the DTT platform on 2 September.

:: 03/09/2013

Sweden - On-demand services from Cirkus to be available to Boxer subscribers

Subscribers to the pay-DTT platform Boxer will soon be able to access on-demand broadband content provided by Cirkus.

:: 02/09/2013

Slovenia - Eight applicants for DTT service license

The communications regulator APEK has published the names of the 8 broadcasters applying for a license to provide services on the DTT platform.

:: 02/09/2013

France - Dering Capital makes bid to acquire TDF

According to the Financial Times, the broadcast network operator TDF has received a non-binding offer from Dering Capital to acquire its French assets.

:: 02/09/2013

Croatia - 35% increase in pay-DTT subscribers

The communications regulator HAKOM has issued an update of pay-television services in Croatia for the second quarter of 2013.

:: 02/09/2013

Uruguay - Ranking of proposals for DTT licenses issued by regulator

The communications regulator Ursec has issued its ranking of candidates for licenses to provide services on the DTT platform.

:: 01/09/2013

Slovakia - New television service launches on DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster JOJ has launched a new television service on the DTT platform.

:: 31/08/2013

Venezuela - New television service to launch on DTT platform

The President has announced plans to launch a new television programme service for the DTT platform.

:: 30/08/2013

Hungary - DTT retuning to begin on 3 September

The communications regulator NMHH has announced that viewers in parts of the country will need to re-tune their DTT receivers.

:: 30/08/2013

Finland - DNA officially acquires PlusTV

The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority has approved the acquisition of PlusTV by the pay-DTT operator DNA.

:: 29/08/2013

France - ANFR publishes list of frequency usage

The communications regulator ANFR has issued the official table of frequency allocation.

:: 29/08/2013

Honduras - ASO to be completed by 2020

The communications regulator Conatel has informed broadcasters that they will need to start their digital terrestrial broadcasting by the end of 2018.

:: 29/08/2013

Azerbaijian - 100% DTT coverage to be reached by end of the year

According to the Minister of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT), Ali Abbasov, the DTT platform will reach 100% of the population by the end of the year.

:: 29/08/2013

Argentina - Government sets up free-to-view satellite service to complement DTT platform

The government is planning to install satellite receivers in those parts of the country where viewers will not be able to access the DTT platform.

:: 29/08/2013

Tajikistan - DSO to be completed 5 years earlier than anticipated

Digital switchover is expected to be completed by the end of 2015 which is five years earlier than initially anticipated.

:: 28/08/2013

Thailand - NBTC presents DTT roll-out plan

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has presented its plans for the roll-out of the DTT network.

:: 28/08/2013

Lithuania - PBK to join pay-DTT platform

The pay-DTT platform operator TEO has announced the launch of a new television programme services on its platform.

:: 28/08/2013

Croatia - HAKOM announces auction for portion of the 800 MHz band

The communications regulator HAKOM has announced the auction for the remaining frequencies in the 800 MHz band (the so-called digital dividend).

:: 27/08/2013

Thailand - NBTC approves DTT receivers

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) has given its approval for the certification of 54 television models.

:: 27/08/2013

Nigeria - Frequency auction could generate $2 billion

According to a report published by Fatora Consulting, the government could generate up to $2 billion with the sale of the so-called digital dividend frequency licenses.

:: 27/08/2013

United Kingdom - New television services available on DTT platform

Viewers using the free-to-air DTT platform can now access two new television programme services as of 27 August.

:: 27/08/2013

United States - 10 proposals submitted for next ATSC 3.0 standard

The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has received 10 proposals from 19 organizations for the physical layer of the new ATSC 3.0 broadcast television standard.

:: 27/08/2013

Italy - Problematic DTT reception in parts of the country

Despite the transition to digital television, reception remains problematic in certain parts of the country.

:: 26/08/2013

Romania - SES Astra interest in digital switchover

The satellite platform operator SES Astra has stated its continued interest in participating in the digital switchover process in Romania.

:: 26/08/2013

Germany - DMAX to launch on DTT platform in Munich

The television programme service DMAX will launch on the DTT platform in Munich on 2 September.

:: 23/08/2013

Kyrgyzstan - Kyrgyztelecom spins off broadcast network

The communications operator Kyrgyztelecom has announced that it will spin off its broadcast network operation into a separate company.

:: 23/08/2013

Portugal - RTP seeks to provide two new services on DTT platform

The public service broadcaster RTP is seeking capacity on the DTT platform for two new television programme services.

:: 23/08/2013

Serbia - Avala TV frequencies to be used to launch DTT platform

Plans are underway to use the frequencies vacated by the broadcaster Avala TV for the launch of the DTT platform.

:: 22/08/2013

Thailand - DTT auction expected by end of the year

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is planning to issue its terms for the upcoming auction of DTT licenses by the end of the month.

:: 22/08/2013

United Kingdom - Comux launches its new brand Local TV

Comux, the local DTT platform operator, has officially launched the branding for its platform.

:: 21/08/2013

Afghanistan - ACG awarded DTT license

The Ministry of Communications & Information Technology (MCIT) has awarded a license to build and operate the DTT platform to ACG company.

:: 21/08/2013

Brazil - Government seeks to delay ASO until after 2015

The government has confirmed its plans for a gradual analogue switch-off process to take place between 2015 and 2018.

:: 21/08/2013

Poland - KRRiT confirms that TV TRWAM to join DTT platform

The National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) has confirmed that it has allocated a DTT broadcast license to Lux Veritatis Foundation.

:: 21/08/2013

Poland - UKE opens consultation on 800 MHz frequency auction

The communications regulator UKE has opened a public consultation on the planned auction of frequency licenses in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands.

:: 21/08/2013

Slovakia - Slovak Sport.TV 3 to launch on DTT platform

A new television programme service is set to launch on the DTT platform on 15 September.

:: 20/08/2013

Argentina - SECO issues national DTT specification

The Secretariat for Communications (SECOM) has formally adopted the ISDB-T standard for the DTT platform.

:: 20/08/2013

South Africa - Sentech prepares for launch of free-to-view satellite service

The broadcast network operator Sentech has announced its plans to launch a free-to-view satellite service as part of its digital migration plans.

:: 20/08/2013

Brazil - SET warns about LTE interference to DTT platform

The head of the Society of Television Engineering (SET), Olímpio Franco, has warned of the serious consequences that LTE services can cause to the DTT platform.

:: 20/08/2013

Venezuela - Government to distribute 400,000 DTT set-top boxes

The government has announced that it will distribute 400,000 DTT set-top boxes to households by the end of the year.

:: 19/08/2013

Nigeria - StarTimes announces 1 million pay-DTT subscribers

The equity structure of the pay-DTT service StarTimes is currently being reviewed by its two parntners.

:: 19/08/2013

South Africa - E-tv agrees terms to join DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster E-tv has signed a memorandum of understanding with the broadcast network operator Sentech for the carriage of its services on the DTT platform.

:: 17/08/2013

Sweden - PTS looks into Teracom's pricing policy for free-to-air HD/DTT services

The communications regulator PTS has send an inquiry to the broadcast network operator Teracom regarding its pricing policy for the public service broadcaster SVT.

:: 17/08/2013

Ireland - BAI commissions report on launching a commercial DTT platform

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is exploring the possibility to launch commercial television services on the DTT platform.

:: 16/08/2013

Serbia - ASO to be completed in 2014

According to the Deputy Prime Minister Rasim Ljajic, digital switchover should be completed by mid 2014. Initially, the process had been expected to be completed by June 2015.

:: 15/08/2013

Kenya - Satellite subscribers rely on terrestrial platform for local TV services

Confusion persists whether subscribers to the pay television platforms DStv and Zuku will be able to continue to access over-the-air television once analogue switch-off is completed.

:: 15/08/2013

Honduras - DTT license auction delayed until September

The communications regulator Conatel has announced that it will postpone the auction of licenses to operate services on the DTT platform.

:: 15/08/2013

Czech Republic - CTU invites candidates to apply to participate in 800 MHz band auction

The telecommunications regulator CTU has announced its plans for the auction of frequencies in the 800 MHz band.

:: 15/08/2013

Czech Republic - Launch of new HD/DTT services in Prague

A new regional DTT multiplex has launched in the region of Prague on 15 August. It is known as regional network 12.

:: 13/08/2013

Poland - KRRiT calls for 700 MHZ allocation to DTT platform

The National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) has issued its reponse to the public consultation by the communications regulator, UKE, on the use of the 700 MHz band.

:: 13/08/2013

Sweden - SVT to end 5.1 audio for SD services on DTT platform

The public service broadcaster SVT has decided to end its multichannel audio service on the DTT platform.

:: 13/08/2013

United States - ATSC seeks new input for its ATSC 3.0 standard

The ATSC has opened a Call for Proposals as part of the development of its ATSC 3.0 standard.

:: 13/08/2013

DTT dominant television reception platform in Europe

According to the latest E-Communications Household Survey issued by the European Union, DTT is the dominant means for accessing television services in Europe.

:: 13/08/2013

Spain - HbbTV services to launch on DTT platfrom

The broadcast network operator Abertis has announced the upcoming launch of HbbTV services on the DTT platform.

:: 13/08/2013

Azerbaijian - Commercial DTT platform to use DVB-T2 standard

The broadcast network operator Teleradio will begin the roll-out of the DTT platform using the DVB-T2 standard.

:: 12/08/2013

Bulgaria - Limited offer on DTT platform

According to the communications regulator CRC, only a limited number of services are currently available on the DTT platform.

:: 12/08/2013

Finland - DNA to offer HD/DTT services free-to-air in August

The pay-DTT service provider DNA has announced that it will make its HD services on the DTT platform available free-of-charge during the month of August.

:: 09/08/2013

United Kingdom - Ofcom opens consultation on spectrum sharing

The communications regulator Ofcom has opened a consultation on the future role of spectrum sharing in the United Kingdom.

:: 07/08/2013

United Kingdom - Digital UK decides to keep separate HD genre for DTT LCN

Digital UK has issued a statement following its consultation on the numbering of HD services on the DTT platform.

:: 07/08/2013

Italy - Mediaset given approval to use DVB-T standard on MUX 3

The Ministry for Economic Development has approved the request by the commercial broadcaster Mediaset to change the standard used for Multiplex 3.

:: 06/08/2013

Russia - DTT platform expands coverage

The DTT platform has been officially launched in the Republic of Mari El as well as in the region of Yaroslavl.

:: 06/08/2013

Kenya - Government announces ASO in Nairobi on 13 December

The government has announced the calendar for analogue switch-off with the process set to begin in Nairobi on 13 December.

:: 06/08/2013

Czech Republic - CR preparing for a transition to DVB-T2?

The broadcast network operator České Radiokomunikace (CR) has made a request to the communications regulator CTU to allow for technology neutrality in the transmission standards used on its DTT multiplexes.

:: 05/08/2013

Czech Republic - Three local DTT licenses allocated in South Bohemia

Three local DTT licenses have been allocated in South Bohemia.

:: 05/08/2013

France - CSA calls for continuation of government DSO support

In an opinion issued by the communications regulator CSA, it has called on the government to extend the duration of the digital switchover funding programme.

:: 02/08/2013

Czech Republic - Ocko Express to launch on DTT platform in Prague

The media group Mafra is planning to launch a new television programme service on the DTT platform.

:: 02/08/2013

Netherlands - Sport content from FOX available on pay-DTT platform

The pay-DTT platform operator KPN has signed an agreement with the broadcaster FOX to make its services available on the DTT platform.

:: 02/08/2013

Uganda - Temporary ASO in Kampala to allow for DTT launch

Analogue terrestrial television services will be switched off from the transmission site in Kololo on 4 August. The switch-off will impact the region of Kampala.

:: 01/08/2013

Italy - Agcom publishes DTT frequency plan

The communications regulator Agcom has issued a revised frequency plan for the national DTT platform.

:: 01/08/2013

Germany - New services launched on DTT platform in Munich

The broadcast network operator Media Broadcast has announced the launch of new television services on the DTT platform in Munich.

:: 01/08/2013

Portugal - DECO calls for improvements to DTT network

The consumer protection association, DECO, has claimed that 62% of households have had problems with their DTT reception. This is based on a DECO survey of 1714 households.

:: 01/08/2013

Spain - Marca TV exits the DTT platform

The television programme service Marca TV stopped broadcasting on the DTT platform on 31 July. Reasons for its closure include the uncertainties on the DTT platform as well as a lack of sufficient funding.

:: 01/08/2013

Italy - Launch of Eurosport on pay-DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster Mediaset has announced the availability of new television services from Eurosport on its pay-DTT platform Mediaset Premium.

:: 31/07/2013

Croatia - RTL allocated two licenses on national DTT platform

The Agency for Electronic Media (AEM) has announced the license allocations for the tender to provide television services on the DTT platform.

:: 31/07/2013

Slovakia - Coverage of MUX 2 and MUX 3 expanded

The broadcast network operator Towercom has announced that the coverage for multiplexes 2 and 3 has been increased following the installation of 5 new DTT gap fillers.

:: 31/07/2013

Venezuela - New service to launch on DTT platform

The government has announced the creation of a new television programme service, Sistema Bolivariano de Comunicación e Información (SiBCI), for the DTT platform.

:: 30/07/2013

Cote D'ivoire - ASO to be completed in June 2015

According to the head of the communications regulator HACA, Rene Bourgouin, digital switchover is set to be completed by June 2015.

:: 30/07/2013

Slovenia - Two local DTT licenses allocated

The communications regulator APEK has announced the allocation of two regional DTT licenses.

:: 30/07/2013

Botswana - DTT platform launched using ISDB-T

The DTT platform has officially launched in Botswana and is available in 85% of the country.

:: 30/07/2013

Australia - ASO completed in region of Darwin

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the region of Darwin on 30 July. This is the 12th region in the country to complete analogue switch-off.

:: 30/07/2013

Belarus - No HD services planned for DTT platform

The head of the broadcast networking company Belarusian Broadcasting Centre has announced that high-definition services will not be launched on the first DTT multiplex.

:: 30/07/2013

United Kingdom - 800 MHz band cleared for mobile broadband services on 31 July

Digital UK has announced that all DTT services located in the 800 MHz band will be cleared on 31 July. This is five months earlier than initially planned.

:: 29/07/2013

Russia - MUX 2 license allocation to be announced by end of September

Roskomnadzor is expected to announce by the end of September the allocation of the license to provide a television programme service on the second DTT multiplex.

:: 29/07/2013

United Kingdom - Arqiva to provide support for local DTT network

The broadcast network operator Arqiva has been selected to provide transmission services for the local DTT platform.

:: 26/07/2013

Belarus - ASO to begin on 1 August

Analogue switch-off is set to take place in the region of Osipovichi on 1 August.

:: 26/07/2013

Hungary - First phase of ASO ready for 31 July

The DTT platform operator Antenna Hungaria has announced plans to extend DTT coverage to 25 new transmission sites by the end of the year.

:: 26/07/2013

United Kingdom - Ofcom opens consultation on VHF and UHF planning tools

The communications regulator Ofcom has opened a consultation on its plans for the procurement of models and tools for spectrum planning in the VHF and UHF bands.

:: 25/07/2013

Italy - DTT freqeuncy license auction delayed until end of year

According to the deputy minister of economic development, Antonio Catricalŕ, the upcoming auction of DTT frequency licenses is expected to be delayed until the end of the year.

:: 25/07/2013

France - Amendment to allow CSA to authorize changes to DTT business models

As part of its proposed reform of the current audiovisual legislative framework, the government has introduced an amendment that would allow the broadcast regulator CSA to change the business model of broadcast services on the DTT platform.

:: 25/07/2013

Czech Republic - CRa to undertake 4K Ultra HD DTT trial

The broadcast network operator Ceske Radiokomunikace (CRa) has announced that it will undertake a trial of 4K Ultra HDTV services from its transmission site at Zizkov near Prague.

:: 24/07/2013

Mexico - Tender for new DTT services expected in 2014

The Secretary for Communications and Transportation (SCT) has announced that it expects to open a tender for two licenses for broadcast services on the DTT platform in February 2014.

:: 24/07/2013

DVB to broadcast 4K Ultra HD and DVB-T2 Lite from single multiplex

The DVB Project has announced that it will use its DVB-T2 standard to deliver broadcast services to various types of screens on its stand at IBC 2013.

:: 24/07/2013

United Kingdom - No AIP charges on DTT platform before 2020

The communications regulator Ofcom has confirmed that it will not introduce Administered Incentive Pricing (AIP) charges for spectrum used on the DTT platform.

:: 24/07/2013

553 million DTT homes worldwide by 2018

According to new report by Digital TV Research, 553 million homes around the world will access the DTT platform by 2018.

:: 24/07/2013

France - TDF to undertake white space trial in Metz

The broadcast regulator TDF has given its approval for a trial of white space devices in the UHF band.

:: 23/07/2013

Peru - ASO to take place earlier than officially announced

The government has announced that it expects to complete analogue switch-off earlier than previously announced.

:: 23/07/2013

EC provides update on status of 800 MHz usage in Europe

The European Commission has granted 9 requests from member-states to postpone the launch of wireless broadband services in the 800 MHz band.

:: 22/07/2013

Mexico - 205,000 households in Tijuana receive DSO support

According to the Secretary for Communications and Transportation (SCT) and the communications regulator COFETEL, over 205,000 households in Tijuana received support with digital switchover.

:: 22/07/2013

Croatia - EvoTV offers cardless access to pay-DTT platform

The pay-DTT platoform evoTV will now offer subscribers a new solution to access services.

:: 22/07/2013

Poland - ASO completed

Analogue switch-off has been completed in Poland. The last regions have now switched off their analogue terrestrial television services.

:: 22/07/2013

Australia - HbbTV services expected to launch on DTT platform in 2014

Discussions are underway to launch hybrid broadcast and broadband services on the DTT platform using the HbbTV standard.

:: 21/07/2013

Cote D'ivoire - Delays to DSO anticipated

According to Ibrahim Sy Savané, head of the broadcast regulatory agency Haute Autorité de la Communication Audiovisuelle (HACA), the Ivory Coast lags behind in its progress towards digital switchover compared to neighbouring countries.

:: 17/07/2013

United Kingdom - Frequency changes in July affecting DTT platform in Scotland

Digital UK has announced that frequency changes to the DTT platform will take place in parts of Scotland at the end of the month.

:: 17/07/2013

Colombia - DTT launch expected in Q2 2014

The public service broadcaster RTVC has awarded the manufacturer Rohde & Schwarz a contract to build the first phase of its DTT network.

:: 17/07/2013

Bulgaria - EC approves DTT help scheme for low-income households

The Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications (MTITC) has announced that the European Commission (EC) has approved its plan to assist low-income households as part of digital switchover.

:: 16/07/2013

United Kingdom - Grimsby to launch first local DTT services in November 2013

The multiplex operator of local DTT services, Comux, has given an update on its network deployment since it received Ł25 million in funding from the public service broadcaster BBC.

:: 16/07/2013

United Kingdom - BBC to launch five television services in High-Definition

The public service broadcaster BBC has announced the launch of five free-to-air television services in high-definition.

:: 16/07/2013

United Kingdom - Ofcom grants 600 MHz band frequencies to DTT platform

The communications regulator Ofcom has announced that it will award the 600 MHz (from 550 MHz - 606 MHz) band to the broadcast network operator Arqiva on an interim basis.

:: 16/07/2013

Nigeria - NBC to begin DTT trial

The public service broadcaster Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) is planning to review bids from potential broadcast network operators next month.

:: 15/07/2013

Germany - Regulator calls for 700 MHz band allocation to mobile broadband

The Federal communications regulator BNetzA has opened a consultation on its strategy for mobile broadband services after 2016.

:: 15/07/2013

Uruguay - New media groups apply for DTT licenses

The selection process for licenses on the DTT platform is underway. Broadcasters are currently in the process of presenting their projects to the Unidad Reguladora de los Servicios en Comunicaciones (Ursec).

:: 15/07/2013

France - France 24 to join DTT platform in Paris

The international continuous news service France 24 is expected to join the free-to-air DTT platform in the region of Paris.

:: 13/07/2013

France - TDF calls on government to wait until 2020 before 700 MHz transfer

The broadcast network operator TDF, together with its broadcasting partners, is calling on the government to precede with caution in its plans to transfer the use of the 700 MHz band from the DTT platform to telecom operators.

:: 12/07/2013

Mexico - Cofetel delays second phase of analogue switch-off

The communications regulator Cofetel has announced new dates for analogue switch-off during the second phase of the process.

:: 12/07/2013

Kenya - GOtv increases DTT coverage

The pay-DTT service provider GOtv has extended its coverage to the town of Malindi.

:: 11/07/2013

Costa Rica - Controller General's Office critical of delays to DTT process

The Controller General's Office has issued a report criticizing regulators for failing to put the proper framework in place to allow for digital switchover.

:: 11/07/2013

Russia - MIR allocated DTT license

The television programme service MIR has been issued a license to broadcast on the DTT platform.

:: 11/07/2013

Uganda - UCC declares DVB-T receivers valid until 2015

The Uganda Consumer Protection Association (UCPA) has called on the pay operator StarTimes to recall its DVB-T receivers.

:: 11/07/2013

Germany - Sat.1 Gold to launch on DTT platform in Munich

The media regulator BLM has issued a DTT license to the media group ProSiebenSat.1 for its service Sat.1 Gold.

:: 11/07/2013

United Kingdom - Service slots available in local DTT multiplex

Canis Media, on behalf of the local multplex operator Comux UK, has announced the availability of two service slots from its local DTT multiplex.

:: 11/07/2013

United Kingdom - Service slots available in local DTT multiplex

Canis Media, on behalf of the local multplex operator Comux UK, has announced the availability of two service slots from its local DTT multiplex.

:: 10/07/2013

Paraguay - ASO postponed until 2024

The government has announced that digital switchover will be completed in 2024 which is two years later than had previously been announced.

:: 10/07/2013

Czech Republic - CT launches HbbTV service on DTT platform

The public service broadcaster Czech Television has launched a new interactive service on the DTT platform using the HbbTV standard.

:: 10/07/2013

Lithuania - RRT issues rules for auction of 800 MHz band

The Communications Regulatory Authority (RRT) has announced that the auction for licenses to operate telecom services in the 800 MHz band will begin on 8 August.

:: 10/07/2013

Nigeria - 1.3 million StarTimes pay-DTT subscribers

In the three years since the launch of its pay-DTT service, StarTimes has acquired 1.3 million subscribers. It is the only pay television provider in Nigeria with more than 1 million subscribers.

:: 09/07/2013

Austria - T-Mobile to sell SimpliTV in its stores

The telecom operator T-Mobile has announced that it will sell subscriptions to the pay-DTT platform SimpliTV in its stores as of September.

:: 09/07/2013

Malta - Premier League matches available on pay-DTT platform

The pay-DTT platform operator GO has secured the rights for the Premier League football championship. It will offer 380 matches per year for the seasons running from 2013/14 until 2015/16.

:: 08/07/2013

Russia - SPAS expected to join MUX 2

The religious television programme service SPAS is expected to be allocated a license to broadcast on the DTT platform.

:: 08/07/2013

Spain - Revenue for pay operators exceeds revenue for DTT platform

According to a report published by the communications regulator CMT, pay revenue exceeded those of commercial free-to-air broadcasters on the DTT platform in 2012.

:: 05/07/2013

Mexico - DTT tuner mandation as of 1 October

The Secretary for the Economy, together with the communications regulator Cofetel, have officially adopted the specification NOM-192 for the DTT platform in Mexico.

:: 05/07/2013

Poland - KRRiT awards two licenses for DTT platform

The National Council of Radio Television (KKRiT) has allocated two television programme licenses on the DTT platform.

:: 05/07/2013

Portugal - Anacom issues report on DTT reception problems for Q2 2013

The communications regulator Anacom has issued a report on reception problems for the DTT platform during the second quarter of 2013.

:: 05/07/2013

United Kingdom - Arqiva and BBC agreement for temporary services on MUX C

The communications regulator Ofcom has given its approval for the public service broadcaster BBC to make temporary use of capacity on Multiplex C.

:: 04/07/2013

Russia - DTT services available in 70% of Nizhny Novgorod region

The roll-out of DTT services in the region of Nizhny Novgorod is underway.

:: 04/07/2013

Hungary - Two-thirds of eligible households have received DSO support

On 31 July, the first phase of analogue switch-off will take place affecting 14 counties in the central part of the country.

:: 04/07/2013

United Kingdom - 90% of vieweres believe in importance of free-to-air television

According to research from YouGov Plc, 90% of viewers believe that the main television services on the DTT platform should remain available free-of-charge.

:: 04/07/2013

Croatia - Seven candidates for DTT service licenses

The Agency for Electronic Media (AEM) has announced that it has received seven bids to operate television services on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 03/07/2013

Honduras - Conatel prepares for DTT frequency license auction

The National Commission for Communications (Conatel) has announced its plans to auction frequency licenses for the DTT platform.

:: 03/07/2013

United Kingdom - BBC provides 3D/DTT trial services during Wimbledon

The public service broadcaster BBC has announced that it will make available certain Wimbledon Championship matches in 3D.

:: 03/07/2013

Azerbaijian - Peyk produces first thousand DTT receivers

The local production of DVB-T set-top boxes has begun. The first thousand set-top boxes are now available for sale.

:: 02/07/2013

France - Government opens consultation on future of DTT platform

The Ministry of Communication's Direction générale des médias et des industries culturelles (DGMIC) has opened a consultation on the future of the DTT platform.

:: 02/07/2013

Nigeria - GOtv expands coverage to Kaduna

The pay-DTT service provider GOtv has announced that its service is now available in the region of Kaduna.

:: 01/07/2013

Estonia - EMT awarded license for 800 MHz band

The telecom operator Eesti Mobiiltelefon (EMT) has reached a coverage of 95% of the country for its 4G network.

:: 01/07/2013

Slovakia - JOJ granted additional DTT license

The media group JOJ has received a fourth license to provide services on the DTT platform from the Council for Broadcasting.

:: 01/07/2013

Hungary - Preparations underway for ASO at end of July

The DTT platform operator Antenna Hungary has announced that it is ready for the first phase of analogue switch-off set to take place on 31 July.

:: 30/06/2013

Czech Republic - TiP TV trial on MUX 3 comes to an end

The Czech Digital Group which operates Multiplex 3 has announced the completion of its TiP trial. The trial officially ended on 30 June.

:: 28/06/2013

Portugal - Competition Authority calls for more services on DTT platform

The Competition Authority has issued a report on the country's DTT market.

:: 28/06/2013

Slovakia - STV makes Tour de France available in HD/DTT

The public service broadcaster STV has announced that it will trial high-definition services on the DTT platform.

:: 28/06/2013

Azerbaijian - ASO in Baku by end of 2013

The broadcast network operator Teleradio has announced plans to begin analogue switch-off this year.

:: 27/06/2013

Digital TV Labs tests DTT receivers for LTE interference

Digital TV Labs has announced the launch of a new service that allows for the testing of DTT receivers to determine their susceptibility to interference from 4G LTE mobile services.

:: 27/06/2013

Kenya calls for East African DSO alignment

At an East African Communication Organisation (EACO) meeting, the representative from Kenya called on members to align their digital switchover plans.

:: 27/06/2013

Kenya - Pay operator GOtv offers free-to-air DTT bouquet

The pay-DTT platform operator has announced the availability of a free-to-air bouquet available from its network.

:: 27/06/2013

Russia - FAS blocks contract for MUX 2

The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has blocked the recent contract awarded to TD Communications Engineering by the broadcast network operator RTRS.

:: 26/06/2013

France - DVB-T2 trial to be available in public transportation

The broadcast regulator CSA has modified the licensing conditions for a DVB-T2 trial currently underway in the northwestern region of Rennes.

:: 26/06/2013

East African broadcaster fear further DSO delays in region

The East African Assembly of Broadcasting Operators has expressed concern that countries in the region will not be able to complete analogue switch-off according to their planned deadlines.

:: 25/06/2013

Jordan - Tender opened for 4G licenses in 800 MHz band

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) has announced the tender of licenses in several frequency bands for the provision of mobile broadband (4G) services.

:: 25/06/2013

Australia - ASO completed in Regional and Remote Western Australia

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the region of Western Australia which included remote parts of the country. Switch-off took place on 25 June.

:: 24/06/2013

Poland - Cyfrowy Polsat makes DVB-T services available unencrypted

The media group Cyfrowy Polsat is unencrypting 8 television programme services for viewers using their proprietary DVB-T set-top boxes.

:: 24/06/2013

Sierra Leone - StarTimes to build DTT platform

The Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) has formed a partnership with the media group StarTimes to help it convert to digital.

:: 22/06/2013

Kenya - Cofek to lead DSO steering committee

The government and the Consumer Federation of Kenya (Cofek) have signed an agreement that will facilitate digital switchover.

:: 22/06/2013

France - 700 MHz allocation to telecom services confirmed by government

The President's decision to allocate the 700 MHz band to telecom services has been confirmed and approved by the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Finance.

:: 21/06/2013

United States - Number of DTT-only households increases to 22 million

According to GfK Media & Entertainment, the number of households relying on the DTT platform for their primary television services increased by 6 million in 2012.

:: 20/06/2013

Germany - Sixx offers HbbTV services

The television programme service sixx will offer an interactive television platform using the HbbTV standard.

:: 19/06/2013

Kenya - CCK to increase broadcast frequency charges

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has announced that it will apply a new methodology for pricing broadcast frequencies.

:: 19/06/2013

Montenegro - Installation of DTT transmission equipment begins

The installation of DTT transmission equipment is proceeding according to plan. It began last May.

:: 19/06/2013

Croatia - New national DTT service to be allocated

The Agency for Electronic Communications has announced the closure of the tender for a new national television programme service.

:: 19/06/2013

Spain - EC declares DTT platform subsidy illegal

The European Commission (EC) has declared illegal the aid given to DTT platform operators to extend the DTT coverage area in remote parts of the country.

:: 19/06/2013

United Kingdom - Ofcom opens tender for local DTT licenses

The communications regulator Ofcom is inviting broadcasters to tender for 7 local DTT licenses. Applications must be submitted by 11 September.

:: 17/06/2013

Romania - Government approves DSO plan

The government has approved the strategy for digital switchover. The process is set to be completed by 17 June 2015.

:: 17/06/2013

New global organisation to promote white space technology

A new global organization has been launched with the aim of promoting the efficient use of spectrum. Specifically, it seeks to promote regulatory policies to allow for the introduction of wireless technologies in so-called white spaces.

:: 15/06/2013

Brazil - ASO to begin in 2015

The Minister for Communications, Paulo Bernardo, has confirmed that analogue switch-off will take place by 2015 in the major urban centers.

:: 14/06/2013

Mexico - Government panel discusses ASO difficulties in Tijuana

At a government hearing, the communications regulator Cofetel presented the status of digital switchover in Tijuana and the reasons for the difficulties encountered.

:: 14/06/2013

Czech Republic - Plans for a pay-DTT trial announced

The broadcast network operator České Radiokomunikace (ČRa) has announced that it will trial pay-DTT and HbbTV services this Autumn.

:: 14/06/2013

United States - Government to report on spectrum usage

The President has issued a memorandum calling on government agencies to report on their use of spectrum.

:: 13/06/2013

RSPG issues opinion on 700 MHz band

The Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) has issued its spectrum roadmap for wireless broadband and opened its consultation on Licensed Shared Access (LSA).

:: 13/06/2013

Tanzania - MTG to offer free-to-air service on DTT platform

The media group MTG has announced that it will launch a television programme service on the free-to-air DTT platform in Tanzania.

:: 12/06/2013

Ethiopia - Amara TV to offer HD/DTT

The DTT platform in Ethiopia will offer free-to-air high-definition services.

:: 12/06/2013

Latvia - New service on DTT platform in honor of Song Festival

The DTT service provider Lattelecon together with the public service broadcaster Latvian Television have announced the launch of a new television programme service.

:: 11/06/2013

Poland - Cyfrowy Polsat offers pay-DTT promotion

The pay operator Cyfrowy Polsat has announced a promotion of its pay DTT service.

:: 11/06/2013

Hong Kong - Broadcasters call for DTT license allocation to all applicants

Three commercial broadcasters have called on the Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) to issue DTT licenses to all applicants.

:: 11/06/2013

Australia - ACMA limits frequency usage by wireless microphones

The communications regulator ACMA has announced changes to the Radiocommunications Class License 2000 which affect the frequencies that wireless audio transmitters (microphones) can use.

:: 10/06/2013

Zambia - Broadcasters reject government's proposed DSO plan

A group of 11 commercial broadcasters have addressed a letter to the Ministry of Information rejecting its proposed digital migration plan.

:: 10/06/2013

Nigeria - GOtv expands DTT platform to Owerri

The pay-DTT platform GOtv has expanded its coverage. It is now available in Owerri, capital city of Imo State.

:: 10/06/2013

Malawi - Huawei to supply DTT network equipment

Media organisations are reporting that the government has selected Huawei Technologies to provide equipment for the DTT network.

:: 10/06/2013

Poland - 6th phase of ASO to take place on 17 June

The sixth stage of analogue switch-off is set to take place on 17 June and impact 782 municipalities.

:: 09/06/2013

Macedonia (fyr) - Frequency changes to DTT platform from 10 June - 1 September

The DTT platform operator One has announced that it will begin making changes to the frequencies used by the platform in accordance with the requirements of the Agency for Electronic Communications.

:: 06/06/2013

Mexico - Number of services available on DTT platform continues to increase

According to a report issued by the telecommunications regulator Cofetel, 146 broadcasters have launched their services on the DTT platform.

:: 06/06/2013

Guatemala - Goverment adopts ISDB-T standard

The government has officially decided to adopt the ISDB-T standard for its DTT platform. It will adopt the same version of the standard as used in Brazil.

:: 06/06/2013

Kenya - Further DTT operator license to be made available

The government has announced that it will make available a third license available for the operation of a DTT platform. Priority for the allocation of the license will be given to local broadcasters.

:: 06/06/2013

France - Population coverage of multiplexes R7 and R8 to increase on 11 June

The coverage of the multiplexes R7 and R8 will be increased to reach 47% of the population on 11 June. Currently, these multiplexes are only available to 40% of the population.

:: 06/06/2013

United Kingdom - at800 estimates less than 1% of primary DTT homes to suffer LTE interference

According to at800, no more than 90,000 households that rely on the DTT platform for their primary television services will face interference to their television services following the launch of mobile telecom services in the 800 MHz band.

:: 05/06/2013

Belgium - BIPT issues 800 MHz auction timetable

The communications regulator BIPT has announced its timetable for the auction of licenses in the 800 MHz band.

:: 05/06/2013

New Zealand - Going Digital urges residents to act on available DSO programmes

Residents in the South Island can continue to benefit from digital switchover subsidies available despite having completed analogue switch-off at the end of April.

:: 05/06/2013

Malaysia - Three shortlisted for DTT platform license

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has received detailed business plans from the shortlist candidates tendering for the license to operate the DTT platform.

:: 05/06/2013

Kenya - StarTimes to offer free-to-air set-top boxes

The pay-DTT platform operator StarTimes has unveiled its DTT set-top box for the free-to-air platform. The set-top box will allow viewers to access pay-DTT services without needing a new receiver.

:: 05/06/2013

Serbia - EU criticises slow pace of switchover

The European Union (EU), through its representative in Serbia has criticized the country for its delay in completing digital switchover.

:: 05/06/2013

United Kingdom - Top Up TV to no longer offer premium sporting content

The pay-DTT service provider Top Up TV will no longer offer its subscribers sports content. This follows the failure of Top Up TV and BT vision to reach an agreement to offer BT's sports services on the DTT platform.

:: 04/06/2013

Canada - Government delays 700 MHz band auction

The Ministry of Industry has announced that it will delay its planned auction of frequencies in the 700 MHz band.

:: 04/06/2013

Chile - Senate approved DTT legislation

The Senate has approved the legislative framework allowing for the launch of the DTT platform. This follows 4 years of political negotiations.

:: 04/06/2013

Norway - RiksTV cleared of copyright infringement claim

The pay-DTT service provider, RiksTV, will not need to pay copyright for the services transmitted on its platform. This is the decision made by the Oslo district court following litigation brought forward by Norwaco.

:: 04/06/2013

Macedonia (fyr) - ASO completed on 1 June

Analogue switch-off was completed as planned on 1 June. All analogue terrestrial services were switched off on a single day.

:: 03/06/2013

United States - Dispute begins on rules for spectrum incentive auction

The rules for the upcoming auction of frequencies in the 600 MHz band are the source of new political dispute.

:: 03/06/2013

Finland - Successful negotiation on frequency sharing with Russia

The communications regulator Ficora has announced the successful negotiation of shared frequency usage with Russia.

:: 03/06/2013

India - Mobile TV services using DVB-T2 to launch by end of year

The public service broadcaster Prasar Bharati has announced plans to roll-out mobile television services using the DVB-T2 standard.

:: 31/05/2013

Portugal - Number of services on DTT platform should be increased

The regulator for Social Communications, ERC, has recommended that the number of television programme services on the DTT platform should be increased.

:: 31/05/2013

Mexico - ASO delayed in Tijuana

The Comisión Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Cofetel) has announced that analogue switch-off will be delayed in the city of Tijuana until 18 July.

:: 30/05/2013

Slovenia - MUX A to switch to MPEG-4 AVC

The communications regulator APEK has announced that it will change the video compression standard using in Multiplex A. This multiplex has been allocated RTV SLO for the provision of its television services on the DTT platform.

:: 29/05/2013

France - CSA proposes changes to broadcast regulation

The broadcast regulator CSA is calling for changes to current broadcast legislation. These changes would allow it to decide whether broadcast services can change their business model and give it more power in the management of frequencies.

:: 29/05/2013

Tanzania - DTT coverage set for expansion

Basics Transmissions Limited (BTL), one of the three DTT platform operators, has increased the coverage of its DTT network.

:: 29/05/2013

Slovenia - MUX C to launch in October

The public service broadcaster, RTV SLO, is preparing to launch a second DTT multiplex, MUX C in mid October.

:: 29/05/2013

Malaysia - Second phase of tender process for DTT platform operator license

Three contenders remain on the shortlist to acquire a license to build and operate the DTT platform.

:: 29/05/2013

Hungary - 100,000 subscribers to pay-DTT platform

The DTT platform operator Antena Hungaria has announced that it now operates the fifth largest pay television platform in Hungary.

:: 28/05/2013

Greece - EETT opens consultation on licensing DTT networks

The National Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT) has opened a consultation on the licensing of the DTT platform.

:: 28/05/2013

France - Broadcasters criticize Presidential allocation of 700 MHz band

The commercial broadcasters BFM TV, RMC Découverte, NRJ 12, Chérie 25 and Numéro 23 have issued a joint press release criticizing the recent presidential decision to allocate the 700 MHZ band to telecom operators.

:: 28/05/2013

Latvia - Lattelecom only bidder for DTT license

The current holder of the license to operate the DTT platform, Lattelecom, has applied for the license to operate the platform as of 2014.

:: 28/05/2013

Macedonia (fyr) - Government confirms that ready for ASO

In a joint press conference, the DTT platform operator One and government officials confirmed preparedness for the upcoming switch-off of analogue terrestrial television services and the launch of the DTT platform.

:: 28/05/2013

France - CSA extends DVB-T2 trial license

The broadcast regulator CSA has approved the extension of the DVB-T2 trial currently underway in the northern city of Rennes.

:: 28/05/2013

United Kingdom - Arqiva launches hybrid DTT service

The broadcast network operator Arqiva has announced the launch of Connect TV for the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 28/05/2013

Australia - ASO completed in Brisbane

The region of Brisbane has become the tenth region in Australia to complete digital switchover. This region also includes the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.

:: 27/05/2013

Germany - sixx launches on DTT platform in Munich and Nuremberg

The broadcast network operator Media Broadcast has announced the launch of a new television programme service on the DTT platform in Nuremberg and Munich.

:: 27/05/2013

Cuba - DTMB trial to begin in June in La Havana

The government has announced that DTT trials will begin in June in the capital city La Havana.

:: 24/05/2013

Spain - Up to 17 National DTT licenses may have been allocated illegally

Up to 17 television programme services on the DTT platform could be affected by the recent Sumpreme Court decision declaring their allocation to be illegal.

:: 24/05/2013

Jamaica - Auction for 700 MHz band delayed

The government has delayed the planned auction of frequency licenses in the 700 MHz band due to a lack of interest. The auction was expected to take place on 22 May.

:: 24/05/2013

Belgium - New website on digital television lauched

The communications regulator for the French-speaking community, CSA, has announced the launch of a new information portal about digital broadcasting

:: 23/05/2013

Macedonia (fyr) - 40,000 DTT receivers available to low-income households

The government has announced that it will make 40,000 DTT set-top boxes available to qualifying households.

:: 22/05/2013

United Kingdom - DTT receiver re-tune necessary in East Midlands, Dorset and Oxfordshire

Digital UK has announced that it will be necessary for households in a number of regions to re-tune their DTT receivers.

:: 22/05/2013

Vietnam - Government considers subsidizing receivers for low-income families

The Ministry of Information and Communication is currently considering measures to take to ensure that all viewers have access to a DTT receiver.

:: 22/05/2013

France - Subsidy extended for households outside DTT coverage area

The government has announced the extension of its aid programme to households outside of the DTT coverage area.

:: 22/05/2013

Macedonia (fyr) - Promotional offer for pay-DTT subscribers

In an effort to help with digital switchover, the DTT platform operator is reducing the subscription fees of its pay-DTT service.

:: 22/05/2013

Thailand - DTT license auction delayed until September or October

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has announced that it will delay the auction of licenses for television services on the DTT platform.

:: 22/05/2013

United Kingdom - at800 to conduct LTE interference trial in York

at800 has announced that it will conduct a test of potential interference of wireless telecom (LTE) services to the DTT platform.

:: 21/05/2013

United States - NAB and telecom operators agree in criticism of FCC proposals

The association of broadcasters, NAB, and the leading telecom operators Verizon and AT&T have posted a joint blog critical of the communication regulator's consultation on the upcoming incentive auctions.

:: 21/05/2013

Kenya - No more frequencies available for DTT platform

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has announced that there is not sufficient frequency capacity for a third DTT platform operator.

:: 21/05/2013

Uganda - Content obligations for broadcasters on DTT platform

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has issued a directive requiring a certain amount of local content on the terrestrial television platform.

:: 21/05/2013

Zambia - Cabinet to discuss digital migration policy

Despite earlier reports to the contrary, the government has not yet approved the country's digital migration policy. The policy requires approval before it can be implemented.

:: 20/05/2013

Portugal - Anacom confirms changes to DTT network

The communications regulator Anacom has confirmed the revised network structure for the DTT platform.

:: 20/05/2013

Poland - Fifth stage of ASO completed

The fifth stage of analogue switch-off is set to be completed on 20 May. It will affect 12 million viewers.

:: 19/05/2013

Uruguay - Government considers receiver subsidies for low-income households

Government is currently considering options on how to ensure that viewers have the necessary receivers to access the DTT platform. Subsidies may be made available to the poorest households.

:: 17/05/2013

Mexico - ASO delayed in five cities along the US border

The communications regulator Cofetel has announced a delay to the planned switch-off of analogue services in Baja California.

:: 17/05/2013

New Zealand - Launch of new sport service on DTT platform

A new television programme service, Sommet Sports, has launched on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 17/05/2013

France - President agrees to allocate 700 MHz band to telecom services

The President has unilaterally decided to allocate the 700 MHz band to telecommunication services. Currently, these frequencies are allocated to the DTT platform.

:: 16/05/2013

Netherlands - Tele2 to offer DVB-T to its subscribers

The telecom operator Tele2 has announced plans to launch a triple-play offering that will make use of the DTT platform.

:: 16/05/2013

Chile - Senate limits foreign investment in DTT market

As part of its debate on the regulation of the communications industry, the Senate has approved legislation that limits foreign investment in the DTT market.

:: 15/05/2013

New Zealand - Government opens consultation on 700 MHz band auction format

The government has opened a consultation on the rules governing the auction of licenses to operate teleom services in the 700 MHz band.

:: 15/05/2013

Mexico - National DTT specification under development

The communications regulator Cofetel is working together with the Secretary of the Economy to develop a national DTT specification.

:: 15/05/2013

Thailand - NBTC announces DTT auction regulation

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has approved the draft regulation for the upcoming DTT license auction.

:: 15/05/2013

Thailand - True to bid for DTT licenses

The leading telecom operator, True Corporation, has announced plans to bid for three DTT licenses.

:: 15/05/2013

Venezuela - Argentina to support DTT rollout

An agreement has been signed between the governments of Argentina and Venezuela allowing for the roll out of The DTT platform.

:: 15/05/2013

United Kingdom - at800 claims no DTT interference in London trial

at800 has issued the results of its trial of LTE services operating in the 800 MHz band in south east and west London.

:: 14/05/2013

Tanzania - France 24 joins DTT platform

The continuous news service France 24 is now available on the DTT platform.

:: 14/05/2013

Costa Rica - DTT platform set to officially launch in July

According to the vice-minister of Telecommunications, the DTT platform is set to launch in July. The platform uses the ISDB-T standard.

:: 14/05/2013

Macedonia (fyr) - Network operator reduces transmission fees

The DTT platform operator One has agreed to reduce its fees for the transmission of services on its network.

:: 14/05/2013

Thailand - Samart Group to enter the DTT market

The Samart Group has announced plans to enter the DTT market by bidding for two DTT licenses.

:: 13/05/2013

Italy - 700,000 filters needed to protect DTT reception

According to the Fondazione Ugo Bordoni (FUB), it will be necessary to install 700,000 filters to help those households whose DTT reception is impacted by the launch of mobile telecom services in the 800 MHz band.

:: 13/05/2013

Italy - DVB-T2 Lite trial in Valle d'Aoste

The public service broadcaster RAI has begun a test transmission of the DVB-T2 Lite standard.

:: 13/05/2013

Australia - Frequency usage by PMSE devices

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has announced changes to the frequencies that can be used by wireless audio transmitters such as wireless microphones.

:: 10/05/2013

Argentina - Government calls for tuner mandation

The government is currently in the process of preparing an Executive Order requiring all television sets sold to include a digital tuner.

:: 10/05/2013

Zambia - Government's DTT network contract not yet finalized

Despite earlier media reports to the contrary, the government has not awarded a contract for the DTT platform.

:: 09/05/2013

Ecuador - Ecuavisa launches HD/DTT service

The broadcaster Ecuavisa has launched a high-definition television service, Ecuavisa HD, on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 09/05/2013

Turkey - Minimum DTT receiver requirement specification published

The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) and the Turkish Standards Institution (TSE) have issued the minimum requirements for DTT receivers.

:: 09/05/2013

Spain - Ministry approves new frequency plan

The Ministry of Industry has approved a new plan for the allocation of frequencies which includes the so-called digital dividend.

:: 09/05/2013

Germany - ORS ready to enter German market

The Austrian broadcast network operator ORS is prepared to enter the German market.

:: 09/05/2013

Tanzania - "White space" trial begins

A trial of wireless broadband services using the so-called "white spaces" between television broadcast services has been launched in The capital city Dar es Salaam.

:: 08/05/2013

Brazil - Warning of LTE interference following presentation of ITU report

The Brazilian Association of Broadcasters, ABERT, has warned of interference to DTT reception as a result of the introduction of mobile telecom services in the 700 MHz band.

:: 08/05/2013

Commission outlines spectrum inventory mechanism

The European Commission has outlined how it will conduct a radio-frequency spectrum inventory in the frequency range 400 MHz to 6 GHz.

:: 08/05/2013

Bulgaria - DTT license awarded to Bulsatcom

The communications regulator, CRC, has awarded a license to Bulsatcom for the operation of the seventh DTT multiplex.

:: 08/05/2013

EBU response to RSPG consultation on wireless telecom services spectrum demands

In its response to the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) consultation on spectrum demands for wireless broadband services, the EBU has called for the availability of sufficient spectrum for vibrant and innovative DTT platform.

:: 08/05/2013

United Kingdom - DTT frequency changes in parts of Wales and Devon

Digital UK has announced that some of the frequencies used by the DTT platform in parts of south and central Wales will be changed.

:: 08/05/2013

United Kingdom - Consultation opened on LCN for HD services on DTT platform

Digital UK has opened a consultation on the allocation of Logic Channel Numbering (LCN) for high-definition services on the DTT platform.

:: 07/05/2013

Italy - Mediaset prepares launch of new service on DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster Mediaset has launched a new television programme service on the DTT platform.

:: 07/05/2013

Australia - Auction completed for licenses in 700 MHz band

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has announced the results of its auction for frequencies in the so-called digital dividend frequencies.

:: 06/05/2013

Spain - CMT continues regulation of DTT transmission network

The Commission regulating the telecommunications market (CMT) has called for the continued regulation of the DTT platform.

:: 06/05/2013

Lithuania - Frequency changes on the DTT platform

The frequencies used by the DTT platform will be changed in parts of the country in May and June. This is the second phase of a process that began last February.

:: 03/05/2013

Hungary - New app to access DTT services

The DTT platform operator Antenna Hungaria has announced the launch of a new app that will allow viewers to access services on the DTT platform.

:: 03/05/2013

Italy - Up to 7 million household could face LTE interference with DTT reception

The association of local broadcasters, Aeranti-Corallo has expressed its concern with interference to DTT reception caused by telecom services operating in the 800 MHz band.

:: 02/05/2013

Germany - sixx to launch on DTT platform in Bavaria

The media authority for Bavaria has allocated a broadcast license to the media group ProSieben.Sat for a service on the DTT platform.

:: 02/05/2013

United Kingdom - New television service to launch on Freeview

The broadcaster UKTV has announced that it will launch a new service on the free-to-air DTT platform on 8 July.

:: 01/05/2013

Austria - Regulator calls for transition to DVB-T2

The communications regulator KommAustia has issued its strategic plan for the DTT platform.

:: 01/05/2013

Macedonia (fyr) - ASO confirmed for 1 June

The head of the Broadcasting Council, Zoran Trajcevski, has confirmed that analogue switch-off will take place as planned on 1 June.

:: 01/05/2013

United Kingdom - Frequency changes to DTT platform in Scarborough, Salisbury

Viewers in Scarborough, the Isle of Wight and Salisbury will need to retune their DTT receivers.

:: 01/05/2013

Netherlands - Price increase for Digitenne service

The pay-DTT platform operator, KPN, has announces an increase in subscription fees.

:: 01/05/2013

Czech Republic - CT makes services available in HD on DTT platform

The public service broadcaster Cech Television (CT) has announced that it will increase its HD content on the DTT platform.

:: 01/05/2013

United Kingdom - 4G interference to DTT platform trial announced for Brighton

at800 has announced that it will undertake a trial of 4G services operating in the 800 MHz band in Brighton. The trial is set to begin in mid-May.

:: 30/04/2013

Russia - MUX 1 officially launched in Moscow

The first DTT multiplex (MUX 1) has officially launched in Moscow on 30 April.

:: 30/04/2013

Russia - Tender opened for building MUX 2

The broadcast network operator RTRS has announced a tender for the construction of the second DTT multiplex (MUX 2).

:: 30/04/2013

Croatia - Interference to DTT platform in Istria continues

According to the communications regulator HAKOM, the DTT platform in Istria continues to suffer from reception problems due to interference from Italy.

:: 30/04/2013

Poland - Fifth phase of ASO to be completed on 20 May

The fifth phase of analogue switch-off is set to take place on 20 May as per the calendar developed by the government.

:: 30/04/2013

Macedonia (fyr) - One makes free-to-air set-top boxes available

In preparation for analogue switch-off on 1 June, the DTT platform operator, One, has begun the sale of DTT set-top boxes.

:: 30/04/2013

Denmark - Boxer Denmark continues to grow

The number of pay-DTT subscribers continues to increase. The total number of subscribers reached 352,000 households at the end of March 2013 compared with 337,000 households at the end of 2012.

:: 30/04/2013

Finland - DNA acquires pay-DTT service PlusTV

The media group Teracom has announced the sale of its pay-DTT operation, PlusTV, in Finland.

:: 29/04/2013

Italy - Regulatory approval of La7 acquisition imminent

According to Cairo Communications, authorities are on the verge of approving its acquisition of La7.

:: 29/04/2013

Spain - Commercial broadcasters to fight revocation of 9 DTT licenses

Commercial broadcasters have unanimously decided to appeal the recent government decision to revoke 9 television licenses on the DTT platform.

:: 29/04/2013

Portugal - Funding for households outside of DTT coverage area

The communications regulator Anacom has issued the conditions for the reimbursement of satellite reception equipment for households.

:: 27/04/2013

Brazil - ASO delayed until 2018

The Ministry of Communications has updated the digital switchover plan and set 2018 for the completion of analogue switch-off.

:: 26/04/2013

Italy - Council of State approves plan to mitigate LTE interference

The Consiglio di Stato (Coucil of State) has approved the proposed plan to mitigate interference to the DTT platform caused by the introduction of LTE services in the 800 MHz band.

:: 26/04/2013

Hungary - MinDig TV Extra subscribers continue to increase

According to the latest figures published by the media regulator NMHH, 2.7% of pay television households subscribe to the pay-DTT platform MinDig TV Extra.

:: 26/04/2013

France - CSA approves B2M trial

The broadcast regulator CSA has approved a Broadcast Multimedia Mobile (B2M) experiment by the broadcast network operator TDF.

:: 26/04/2013

United Kingdom - Ofcom announces plans for "white space" trial

The communications regulator Ofcom is inviting commercial stakeholders to participate in its upcoming trial of "white spaces".

:: 24/04/2013

Poland - Emitel acquires INFO-TV

The broadcast network operator Emitel has announced the acquisition of the network operator INFO-TV.

:: 24/04/2013

18 million DVB-T2 receivers to ship in 2015

According to ABI Research, over 18 million DVB-T2receivers will be shipped in 2015.

:: 24/04/2013

Poland - UKE opens consultation on second digital dividend

The media regulator, Office of Electronic Communications (UKE), has opened a consultation on the second digital dividend.

:: 24/04/2013

United Kingdom - Ofcom opens consultation on 700 MHz band

The communications regulator Ofcom has opened a consultation on the 700 MHz band. The consultation is open until 5 July.

:: 24/04/2013

Czech Republic - Market ready for pay-DTT services

According to the broadcast network operator Ceske Radiokomunikace (CRa), the market is ready for the launch of a pay-DTT platform which could prove to be successful.

:: 24/04/2013

Czech Republic - Launch of new service on MUX 3

A new television programme service is set to launch on the DTT platform in May. It will be available nationwide from multiplex 3.

:: 23/04/2013

Lithuania - CRA rejects TEO claim against Telecentras

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) has rejected the claim by the pay-DTT service operator TEO that DTT transmission costs are too high.

:: 23/04/2013

Netherlands - Decrease in number of pay-DTT subscribers

The number of pay-DTT households subscribing to KPN's offer continues to decline.

:: 22/04/2013

Liberia - DSO to be completed by June 2015

The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications has issued its strategic plan for digital switchover. The process is set to e completed by June 2015.

:: 22/04/2013

Russia - Decree signed changing composition of MUX 1

The President has signed a decree removing regional television services from the first DTT multiplex (MUX 1).

:: 22/04/2013

Slovakia - Service offering on pay-DTT platform announced

The pay-DTT platform Plustelka will launch on 1 May and be available to 80% of households.

:: 22/04/2013

Turkey - RTUK awards 33 DTT service licenses

The Radio and Television High Council (RTUK) has recently awarded 33 licenses for the national DTT platform. Licenses were allocated via an auction which raised TRY 821 million (€350 million).

:: 20/04/2013

Malawi - GOtv operating illegally?

According to the Ministry of Communications, the pay-DTT operator GOtv is operating illegally due to licensing irregularities. .

:: 20/04/2013

India - More spectrum sought for DTT platform

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry is calling on the Parliament to ensure that sufficient frequency capacity is allocated for the DTT platform.

:: 20/04/2013

Macedonia (fyr) - DSO information campaign begins

The DTT platform operator, One, and the Broadcasting Council have begun a digital switchover tour.

:: 19/04/2013

Portugal - Capacity available for more DTT services

The communications regulator Anacom has suggested that capacity is available for more services on the DTT platform.

:: 19/04/2013

Uganda - ASO to take place in Kampala in June

The Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) has announced that its digital switchover plans are on track.

:: 19/04/2013

Guatemala - Plans for DSO presented to government

The Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SIT) has presented its plans for digital switchover to the government.

:: 18/04/2013

Zambia - ASO plans delayed until next year

Plans to begin switching off analogue terrestrial television services in parts of the country have been postponed until next year.

:: 18/04/2013

Lithuania - Teo announces over 70,000 pay-DTT subscribers

According to the first quarter 2013 results published by the pay-DTT platform operator Teo, its DTT subscribers increased by 1.2% compared with the same quarter last year.

:: 18/04/2013

United Kingdom - 75% of households access DTT platform

The communication regulator Ofcom has published its final report on digital television which shows that 98% of households access digital television services.

:: 17/04/2013

Brazil - Anatel extend consultation deadline

The National Agency of Telecommunications (Anatel) has extended the deadline for its consultation on the terms for the use of the 700 MHz band by wireless broadband services.

:: 17/04/2013

United Kingdom - at800 extends trial of LTE impact on DTT

at800 has announced that it will extend its trial of of mobile telecom (LTE) services in the 800 MHz band. This trial will determine the impact of these services on the DTT platform.

:: 17/04/2013

Slovakia - Launch of pay-DTT platform on 1 May

A pay-DTT platform is set to launch on 1 May. At the time of launch, it will be available to 80% of the population.

:: 17/04/2013

Namibia - On track to complete ASO by end of year

According to the Minister of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), Joel Kaapanda, Namibia is on track to complete analogue switch-off by the end of the year.

:: 16/04/2013

Montenegro - DTT to launch by end of summer

The installation of DTT transmission equipment is set to be completed by the end of the summer. This will allow for the launch of the DTT platform to commence.

:: 16/04/2013

Australia - ASO completed in Perth

Perth and its surrounding region have completed analogue switch-off on 16 April.

:: 16/04/2013

Belarus - Approval of legislation on spectrum usage

The President has approved legislation on the use of spectrum.

:: 16/04/2013

United Kingdom - Televes selected by at800 to supply DTT filters

The manufacturer Televes has been selected to supply filters to help limit interferences to the DTT platform by LTE services.

:: 15/04/2013

New Zealand - Pay-DTT and telecom operator offer triple play services

The pay-DTT platform operator is teaming up with the telecom operator Slingshot to offer triple play services.

:: 15/04/2013

Poland - TVP launches TVP Rozrywka on DTT platform

The public service broadcaster TVP has announced the launch of a new television programme service on 15 April.

:: 15/04/2013

Germany - Euronews to exit DTT platform in Bavaria

The media regulator for Bavaria, BLM, has announced changes to the DTT platform that will take place on 1 June and 1 August in Munich and in Nuremberg.

:: 12/04/2013

United States - FCC begins frequency discussions with Canada and Mexico

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Department of State have begun discussions with counterparts in Canada and Mexico regarding UHF spectrum usage.

:: 12/04/2013

Austria - simpliTV launches on 15 April

The pay-DTT platform has officially launched on 15 April. Known as simpliTV, it offers access to up to 40 television programme services.

:: 12/04/2013

Poland - Fourth phase of ASO on 22-23 April

The Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) has announced the fourth phase of analogue switch-off which will take place on 22-23 April.

:: 11/04/2013

Belarus - Government issues DSO plan

The Ministry of Communications and Information has issued its plans for digital switchover which it plans to complete by 2015.

:: 11/04/2013

Italy - AgCom publishes DTT auction rules

The communication regulator AgCom has published its rules for the upcoming auction of frequency licenses on the DTT platform.

:: 11/04/2013

Czech Republic - Frequency changes in Lanova and Hlubocec Hůrka

The communications regulator, CTU, has announced that frequency changes will take place in the regions of Ostrava Lanová and Hlubočec Hůrka.

:: 10/04/2013

United Kingdom - Viewers in Caithness to retune DTT receivers

Viewers located in Caithness will need to retune their DTT receivers on 24 April. Frequency changes are being made to the DTT platform in order to allow for the introduction of mobile broadband (LTE) services.

:: 10/04/2013

Czech Republic - CTU updates DTT website

The Czech Telecommunications Office (CTU) has announced updates to its website dedicated to accessing the DTT platform.

:: 10/04/2013

United Kingdom - Trial in London to test interference to DTT platform

at800 has announced that it will undertake a trial on interferences caused by telecom (4G) services operating in the 800 MHz band in the area of south east London.

:: 09/04/2013

Slovenia - MPEG-4 audio coding required for MUX A

The communications regulator APEK is requiring the use of the MPEG-4 audio coding standard in Multiplex A. This multiplex is operated by the public service broadcaster RTV SLO.

:: 09/04/2013

Croatia - Pay-DTT platform successful beginning

The pay-DTT provider, EVOtv, has announced that 10,000 households have subscribed to its service since its launch in February.

:: 09/04/2013

Australia - ASO completed in Tasmania

The region of Tasmania is the eighth region in the country to have completed analogue switch-off.

:: 08/04/2013

Czech Republic - CTU opens consultation on 800 MHz license conditions

The communications regulator CTU has opened a consultation on the licensing conditions for services operating in the 800 MHz, 1.8 GHz, and 2.6 GHz.

:: 08/04/2013

Belgium - Pay-DTT switches to DVB-T2

The broadcast network operator Norkring is beginning the process of converting the existing DTT network to DVB-T2. The network changes will take place between 8 - 19 April.

:: 05/04/2013

Ghana - Pay-DTT platform expands coverage area

The coverage of the pay-DTT platform GoTV has been expanded to the region of Kumasi.

:: 05/04/2013

Tanzania - Second phase of ASO delayed

The government has announced that it would delay the second phase of analogue switch-off which would have affected 14 regions.

:: 05/04/2013

Italy - AgCom to introduce new labels for DTT receivers

The communications regulator AgCom has announced that it plans a new labeling scheme for DTT receivers.

:: 05/04/2013

Italy - Mediaset requests standard change for DTT multiplex

The commercial broadcaster Mediaset has requested permission to change the use of its mobile television multiplex.

:: 05/04/2013

Mexico - ASO in Tijuana delayed until 28 May

The Federal Telecommunications Commission (Cofetel) has announced that it will postpone analogue switch-off in the city of Tijuana.

:: 05/04/2013

Czech Republic - Metropol TV to file for bankruptcy

The broadcaster Metropol TV is set to file for bankruptcy. It has CZK235 million (€9 million) in debt.

:: 04/04/2013

United Kingdom - Re-tuning necessary in parts of Scotland

Digital UK is launching an information campaign to inform viewers in parts of Scotland about the need to re-tune their DTT receivers on 17 April.

:: 04/04/2013

RSPG consultation on wireless broadband services

The Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) has opened a consultation on wireless broadband services, including their introduction in the 700 MHz band.

:: 04/04/2013

United Kingdom - Trial shows few DTT interference problems with 4G services

The first live trial of mobile broadband (4G) services operating in the 800 MHz band has been completed.

:: 02/04/2013

Vietnam - ASO to be completed by 2020

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed by 2020 with the process to take place in the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City by 2015.

:: 02/04/2013

Croatia - DTT most widely used television delivery platform

The Agency for Electronic Media has issued a new report showing that the DTT platform is used by 58.8% of households.

:: 02/04/2013

Germany - Expansion of Multithek on DTT platform

The broadcast network operator Media Broadcast is expanding the coverage of its Multithek service to include the cities of Bremen and Munich.

:: 02/04/2013

United States - Mobile TV coverage set for expansion

The coverage of mobile broadcast services is set for expansion in early April.

:: 02/04/2013

Australia - ASO completed in Adelaide

The region of Adelaide in the south western part of the country has completed analogue switch-off on 2 April. The process was completed at 9hr in the morning.

:: 02/04/2013

Germany - ProSieben.1 confirms commitment to DTT

The commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has confirmed that it will remain on the DTT platform until 2018.

:: 02/04/2013

Thailand - NBTC confirms that 4 DTT licenses for existing broadcasters

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has announced that 4 DTT licenses will be reserved for existing broadcasters on the analogue terrestrial platform.

:: 01/04/2013

United States - Aereo wins another court battle

A federal appeals court in New York has upheld a ruling that will allow the Internet streaming service Aereo to continue providing its service.

:: 01/04/2013

Macedonia (fyr) - Regional and local broadcasters warn of digital switchover costs

The Association of Private Media has raised its concerns about the economic costs of digital switchover for regional and local broadcasters.

:: 29/03/2013

United Kingdom - Freeview launches new website

The free-to-air DTT platform organization, Freeview, has launched a new website.

:: 28/03/2013

South Africa - DTT platform reaches 80% of the population

The DTT network is now available to 80.4% of the population.

:: 28/03/2013

Belgium - BIPT issues report on 800 MHz band economic value

The Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications has published a report it commissioned on the economic value of the 800 MHz band.

:: 28/03/2013

Slovenia - APEK awards two DTT licenses

The Agency for Post and Electronic Communiations (APEK) has awarded two local DTT service licenses.

:: 28/03/2013

Tanzania - Next ASO phase on 31 March

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has announced the next phase of analogue switch-off.

:: 28/03/2013

United Kingdom - DTG updates D-Book 7

The DTG has announced updates to its DTT receiver specification D-Book 7.

:: 28/03/2013

Germany - 1-2-3.tv to launch in April

The television programme service 1-2-3.tv is set to launch on the DTT platform in early April.

:: 27/03/2013

France - SelecTV files for bankruptcy

SelecTV, the company with the license to provide near video-on-demand services on the DTT platform, has declared bankruptcy.

:: 27/03/2013

France - HD/DTT coverage expanded

The coverage of six high-definition television programme services on the DTT platform has been expanded to the northwestern part of the country.

:: 27/03/2013

Russia - No conditional access on MUX 1 and MUX 2

The Ministry of Communications has confirmed that encryption will not be introduced on the first 2 DTT multiplexes.

:: 26/03/2013

United Kingdom - 11 million households access DTT platform

The number of households using the free-to-air DTT platform is the highest it has ever been.

:: 26/03/2013

United States - ATSC opens consultation on next generation DTT standard

The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has opened a consultation for its next-generation DTT standard to be known as ATSC 3.0.

:: 26/03/2013

Thailand - NBTC announces licensing conditions for 12 DTT licenses

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has issued its conditions for the 12 public service programme licenses on the DTT platform.

:: 25/03/2013

Serbia - ASO delayed until 2015

The government has announced that it will delay the completion of analogue switch-off until June 2015.

:: 25/03/2013

Rwanda - ASO to be completed by December 2013

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) has announced its plans to complete digital switchover by December 2013.

:: 24/03/2013

Venezuela - ASO to be completed by 2020

The free-to-air DTT platform is currently available to 50.5% of the population and accessed by 126,000 households.

:: 23/03/2013

Spain - Government annulls 9 DTT licenses

The Council of Ministers has annulled the licenses allocated to commercial broadcasters on the DTT platform by the previous government in July 2010.

:: 22/03/2013

Cuba - DTT trial using the Chinese DTMB standard

The government has announced that it will begin trials of the DTT platform using the Chinese DTMB standard.

:: 21/03/2013

Serbia - Public consultation on DTT frequency plan

The communications regulator RATEL has opened a consultation on the use of the frequencies in the VHF and UHF bands.

:: 21/03/2013

Italy - Agcom approves new plan for LCN

Agcom has approved a new plan for the numbering of programme services on the DTT platform (LCN).

:: 20/03/2013

Sweden - PTS seeks EC comments on ex ante regulation of DTT network

The Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) has invited the European Commission to provide feedback on its proposed regulation of the network operation of the DTT platform.

:: 20/03/2013

Israel - Extension of commercial DTT network

The Second Authority for Television and Radio has signed an agreement with Thomson Broadcast increase capacity on the DTT platform.

:: 19/03/2013

United Kingdom - Parliament calls for "secure" DTT platform

A report published by the Parliament's Communications Committee calls for the regulator Ofcom to ensure the future of the DTT platform.

:: 19/03/2013

Hungary - ASO to be completed by 31 October

The National Media and Communications Authority (NMHH) has announced that it plans to complete analogue switch-off in 2013.

:: 19/03/2013

Norway - Organisation to be set up to protect DTT from 800 MHz interference

The Post and Telecommunications Authority (NPT) has issued its requirements on license holders of frequencies in the 800 MHz band.

:: 18/03/2013

Slovakia - TV Joj to launch WAU on 15 April

The commercial broadcaster TV Joj has announced that it will launch its new television programme service on 15 April.

:: 18/03/2013

Austria - Frequency changes in Burgenland and Vienna on 26 March

The broadcast network operator ORS has announced frequency changes in the regions of Burgenland and Vienna on 26 March.

:: 18/03/2013

United Kingdom - 4G pilot begins to test interference to DTT platform

A pilot is underway in the area of Cradley Heath and Rowley Regis to test for the possible interference to the DTT platform as a result of the launch of mobile broadband services in the 800 MHz band.

:: 14/03/2013

Italy - Government drafts regulation for DTT/LTE interference issues

The government has proposed regulation for help handle the interference that the DTT platform may face following the introduction of LTE services in the 800 MHz band.

:: 14/03/2013

Hungary - Cable providers to ensure viewers receive ASO information

The National Media and Communications Authority has signed a cooperation agreements with the Cable Communications Association and the Cable & Telecommunications Association to provide support for digital switchover.

:: 14/03/2013

Norway - Government sets 800 MHz frequency license conditions

The government has issued its conditions for licenses to operate wireless broadband services in the 800 MHz band.

:: 14/03/2013

Germany - ProSiebenSat.1 to remain on DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has confirmed that it will remain on the DTT platform in Bavaria.

:: 14/03/2013

United Kingdom - DTG to provide conformance testing for DTT filters

DTG Testing will provide the conformance testing for filters to be used to protect DTT from interference from wireless broadband services operating in the 800 MHz band.

:: 14/03/2013

Mozambique - Hitachi to conduct DTT testing

The manufacturer Hitachi has announced that it will undertake a DTT trial using the ISDB-T standard later this month.

:: 13/03/2013

Austria - DVB-T2 platform to launch on 15 April

The DVB-T2 standard is set to launch on 15 April. It will launch progressively until available nationwide.

:: 13/03/2013

United Kingdom - DTT receiver retuning in south west England

Viewers in west and southwest England will need to retune their DTT receivers on 27 March as frequencies in the 800 MHz band are cleared for the introduction of mobile broadband services.

:: 13/03/2013

Estonia - France 24 joins DTT platform

The international news television service France 24 is joining the DTT platform.

:: 13/03/2013

Kenya - CCK to determine amount of unused frequencies

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has announced plans to undertake an audit of radio frequencies currently used by broadcasters.

:: 13/03/2013

United Kingdom - Ofcom opens consultation on local DTT services

The communications regulator has opened a consultation on the second phase of the roll-out of local DTT services. The consultation is open until 24 April 2013.

:: 13/03/2013

United Kingdom - Ofcom consults on spectrum fees for DTT platform

The communications regulator Ofcom has opened a consultation on the introduction of fees for the use of spectrum on the DTT platform. The consultation closes on 23 May.

:: 12/03/2013

Tanzania - TCRA refuses to go back on ASO

Following the complaints of broadcasters regarding analogue switch-off in the capital city Dar es Salaam, the communications regulator has confirmed that it will not revert to analogue.

:: 12/03/2013

Italy - Mediaset prepares launch of adult content on pay-DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster Mediaset is preparing the launch of adult content on its pay-DTT platform Mediaset Premium.

:: 12/03/2013

Moldova - DTT platform to launch in 2014

The government has announced plans to launch the DTT platform in 2014 with digital switchover expected to be completed by June 2015.

:: 12/03/2013

Germany - Ulrich Reimers provides analysis of prospects for DTT platform

In a presentation at DVB World, Ulrich Reimers of the Technical University Braunschweig provided his thought on the future of the DTT platform in Germany.

:: 11/03/2013

Portugal - Anacom issues recommendations for DTT network improvements

Following its consultation on improvements to the DTT network, the communications regulator Anacom issued its final decision on the future evolution of the network.

:: 11/03/2013

Tanzania - Broadcasters call for return of analogue television

Broadcasters are calling for the return of analogue terrestrial television services in Dar es Salaam following the switch off on 31 December 2012.

:: 11/03/2013

Poland - Next ASO phase to affect 5.7 million residents

The Ministry of Administration and Digitalisation has acknowledged the difficulty with the next phase of analogue switch-off.

:: 11/03/2013

Russia - Delays to roll-out of MUX 2 anticipated

The roll-out of the second DTT multiplex may take longer than initially anticipated.

:: 11/03/2013

Twenty-six European countries have completed ASO

According to the latest Yearbook published by the European Audiovisual Observatory, 2012 proved to be an important year for the DTT platform in Europe.

:: 08/03/2013

Czech Republic - CTU cancels 4G (LTE) auction

The Czech Telecommunications Office (CTU) has stopped the auction of frequency licenses in the 800 MHz, 1.8 GHz, and 2.6 GHz bands due to the inflated bid prices.

:: 07/03/2013

Poland - TVP launches new HbbTV service applications on DTT platform

The public service broadcaster TVP has continued its roll-out of HbbTV services on the DTT platform.

:: 07/03/2013

Poland - ASO in Warsaw on 19 March

The next phase of analogue switch-pff is set to take place on 19 March.

:: 06/03/2013

Russia - CTC Media negotiating DTT carriage fees

The commercial broadcaster CTC Media has announced that it is currently negotiating with the broadcast network operator RTRS the terms of carriage on Multiplex 2.

:: 06/03/2013

Slovakia - Towercom to operate Multiplex 1

The broadcast network operator Towercom will operate another DTT multiplex known as Mux 1. Currently, it is in the process of rolling out the network ahead of the 31 March deadline imposed by the regulator.

:: 06/03/2013

United Kingdom - DTG opens consultation on interoperability

The DTG has opened a consultation on the future management of digital television interoperability in the United Kingdom. The consultation is open to all interested parties until 22 March.

:: 05/03/2013

Finland - Digita launches HbbTV on DTT platform

The broadcast network operator Digita has announced the launch of an HbbTV platform on the DTT multiplexes that it manages.

:: 05/03/2013

Rwanda - Manufacturers preparing for DTT launch

The Rwanda Utility Regulation Authority (Rura) has indicated that interest is high among manufacturers to import DTT receivers.

:: 04/03/2013

Italy - Requests for DSO subsidies in Liguria extended

Subsidies for digital switchover continue to be available in the Liguria region.

:: 01/03/2013

United States - FCC approves white space database

Th e Federal Communications Commission has approved the deployment of databases for white space devises.

:: 01/03/2013

Italy - Telecom Italia confirms sale of La7

Telecom Italia has confirmed the sale of its DTT programme service, La7, to Cairo Communications for €1 million.

:: 01/03/2013

Thailand - PSBs to form DTT network consortium

Free-to-air broadcasters are considering forming a consortium for the distribution of their DTT signal.

:: 01/03/2013

Hungary - 82,000 pay-DTT subscribers

Subscribers to the pay-DTT platform MinDig TV Extra continues to grow. At the end of January, the service had 82,000 subscribers.

:: 01/03/2013

Norway - NPT to distrribute SIDs

The Post and Telecommunications Authority (NPT) has announced that it will manage the distribution of Service Identification (SID) for digital broadcasts as of 1 March.

:: 01/03/2013

Finland - DTT licensing decision in early 2014

The government has announced that it will decide on the licensing of multiplexes on the DTT platform in early 2014.

:: 01/03/2013

United Kingdom - DTT license awarded in Preston

Ofcom has announced that it has awarded a local DTT license for the region of Preston in Lancashire.

:: 28/02/2013

New Zealand - Freeview used by 52% of homes

According to the latest Digital Tracker Report, the free-to-air digital television platform, Freeview, was used by 52% of all television households at the end of January.

:: 28/02/2013

Czech Republic - Three new services launch on DTT platform in Prague

Three new television programme services are set to launch in Prague on 1 March.

:: 27/02/2013

Belarus - Nationwide DTT platform to launch in April

The pay DTT platform operator, Beltelecom, is set to launch its DTT platform in April. Services will be available across two multiplexes using the DVB-T standard.

:: 26/02/2013

Slovakia - New service to launch on DTT platform

A new television programme service, Madam TV, has been allocated a license on the DTT platform.

:: 26/02/2013

Botswana - ISDB-T standard selected

Botswana has selected the ISDB-T standard for its DTT standard. This is contrary to the recommendation of the regional organization SADC.

:: 26/02/2013

Ukraine - 2.5 million households access DTT platform

According to the head of the Broadcasting Council, 2.5 million households used the DTT platform at the end of 2012.

:: 26/02/2013

Italy - Hotline to help DTT viewers with 800 MHz interference

The Fondazione Ugo Bordoni will launch a call centre on 1 March to help DTT viewers experiencing interference as a result of the launch of Mobile telecom services in the 800 MHz band.

:: 26/02/2013

Venezuela - DTT trial officially launched

An official DTT trial has begun on 20 February. This launch has taken place with support from Argentina.

:: 24/02/2013

Spain - 800 MHz band unavailable for LTE services in 2014

The government has confirmed that the frequencies in the 800 MHz will not be available on 1 January 2014 for telecom operators to use. Previously, the government had aimed for this date so that LTE services could be launched in 2014.

:: 22/02/2013

Zambia - Government sets up DSO Taskforce

The government has announced the formation of the national taskforce on digital migration.

:: 22/02/2013

Czech Republic - CT launches new television service on DTT platform

The public service broadcaster Czech Television has announced plans to launch two new television services from a single DTT transmission slot.

:: 21/02/2013

Brazil - Anatel opens consultation on 700 MHz band

The telecommunications regulator Anatel has opened a public consultation on its regulation for the 700 MHz band.

:: 21/02/2013

New Zealand - 700 MHz auction to take place in Q3 2013

The government has announced plans to auction frequency licenses in the 700 MHz band in the third quarter of 2013.

:: 21/02/2013

United Kingdom - DTT license awarded in Liverpool

The communications regulator Ofcom has awarded a local DTT license in Liverpool which will reach around 890,000 homes.

:: 21/02/2013

Venezuela - Government opts for ISDB-T standard

The government has officially announced that it will adopt the ISDB-T standard for its DTT platform.

:: 21/02/2013

Spain - First UHDTV trial on DTT platform

The broadcast network operator Abertis has announced that it will transmit Ultra HDTV (4K) on the DTT platform during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 25-28 February.

:: 20/02/2013

Ireland - Working group to explore LTE interference on DTT platform

The Department of Communications has set up a working group to examine interference to the DTT platform from mobile services operating in the 800 MHz band.

:: 20/02/2013

Hungary - MinDig TV Extra fastest growing pay television platform

According to the DTT platform operator Antenna Hungaria, the pay-DTT platform is the fastest growing pay television sector.

:: 20/02/2013

United Kingdom - Freeview launches new ad campaign questioning need for pay television

The free-to-air DTT platform, Freeview, is launching a new marketing campaign that questions the need for pay television services.

:: 20/02/2013

United Kingdom - Ofcom publishes results of 4G auction

The communications regulator Ofcom has announced the outcome of its auction for licenses in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands.

:: 19/02/2013

United States - DVB-T2 trial underway in Baltimore

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)has given the broadcaster WNUV-TV in Baltimore a six-month trial license to test DVB-T2.

:: 19/02/2013

Thailand - NBTC makes changes to DTT receiver requirements

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has revised its minimum requirements for DTT receivers in Thailand.

:: 19/02/2013

United Kingdom - BBC 2 HD to launch on Freeview on 26 March

The public service broadcaster BBC has confirmed the launch of its new HD television service, BBC 2 HD. It will be available on the free-to-air DTT platform Freeview.

:: 18/02/2013

Portugal - Anacom and Social Security to target eligible DTT help scheme recepients

ANACOM has announced that it is working together with the government's Social Security office (Segurança Social) to ensure that eligible households are aware of the DTT aid scheme.

:: 18/02/2013

Kenya - Analogue switch-off on 15 September in Nairobi

Analogue switch-off is set to take place on 15 September in Nairobi. This follows an agreement between the consumer federation Cofek and the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK)

:: 17/02/2013

Mexico - 100,000 DTT households in Tijuana

According to the Federal Commission for Telecommunications (Cofetel), 100,000 households access the DTT platform in the city of Tijuana.

:: 16/02/2013

Lithuania - Over 300,000 households access free-to-air DTT platform

It is estimated that between 300,000 - 350,000 households access the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 15/02/2013

Germany - Hybrid media portal multithek to launch on 20 February

The broadcast network operator Media Broadcast will launch its hybrid DVB-T platform, multithek, on 20 February.

:: 15/02/2013

Azerbaijian - Pay-DTT services launched in Ganja

Commercial DTT services have been launched in the city of Ganja. This is the second largest city in the country.

:: 15/02/2013

United Kingdom - Ofcom issues local DTT license in Leeds

The communications regulator Ofcom has awarded a local DTT license in Leeds.

:: 14/02/2013

Lithuania - DTT frequency changes to be made in 2013

The DTT service provider TEO has announced frequency changes on the DTT platform. These changes will affect both the free-to-air platform as well as the pay-DTT platform.

:: 14/02/2013

Italy - 3D/DTT trial in Campania

The regional broadcaster TeleCapri has begun a trial of 3D services on the DTT platform in Campania.

:: 13/02/2013

Bosnia - Government opens another DTT equipment tender

The Ministry of Communications and Transport has officially opened a tender for the provision of DTT equipment. The tender is open until 26 March.

:: 12/02/2013

Denmark - Number of pay-DTT subscribers nearly doubles in 2012

The number of subscribers to the pay-DTT platform has nearly doubled in Denmark during 2012.

:: 08/02/2013

Brazil - Decree calls on Anatel to proceed with 700 MHz band allocation to telecom operators

The Ministry of Communications has approved a decree allowing the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) to begin the administrative procedures for the allocation of the 700 MHz band.

:: 08/02/2013

Croatia - Official launch of pay-DTT platform evotv

The pay-DTT operator, Hrvatska Posta, has officially launched its pay-DTT service evotv.

:: 08/02/2013

United Kingdom - Local DTT service awarded in Manchester

The communications regulator Ofcom has awarded a local television service license for the DTT platform in Manchester.

:: 07/02/2013

Brazil - DTT receivers for low-income households

The government is currently considering plans to distribute DTT receivers to low-income families.

:: 07/02/2013

France - 10 million viewers watch local television services

According to the media research organisation Mediametrie, nearly 10 million viewers watch local televison programme services.

:: 07/02/2013

Germany - RTL to exit DTT platform in Bavaria on 31 July

At its most recent Media Council meeting, the media authority BLM announced that the commercial broadcaster RTL has agreed to remain on the DTT platform until 31 July 2013.

:: 06/02/2013

Ghana - NCA issues DTT receiver specification

The National Communications Authority (NCA) has issued its minimum requirements for receivers on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 06/02/2013

United Kingdom - Ofcom opens consultation on 600 MHz band

The communications regulator Ofcom has opened a consultation on the use of the 600 MHz band.

:: 06/02/2013

Portugal - Anacom disputes Deco figures on DTT reception problems

The communications regulator Anacom has disputed the recent figures on the number of homes affected by poor DTT reception presented by the consumer rights association Deco.

:: 05/02/2013

Russia - MUX 2 to be available to over 40% of population by end 2013

The roll-out of the second DTT multiplex is underway across the Russian Federation.

:: 05/02/2013

Czech Republic - Nova announces intention to acquire DTT multiplex

The commercial broadcaster Nova TV has announced its intention to acquire a DTT multiplex.

:: 04/02/2013

Czech Republic - Pětka stops DTT broadcast

The commercial broadcaster Pětka has stopped its transmission on the DTT platform. It was a national television service that had launched last October.

:: 04/02/2013

DigiTAG issues new Guide on Digital Switchover

DigiTAG, the only broadcast industry organisation promoting digital terrestrial television (DTT) and protecting broadcast spectrum for broadcasters, has published a new guide on digital switchover.

:: 04/02/2013

United Kingdom - London Live awarded local DTT license for London

The communications regulator Ofcom announced that it has a local television license on the DTT platform for the region of London.

:: 03/02/2013

Slovenia - Planet TV joins the DTT platform

The television programme service Televizija Planet TV is now available on the DTT platform.

:: 03/02/2013

France - Minister plans to put in place DTT resale tax

The Minister for Culture and Communications, Aurélie Filippetti, has announced her support for a tax on the profits made through the sale of a television programme service on the DTT platform.

:: 01/02/2013

Venezuela - DTT trial expanded

The Minister of the Economy, Ricardo Menéndez, has announced the expansion of the current DTT trial service.

:: 01/02/2013

Spain - Government allocates €7.5 million for 800 MHz band information campaign

The government has confirmed that it will allocate €7.5 million to help with the so-called "second digital dividend".

:: 01/02/2013

Austria - Planning underway to launch pay-DTT platform in Spring

The broadcast network operator ORS has announced plans to launch its pay-DTT services this Spring.

:: 01/02/2013

Czech Republic - Audio Description Channel officially launched on DTT platform

The broadcast network operator České Radiokomunikace has announced that it has launched an Audio Description Channel on the DTT platform.

:: 01/02/2013

France - CSA publishes report on future of DTT platform

The broadcast regulator CSA has presented its proposed strategy for the future of the DTT platform.

:: 01/02/2013

United Kingdom - Trial of Broadast Record List expanded to southern England

The trial of Broadcast Record Lists has entered the second phase.

:: 01/02/2013

Serbia - New DTT law under consideration

The government is currently preparing a new law on electronic communications which it expects to approve in the second quarter of 2013.

:: 31/01/2013

Germany - MABB calls on RTL to remain on DTT platform

The media authority for Berlin-Brandenburg (MABB) has called on the commercial broadcaster RTL to remain on the DTT platform.

:: 30/01/2013

Italy - RAI to launch multiplex using DVB-T2

The public service broadcaster RAI is set to unofficially launch a new DTT multiplex using the DVB-T2 standard.

:: 30/01/2013

Russia - RTRS planning for HbbTV commercial trial in 2013

The broadcast network operator RTRS has announced plans to launch an HbbTV trial later this year.

:: 30/01/2013

Cambodia - Three BBC Worldwide services launch on pay-DTT platform

Three new television programme services from BBC Worldwide will join the pay-DTT platform One TV.

:: 29/01/2013

Germany - DTT license transfer in Berlin

The media authority for Berlin and Brandenburg, MABB, has agreed to transfer the DTT license for the television service tv.berlin to its new owner Godd Media Broadcast.

:: 29/01/2013

Estonia - ETV HD to be available on DVB-T2 trial

The public service broadcaster ERR will make its flagship service, ETV, available on a trial DVB-T2 platform in high-definition.

:: 29/01/2013

Italy - Three DTT multiplexes to be available in upcoming auction

The communications authority AgCom has announced that will reduce the number of DTT multiplexes available in the upcoming frequency auction.

:: 28/01/2013

Thailand - Trial DTT services begin in Bangkok

Trial DTT services have begun in Bangkok and the surrounding region. The broadcaster TV5 launched its service on its new terrestrial television network that has been upgraded to digital at a cost of BT 60 million. This cost also includes 1,000 DTT set-top boxes and antennas for use by a sample audience in the region.

:: 28/01/2013

Kenya - Star Times expands DTT coverage

The pay-DTT service operator Star Times has announced that it has expanded the availability of its service to an additional 12 towns.

:: 28/01/2013

United Kingdom - Local DTT multiplex license awarded to Comux

The communications regulator Ofcom has awarded the license to operate the nationwide network of local DTT multiplexes to Comux. A total of 4 candidates had applied for the license.

:: 26/01/2013

Czech Republic - New television service to launch on DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster Nova has announced plans to launch a new free-to-air television programme service on the DTT platform.

:: 25/01/2013

Uruguay - DTT tender called off

The government has called off its tender for free-to-air broadcast services on the DTT platform.

:: 25/01/2013

Russia - Third DTT multiplex to be made available by 2014

The government has announced that it is currently in the process of sourcing the necessary frequencies to launch the third national DTT multiplex.

:: 25/01/2013

United Kingdom - DTG sets up new group on Dynamic Spectrum Access

The DTG has set up an industry group that will explore the efficient use of spectrum through spectrum sharing technologies such as Dynamic Spectrum Access.

:: 25/01/2013

Bulgaria - CRC initiates tender process for DTT multiplex 7

According to local media reports, the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) has begun the process to tender a license for the operation of a new DTT multiplex.

:: 25/01/2013

Bosnia - Ministry plans to launch new tender for DTT equipment

The Ministry of Communications and Transport has confirmed plans to launch a third tender for the supply of DTT equipment.

:: 24/01/2013

Portugal - 1.5 million set-top boxes sold between 2009 until August 2012

According to the communications regulator Anacom, 1.5 million DTT set-top boxes had been sold in Portugal from the time of the DTT launch in 2009 until August 2012.

:: 24/01/2013

NorDig issues updated DTT receiver specification

NorDig has updated its specification for DTT receivers with new requirements regarding compression format, interactivity standard, and protection measures against possible interference from LTE services operating in the 800 MHz band.

:: 24/01/2013

France - CSA issues proposals for regulation of broadcast industry

The broadcast regulator CSA has presented 20 proposals for the regulation of the broadcast industry that takes into account the changes that have resulted with the switch to digital technology.

:: 24/01/2013

Bosnia - DTT equipment tender cancelled

The Appeal Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina has cancelled the tender for DTT equipment.

:: 24/01/2013

Bulgaria - Commission refers government to ECJ over DTT license procedure

The European Commission (EC) has decided to refer Bulgaria to the Court of Justice (ECJ) regarding its allocation of DTT frequency licenses.

:: 24/01/2013

Afghanistan - DTT platform to use DVB-T2 standard

According to Telecom Paper, discussions are underway regarding digital switchover.

:: 23/01/2013

Italy - Mediaset Premium announces 2 million pay-DTT subscribers

The commercial broadcaster Mediaset has announced that it had approximately 2 million subscribers to its pay-DTT platform, Mediaset Premium, at the end of 2012.

:: 22/01/2013

United States - AT&T increases licenses in the 700 MHz and 850 MHz bands

AT&T, one of the two leading telecom operators, has announced plans to acquire the domestic operations of the telecom operator Atlantic Tele-Network for $780 million in cash.

:: 22/01/2013

United States - ATSC prepares for commercialisation of ATSC 2.0

The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has put in place new committees to support the implementation of its two emerging DTT standards.

:: 22/01/2013

Ghana - Pay-DTT service launched in Accra

The pay operator GoTV has officially launched a pay-DTT platform in the capital city Accra.

:: 21/01/2013

Tanzania - TCRA should ensure DTT receivers available nationwide

The chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Infrastructure, Peter Serukamba, called on the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) to ensure that DTT receivers are made available to all households.

:: 21/01/2013

Lithuania - Telecentras improves DTT reception

The broadcast network operator Telecentras has improved its DTT network in the eastern region of Švenčionys.

:: 21/01/2013

Belarus - Nationwide pay-DTT platform to launch using DVB-T2 standard

Two DTT multiplexes will be used to provide pay-DTT services in Belarus using the DVB-T2 standard.

:: 18/01/2013

Australia - Tasmania to complete ASO on 9 April

The government has announced that eligible households can now apply for the government's assistance schemes for digital television in Tasmania.

:: 18/01/2013

Portugal - Anacom opens consultation on DTT reception solutions

The communications regulator Anacom has opened a consultation on quality issues related to the DTT network.

:: 18/01/2013

Germany - ProSiebenSat.1 to determine DTT strategy in early 2013

The commercial media group ProSiebenSat.1 has not yet decided its future strategy for its services on the DTT platform.

:: 17/01/2013

India - Goverment cuts 800 MHz license reserve price by half

The government has announced that it will cut the reserve price in the auction for frequency licenses in the 800 MHz band by half.

:: 17/01/2013

Taiwan - NCC to make two DTT licenses available

National Communications Commission (NCC) has announced plans to make two additional frequency channels available on the DTT platform.

:: 17/01/2013

Germany - RTL critical of government's DTT policy

The commercial broadcaster RTL may decide to end its services on the DTT platform in Germany. Its license expires on 31 December 2014.

:: 17/01/2013

EBU stresses importance of DTT platform

The EBU President Jean-Paul Philippot and Director General Ingrid Deltenre highlighted the importance of the DTT platform for the efficient delivery of media services at a meeting with the European Commissioner Neelie Kroes.

:: 16/01/2013

Bulgaria - Three bids for DTT multiplex license

The Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) has announced that it received three bids for the license to build and operate a DTT multiplex.

:: 16/01/2013

Australia - Early ASO in Lancelin, Nilgen and Karakin

Analogue switch-off is set to take place in Lancelin, Nilgen and Karakin on 17 January.

:: 16/01/2013

France - E. Leclerc to make Réglo TV available on 6 February

The retail chain E. Leclerc has announced has announced that it will make Réglo TV available on 6 February.

:: 16/01/2013

Poland - TVP to apply for DTT license on MUX 1

The public service broadcaster TVP has announced plans to apply for a broadcast license on the DTT platform.

:: 16/01/2013

Mexico - Tijuana to complete ASO on 16 April

Analogue switch-off is set to begin in the northern city of Tijuana on 16 April.

:: 16/01/2013

ASEAN members to complete ASO between 2015 - 2020

ASEAN members have agreed to complete digital switchover by 2020.

:: 15/01/2013

Philippines - NTC again supports ISDB-T standard for DTT platform

The National Telecommunications Commisison (NTC) has called for the adoption of the ISDB-T standard on the DTT platform.

:: 15/01/2013

Nigeria - Star Times upgrades DTT platform with DVB-T2 standard

The pay-DTT service provider Star Times has upgraded its DTT platform with the DVB-T2 standard.

:: 15/01/2013

Germany - HbbTV trial on DTT platform in Thuringia

Local broadcasters in the region of Thuringia have announced plans to launch an HbbTV trial on the DTT platform.

:: 15/01/2013

Thailand - NBTC to make DTT receiver subsidies available to all households

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has approved, in principle, the plan to make subsidies available towards the purchase of DTT receivers.

:: 14/01/2013

Panama - Tender opened for supply of DTT receivers

The National Public Services Authority (ASEP) has opened a tender for the supply of 50,000 DTT receivers.

:: 14/01/2013

Spain - Euronews available in Murcia and Aragon

The broadcast news service Euronews is available on the DTT platforms in Aragon and Murcia, allowing it to reach nearly 1 million DTT households.

:: 14/01/2013

Poland - TVP launches HbbTV service for handball World Cup

The public service broadcaster has announced a new HbbTV service that is available using the DTT platform since 11 January.

:: 14/01/2013

Uruguay - Government calls for 7 new services on DTT platform

The government has announced plans to call a tender for 7 new television programme services as part of its strategy for the DTT platform.

:: 14/01/2013

Belarus - ASO to begin in August

Analogue switch-off is set to begin in August in the eastern part of the country.

:: 14/01/2013

Italy - Discovery Communications acquires Switchover Media

The media group Discovery Communications has acquired the Italian media group Switchover Media.

:: 14/01/2013

Italy - Agcom publishes digital receiver database

The communications regulator Agcom has published its database on digital receivers.

:: 13/01/2013

Italy - Croatia and Malta formally protest possible interference by frequencies to be allocated in auction

Croatia and Malta have submitted formal protests to Agcom regarding the upcoming frequency auction for 6 DTT networks.

:: 12/01/2013

Kenya - Court calls on CCK and Cofek to agree new ASO date in Nairobi

The High Court has ruled in favour of a delay to analogue switch-off in Nairobi. It is calling on parties to agree to a new switch-off date to take place after the general elections in early March.

:: 11/01/2013

France - Altech to form joint venture with SelecTV

The South African manufacturer Altech has partnered with the DTT operator SelecTV to offer a video-on-demand service.

:: 11/01/2013

Thailand - NBTC may make more HD services available on DTT platform

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) may increase the number of HD services available on the DTT platform.

:: 11/01/2013

Iceland - Four companies apply to participate in 4G frequency auction

The Post and Telecom Administration (PTA) has announced that it has received 4 applications to participate in the upcoming frequency auction.

:: 11/01/2013

United Kingdom - RDI members allowed to use Freeview logo

The Registered Digital Institute (RDI)and the free-to-air DTT service, Freeview, have formed a partnership that will allow RDI members to use the Freeview logo.

:: 11/01/2013

United Kingdom - STV awarded local DTT licenses in Edinburgh and Glasgow

The communications regulator Ofcom has announced that it has awarded licenses for television services on the local DTT platforms in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

:: 11/01/2013

France - Reglo TV to offer pay-DTT packages

The CSA has approved the distribution of pay-DTT services by Reglo TV.

:: 10/01/2013

Czech Republic - Zoom TV prepares for 1 February DTT launch

The media group Prima is set to launch a new television programme service on the DTT platform from Multiplex 3.

:: 09/01/2013

Nigeria - Pay DTT operator Star Times to invest €70 million in DVB-T2 network

The pay-DTT platform operator Star Times has announced plans to invest N15 billion (€70 million) in rolling out services.

:: 09/01/2013

Portugal - ASO Help programme extended

The communications regulator Anacom has extended the ASO help programme. It had been set to end on 31 December 2012.

:: 09/01/2013

United Kingdom - DTT re-tuning in South Wales on 23 January

Viewers in South Wales will need to re-tune their DTT receivers. Changes will be made to the DTT platform at the Wenvoe transmitter site on 23 January.

:: 08/01/2013

11.7% DTT households in sub-Saharan Africa

At the end of 2012, approximately 35.3% of households (14 million) in sub-Saharan Africa accessed digital television. Currently, two-third of households access analogue terrestrial television services.

:: 05/01/2013

South Korea - ASO completed nationwide

Analogue switch-off has been completed in South Korea on 31 December 2012.

:: 04/01/2013

Italy - 800 MHz band cleared of DTT services

The Ministry for Economic Development has officially made available frequencies in the 800 MHz band to mobile telecom operators.

:: 04/01/2013

Bolivia - DTT regulation to be put in place in June 2013

The Telecommunications and Transport Supervising and Regulating Authorities (ATT) has announced plans to put in place regulations for the DTT platform as of June 2013.

:: 03/01/2013

Tanzania - ASO completed in Dar es Salaam

Analogue switch-off has begun with the switch-off of the analogue terrestrial platform in its largest city, Dar es Salaam.

:: 03/01/2013

France - i>télé launches HbbTV service

The continuous news service i>télé has announced plans to launch an HbbTV service during the month of January.

:: 03/01/2013

Australia - Prospective bidders for 700 MHz band auction can submit applications

The communications regulator ACMA is inviting candidates to submit applications for the upcoming frequency auction.

:: 02/01/2013

Kyrgyzstan - Tender open for DTT network equipment

The incumbent broadcast network operator Kyrgyztelecom has announced a tender for the procurement of DTT equipment.

:: 02/01/2013

Denmark - FRANCE 24 joins DTT platform in Copenhagen

The French and Arabic language versions of the continuous news service, FRANCE 24, will join the DTT platform.

:: 31/12/2012

Tanzania - Basic Transmissions delays DTT network launch

One of the three DTT network operators, Basic Transmissions, has failed to launch its platform by 31 December 2012. The company is co-owned by IPP Limited and the Sahara Media Group.

:: 28/12/2012

Slovakia - ASO to be completed on 31 December 2012

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed nationwide on 31 December 2012.

:: 27/12/2012

Poland - KRRiT opens tender for 4 licenses on MUX 1

The National Council for Television and Radio (KRRiT) has opened a tender for four licenses on the DTT platform.

:: 27/12/2012

Italy - AGCM approves new media company for DTT platform

Competition Authorities (AGCM) have approved the establishment of a joint venture between the commercial broadcaster La7 and the media group Effe 2005 to set up a new media group on the DTT platform.

:: 24/12/2012

Italy - Agcom approves DTT auction regulation

The communications regulator Agcom has finalized the regulations for the auction of the DTT frequency licenses.

:: 24/12/2012

Montenegro - DTT launch to take place in 2013

The DTT platform is set to launch in 2013. The first DTT multiplex (MUX 1) will launch and provide services from the public service broadcaster.

:: 21/12/2012

Lithuania - RRT rejects increase in DTT network prices

The Communications Regulatory Authority (RRT) has rejected the request by the broadcast network operator Telecentras to increase prices for the DTT platform.

:: 21/12/2012

Dominican Republic - Indotel sets up DTT monitoring committee

The communications regulator Indotel has established a new committee that will guide the launch and roll-out of the DTT platform. Members of the committee will be comprised of Indotel staff.

:: 21/12/2012

Kenya - Planned ASO in Nairobi put on hold

The High Court has agreed to temporarily suspend the planned switch-off of analogue terrestrial services in Nairobi.

:: 21/12/2012

Serbia - ASO to be completed by June 2015

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and Domestic Trade and Telecommunications, Rasim Ljajic, has confirmed that analogue switch-off will be completed by June 2015.

:: 20/12/2012

Kenya - KBC seeks set-top box distribution partnership

The public service broadcaster, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), has opened a tender for the distribution of DTT set-top boxes.

:: 20/12/2012

Portugal - Launch of Canal Parlamento on DTT platform

A new television programme service, Canal Parlamento, is set to officially launch on the free-to-air DTT platform on 3 January 2013.

:: 20/12/2012

France - Extension of DVB-T2 trial in Rennes

The CSA has approved the extension of the DVB-T2 trial currently underway in the region of Rennes.

:: 20/12/2012

Poland - First DVB-T2 trial to begin in Warsaw

A DVB-T2 trial will begin on 21 December in the region of Warsaw.

:: 20/12/2012

United Kingdom - Ofcom announces bidders for 4G auction

The communications regulator Ofcom has announced the companies that have qualified to bid in the upcoming auction for 4G frequency licenses.

:: 19/12/2012

Slovenia - Multiplex C allocated to RTV Slovenia

The Agency for Post and Electronic Communications (APEK) has allocated the license for the operation of Multiplex C to the public service broadcaster RTV Slovenia.

:: 19/12/2012

Portugal - Anacom calls for extension to ASO help programme

The communications regulator Anacom is calling for an extension to the government's programme to help eligible viewers migrate to digital television.

:: 18/12/2012

United States - Open Mobile Video Coalition to be integrated into NAB

The Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC), which has advocated in favor of mobile broadcast services, is to be integrated into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

:: 17/12/2012

Turkey - RTUK issues DTT licensing guidelines

The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) has published its guidelines for the licensing of broadcast services on the DTT platform.

:: 17/12/2012

Finland - Broadband network operating in 450 MHz band causes interference to DTT platform

The communications regulator Ficora has ordered the broadband operator Datame to resolve the interference problems it is causing to the DTT platform.

:: 17/12/2012

Taiwan - TBS to launch HD/DTT services

The public service broadcaster Taiwan Broadcasting System (TBS) is preparing to roll-out high-definition (HD) services on the DTT platform using encoders from ATEME.

:: 17/12/2012

Greece - Launch of Euronews on DTT platform

Euronews has announced that it will launch its a continuous news service in Greek on the DTT plaforms in Greece and Cyprus.

:: 17/12/2012

Poland - UKE issues report on DTT set-top box specification conformity

The Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) has issued its report on its study of set-top boxes on the DTT platform.

:: 14/12/2012

Russia - Government announces broadcast services in second DTT multiplex

The Rozkomnadzor (Competition Commission) has announced the license allocation for television programme services in the second DTT multiplex (MUX 2).

:: 14/12/2012

Croatia - Launch of new television programme service, HRT 4

The public service broadcaster HRT is preparing to launch a new television programme service known as HRT4.

:: 14/12/2012

Netherlands - 800 MHz band auction completed

The Agentschap Telecom (Radiocommunications) Authority has announced the results of its license auction in multiple frequency band, including the 800 MHz band.

:: 14/12/2012

Australia - 700 MHz band auction to take place in April 2013

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has given directives on the upcoming digital dividend auction.

:: 13/12/2012

Spain - Marlin and Playready for HbbTV DRM

AEDETI members are calling for the use of Marlin (Intertrust) and Playready (Microsoft) for the protection of content (DRM) on the HbbTV platform.

:: 13/12/2012

South Africa - ICASA opens consulation on proposal for third DTT multiplex

The communications regulator ICASA has opened a consultation on its proposals for changes to current DTT regulations.

:: 13/12/2012

United Kingdom - Sony SAB TV launches on DTT platform in Manchester

The first Hindi-language television programme service has launched on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 13/12/2012

Czech Republic - Nova to launch new television programme service on DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster Nova has announced the launch of a new television programme service on the national DTT platform.

:: 12/12/2012

France - TDF to use technical innovation to reduce DTT transmission costs

The broadcast network operator TDF has announced that it plans to reduce the transmission costs to broadcasters offering HD services on the DTT platform.

:: 12/12/2012

DigiTAG announces worldwide ambition to defend broadcast frequencies

DigiTAG has announced that it will re-launch as a consortium to defend and promote digital terrestrial broadcasting around the world.

:: 12/12/2012

France - Launch of 6 HD services on free-to-air DTT platform

Six new television programme services have been launched on the free-to-air DTT platform in France.

:: 12/12/2012

Poland - Regulation calls for digital television infrastructure for all new buildings

The Ministry of Transport and Construction has established regulation requiring that all new apartment buildings must include the necessary infrastructure for the reception of digital television.

:: 11/12/2012

Hungary - NMHH publishes map for digital switchover

The National Media and Communications Authority (NMHH) has issued its regional map for the implementation of digital switchover.

:: 11/12/2012

Spain - Supreme Court rules DTT license allocation invalid

The Supreme Court has declared invalid the licensing of broadcast services on the DTT platform.

:: 11/12/2012

Kenya - CCK approves Samsung receiver for DTT platform

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has given approval rating to the Samsung ES 5600K model.

:: 11/12/2012

Poland - BBC considers entering DTT market

BBC Worldwide is considering to participate in the tender for a license on the DTT platform.

:: 11/12/2012

France - Pay DTT operator TV Numeric ceases operation

The pay-DTT operator TV Numeric has filed for bankruptcy. It had been seeking an investor since earlier in the year and the media group Canal+ had initially expressed some interest.

:: 10/12/2012

Kenya - Consumer group opposes ASO in Nairobi at end of 2012

Opposition is mounting against plans to switch-off analogue terrestrial television services in the capital city Nairobi.

:: 10/12/2012

Spain - Mediaset to launch Neuve on the DTT platform in January

The commercial broadcaster Mediaset Espańa has announced plans to launch a new free-to-air television programme service on the DTT platform in January.

:: 10/12/2012

Poland - TVP launches new HbbTV services on DTT platform

The public service broadcaster TVP has launched a new application on its hybrid broadcast / broadband platform. The platform uses the HbbTV standard is only available on DTT.

:: 10/12/2012

Australia - ASO to take place in Brisbane on 28 May

Analogue switch-off is set to take place in the region of Brisbane on 28 May.

:: 07/12/2012

Lithuania - 73,000 pay DTT households

According to the latest report issued by the Communications Regulatory Authority (RRT), 73,600 households subscribe to the pay-DTT platform.

:: 07/12/2012

South Africa - Official launch of DTT platform delayed

The commercial launch of the DTT platform has again been delayed in South Africa.

:: 07/12/2012

United Kingdom - Live Broadcast Record List trial ready in Wales

The roll-out of a Broadcast Record Lists trial in Wales has been completed. As a next step, the trial will roll-out to the remaining regions during the month of January.

:: 07/12/2012

Italy - Canal 4 and Rete 4 available in HD on DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster Mediaset has made its television programme services Canale 5 and Rete 4 available in high-definition (HD) on the DTT platform.

:: 06/12/2012

Lithuania - 15,000 households lost TV services following ASO

According to the pay-DTT platform operator TEO, 15,000 households were not prepared for analogue switch-off when it took place on 28-29 October.

:: 06/12/2012

New Zealand - New hybrid services to be available on DTT platform

Viewers with a MyFreeview|HD or a Freeview|HD DTT receiver will be able to access new content from Quickflix.

:: 06/12/2012

United Kingdom - Ofcom awards local DTT license in Newcastle

The communications regulator has awarded a local DTT broadcast license in the region of Newcastle.

:: 05/12/2012

United States - OMVC issues report for new ATSC non-real-time mobile TV standard

The Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC) has issued a report to help broadcasters better understand the different use cases with mobile television.

:: 05/12/2012

Kyrgyzstan - DTT platform launched

The broadcast network operator Kyrgyztelecom has launched its first DTT transmissions on 23 November.

:: 04/12/2012

Australia - NITV to launch on DTT platform

A new television programme service is set to launch on the free-to-air DTT platform Freeview.

:: 04/12/2012

Netherlands - 800 MHz band auction continues after 24 days of bidding

The spectrum auction for licenses in 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1.8 GHz, and 2.6 GHz is still underway after 24 days of bidding.

:: 04/12/2012

Kenya - Increased DTT coverage and new services for pay platform

The coverage of the DTT platform has been expanded in the southeastern part of the country.

:: 04/12/2012

Italy - Telecom Italia unsatisfied with bids for acquisition of TIM

Telecom Italia has received four bids for its television division, Telecom Italia Media (TIM). However, none of these bids have been deemed satisfactory.

:: 04/12/2012

Romania - SRN seeks DTT license in upcoming auction

The incumbent broadcast network operator, SNR (Radiocom), is seeking at least one license on the DVB-T platform.

:: 03/12/2012

New Zealand - Pay-DTT service Igloo launches

The pay-DTT service Igloo has launched on 3 December. It had initially been set to launch last June.

:: 30/11/2012

United Kingdom - EC approves aid for local DTT platform

The European Commission (EC) has approved the planned government aid for the local DTT platform.

:: 30/11/2012

Poland - Eska TV launches HbbTV services on DTT platform

The television programme service Eska TV has launched interactive television services on the DTT platform.

:: 30/11/2012

United Kingdom - Digital UK publishes final report on digital switchover process

Digital UK has published its final report on the digital switchover process in the United Kingdom.

:: 29/11/2012

Netherlands - DTT frequency changes in December to clear 800 MHz band

Frequency changes will be made to the DTT platform on 11-12 December. Service interruptions are expected.

:: 28/11/2012

Spain - Pirate television services proliferate on DTT platform

According to the Audiovisual Councils in Andalucia and Catalonia, the number of local unlicensed television stations is increasing.

:: 28/11/2012

Italy - Mediaset's Premium Play service accessed by 1 million users

The commercial broadcaster Mediaset has announced that its on-demand service Premium Play has reached one million users.

:: 28/11/2012

Italy - DGTVi to begin its work on DTT HD-Book version 3.0

The DGTVi has announced plans to begin work on an new specification for the DTT platform to be known as version 3.0 HD-Book DTT.

:: 27/11/2012

United States - Mobile TV receiver for Apple devices already sold out

The Elgato EyeTV Mobile which allows an iPad or iPhone to access the mobile DTT platform is out stock.

:: 27/11/2012

Germany - Authorites support migration to DVB-T2

Media regulators have expressed their support for the DTT platform to transition to the DVB-T2 standard. Currently, the platform uses the DVB-T standard together with MPEG-4 AVC.

:: 27/11/2012

Australia - ASO completed in northern New South Wales

Analogue switch-off has been completed in northern New South Wales at 9 am on 27 November.

:: 26/11/2012

United Kingdom - DTG tests first HbbTV receiver

DTG Testing, the DTG's receiver test centre, has successfully tested its first HbbTV product.

:: 26/11/2012

Italy - Mobile broadband to cause interference to 700,000 DTT households

The government has estimated that 700,000 households could suffer interference to their DTT reception with the launch of mobile telecom services in the 800 MHz band.

:: 26/11/2012

France - Canal + may be interested in TV Numeric

The media group Canal+ has indicated interest in acquiring the pay-DTT operator TV Numeric.

:: 26/11/2012

Poland - TVP to increase HbbTVservice offering on DTT platform

The public service broadcaster TVP is expanding its offer of hybrid broadcast / broadband services on the DTT platform.

:: 26/11/2012

Poland - ASO set to take place in Gdansk and Poznan on 28 November

After the successful completion of analogue switch-off in Lubusz, the process is set to continue in Pomerania and Wielkopolska on 28 November.

:: 23/11/2012

Poland - DTT penetration reaches 22%

According to Neilsen, 22.2% of households use the DTT platform for their primary television services. In total, the terrestrial television platform (digital and analogue) is used by 4.3 million households, or 31% of the population. Approximately 1.7 million households continue to rely on the analogue terrestrial television platform.

:: 23/11/2012

United Kingdom - Ofcom delays award of remaining local DTT service licenses

The communications regulator Ofcom has announced that it will delay its decision on the award of the eight remaining local broadcast service licenses on the DTT platform.

:: 23/11/2012

France - DTT reduces costs of transmission compared with analogue

The broadcast network operator TDF has noted that the cost of transmission on the terrestrial platform has been reduced following the transition to digital technology.

:: 23/11/2012

Hungary - 57000 households eligible for DSO aid programme

The communications regulator NMHH has announced its has provided support to two-thirds of eligible households for its digital switchover aid programme.

:: 22/11/2012

Uganda - StarTimes calls for improved DSO information campaign

The pay-DTT operator StarTimes is calling on the government to step up its digital switchover information campaign.

:: 22/11/2012

United Kingdom - UKTV awarded new television programme slot on DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster UKTV has been awarded an additional television programme slot on the DTT platform.

:: 22/11/2012

United Kingdom - Ofcom opens consultation on white space devices

The communications regulator Ofcom has opened a consultation on white space device requirements. The consultation is open until 10 January 2013.

:: 22/11/2012

Russia - 19 bids for 10 DTT service licenses on MUX2

The communications regulator Roskomnadzor has received 19 bids from broadcasters interested in services licenses on the DTT platform.

:: 21/11/2012

Brazil - Government to discuss moving forward ASO

The Minister of Communications, Paulo Bernardo, is planning to discuss the timetable for analogue switch-off with President Dilma Rousseff.

:: 21/11/2012

Tanzania - ASO to be completed by end of 2012

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has confirmed that it will complete digital switchover by 31 December 2012.

:: 20/11/2012

Serbia - Government calls for progess on DSO

The State Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Telecommunications, Stefan Lazarevic, has warned against delays to the digital switchover process.

:: 20/11/2012

Hungary - Launch of HbbTV trial on DTT platform in Budapest

The DTT platform operator Antenna Hungaria has launched a test of hybrid broadcast and broadband services in Budapest in early November.

:: 20/11/2012

RSPG publishes responses to consultation on 700 MHz band

The Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) has issued the responses that it received for its consultation on the long term spectrum requirements for television broadcasting in the European Union.

:: 20/11/2012

Norway - RiksTV launches new OTT services

The pay-DTT operator RiksTV has launched a new hybrid broacast / broadband services that will allow subscribers to access a wide range of Internet content.

:: 20/11/2012

Russia - 7.3 million households will need DSO support

The Ministry of Communications has proposed making subsidies available to help households convert from analogue to digital terrestrial television.

:: 19/11/2012

Norway - PT issues new requirements for TV sets sold after 1 Jan 2013

The Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority (PT) has issued new technical requirements for television sets sold as of 1 January 2013.

:: 19/11/2012

United Kingdom - Free-to-air platform criticizes Ofcom's UHF strategy statement

The chairman of the free-to-air DTT consortium Freeview, Charles Constable, has faulted the communications regulator Ofcom for failing to justify its proposal to make the 700 MHz band to mobile telecom operators.

:: 16/11/2012

Czech Republic - České Radiokomunikace to operate MUX 1

The broadcast network operator České Radiokomunikace has been awarded a contract by the public service broadcaster Czech Television to operate its DTT network.

:: 16/11/2012

New Zealand - 89% of homes access DTV

The latest Digital Tracker report for the period from August to October shows that 89% of households have converted to digital television.

:: 16/11/2012

Macedonia (fyr) - Free-to-air DTT platform to launch in June 2013

The free-to-air DTT platform is set to launch on 1 June. It will be operated by One, which is a subsidiary of Telekom Slovenije.

:: 16/11/2012

United Kingdom - Ofcom issues UHF strategy

The communications regulator Ofcom has published its strategy document for the UHF band. In it, Ofcom recognises the importance of the DTT platform as well as the growing demand for mobile broadband services.

:: 16/11/2012

Denmark - TV3 and TV3 Puls to join pay-DTT platform

The commercial television services TV3 and TV3 Puls will soon be available on Boxer's pay-DTT platform.

:: 15/11/2012

Cape Verde - DTT platform to launch in 2013

According to the chairman of the National Communications Agency (ANAC), digital switchover is set to be completed by June 2015.

:: 15/11/2012

Italy - ORF 3 launches in South Tyrol

The regional broadcast network operator Rundfunk Anstalt Südtirol (RAS) has launched four new television programme services on its DTT platform.

:: 15/11/2012

France - M6 calls for changes to DTT regulatory regime

The head of M6, one of the leading commercial broadcasters, has called for regulatory reform on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 15/11/2012

Digital TV Labs first official HbbTV test centre

Digital TV Labs has become the first HbbTV test centre officially registered by the HbbTV Consortium.

:: 15/11/2012

Ireland - ComReg announces 800 MHz spectrum auction results

The communications regulator ComReg has announced the results of its auction for spectrum rights in the 800 MHz, 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands.

:: 15/11/2012

United Kingdom - Digital UK and DMOL to merge

Digital UK, the organisation responsible for managing digital switchover, has announced that it will merge with DMOL, the technical manager of the DTT platform.

:: 14/11/2012

Bulgaria - DTT services to launch in early 2013

The broadcast network operator NURTS has awarded Harris with an $8 million contract to supply equipment at its transmission sites.

:: 14/11/2012

Italy - Agcom opens consultation on regulation for DTT frequency auction

The communications regulator Agcom has issued a consultation on its proposed regulation for the auction of frequency licenses for the DTT platform.

:: 14/11/2012

Germany - New DTT services to launch in Stuttgart

A new DTT multiplex is set to launch in the region of Stuttgart on 15 November.

:: 13/11/2012

Italy - Revenue for Mediaset Premium stabilizes while profits at EI Towers increase

Revenue from Mediaset's pay-DTT operation, Mediaset Premium, has begun to stabilize.

:: 13/11/2012

Azerbaijan and Iran plan to coordinate DTT frequencies

The ministers of information and communications for Iran and Azerbaijan are preparing to meet to discuss DTT frequency usage.

:: 12/11/2012

New Zealand - Pay-DTT service Igloo to launch before Christmas

The pay-DTT platform, Igloo, is planning to launch before Christmas.

:: 12/11/2012

Portugal - DTT platform available to 92.7% of the population

The final report from the DTT Migration Monitoring Group states that the DTT platform is available to 92.7% of the population.

:: 12/11/2012

United Kingdom - Ofcom issues rules for planned 4G auction

The communications regulator Ofcom has published the rules and timetable for the auction of licenses in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz frequency bands.

:: 12/11/2012

United Kingdom - Arabia One available on Freeview platform

The Arabia One television package is now available to viewers on the DTT platform through the Vision TV Network.

:: 11/11/2012

United Kingdom - Member of Parliament calls for trial on 4G impact on DTT platform

John Whittingdale, chairman of the Parliament's Culture, Media and Sports Committee, has called for urgent testing of the planned 4G mobile phone roll-out in the 800 MHz band.

:: 09/11/2012

Malaysia - Three candidates shortlisted for DTT license

The communications regulator Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has shortlisted three candidates to build and operate the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 08/11/2012

RSPG to examine future use of 700 MHz band

The Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) has noted that making available more spectrum for wireless broadband will be one of its key priorities.

:: 08/11/2012

France - TF1 and M6 appeal against Canal+ acquisition of Direct 8

The commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 have filed an appeal against the acquisition of Direct 8 and Direct Star by the pay operator Canal+.

:: 08/11/2012

Russia - Broadcaster CTC applies for service licenses on MUX 2

The broadcaster CTC has announced that it has submitted applications for licenses to broadcast services on the second DTT multiplex.

:: 07/11/2012

UEMOA members agree to DSO roadmap

Representatives from the member-states of the UEMOA (West African Economic and Monetary Union) have developed a digital switchover roadmap.

:: 07/11/2012

Spain - Commercial broadcasters reject government changes to draft DTT plan

Commercial broadcasters have rejected the government's draft plan for the DTT platform that requires DTT services to vacate the 800 MHz band.

:: 07/11/2012

Austria - DTT service offering increases in Vienna, Innsbruck and Bregenz

The service offering on the DTT platform in Vienna, Innsbruck and Bregenz is set to increase.

:: 07/11/2012

Italy - EC recommendation for DTT frequency auction

According to local media reports, the European Commission (EC) has recommended the exclusion of the broadcasters Mediaset and RAI from the upcoming auction of DTT frequency licenses.

:: 07/11/2012

United Kingdom - Ofcom announces local DTT services for Birmingham and Oxford

The communications regulator Ofcom has awarded local DTT broadcast licenses for the areas of Birmingham and Oxford.

:: 06/11/2012

Russia - HbbTV services to launch in early 2013

The broadcast network operator RTRS has announced that it will launch HbbTV services on the DTT platform in the first quarter of 2013.

:: 06/11/2012

UEMOA to provide financial support for DSO

The Commission of the West African Economic Union (UEMOA) has announced that it is prepared to provide financial support to its members to help with digital switchover.

:: 06/11/2012

Russia - Regional broadcasters seek carriage on DTT platform

Regional broadcasters are increasingly worried about their future once digital switchover is completed.

:: 05/11/2012

Spain - AMETIC critical of government's DTT plan

An association for the communications industry, AMETIC, has criticized the government's new plan for the development of DTT in Spain.

:: 05/11/2012

Spain - Government to launch €2.6 million advertisement campaign about digital dividend

The Ministry of Industry has set aside €2.6 million to inform viewers about the clearing of DTT services from the 800 MHz band.

:: 05/11/2012

United Kingdom - Spectrum worth Ł52 billion

The Department of Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) has issued a new report that values the use of spectrum in the United Kingdom at Ł52 billion in 2011.

:: 05/11/2012

Thailand - DTT frequency auction in March 2013

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is planning to auction frequency licenses for the DTT platform in March 2013.

:: 05/11/2012

Poland - ASO to begin on 7 November in Lubusz

The Lubusz Voivodeship will be the first province in Poland to complete analogue switch-off. The process will take place right after midnight on 7 November.

:: 02/11/2012

Czech Republic - DTT used by 50% of households

The DTT platform is the most widely used television delivery platform in the Czech Republic.

:: 02/11/2012

South Africa - E-TV critical of ICASA's proposed UHF usage plan

The commercial broadcaster E-TV has criticized the regulator ICASA's recently released frequency plan.

:: 02/11/2012

United Kingdom - Freeview launches new advertisement campaign

The free-to-air DTT platform, Freeview, has launched a new advertising campaign ahead of the Christmas period.

:: 02/11/2012

Spain - Launch of Canal Tapas

The free-to-air DTT platform will launch a new television programme services, Canal Tapas.

:: 31/10/2012

Italy - Clessidra offers €330 million for TIM

Details on the bids for the acquisition of Telecom Italia Media (TIM) from Telecom Italia are becoming available.

:: 31/10/2012

Kenya - New dealerships authorised to sell DETT receivers

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has expanded the number of dealerships authorised to import and sell DTT receivers.

:: 31/10/2012

DVB approves next-generation handheld specification

The DVB has approved its next-generation handheld specification known as DVB-NGH.

:: 31/10/2012

Czech Republic - Zoom TV allocated license for DTT platform

The Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting (RRTV) has allocated the commercial broadcaster Prima a license television programme slot on the DTT platform.

:: 31/10/2012

Belarus - National commercial DTT platform to launch in 2013

According to Victor Krasovets, the CTO of the Belarusian Television and Radio Company (BTRC), a commercial DTT platform offering will launch in the second quarter of 2013.

:: 30/10/2012

Canada - White spaces to be available for unlicensed use

The Minister of Industry, Christian Paradis, announced plans to make television "white spaces" available for unlicensed use.

:: 30/10/2012

France - CSA issues report on ARCEP/CSA merger

The broadcast regulator CSA has issued its recommendations on a proposed merger between the CSA and the electronic communications regulator ARCEP.

:: 30/10/2012

Kenya - ASO delayed until 2013

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has announced that it will delay the completion of digital switchover until after the general elections in March 2013.

:: 30/10/2012

EIB and EBRD prepared to fund DSO projects in eastern Europe

Two development banks, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), have announced plans to support digitalization projects in eastern Europe.

:: 29/10/2012

Serbia - Government launches label for certified DTT receivers

The Ministry of Foreign and Domestic Trade and Telecommunications has announced that DTT receivers will be tested and labelled for conformance.

:: 29/10/2012

Australia - 10 MHz in 800 MHz band allocated to public safety agencies

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has announced that it is making 10 MHz of spectrum available in the 800 MHz band to public safety agencies.

:: 29/10/2012

Portugal - Complaints about DTT network instability

Since the completion of analogue switch-off on 26 April, the communications regulator Anacom has received 8,000 complaints about the DTT platform.

:: 29/10/2012

Lithuania - ASO completed nationwide

Analogue switch-off has been completed in Lithuania in the night between 28-29 October.

:: 29/10/2012

Teracom announces 1.2 million pay-DTT subscribers in Finland, Sweden and Denmark

The Nordic pay-DTT operator Teracom Group has ended the third quarter of 2012 with 1.2 million subscribers.

:: 29/10/2012

Slovakia - TV Joj plans to launch new television service

The commercial broadcaster TV Joj is planning to launch a new television programme service in March 3013 on the DTT platform.

:: 27/10/2012

Portugal - Canal Parlamento to launch on free-to-air DTT platform

A new television programme service will launch on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 26/10/2012

Portugal - Anacom consulting on possible use of digital dividend

The communications regulator Anacom has the government and broadcasters to comment on plans for using the digital dividend.

:: 26/10/2012

United Kingdom - Ofcom awards local DTT license in Southampton

The communications regulator Ofcom has awarded a license to provide local broadcast services in Southampton.

:: 25/10/2012

France - CSA publishes multiplex R7 and R8 coverage roll-out calendar

The broadcast regulator CSA has issued the timeline for the coverage roll-out of the multiplexes R7 and R8.

:: 25/10/2012

Ireland - 800 MHz band could generate up to €533 million

The sale of frequencies in the 800 MHz band are estimated to generate €185 million but could raise up to €533 million.

:: 25/10/2012

Lithuania - TEO subscribers double as ASO approaches

As analogue switch-off approaches, the pay DTT service provider TEO has had an increase in demand for its services.

:: 24/10/2012

Poland - Non specified DTT receivers enter the market

The president of the Polish Chamber of Digital Radiodiffusion (PIRC), Jacek Silski, has raised the alarm on the number of DTT receivers entering the market that are not specified for the Polish market.

:: 24/10/2012

United Kingdom - Analogue switch-off completed

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the United Kingdom. This end more than 70 years of analogue terrestrial broadcasting.

:: 23/10/2012

Lithuania - Frequency changes in region of Panevėžys

Frequencies used by the DTT platform in the region of Panevėžys will be changed on the night of analogue switch-off.

:: 23/10/2012

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has completed analogue switch-off.It was the last region in the UK to complete the process.

:: 23/10/2012

Netherlands - Digitenne had 741,000 subscribers at end of Q3 2012

The number of subscribers to the pay-DTT platform, Digitenne has decreased.

:: 23/10/2012

France - Broadcasters on DTT platform cannot transmit same content simultaneously

The broadcast regulator CSA has issued a decision that precludes broadcasters on the DTT platform from transmitting the same television programme service simultaneously.

:: 23/10/2012

ITU issues report on digital dividend

The ITU has issued a new report on the digital dividend to help regulators with the process of allocating and managing the frequencies made available following digital switchover.

:: 22/10/2012

Russia - MNITI and ALi cooperation to support local DTT receiver manufacturers

MNITI, the Moscow Scientific-Research Television Institute, and ALi Corporation, a set-top-box solution provider, have joined forced to develop a reference solution that can be used by local set-top box manufacturers.

:: 22/10/2012

Angola - DTT equipment installed in province of Huila

The terrestrial television transmitter in the province of Huila is in the process of being digitalized.

:: 22/10/2012

New report available on benefits and limitations of SFNs

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has issued a new report on benefits and limitations of Single Frequency Networks (SFNs) on the DTT platform.

:: 19/10/2012

Russia - DTT platform rolls out in Irkutsk

The roll-out of DTT services in the Siberian region of Irkutsk has begun and will be completed by 2015.

:: 19/10/2012

Proposal for DigiTAG as forum for worldwide spectrum cooperation

The technical director of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Lieven Vermaele, called for joint action in defense of broadcast spectrum at the general assembly meetings of the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU) and the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU).

:: 19/10/2012

Spain - Supreme Court to rule on legality of 2010 DTT license allocations

The Supreme Court will rule on the legality of the method used by the government to allocate licenses on the DTT platform.

:: 18/10/2012

France - TV Numeric drops to 40,000 subscribers

The pay-DTT service operator TV Numeric has been placed in receivership (redressement judiciaire) since early October.

:: 18/10/2012

United Kingdom - Telecom operators create MitCo to help protect DTT platform from 4G interference

The four leading mobile telecom network operators EE, Telefónica O2, Three and Vodafone have formally created a jointly controlled company called Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited.

:: 17/10/2012

Macedonia (fyr) - One to operate DTT platform

The Agency for Electronic Communications (AEK) has awarded the license to operate DTT services in the frequencies 470-790 MHz to One.

:: 16/10/2012

Finland - YLE HD to be available full-time on DTT platform

The public service broadcaster YLE has announced that it will increase the amount of time that it broadcasts its high-definition (HD) service YLE HD.

:: 16/10/2012

Russia - Tender open for services on MUX 2

The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Communications (Roskomnadzor) has opened a tender for services on the DTT platform.

:: 16/10/2012

France - M6 request reparation for loss of "bonus" channel on DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster M6 is preparing to send a letter to the Prime Minister requesting reparations for the loss of the so-called "bonus channel" on the DTT platform.

:: 15/10/2012

Italy - 3 multiplexes in auction to be reserved for new DTT entrants

Government planning for the auction of 6 DTT multiplexes is currently underway.

:: 15/10/2012

Poland - TVP confirms HbbTV offer on TVP2

The public service broadcaster Telewizja Polska has extended its offer of interactive television services on the DTT platform.

:: 15/10/2012

Czech Republic - Petka launches on DTT platform

A new television programme service has launched nationwide from Multiplex 3.

:: 15/10/2012

Lithuania - TEO increases number of pay-DTT subscribers

The pay-DTT service provider TEO has announced that it had 72,845 subscribers to its DVB-T service as of 30 August 2012.

:: 12/10/2012

Slovenia - Tender opened to operate MUX C

The communications regulator APEK has opened a tender for a license to operate a national DTT multiplex.

:: 12/10/2012

Russia - ASO to be completed from 2014 to 2017

According to the broadcast network operator RTRS, analogue switch-off is set to be completed from 2014 to 2017.

:: 12/10/2012

United Kingdom - DTT Engineering Channel to shut-down during Christmas period

The DTG has announced that it will shut down its DTT Engineering Channel during the Christmas period.

:: 11/10/2012

Russia - 70% DTT coverage in Tatarstan by end of year

By the end of 2012, the DTT platform will be available to 70% of residents in the territory of Tatarstan.

:: 11/10/2012

France - R8 to operate Multiplex R8

The communications regulator CSA has authorised the company R8 to operate the multiplex R8.

:: 11/10/2012

Italy - Mediaset Premium Play achieves objectives

The commercial broadcaster has decided to renew its contract with the television software and service provider Motive Television for its continued support of the Mediaset Premium Pay service.

:: 11/10/2012

Germany - ZDF supports transition to DVB-T2

The public service broadcaster ZDF has confirmed its support for a transition to the DVB-T2 standard on the DTT platform.

:: 10/10/2012

Ireland - 100,000 households not yet prepared for ASO

According to the latest Millward Brown Lansdowne tracking study on Digital Switchover, 50,000 households have converted to digital television in the second half of September.

:: 10/10/2012

Netherlands - New legislation to ensure continuity of DTT services

The government has introduced legislation that clearly details the responsibility for the provision of continuous DTT and radio services.

:: 10/10/2012

Spain - Government to fund 3% of total cost of moving DTT out of 800 MHz band

The government has announced that it will make €10 million available as part of the process to free up the 800 MHz band for mobile telecom services.

:: 10/10/2012

United Kingdom - Local DTT broadcast licenses awarded in Belfast and Sheffield

The communications regulator Ofcom has awarded local DTT broadcast licenses for the areas of Belfast and Sheffield.

:: 10/10/2012

Czech Republic - Coverage of MUX 4 to reach 85% of population by end of October

The roll-out of Multiplex 4 is underway with the addition of new transmission sites.

:: 09/10/2012

Slovenia - LTE testing in 700 MHz band

The communications regulator APEK has announced that it has approved testing of LTE services in the 700 MHz.

:: 09/10/2012

Russia - 27% DTT penetration by 2015

According to a study conducted by J'son & Partners, 15 million households will use the DTT platform by 2015. This represents a penetration of 27% of total television households.

:: 09/10/2012

Italy - La7 and Feltrinelli to launch new DTT service

The publishing group Feltrinelli and the national broadcaster La7 have signed an agreement to launch a new television programme service on the DTT platform.

:: 09/10/2012

Poland - UKE field tests show DTT platform available in 98% of locations measured

The Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) has undertaken signal measurements for the DTT platform in seven provinces.

:: 08/10/2012

Italy - Launch of Serie B TV

The Serie B Football League has announced the launch of Serie B TV which will be available on the pay-DTT platform.

:: 05/10/2012

Lithuania - 200,000 households rely on analogue terrestrial TV

Approximately 200,000 households continue to use the analogue terrestrial television platform for their primary television services according to a survey conducted last July by UAB SIC.

:: 05/10/2012

Poland - Cyfrowy Polsat reduces mobile DTT monthly subscription fee

Cyfrowy Polsat has announced a reduction in the cost for monthly subscription for its mobile television services.

:: 04/10/2012

United Kingdom - DMOL rejects Sky appeal of channges to DTT LCNs

The chair of DMOL, the organisation responsible for the technical management of the DTT platform, has denied the appeal lodged by Sky and an adult television service provider regarding changes to the LCNs.

:: 04/10/2012

Azerbaijian - DVB-T2 extened to Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic

The coverage of DTT services in Azerbaijan will be extended to reach the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.

:: 03/10/2012

Myanmar - NEC to provide DTT transmitters

The manufacturer NEC Corporation has announced that it is providing digital broadcasting transmitters to Myanmar Album Media Services (MAMS).

:: 03/10/2012

South Africa - Official DTT commercial launch set for December

The Minister of Communications Dina Pule has announced that the official commercial launch of the DTT platform will take place in December.

:: 03/10/2012

Hungary - 75,000 pay-DTT subscribers

The pay-DTT platform operator Antenna Hungaria has announced that it has 75,000 subscribers to its pay-DTT service known as MinDig TV Extra.

:: 03/10/2012

Hungary - 350,000 free-to-air DTT households

The DTT platform operator Antenna Hungaria has announced that nearly 350,000 households rely on the free-to-air DTT platform MinDig TV.

:: 03/10/2012

France - CSA announces HD/DTT services on Mux R7 and Mux R8

The CSA has announced how multiplex capacity will be used by the 6 new television programme services that will launch on 12 December.

:: 03/10/2012

United Kingdom - Local DTT license awarded in Nottingham

Ofcom has announced that it has awarded a local DTT service license to Notts TV in the region of Nottingham.

:: 03/10/2012

Poland - Tender for 4 DTT licenses expected by end of year

The National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) has confirmed that it will invite candidates to tender for DTT licenses by the end of the year.

:: 02/10/2012

United Kingdom - 4G auction to begin by end of year

The communications regulator Ofcom has announced that it plans to start the auction process for licenses to deliver 4G services in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz frequency bands.

:: 02/10/2012

Spain - DTT used by 81.7% of households for primary TV services

The latest audience figures for the month of September show that the DTT platform remains the most popular means to access television services.

:: 02/10/2012

Ireland - 150,000 viewers remain dependent on analogue terrestrial television

According to the latest Digital Television Tracking report, 50,000 viewers switched to digital television between mid August and mid September.

:: 02/10/2012

United Kingdom - Channel 4 HD to replace S4C HD in Wales

The Broadcast Licensing Committee of the communications regulator Ofcom has agreed to allow Channel 4 to utilize the capacity in Wales formerly occupied by S4C HD.

:: 01/10/2012

Uganda - Regulator updates DTT receiver specification

The Communications Commission (UCC) has updated its minimum specification for DTT receivers. The DVB-T2 standard has been adopted.

:: 01/10/2012

Croatia - Consultation on new DTT services opened

The Electronic Media Council (VEM) has opened a consultation to determine interest in the provision of national broadcast services on the DTT platform.

:: 30/09/2012

New Zealand - ASO completed in Hawke's Bay and the West Coast

The first two regions in New Zealand have completed analogue switch-off.

:: 28/09/2012

United States - FCC approves rules framework for spectrum incentive auctions

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has unanimously approved the rules framework for the so-called spectrum incentive auctions.

:: 28/09/2012

France - ASO costs lower than initially budgeted

The final cost of analogue switch-off proved to be lower than initially anticipated by the government.

:: 28/09/2012

United Kingdom - DTG makes D-Book 7 Part B available for all

The Digital TV Group (DTG) has now made available its specification for connected television products and services available to its members and non-members.

:: 28/09/2012

Cambodia - TV5 Monde to join pay-DTT platform

The French-language television programme service TV5 Monde is set to join the pay-DTT platform OneTV in Cambodia.

:: 27/09/2012

Italy - Three bids for Telecom Italia Media

Three companies have submitted bids to Telecom Italia for the acquisition of its 77% holding in Telecom Italia Media.

:: 27/09/2012

Croatia - Kapital Net DTT license revoked

The Council on Electronic Media (VEM) had decided to permanently revoke the license of the television programme service Kapital Net.

:: 27/09/2012

Hungary - Frequency changes to be made in October and November

As part of the process of making the 800 MHz band available for mobile broadband services, the DTT platform is required to move its services out of this frequency band.

:: 27/09/2012

Belgium - Local events to be broadcast using DVB-T

The pay-DTT service provider (and cable operator) Telenet has announced plans to showcase local events on the DTT platform.

:: 27/09/2012

Poland - TVP plans to launch new DTT services

The public service broadcaster TVP has announced plans to launch a new television programme services on the DTT platform.

:: 26/09/2012

United Kingdom - ASO completed in North East England

Analogue switch-off has now been completed across England with the switch-off of the last analogue channels across the North East.

:: 25/09/2012

Germany - Disney to enter DTT platform via acquisition of Das Vierte

The media group Disney has confirmed its acquisition of the free-to-air television programme service Das Vierte.

:: 25/09/2012

France - D8 and D17 to launch on 7 October

The newly renamed television programme services, D8 and D17, will officially launch on the DTT platform on 7 October at 20h30.

:: 25/09/2012

Germany - New equipment used for DVB-T2 trial in Bavaria

The public service broadcaster for Bavaria, Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), is now using head-end equipment from the manufacturer Rohde & Schwarz for its DVB-T2 trial.

:: 25/09/2012

Hungary - Regulator developing plan for DSO Help Scheme

The communications regulator NMHH is currently developing its strategy for helping low-income families convert to digital television.

:: 25/09/2012

Nigeria - 900,000 pay-DTT subscribers

The pay-DTT service operator NTA Star Times has announced that it now has 900,000 subscribers. This is the result in the increase in DTT coverage since July 2012 when Star Times had 750,000 subscribers.

:: 24/09/2012

United Kingdom - Ofcom set to renew license for operation of MUX B

BBC Free-to-View Limited (BFtV) has applied to renew its license to operate the DTT multiplex B for a further 12 year period.

:: 21/09/2012

Romania - Consultation calls for use of DVB-T2 standard

The Ministry of Communications has opened a consultation on its draft plans for digital switchover.

:: 20/09/2012

United States - Trial white-space database for wireless microphones begins

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched a trial registration system for wireless microphones.

:: 20/09/2012

United States - Dyle mobile television officially launced

Live mobile television, known as Dyle, has officially launched in the United States.

:: 20/09/2012

Spain - HbbTV specification adopted

The Ministry of Industry, Energy, and Tourism has approved the technical specification for hybrid broadcast / broadband services using the HbbTV standard.

:: 20/09/2012

United Kingdom - New services on DTT platform in Manchester

Six new television programme services will be available on the free-to-air DTT platform in Manchester.

:: 20/09/2012

Cambodia - France 24 to launch on One TV platform

The television service France 24 is set to join the DTT platform One TV in Cambodia.

:: 19/09/2012

United Kingdom - Local DTT service licenses awarded in Bristol, Cardiff and Norwich

Ofcom has awarded the license to provide local television services on the DTT platform in Bristol, Cardiff, and Norwich.

:: 19/09/2012

Czech Republic - Report on digital switchover issued by government

The Minister of Interior, in cooperation with the National Coordinator for Digital Broadcasting, has submitted the final report on digital switchover.

:: 19/09/2012

Rwanda - Government to soon release DSO strategy

The government is set to confirm the digital switchover strategy. Analogue switch-off had initially been expected to be completed by December 2012, although it may be delayed.

:: 18/09/2012

France - CSA gives approval for Canal+ foray into free-to-air DTT market

The broadcast regulator CSA has given its approval for the acquisition of Direct 8 and Direct Star by the pay media group Canal+.

:: 18/09/2012

Czech Republic - CTU delays LTE interference trial in 800 MHz band

The Czech Telecommunication Office (CTU) has postponed the testing of the impact of LTE services operating in the 800 MHz band on the DTT platform.

:: 17/09/2012

Lithuania - Strong increase in TV sales

With analogue switch-off approaching, retailers and pay television operators are experiencing increased demand.

:: 17/09/2012

Croatia - Pay-DTT service to launch in November

Planning for the launch of pay television services on the DTT platform is underway.

:: 17/09/2012

France - Direct 8 to be renamed D8 and benefit from significant investement

The free-to-air DTT service, Direct 8, is set to for unprecedented change with plans to become a leading commercial broadcaster.

:: 17/09/2012

France - ARCEP sets obligations to remedy TDF's significant market power

The telecommunications regulator ARCEP has confirmed that the broadcast network operator TDF holds significant market power and is subject to ex ante regulation during the period 2012 - 2015.

:: 14/09/2012

Poland - ASO to begin on 7 November

The Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) has announced that analogue switch-off is set to begin on 7 November.

:: 14/09/2012

Croatia - Launch of HTV3 on DTT platform

The public service broadcaster HRT has made its television service HTV3 available on the DTT platform.

:: 14/09/2012

Croatia - HAKOM invites candidates to tender for licenses in 800 MHz band

The communications regulator HAKOM is inviting candidates to tender for licenses to operate services using the frequencies 791-821 MHz and 832-862 MHz.

:: 14/09/2012

Russia - Government examining frequencies to use for MUX 3

The government is currently in the process of deciding which frequency band to allocate for the third DTT multiplex.

:: 13/09/2012

Poland - HbbTV services officially launched on DTT platform

The public service broadcaster TVP has officially launched its interactive broadcast and broadband services on the DTT platform.

:: 13/09/2012

Policy Tracker publishes report on prospect for unlicenses usage of White Spaces

PolicyTracker has issued a new report evaluating the status of White Spaces in the DTT frequency bands and the prospects for the future development of services.

:: 13/09/2012

United Kingdom - Al Jazeera English joins Freeview 24/7

Al Jazeera English has announced that it will be available 24 hours a day on the DTT platform as of 19 September.

:: 12/09/2012

Spain - Televisió de Catalunya reduces DTT offer

In an effort to reduce costs, the public service broadcaster for Catalunya, Televisió de Catalunya, has decided to merge two of its television programme services, Súper 3/3xl and El 33 as of 1 October.

:: 12/09/2012

Germany - ARD indicates interest in DVB-T2

The directors of the public service broadcaster ARD have signaled their interest in transitioning the standard used on the DTT platform from DVB-T to DVB-T2.

:: 12/09/2012

France - MUX R5 to reach 96% of the population by November

The broadcast regulator CSA has announced the coverage roll-out for the DTT multiplex R5.

:: 12/09/2012

Romania - Ministry hopes for DTT launch by end of year

The Minister of Communications, Dan Nica, has suggested that the DTT platform could launch by the end of the year offering up to 15 television programme services.

:: 12/09/2012

United Kingdom - Ofcom awards local DTT service licenses in Brighton and Grimsby

The communications regulator Ofcom has awarded licenses for the provision of local television services on the DTT platform in Brighton and Grimsby.

:: 11/09/2012

United States - Spectrum incentive auctions could lead to DTT coverage loss of 2%

According to the draft framework for the spectrum incentive auctions, broadcasters could lose 2% of their current coverage area.

:: 11/09/2012

United States - Spectrum incentive auctions could lead to DTT coverage loss of 2%

According to the draft framework for the spectrum incentive auctions, broadcasters could lose 2% of their current coverage area.

:: 11/09/2012

Italy - Local broadcasters continue to use 800 MHz band

The Ministry of Economic Development is in the process of ensuring that frequencies previously used by broadcasters are now available for re-allocation to mobile telecom operators.

:: 11/09/2012

Czech Republic - Multiplex 4 to reach 85% of population by end of year

According to a recent report published by the Czech Telecommunication Office (CTU), the coverage of Multiplex 4 is lower than announced by its multiplex operator Digital Broadcasting.

:: 10/09/2012

Ireland - Government announces National Digital Switchover Week

As part of the government's efforts to help viewers prepare for digital switchover, the Department of Communications has announced that it will organise a National Digital Switchover Week which will take place from 17 to 23 September.

:: 10/09/2012

Ireland - 93% awareness of digital switchover

According to the latest digital switchover tracker study for the month of August, 93% of households are aware of analogue switch-off set to take place on 24 October.

:: 09/09/2012

France - TDF launches end-to-end HbbTV platform

The broadcast network operator TDF has launched the first end-to-end platform for interactive television using the HbbTV standard.

:: 07/09/2012

United States - Spectrum incentive auctions could take place in 2014

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to discuss the rules for the spectrum incentive auctions at their meeting on 28 September.

:: 07/09/2012

United Kingdom - DTG to make D-Book 7 Part B available

The DTG has announced that it will make its D-Book 7 Part B openly available to the broadcast industry.

:: 06/09/2012

Uganda - Government to ban import of analogue TV sets

The government is putting together a proposal that would ban the import of analogue television sets. It would only be possible to sell television sets with a digital tuner.

:: 06/09/2012

Togo - DTT to launch using the DVB-T2 standard

The West African country Togo is preparing for digital switchover using the DVB-T2 standard.

:: 06/09/2012

Spain - Canal Sur 2 to exit regional DTT platform

The regional broadcaster for Andalusia, RTVA, has announced that it will close its television programme service Canal Sur 2.

:: 06/09/2012

France - MHD7 authorised to operate Multiplex R7

The communications regulator CSA has authorised MHD7 to operate Multiplex R7.

:: 06/09/2012

Germany - Deutsche TV Platform issues report on DVB-T2

According to the Deutsche Television Platform, a policy decision on the adoption of the DVB-T2 standard could be made in the next 6 months.

:: 06/09/2012

Czech Republic - New DTT service Channel 5 to launch in October

The owners of TV Metropol have announced plans to launch a new nationwide DTT broadcast service.

:: 06/09/2012

Italy - Discussions for joint venture between Sky Italia and L'Espresso on DTT platform

Italian media report that discussions are underway between the pay operator and the media group L'Espresso to form a joint venture for services on the DTT platform.

:: 05/09/2012

Portugal - SIC / TVI propose launching 2 DTT services

The commercial broadcasters SIC and TVI have proposed the launch of two new free-to-air television programme services on the DTT platform.

:: 04/09/2012

United Kingdom - Arqiva acquires Connect TV

The broadcast network operator Arqiva has acquired Connect TV which provides services via the Internet to DTT viewers.

:: 04/09/2012

Germany - DTT penetration reaches 12.5%

Media authorities have issued their yearly digital television report (Digitalisierungsbericht) which shows that 77.8% of households now access digital television services.

:: 04/09/2012

Ireland - 25% doubt ASO will take place as planned

According to information published by Saorview, 25% of viewers are reluctant to believe that analogue switch-off will take place as planned on 24 October.

:: 04/09/2012

Spain - Estimated 1 million buildings need to upgrade DTT antennas

The Asociación de Usuarios de la Comunicación (AUC) is calling on the government to provide subsidies to help households adapt their DTT antennas in order to be able to continue accessing services.

:: 04/09/2012

Italy - LCN on DTT platform to reflect viewer preferences

The Consiglio di Stato (Council of State) has mandated the communications regulator Agcom to revise the Logical Channel Numbering (LCN) on the DTT platform.

:: 03/09/2012

Australia - Freeview Australia launches new advertisement campaign

Freeview Australia has launched a major new television advertisement campaign to promote the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 03/09/2012

United States - Local DTT broadcasters target of investment surge

The planned auction of spectrum held by broadcasters on the DTT platform has resulted in investors acquiring local broadcasters in major cities.

:: 03/09/2012

Mozambique - INCM preparing proposal to ban import of analogue TV sets

The National Communications Institute (INCM) is preparing a decree that will ban the import of analogue television sets.

:: 03/09/2012

Brazil - Broadcasters call for ASO delay

Broadcasters are expected to submit a proposal to the President, Dilma Rousseff, calling for a 10 year delay to analogue switch-off.

:: 03/09/2012

Spain - Viewers to fund cost of converting roof-top antennas

According to the Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, viewers will be responsible for funding the cost of converting their antennas for DTT reception.

:: 03/09/2012

EC calls for coordinated approach to spectrum sharing

The European Commission (EC) has called for a coordinated European approach to sharing spectrum.

:: 03/09/2012

Norway - RiksTV expands offer with hybrid DTT / Internet receivers

The pay-DTT service operator, RiksTV, has announced the expansion of its services offering following the launch of a new DTT / Internet hybrid receiver.

:: 31/08/2012

Finland - Trial white space license allocated in Turku

The Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (Ficora) has granted a trial licence for a cognitive radio system in the UHF band to Turku University of Applied Sciences.

:: 30/08/2012

Norway - RiksTV makes TV2 Sumo available on platform

The pay-DTT service operator, RiksTV, has announced that DTT subscribers will be able to access TV2 Sumo directly from their television sets.

:: 30/08/2012

Sweden - Teracom reduces carbon footprint by 70%

The broadcast network operator Teracom has announced that it will only use renewable energy for the DTT networks it operates in Denmark and Sweden.

:: 30/08/2012

Germany - VOX launches HbbTV service

The commercial broadcaster RTL has launched has launched an interactive digital teletext service for its television programme service VOX.

:: 29/08/2012

Germany - Media Broadcast showcases HbbTV media portal

The broadcast network operator Media Broadcast has developed a central media portal that broadcasters can use for their interactive content.

:: 28/08/2012

Germany - 25% of households own a DVB-T receiver

According to the Federal Office for Statistics, Statistische Bundesamt (Destatis), 25% of households owned a DVB-T receiver at the end of 2011.

:: 28/08/2012

Kenya - CCK changes minimum DTT receiver specification

The Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) has revised its minimum specifications for DTT receivers.

:: 28/08/2012

Austria - DVB-T2 network rollout to begin in 3Q 2012

The roll-out of the DVB-T2 network is set to begin in the third quarter of 2012. Nationwide coverage is expected to be achieved by 2014.

:: 28/08/2012

Italy - Italia 1 HD launches on DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster Mediaset has officially launched a new television programme service in high-definition (HD) on the national DTT platform on 28 August.

:: 28/08/2012

Italy - DTT frequency auction postponed until October

The auction for the licenses to operate DTT frequency channels has been postponed until October.

:: 27/08/2012

Hungary - MinDig TV Extra doubles subcribers in past year

According to the latest figures published by the communications regulator Nemzeti Média- és Hírközlési Hatóság (NMHH), there were 65,012 subscribers to the pay-DTT platform at the end of June.

:: 27/08/2012

Germany - New service launches on DTT platform in Berlin

The DTT platform in Berlin and Brandenburg has increased its service offering with the launch of 1-2-3.tv on the platform.

:: 27/08/2012

Israel - Channel 10 on DTT platform may be forced to shut down

Services on the free-to-air DTT platform may decrease depending on the viability of the commercial broadcaster Channel 10.

:: 25/08/2012

Portugal - Future of RTP to impact DTT platform

The government is currently in the process of determining the future of the public service broadcaster RTP and its television services RTP1 and RTP2.

:: 24/08/2012

Spain - Broadcasters agree to revised DTT frequency plan

The government and broadcasters have reached an agreement regarding the allocation of frequencies for the DTT platform.

:: 24/08/2012

South Africa - Government reduces expected price of DTT set-top boxes

The expected price of DTT set-top boxes has been reduced from ZAR 700 (€66) to ZAR 400 (€38).

:: 24/08/2012

Sweden - Italian Serie A football matches available on Kanal Global

Boxer is making available the Italian Serie A football matches from Kanal Global on the DTT platform.

:: 24/08/2012

Czech Republic - Fanda TV joins DTT platform

The television programme service Fanda TV is now available on the DTT platform.

:: 23/08/2012

Romania - Ancom announces frequency auction to begin on 10 September

The communications regulator Ancom has announced that it will host a spectrum auction starting on 10 September.

:: 23/08/2012

Portugal - Anacom extends ASO aid programme deadline

The communications regulator Anacom has decided to extend the duration of the digital switchover aid programme.

:: 23/08/2012

United Kingdom - Ofcom publishes tender applications for local DTT services

The communications regulator Ofcom has made available the applications that it has received from bidders for the local DTT multiplex license and the local DTT broadcast licenses.

:: 23/08/2012

Russia - Update on status of DTT

In the recent issue of DVB Scene, Alexey Malinin, the Deputy Minister of Telecom & Mass Communications, gives an update on the status of DTT in Russia.

:: 22/08/2012

Ukraine - 3 million DTT viewers by the end of August

According to the head of the DTT platform operator Zeonbud, Viktor Galich, 3 million viewers will access DTT services by the end of August 2012.

:: 21/08/2012

Brazil - ASO to be delayed beyond 2016

The Ministry for Communications, Minicom, has announced that the government will not reach its target date of 30 June 2016 for the completion of analogue switch-off.

:: 21/08/2012

South Africa - Official DTT launch set for 26-27 September

The official launch of the DTT platform is set to take place on 26-27 September in the Northern Cape region.

:: 21/08/2012

France - €267 million in cumulative losses for Direct 8 and Direct Star

The television programme service on the DTT platform Direct 8 and Direct Star have accumulated losses of €267 million between 2005 and 2010.

:: 21/08/2012

United Kingdom - Sky appeals against changes to LCN on DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster Sky has lodged an appeal with DMOL's plans to re-organize the Logical Channel Numbering (LCN) on the DTT platform.

:: 21/08/2012

France - Prime Minister call for new communication regulation

The Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has mandated his government to propose a new regulatory regime for regulation of media content and infrastructure.

:: 20/08/2012

Greece - ASO completed in Athens

Analogue switch-off has been completed in Athens and its surrounding region.

:: 20/08/2012

Slovakia - Commercial broadcaster Markíza launches Dajto!

The commercial broadcaster Markíza has launched a new television programme service on 20 August.

:: 17/08/2012

Denmark - No license obligation to launch DVB-H on MUX6

The Radio och TV-nämnde has announced that the commercial DTT platform operator Boxer does not need to launch mobile television services using the DVB-H standard from Multiplex 6.

:: 17/08/2012

Sweden - 1.2 million subscribers pay-DTT services in Finland, Demark and Sweden

Teracom remains a leading provider of pay television services in the Nordics with 1.2 million subscribers to its pay-DTT services in Denmark, Finland and Sweden.

:: 17/08/2012

Over 27 million DTT homes in Latin America by 2016

According to a new report published by Dataxis, DTT will be used in 27.6 million homes in Latin America by 2016.

:: 15/08/2012

United States - Analyst predicts AERO to fail

According to an analyst from Frost & Sullivan, the AERO service has little chance for future prospects.

:: 15/08/2012

Italy - Delays to publication of DTT auction rules

The communications regulator Agcom has requested that the government give it more time to prepare the planned auction of DTT frequencies.

:: 14/08/2012

Czech Republic - CTU issues DVB-T2 receiver specification

The telecommunications regulator CTU has issued an updated version of its receiver specification for the DTT platform.

:: 14/08/2012

United Kingdom - Ofcom publishes list of applicants for local DTT services

Ofcom has published the list of applicants that have tendered to provide local DTT television services and local DTT multiplex services.

:: 14/08/2012

Netherlands - 12% of households subscribe to pay-DTT platform

At the end of June, 76% of households accessed digital television. In comparison 73% of households accessed digital television in June 2011.

:: 13/08/2012

New Zealand - Ministry opens consultation on Radio Spectrum Five Year Outlook

The Ministry of Economic Developed has opened a consultation on its draft Radio Spectrum Five Year Outlook.

:: 13/08/2012

United States - ATSC prepares 3D/DTT standard for end of year

The ATSC plasns to release its standard for 3DTV on the DTT platform by the end of the year.

:: 13/08/2012

Czech Republic - New website promoting DTT platform

The broadcast network operator České Radiokomunikace has launched a new website to promote the DTT platform.

:: 13/08/2012

Sweden - DTT network changes allow for regional content

The simultaneous transmission of TV3, Channel 5, SVT1 HD, SVT2 HD, and TV4 HD has ended.

:: 10/08/2012

Czech Republic - Ocko TV increases audience share from MUX 3

The decision by the television programme service Ocko TV to broadcast from DTT multiplex 3 has allowed it to increase its audience share.

:: 10/08/2012

Italy - Europa 7 HD to offer Serie B football matches

The pay-DTT operator, Europa 7 HD, has been awarded broadcast rights for the second football league division, Serie B.

:: 09/08/2012

United Kingdom - Comux publishes details of DTT bid

Comux UK has issued the details of its bid to operate the national DTT multiplex available for local DTT services.

:: 08/08/2012

Finland - DNA makes HD/DTT services available for free in August

As a special offer on its DTT platform, the operator DNA is making HD content available free-of-charge.

:: 08/08/2012

New Zealand - 86% of households have digital television

According to the results of the latest Digital Tracker report, 86% of households have converted to digital television.

:: 07/08/2012

Poland - TVP calls for discussion on MUX 4 and MUX5

The public service broadcaster TVP is planning to launch two new television programme services, TVP Rozrywka and TVP Dokument, by early 2013.

:: 06/08/2012

Finland - Digita to be acquired by First State Investments

The Australian asset management group First State Investments will purchase a 100% stake in the broadcast network operator Digita.

:: 06/08/2012

Bosnia - RTS donates transmitters for digital switchover

In an effort to help Bosnia complete digital switchover, the public service broadcaster in Slovenia, Radio Televizija Slovenije (RTS) has donated 23 transmitters to the Bosnian public service broadcaster Radio Televizija Republike Srpske (RTRS).

:: 06/08/2012

Russia - Tender for services on MUX 2 to take place by end of year

The tender for the provision of services on the second DTT multiplex will take place by the end of the year.

:: 03/08/2012

United States - First Dyle-enabled smartphone launches

The telecom operator MetroPCS Communications and the manufacturer Samsung have announced the launch of a new mobile device capable of accessing live television services.

:: 03/08/2012

Czech Republic - Prima to launch new service on DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster Prima TV has announced plans to launch a new television programme service on the DTT platform.

:: 02/08/2012

Hungary - ASO help scheme begins

Broadband TV News reports that the communications regulator in Hungary, NMHH, has begun the distribution of DTT receivers in low-income households.

:: 01/08/2012

Spain - RTV Castilla-La Mancha launches HD/DTT services

The regional broadcaster RTV Castilla-La Mancha has launched a high-definition (HD) version of its flagship service on the DTT platform.

:: 01/08/2012

Hungary - Expansion of DTT platform

The DTT platform operator Antenna Hungaria has announced the expansion of the DTT platform.

:: 01/08/2012

France - CSA issues recommendation on Canal+ entry into free-to-air DTT platform

The broadcast regulator CSA has published its recommendation issued to the Competition Authority about the acquisition of Direct 8 and Direct Star by the media group Canal+.

:: 31/07/2012

Slovakia - Multiplex 1 to expand coverage

The communications regulator TU SR has granted the extension of Multiplex 1 to 10 new transmission sites.

:: 31/07/2012

Italy - Mediaset Premium revenue decreases slightly

The commercial broadcaster has published its financial results for the first half of 2012.

:: 31/07/2012

Poland - TV TRWAM to be allocated license on MUX 1

The National Council for Television and Radio (KRRiT) has decided to allow to reserve a television programme service slot to the religious service TV TRWAM on Multiplex 1 of the DTT platform.

:: 31/07/2012

Poland - Demand high for new television services on MUX 1

The National Council of Radio and Television (KRRiT) has published the results of its consultation proposing to offer 4 television programme services on Multiplex 1.

:: 31/07/2012

United Kingdom - Lords Committee report calls for DTT by Internet

The Communications Committee for the House of Lords has issued a report calling for a second switchover to Internet television.

:: 30/07/2012

New Zealand - Overview of DSO help programme

To help households with elderly and/or disabled members prepare for digital switchover, the government has put in place the Targeted Assistance Package.

:: 30/07/2012

United Kingdom - DMOL issues results of LCN consultation

DMOL has issued its statement on the re-organisation of the Logical Channel Numbering (LCN) on the DTT platform.

:: 30/07/2012

Norway - RiksTV to offer on-demand content via Internet

The pay-DTT service provider, RiksTV, is planning to supplement its DTT offer with on-demand content distributed from the Internet.

:: 30/07/2012

United Kingdom - Connect TV expands service offering

Connect TV, the broadband television service available via the free-to-air DTT platform Freeview, has announced the launch of new television services.

:: 27/07/2012

France - Senate approves tax Bolloré

The Senate has approved an amendment allowing the State to impose a 5% tax the re-sale of DTT frequency licenses.

:: 25/07/2012

France - HD Forum issues TNT 2.0 specification

The HD Forum has issued its specification for the next generation DTT platform, known as TNT 2.0.

:: 25/07/2012

Cambodia - Launch of pay-DTT services in October

Pay-DTT services are set to officially launch in October under the brand name One TV.

:: 25/07/2012

Czech Republic - CT2 and CT4 available in HD on DTT platform

The broadcast network operator České Radiokomunikace (CRa) has announced innovations to the Multiplex 3.

:: 24/07/2012

United Kingdom - 3D/DTT Olympic Games schedule published

The BBC has confirmed the full 3D schedule for the Olympics. All 3D content will be available on the DTT platform from the television programme service BBC HD.

:: 24/07/2012

Malaysia - At least 6 companies to bid for license to operate DTT platform

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is expected to receive at least 6 bids for its tender of the license to operate the DTT platform.

:: 24/07/2012

France - CSA announces DTT channel numbers for 6 new broadcasters

The broadcast regulator CSA has announced the attribution of channel numbers to the six new television programme services that will join the national DTT platform in December.

:: 24/07/2012

Czech Republic - CRa begins DVB-T2 trial

The broadcast network operator České Radiokomunikace (CRa) has announced the launch of its DVB-T2 trial which started on 17 July.

:: 24/07/2012

France - Competition Authority agrees to allow Canal+ to enter free-to-air DTT platform

The Competition Authority has approved the acquisition of the free-to-air DTT services, Direct 8 and Direct Star, by the pay media group Canal+. However, this approval has been given based on the agreement of certain conditions.

:: 24/07/2012

United Kingdom - Ofcom issues plans for 4G auction

The communications regulator Ofcom has opened a statutory consultation on its plan to auction spectrum in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz frequency bands for the provision of mobile broadband services. This statutory consultation is open until 11 September.

:: 24/07/2012

Ireland - RTE NL to reposition its branding

The broadcast network operator RTE NL has announced its plans for an overhaul of its branding. In addition, while RTE NL will remain a subsidiary of the public service broadcaster RTE, it will take measures to further disassociate itself from the broadcaster.

:: 23/07/2012

2.4 billion DTT receivers to be in use by 2018

According to new report by Global Industry Analysts (GIA), Brazil, Russia, India, and China will drive the DTT receiver market. It anticipates that 2.4 billion DTT receivers will be in use worldwide by 2018.

:: 20/07/2012

Finland - DNA expects pay-DTT growth in 2012

In its Interim Report for the period from January - June 2012, the pay-DTT platform operator DNA suggested that the competitive situation remains tight.

:: 19/07/2012

United States - Unlicensed mobile devices unlikely for next few years

According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), unlicensed mobile devices will not be able to make use of the white spaces between television channels for the next several years due to technical challenges that have yet to be resolved.

:: 19/07/2012

Poland - Launch of TV Puls 2

The commercial broadcaster TV Puls launched a second television programme service on the DTT platform on 19 July.

:: 18/07/2012

Lithuania - 21% of households continue to use analogue terrestrial platform

The pay-DTT service provider, TEO, has given its assessment of digital switchover 100 days prior to the completion of analogue switch-off.

:: 17/07/2012

Czech Republic - TV Metropol to join national DTT platform

The regional DTT programme service TV Metropol will join the national DTT platform in October.

:: 17/07/2012

Lithuania - TEO increases digital television subscribers

TEO has reported a 3% increase in revenue for the first six months of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011.

:: 17/07/2012

Slovakia - Markiza to launch Dajto! on DTT platform in August

The commercial broadcaster Markíza is expected to launch its third television programme service on the DTT platform at the end of August.

:: 16/07/2012

Ireland - 100 Day Countdown to ASO begins

Saorview, the free-to-air DTT platform operator, has launched its 100 Day Countdown to digital switchover.

:: 16/07/2012

Greece - ASO begins in Athens on 20 July

Analogue switch-off is set to begin on 20 July in the city of Athens, affecting 150,000-200,000 households.

:: 16/07/2012

France - Canal+ prepared to invest €120 million in Direct 8

The media group Canal+ is prepared to invest €120 million into the television programme service on the DTT platform, Direct 8.

:: 15/07/2012

United States - New report highlights difficulties of spectrum sharing

According to a new report published by Rysavy Research, the possibility for spectrum sharing remains elusive for the next several years although it recognizes that spectrum sharing can result in more efficient overall use of spectrum.

:: 13/07/2012

Ireland - ComReg opens consultation on broadcast network market

The communications regulator ComReg has opened a consultation on broadcast transmission services in Ireland. The consultation seeks to determine whether ex-ante regulation remains relevant given the launch of the DTT platform.

:: 12/07/2012

Czech Republic - CTU opens tender for mobile broadband services in 800 MHz band

The telecommunications regulator CTU is inviting candidates to tender for licenses to provide mobile broadband services in the 800 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz frequency bands.

:: 12/07/2012

Bulgaria - ASO confirmed for September 2013

The deputy transport minister, Valeri Borisov, has confirmed that analogue switch-off will be completed in September 2013.

:: 11/07/2012

Slovakia - Local DTT multiplexes available in Banská Bystrica and Holíč

The telecommunications regulator TU SR is inviting candidates to express an interest in the operation of local DTT services in the regions of Banská Bystrica and Holíč.

:: 11/07/2012

Ireland - ComReg opens consultation on spectrum trading in RSPP bands

The communications regulator ComReg has opened a consultation on spectrum trading in the so-called RSPP bands.

:: 11/07/2012

South Africa - ICASA opens consultation on proposed DTT regulation

The communications regulator ICASA has opened a public consultation on its proposed draft amendments to DTT platform regulation.

:: 11/07/2012

United Kingdom - Food Network expands on-air presence to 24 hours per day

The free-to-air DTT platform, Freeview, has announced the on-air expansion of the Food Network UK.

:: 11/07/2012

United States - Broadcasters lose first case against AERO service

A US District Judge has rejected a request by broadcasters to issue a preliminary injunction against the start-up company AERO that they claim infringes their copyright.

:: 11/07/2012

Czech Republic - Negotiations underway for Fanda TV to join DTT platform

The media group Nova Media, which owns the flagship commmercial service TV Nova, has confirmed that negotiations are underway to make its new television programme service FANDA TV available on the DTT platform.

:: 11/07/2012

Czech Republic - CTU gives approval for DVB-T2 trial

The Czech Telecommunication Office (CTU) has approved the trial of the DVB-T2 standard from transmitters in Prague and Pilsen.

:: 11/07/2012

Latvia - Competition authorities approve LNT / TV3 merger with conditions

The Latvian Competition Council has approved the acquisition of the LNT group by the Swedish MTG group which owns TV3.

:: 10/07/2012

Slovakia - Fourth DTT multiplex unofficially licensed to Towercom

The broadcast network operator Towercom has unofficially been granted the license to operate a fourth nationwide DTT multiplex.

:: 10/07/2012

United Kingdom - Government confirms DTT interference help scheme

In a letter to the communications regulator Ofcom, the Communications Minister Ed Vaizey has confirmed the terms for the government's 4G / DTT interference aid scheme.

:: 10/07/2012

Italy - ASO helps bolster sale of TivuSat cards

Analogue switch-off has caused an increase in the take-up of free-to-air satellite platform TivůSat.

:: 09/07/2012

Italy - ASO completed

Analogue switch-off is now completed in Italy. This follows the completion of the last phase of the process which took place from 11 June until 4 July.

:: 09/07/2012

United Kingdom - Intellect launches its specification for HbbTV standard

The technology trade association Intellect has issued its specification to allow for the deployment of the HbbTV standard in the United Kingdom.

:: 09/07/2012

Italy - Interest in Mediaset Premium from Al Jazeera and RTL

The media groups Al Jazeera and RTL have expressed an interest in the pay-DTT platform Mediaset Premium.

:: 06/07/2012

Poland - New HbbTV services launched on DTT platform

According to Broadband TV News, the public service broadcaster TVP has launched two new broadcast / broadband services.

:: 06/07/2012

Italy - La7 advertising revenue increases as sale nears

Telecom Italia has announced that its advertising revenue for its television programme services La7 and La7d increased by 16% year-on-year.

:: 06/07/2012

France - CSA prepares for launch of 6 new HD/DTT services

The CSA has formally attributed the authorisations to the six new television programme services on the DTT platform.

:: 05/07/2012

Ireland - 88% of households aware of digital switchover

Latest research shows that 88% of households are aware of digital switchover with highest awareness levels among households located in rural areas.

:: 05/07/2012

Poland - TVP broadcasts UEFA final in 3D/DTT

The public service broadcaster TVP broadcast the final of the UEFA European Football Championship in 3D on the DTT platform from TVP HD.

:: 04/07/2012

Poland - Average of 12,000 HbbTV users per EURO match

The public service broadcaster TVP has declared that its broadcast / broadband service, known as TVP Interaktywna, to be a success.

:: 04/07/2012

Slovakia - Markiza to launch EGO on DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster TV Markiza has announced that it will launch a new television programme service after the Summer Olympic Games.

:: 04/07/2012

United Kingdom - Nearly all homes to be able to access DTT / Internet TV by 2014

According to research commissioned by the free-to-air DTT organisation Freeview, 24.2 million Freeview HD receiver will have been sold by 2014.

:: 04/07/2012

United Kingdom - Hellenic TV available via DTT platform

Vision TV Network has announced the availability of its Hellenic TV packages available from the DTT platform.

:: 03/07/2012

Italy - Mediaset Premium grows market share

According to the vice-president of Mediaset, Pier Silvio Berlusconi, its pay-DTT service Mediaset Premium is increasing its share of the pay television market.

:: 03/07/2012

France - France Télévisions launches new HbbTV service Salto

The public service broadcaster France Télévisions has launched a new time-shifted service on the DTT platform. This service uses the HbbTV standard.

:: 02/07/2012

Lithuania - ASO confirmed for 29 October 2012

Analogue switch-off has been confirmed to take place on 29 October 2012. The switch-off will take place nationwide.

:: 02/07/2012

Romania - Ancom announces tender for 800 MHz auction

The national communications authority, Ancom, has opened the tender for the auctioning of licenses in the 800 MHz band. The tender has also been opened for licenses in the 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz bands.

:: 02/07/2012

Czech Republic - CET 21 readies its DTT on-demand service launch

The broadcaster CME has selected the Television Anytime Anywhere technology platform by Motive Television for its Voyo DTT service.

:: 02/07/2012

Ukraine - DTT watched by 500,000 viewers

According to the DTT platform operator Zeonbud, its platform has an audience of 500,000 people.

:: 30/06/2012

United Kingdom - Freeview and BBC call on government to fund installation of DTT filters

Representatives from the public service broadcaster BBC and the free-to-air DTT marketing organisation Freeview have expressed their concern with government plans to handle the anticipated interference of 4G mobile services to the DTT platform.

:: 29/06/2012

Italy - 15 parties interested in Telecom Italia Media

A total of 15 entities, including media groups and investors, have expressed an interest in acquiring Telecom Italia Media and its flagship television programme service La7.

:: 29/06/2012

United Kingdom - No OAD during the London Olympics

The DTG has announced that it will shut-down the DTT Engineering Channel during the period of the London Olympic Games from 25 July until 15 August.

:: 28/06/2012

Bosnia - Tender for MUX B to open in October

Jasmin Musovic from the Communications Regulatory Agency (CRA) has announced that a tender for the second DTT multiplex (MUX B) will open in October.

:: 27/06/2012

Australia - Samsung integrates Freeview EPG into TV sets

The free-to-air DTT platform operator, Freeview Australia, has announced that the manufacturer Samsung will integrate the Freeview Electronic Program Guide (EPG) into several of its newly-released flat-panel displays.

:: 27/06/2012

Argentina - ASO to be completed by 2019

According to the government's coordinator for digital television, Osvaldo Nemirovsci, the roll-out of the free-to-air DTT platform is expected to be completed by 2014.

:: 27/06/2012

United Kingdom - ASO completed in South East England

Digital switchover has been completed on 27 June in the South East following the switch-off of analogue service from the Dover and Bluebell Hill transmitter groups.

:: 27/06/2012

France - DTT is the leading digital platform

According to the latest report presented by the broadcast regulator CSA, 99.3% of all television households access digital television services.

:: 27/06/2012

United Kingdom - Government affirms only 5,000 homes affected by 4G interference

The Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey, has suggested that only 4,000 to 5,000 household risk losing their DTT services as a result of interference with the 4G network operating in the 800 MHz band.

:: 27/06/2012

Over 127 million primary DTT households worldwide

According to a report published by Digital TV Research, 675 million households around the world access digital television services.

:: 26/06/2012

United Kingdom - Freeview calls on 600 MHz band for DTT platform

The head of the free-to-air DTT platform Freeview, Ilse Howling, has called on the government to set aside the 600 MHz band for the DTT platform.

:: 26/06/2012

United Kingdom - DTG warns DTT platform needs safeguards for continued success

In a presentation at the Westminster eForum, Richard Lindsay-Davies, head of the DTG, called on the continued innovation of the DTT platform. However, he warned of the need to provide the platform with safeguards.

:: 26/06/2012

EBU recommendation affirms importance of DTT platform

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has issued a recommendation calling for the continued use of the 700 MHz band by broadcasters for the provision of linear and non-linear television services.

:: 22/06/2012

France - M6 and FIAT launch HbbTV advertisement campaign

The commercial broadcaster M6 has announced the launch of an advertising campaign that will make use of broadcast / broadband services using the HbbTV standard.

:: 22/06/2012

France - CSA issues report on developing access services on DTT platform

The broadcast regulator CSA has issued a report on the development of access services on the DTT platform. The report was prepared by Mediatvcom.

:: 22/06/2012

Italy - Mediaset sues government over DTT auction plans

The commercial broadcaster Mediaset has taken legal action against the government's decision to allocate licenses on the DTT platform via an auction.

:: 22/06/2012

Czech Republic - CT 4 HD to launch on MUX 4 on 25 June

Changes to the content on Multiplex 4 are underway. On 25 June, two new television programme services will launch.

:: 22/06/2012

Bulgaria - Government delays approval of DSO plan

The government has delayed the adoption of a digital switchover plan following the refusal of the Prime Minister to give approval.

:: 21/06/2012

France - Cinema most popular content on DTT platform

The research company NPA Conseil has published its yearly Barometer on the DTT platform. It anticipates upheaval to the platform with the arrival of six new HD/DTT services.

:: 21/06/2012

Italy - New television programme service to launch on DTT platform

A new television programme service is set to launch on the DTT platform this summer.

:: 21/06/2012

Malta - Nearly 65,000 pay-DTT households

According to the Communications Market Review published by the Malta Communications Authority (MCA), 43% of all pay television households subscribe to the pay-DTT platform.

:: 21/06/2012

Belgium - Commercial DTT platform to launch on 2 July in Flanders

The cable operator Telenet has announced plans to launch services on the DTT platform on 2 July.

:: 20/06/2012

Australia - Government launches ASO campaign for Northern NSW region

The government has formally launched the digital switchover campaign for the Northern NSW region.

:: 20/06/2012

Spain - Government presents second plan calling on broadcasters to reduce DTT capacity

The government has presented a new plan to broadcasters calling on them to reduce the frequencies allocated to the DTT platform.

:: 20/06/2012

Finland - DNA's DVB-T2 network reaches 85% of population

The DTT platform operator DNA has announced that its DTT network now reaches 85% of the population.

:: 20/06/2012

Australia - ACMA issues report on TV sets in 2011

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has issued a report on television sets in 2011.

:: 19/06/2012

Ireland - ASO Booklet to be sent to all households

The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte has announced the availability of a new information guide on digital switchover.

:: 19/06/2012

Singapore - Free-to-air DTT platform to launch in 2013 using DVB-T2

In a speech at the Infocomm Media Business Exchange, the Minister of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA) stated that Singapore will adopt the DVB-T2 standard for its DTT platform.

:: 19/06/2012

Cable Europe issues paper on spectrum policy

As a member of the European Forum for Spectrum Coexistence (EFSC), Cable Europe has issued a white paper on spectrum policy.

:: 19/06/2012

EC calls for more frequencies for wireless broadband

The Vice President of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes, delivered a speech in favour of the further allocation of frequencies in the UHF band for wireless broadband services.

:: 18/06/2012

United Kingdom - Teletext Holdiays to exit DTT platform

The service Teletext Holidays available on the DTT platform will shut down at the end of September. It had been available on Freeview channel 101.

:: 18/06/2012

United States - Number of DTT-only households growing

Data from GfK Media's (Knowledge Networks) Home Technology Monitor report shows that the number of households relying on the DTT platform is increasing.

:: 18/06/2012

Czech Republic - Launch of new regional DTT service

A new regional television programme service has launched on the DTT platform in Bohemia. The launch took place on 18 June at 17hr.

:: 18/06/2012

South Africa - DTT launch delayed to October

The official launch of the DTT platform is set to take place in October. Previously, the launch had been planned for September.

:: 15/06/2012

Czech Republic - TV Nova media group to launch new DTT service

The broadcast group CET21, which operates the leading commercial service TV Nova, will launch a new service on the DTT platform.

:: 14/06/2012

Kenya - Government removes import taxes on DTT receivers

As part of its 2012/2013 Budget Plan, the government has announced that it will remove the import tax imposed on DTT receivers.

:: 14/06/2012

Romania - 800 MHz frequency usage auction to be completed by October

In preparation for the Consultative Council meeting to approve the spectrum auctioning procedure, the communications regulator Ancom has issued its decisions on the procedure.

:: 14/06/2012

Sweden - Six television service licenses allocated for DTT platform

The Television and Radio Authority (MRTV) has awarded six licenses for television programme services on the DTT platform.

:: 14/06/2012

Germany - Two commercial services launch in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein

The Media Authority for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein has announced the allocation of two licenses on the DTT platform.

:: 13/06/2012

United States - OMVC issues two addeda to receiver guidelines

The Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC) has announced updates to its Receiver Profile Guidelines that had been issued late last year.

:: 13/06/2012

United Kingdom - ASO completed in East Sussex and parts of Kent

Analogue switch-off has been completed at the transmitters in Hastings, Heathfield and Tunbridge Wells in south east England.

:: 13/06/2012

Mexico - Telemex opts against participation in DTT auction

The telecoms operator Telmex has announced that it will not participate in the upcoming auction of frequencies for the provision of services on the DTT platform.

:: 13/06/2012

Italy - Talks for acquisition of La7 begin

Exploratory talks for the sale of the broadcast service La7 are underway.

:: 12/06/2012

United States - New emergency alerts system added to mobile DTV standard

The ATSC has added a new feature to its mobile DTV standard ATSC A/153.

:: 12/06/2012

Poland - Success of HbbTV service on DTT platform

The HbbTV service provided by the public service broadcaster TVP has proven successful with 4200 users accessing the service on the day of its launch.

:: 12/06/2012

Hungary - 3D/DTT trial to launch on 25 June

The DTT platform operator, Antenna Hungaria, has announced that it will launch a trial of 3D service on the DTT platform on 25 June.

:: 12/06/2012

United States - Communication tower light changes could save migrating birds

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has determined that it is safe for communications towers, including those used to provide DTT and mobile phone services, to turn off steady tower lights.

:: 12/06/2012

Spain - Real Madrid TV to launch on free-to-air DTT platform

A new television programme service is to launch on the free-to-air DTT platform in Madrid and its surrounding region. The launch will take place in August.

:: 11/06/2012

France - Canal+ revises proposed conditions for acquisition of Direct 8 and Direct Star

The broadcaster Canal+ has presented revised proposals in an effort to garner regulatory approval for its acquisition of Direct 8 and Direct Star.

:: 11/06/2012

Lithuania - Balticum TV joins pay-DTT platform

The number of free-to-air television programme services available had decreased to 13 services. In early April, 14 free-to-air services had been available to viewers.

:: 08/06/2012

France - Farncombe and Digital TV Labs launch TNT 2.0 test suite

The French HD Forum has selected Farncombe and Digital TV Labs to design the test suite to support the specific features of the TNT 2.0 profile.

:: 08/06/2012

Spain - €45 million available to help viewers with second "digital migration"

The Secretary of State for Telecommunications, Víctor Calvo-Sotelo, has indicated that the government will make €45 million to help households with the so-called second digital migration.

:: 08/06/2012

Czech Republic - CT to offer 6 DTT services by 2014

The head of the public service broadcaster Czech Television (CT), Petr Dvorak, has announced plans to launch new television programme services on the DTT platform.

:: 07/06/2012

Spain - Consultation on government funding for TV migration

The Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism has opened a consultation on the funding needed to support the continued reception of free-to-air television services.

:: 07/06/2012

Italy - ECHR rules in favour of Europa 7

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled against Italy in the case that opposed it to the broadcaster Centro Europa 7.

:: 07/06/2012

EC to consider 4 option for 700 MHz band usage

At the EBU Technical Assembly, Pearse O’Donohue, the head of the Radio Spectrum Policy Unit at the European Commission (EC) gave his position on the introduction of mobile telecom services in the 700 frequency band.

:: 06/06/2012

France - CSA calls for limits to DTT license speculation

The broadcast regulator, CSA, would like to prohibit broadcasters from selling their DTT licenses.

:: 06/06/2012

Ukraine - 250,000 DTT households

According to the DTT platform operator Zeonbud, over 250,000 homes accessed the DTT platform as of the end of May.

:: 05/06/2012

Australia - ASO completed in Southern and Central NSW, ACT and Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the regions of Southern and Central NSW, ACT and the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area on 5 June.

:: 05/06/2012

France - CSA gives conditional approval for Canal+ to enter free-to-air DTT market

The broadcast regulator CSA has given its conditional approval for the commercial broadcaster Canal+ to acquire two television programme services on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 05/06/2012

Spain - RTVCM to launch HD/DTT service

The broadcaster Radio Televisión Castilla-La Mancha (RTVCM) has announced that it will launch a high-definition service on the DTT platform as of 1 July.

:: 05/06/2012

France - Services in MUX 7 and MUX 8 announced

The CSA has determined the HD services that will be transmitted from Multiplex 7 and Multiplex 8 through a drawing that took place on 5 June.

:: 04/06/2012

Poland - Launch of mobile TV services

The satellite operator Czfrowy Polsat has officially launched its mobile television service offer which uses the DVB-T standard.

:: 01/06/2012

Ukraine - New tender announced for regional DTT licenses

The National Council on Television and Radio (NCTR) has announced new tender for regional television programme services on the DTT platform.

:: 01/06/2012

Czech Republic - Regional DTT service to launch in September

A new regional television programme service is set to join the DTT platform on 9 September from Multiplex 3.

:: 31/05/2012

United States - ATSC adopts new standard for non-real time content

The ATSC has adopted a new standard that allows for the provision of new services. It is known as the ATSC NRT (Non-Real-Time) Content Delivery standard(ATSC A/103).

:: 31/05/2012

Mexico - DTT licensing process cancelled

The Federal Telecommunications Commission (FTC) has cancelled its strategy for auctioning licenses for the DTT platform.

:: 31/05/2012

Colombia - DVB-T2 network rollout begins

The first phase of the roll-out of the commercial DVB-T2 network is set to begin.

:: 31/05/2012

United States - Broadcast issues along border

In a hearing before the House of Representative's Communications Subcommittee, a State Department official confirmed that spectrum coordination is underway with Canada and Mexico as part of the US plans to re-allocate broadcast frequencies to wireless broadband operators.

:: 31/05/2012

Czech Republic - Launch of TV Pohoda

A new television programme service, TV Pohoda, is set to launch on the DTT platform on 25 June.

:: 31/05/2012

Czech Republic - MUX 4 to reach 98% of population in 2013

Plans for the roll-out of Multiplex 4 are emerging. According to its owner, Digital Broadcasting, it will achieve a coverage of 98% of the population by 2013.

:: 30/05/2012

Germany - New DTT services available in Hannover / Braunschweig

As of 1 June, the DTT platform in the region of Hannover / Braunschweig will be expanded.

:: 30/05/2012

Poland - TVP launches HbbTV service

Hybrid broadband / broadcast services have begun in Poland. This follows the launch of services using the HbbTV standard by the public service broadcaster TVP.

:: 29/05/2012

United Kingdom - Irish PSB services to launch on DTT platform in Northern Ireland

The government has confirmed that viewers in Northern Ireland will be able to access TG4 and RTÉ One and Two on the free-to-air DTT platform following the completion of analogue switch-off.

:: 29/05/2012

France - DVB-T2 trial begins

The DVB-T2 trial has officially begun in the northwestern region of Rennes. The trial is undertaken by Images & Réseaux in collaboration with the broadcast network operator TDF.

:: 29/05/2012

Italy - Analysts recommend partnership for Mediaset Premium

According to a recent report published by Mediobanca Securities, the commercial broadcaster Mediaset needs a partner to make its pay-DTT operation, Mediaset Premium, profitable.

:: 26/05/2012

Thailand - Government selects DVB-T2 standard

The Government has chosen the DVB-T2 standard for the DTT platform. This standard had been endorsed by the National Broadcasting & Telecommunication Commission (NBTC).

:: 25/05/2012

United States - Presidential advisory group calls for introduction of cognitive radio technology

A presidential advisory committee, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, has issued report calling for the adoption of new computer technologies to make better use of frequencies currently allocated to federal agencies.

:: 25/05/2012

Italy - DVB-H multiplexes to offer DVB-T services

The Government has approved a decree allowing operators of multiplexes to replace the usage of the DVB-H standard with other broadcast technologies.

:: 25/05/2012

Sweden - TV4 to provide regional services in HD

The commercial broadcaster TV4 has announced that it will make offer regional television services in high-definition (HD).

:: 25/05/2012

Thailand - Government officially adopts DVB-T2

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has formally announced that the country will adopt the DVB-T2 standard for its DTT platform.

:: 24/05/2012

Portugal - DSO subsidies available until 31 August

The communications regulator has announced that its digital switchover help scheme will be available to qualified households until 31 August 2012.

:: 23/05/2012

United Kingdom - Freeview calls for government to revise 4G interference help scheme

At a Parliamentary briefing, the organisation leading the free-to-air DTT platform, Freeview, has called on the government to urgently revise its proposals to help DTT viewers that will suffer from interference caused by 4G mobile broadband services.

:: 23/05/2012

Hungary - DTT to reach 98% coverage by end of summer

The DTT platform operator Antenna Hungaria has announced plans for a 3D/DTT trial and DTT coverage expansion.

:: 23/05/2012

Thailand - DTT licensing to begin in 2013

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has announced that it will allocate licenses for the DTT platform in 2013.

:: 22/05/2012

Televes solution to combat LTE interference

Televes has announced the availability of products to help resolve the interference of mobile broadband (LTE) services to the DTT platform.

:: 22/05/2012

Macedonia (fyr) - Free-to-air DTT platform to launch in June 2013

Veselin has been awarded a license to operate the DTT platform offering four free-to-air national and local television programme services.

:: 22/05/2012

Czech Republic - CRa announces broadcasters for DVB-T2 trial

The broadcast network operator Ceske Radiokomunikace (CRa) has announced the broadcasters set to join its trial of the DVB-T2 standard.

:: 22/05/2012

India - Frequencies found for mobile TV services

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has announced that it has begun negotiations with the Telecommunications Department to source frequencies for mobile television services in the frequencies 585 - 698 MHz.

:: 21/05/2012

United States - Court dismisses one of two broadcast claims against Aereo

A federal court has dismissed one of the two legal complaints that broadcasters filed against the online television service Aereo.

:: 21/05/2012

New group to lobby for spectrum co-existence

A new organisation, the European Forum for Spectrum Coexistence (EFSC), has been established by leading manufacturers with the aim of protecting existing devices against interference.

:: 18/05/2012

Poland - National Song Contest to launch HD/DTT platform

The public service broadcaster TVP has announced the launch of its high-definition (HD) services on the DTT platform.

:: 17/05/2012

New Zealand - 34% of households have Freeview

Further details from the now published Digital Tracker report for the period of March to April 2012 confirms that 84% of households have digital television.

:: 17/05/2012

Spain - Mediaset against reduction of DTT service offering

The head of Mediaset Spain, Giuseppe Tringali, has declared that it will not reduce its service offering on the DTT platform.

:: 17/05/2012

Czech Republic - Broadcasters warn of LTE interference to DTT platform

The broadcast industry has called for the protection of television viewers against interference caused by LTE services operating in the 800 MHz band.

:: 17/05/2012

Italy - DTT penetration reaches 91%

According to the latest information published by DGTVi, DTT penetration has reached 91.5% of households.

:: 16/05/2012

Croatia - Public consultation on 800 MHz band

The communications regulator is accepting public comments to its plan on the allocation of the frequencies 791-821/832-862 MHz.

:: 16/05/2012

France - HbbTV services during Roland Garros

The public service broadcaster France Télévisions will make interactive services available as part of its coverage of the Roland Garros Tennis Tournament (French Open).

:: 15/05/2012

Italy - 60 million DTT receivers sold since February 2004

In the latest data issued by DGTVi, 2.1 million DTT receivers were sold in the period of January to March 2012.

:: 14/05/2012

Hungary - 57,000 pay-DTT subscribers

The National Communications Authority (NCAH) has issued its report on pay television services in Hungary for the period ending in March 2012.

:: 10/05/2012

France - CSA approves changes to Help Scheme

The Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA) has issued a favourable opinion to the government's proposed changes to the digital switchover help scheme.

:: 10/05/2012

Gibraltar - Arqiva to build DTT network

The British broadcast network operator Arqiva has been awarded a contract to build a digital broadcast network in Gibraltar.

:: 10/05/2012

France - Mobile television service licenses returned to CSA

Mobile television services will not launch in the near future. The broadcaster regulator CSA has officially taken back the frequencies allocated to broadcasters in 2008 for the launch of mobile services.

:: 10/05/2012

United Kingdom - Ofcom opens tender for local DTT services

The communications regulator Ofcom has opened the tender process for local services on the DTT platform.

:: 10/05/2012

France - Impact of DTT on content production

According to this article by Le Figaro, the production of television content has been affected by the launch of the DTT platform.

:: 09/05/2012

Hungary - Pilot on digital switchover help scheme launched

The National Communications Authority of Hungary (NCAH) has announced the launch of digital switchover pilot.

:: 09/05/2012

South Africa - Interest from 36 companies to produce DTT STBs

The Department of Communications has received 36 bids for its tender to locally produce DTT set-top boxes.

:: 09/05/2012

Italy - Telecom Italia to sell of Telecom Italia Media

The Board of Directors for Telecom Italia has confirmed the sale of its broadcast subsidiary Telecom Italia Media.

:: 09/05/2012

United States - NAB formally requests a spectrum inventory

The head of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), Gordon Smith, has formally requested that Congress undertake a spectrum inventory.

:: 09/05/2012

Australia - SBS to launch new DTT service

The public service broadcaster The public service broadcaster SBS has received a significant funding increase from the government to allow it to launch a new DTT service.

:: 08/05/2012

South Africa - DTT interference in Cape Town

According to the Minister of Communications, Dina Pule, digital switchover is progressing on target. The platform is set to officially launch in September 2012.

:: 08/05/2012

Spain - Government affirms committment to HD/DTT services

The State Secretary for Telecommunications and the Information Society (SETSI), Victor Calvo Sotelo, has assured the broadcast industry of his commitment to the development of high-definition (HD) television.

:: 08/05/2012

Spain - RTVE defends HD/DTT service

The public service broadcaster RTVE has issued a resolution in support of its continued provision of its high-definition service.

:: 08/05/2012

Italy - Slight decrease in Mediaset Premium revenue

The financial results for the commercial broadcaster Mediaset show a slight decrease in revenue for its pay-DTT service in the first quarter of the year.

:: 08/05/2012

New Zealand - 84% of households have digital television

According to the digital switchover organisation Going Digital, 84% of households are prepared for analogue switch-off.

:: 08/05/2012

United Kingdom - Ofcom opens consultation on MUX B license renewal

The communications regulator Ofcom has opened a consultation on the renewal by the public service broadcaster BBC for the license to operate Multiplex B.

:: 08/05/2012

Lithuania - TeliaSonera increases stake in pay-DTT operator TEO

The Finnish/Swedish telecom operator, TeliaSonera, is increasing its stake in the incumbent telecom operator TEO.

:: 07/05/2012

United States - Dyle mobile TV services to launch later this year

The Mobile Content Venture has confirmed that it will launch its mobile television service later this year.

:: 07/05/2012

Netherlands - KPN increases pay-DTT service offering

The pay-DTT operator, KPN, has announced changes to its DTT service Digitenne.

:: 07/05/2012

Montenegro - ASO delayed until 2015

The government has adopted draft legislation that will allow for an extension to the deadline for the completion of analogue switch-off.

:: 07/05/2012

Spain - Launch of AXN White on free-to-air DTT platform

A new free-to-air television programme service joins the DTT platform on 7 May.

:: 06/05/2012

Taiwan - ASO to begin on 7 May

The first stage of analogue switch-off is set to begin on 7 May.

:: 05/05/2012

Uganda and Burundi unlikely to complete ASO by end 2012

Uganda and Burundi are expected to miss the East African Community deadline for the completion of analogue switch-off in 2012.

:: 04/05/2012

United States - Combined DTT/broadband households rises by 14% in 2011

The number of households that only rely on the DTT and broadband platforms for television services has grown by 14% in 2011.

:: 03/05/2012

United States - NAB drops suit against white spaces

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) had decided to withdraw its legal challenge of rules regarding the use of white spaces between broadcast frequency channels.

:: 02/05/2012

Belgium - DVB-T2 network roll-out in early 2013

The DTT platform operator for Flanders and Brussels, Norkring, has announced that it will upgrade its network to the DVB-T2 standard.

:: 02/05/2012

United Kingdom - Government DTT interference help scheme criticized

Broadcasters are calling on the government to take the necessary measures to ensure that households using the DTT platform will not suffer from interference caused by 4G mobile telecom services.

:: 01/05/2012

Harris to sell-off its broadcast unit

Harris has announced plans to sell off its broadcast business, known as Harris Broadcast Communications.

:: 01/05/2012

Lithuania - Digital switchover aid scheme begins

As of the end of April, qualifying households are able to receive government subsidies to use towards the purchase of a digital receiver.

:: 30/04/2012

Finland - MTV available free-to-air in HD

The commercial broadcaster MTV is now available in high-definition (HD). In addition, it will no longer be available on the pay platform.

:: 30/04/2012

Spain - Madrid and Castilla-La Mancha announce plans to privatise regional PSBs

At its Council of Ministers meeting on 20 April, the government approved legislation allowing regional governments to privatize their public service broadcast services should they choose to do so.

:: 30/04/2012

Czech Republic - Regional broadcaster discuss DTT launch

Discussions are underway by four regional broadcasters to launch a regional DTT platform.

:: 28/04/2012

Zambia - Pay-DTT platform launched

The pay-DTT platform GOtv has officially launched in Zambia on 27 April. The platform uses the DVB-T2 standard.

:: 27/04/2012

Teracom announces 1.2 million subscribers in Denmark, Finland and Sweden

In its results for the first quarter of 2012, the Nordic pay operator Teracom announced that it had 1.2 million subscribers across its platforms in Denmark, Finland and Sweden.

:: 27/04/2012

Italy - High TV plans to launch 3D/DTT service

The broadcaster High TV has announced plans to launch a 3D service on the DTT platform.

:: 26/04/2012

Spain - Cuatro HD launches on DTT platform

Mediaset Espańa has announced the launch of a new HD service on the DTT platform.

:: 26/04/2012

Portugal - ASO successfully completed

Analogue switch-off has been completed in Portugal on 26 April. This is the third and final phase of the analogue switch-off process.

:: 26/04/2012

Italy - Telecom Italia to sell stake in MTV Italia

The media group Telecom Italia has announced that it will sell its shares in MTV Italia to Viacom this year.

:: 26/04/2012

United Kingdom - White spaces can be used to deliver broadband to rural areas

Initial results of the Cambridge TV White Space Consortium's trial show the potential benefits to rural communities.

:: 26/04/2012

Russia - RTRN calls for MUX2 licensing this summer

The head of the broadcast network operator RTRN, Andrei Romanchenko, has expressed his hope that the licensing of broadcasters on the second DTT multiplex will take place this summer.

:: 25/04/2012

Kyrgyzstan - CTC available on terrestrial platform

The Russian commercial broadcaster CTC is now available to 25% of the population in Kyrgytan on the free-to-air terrestrial platform.

:: 25/04/2012

Czech Republic - CTU supports DVB-T2 technical trials

The head of the Czech Telecom Office (CTU), Pavel Dvorak, has stated that the CTU will not allocate licenses for commercial DVB-T2 trials. Rather, trials must have technical goals.

:: 25/04/2012

Czech Republic - Planning for 800 MHz auction underway

Planning is underway for the auctioning of frequency licenses in the 800 MHz band.

:: 25/04/2012

Spain - EC opens investigation on compensation to DTT broadcasters

The European Commission (EC) has opened an in-depth investigation to examine the compensation given to broadcaster on the DTT platform as part of the plan to make the 800 MHz band available for mobile broadband services.

:: 25/04/2012

United Kingdom - Cambridge white space trial successfully concluded

The Cambridge TV White Spaces Consortium has concluded its 10 month trial of various applications utilizing television white spaces.

:: 25/04/2012

India - Mobile broadcast services put on hold

Plans to set aside frequencies for mobile broadcast services have been put on hold.

:: 24/04/2012

Austria - 800 MHz frequency auction delayed

The regulator Telkom-Control-Komission has decided to postpone the auction of frequencies in the 800 MHz, 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands.

:: 24/04/2012

Spain - LaSexta to launch Xplora on free-to-air DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster La Sexta has announced the launch of a new television programme service.

:: 24/04/2012

Italy - DVB-T2 tuner mandated in all receivers as of 2015

The government has announced that as of 2015, all DTT receivers must include a tuner with the DVB-T2 standard.

:: 23/04/2012

France - Pay-DTT platform operator seeks new investors

The pay-DTT service operator TV Numeric is seeking new investors as it prepares to launch its new video-on-demand service, SelecTV.

:: 23/04/2012

Spain - Government to allow privatization of regional PSBs

The government has approved new legislation regarding regional public service broadcasting.

:: 22/04/2012

Uganda - WBS joins pay-DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster Wavah Broadcasting Services (WBS) is joining the pay-DTT platform GOtv in Uganda.

:: 20/04/2012

Italy - Sky Italia has not confirmed participation in DTT auction

The satellite pay operator Sky Italia has not confirmed whether or not it will participate in the upcoming auction of frequencies for the DTT platform.

:: 20/04/2012

Australia - 3D/DTT trial confirmed during Summer Olympics

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has agreed to issue a trial 3D/DTT license to the commercial broadcaster Nine Networks.

:: 19/04/2012

United Kingdom - Ł300 million of DSO Help Scheme to be returned to government

Nearly half of the funding set aside for the digital switchover Help Scheme will not be used. An anticipated Ł300 million, out of the projected Ł603 million, will be returned to the government.

:: 19/04/2012

Hungary - Pay-DTT platform plans to double subscribers by end of year

The head of the broadcast network operator Antenna Hungaria, Jean-Francois Fenech, has given his views on the reason for the success of the DTT platform in Hungary.

:: 19/04/2012

Italy - Two new services to launch on DTT platform this summer

The media group Switchover Media has announced plans to launch two new television programme services on the DTT platform.

:: 18/04/2012

New Zealand - Launch of DVB-T2 standard for pay services

The broadcast network operator KORDIA has announced that it is building a DVB-T2 platform.

:: 18/04/2012

United Kingdom - 10.8 million DTT households

According to Freeview, the free-to-air DTT promotions organization, 10.8 million households rely on the DTT platform for their primary television reception.

:: 18/04/2012

United Kingdom - Freeview research shows appeal of on-demand services

New research from Freeview, the organisation promoting the free-to-air DTT platform, shows that viewers have limited interest in 3DTV.

:: 18/04/2012

Austria - Amendments to audiovisual regulatory framework

The Nationalrat (National Assembly) has approved new amendments to the Audiovidual Media Services Act (AMG) on 29 February.

:: 18/04/2012

France - CSA approves shut down of TPS Star on pay-DTT platform

The broadcast regulator, CSA, has approved the shut down of the service TPS Star on the pay-DTT platform. The service had less than 10,000 subscribers.

:: 18/04/2012

United Kingdom - ASO completed in London

Analogue switch-off has been completed in London and the surround region, including the Home Counties, on 18 April. This is the largest television region in the country with nearly 12 million viewers.

:: 18/04/2012

Ukraine - STRONG to supply subsidized DTT receivers

The Ukrainian State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting has selected the manufacturer STRONG to supply DTT receivers to designated low-income households.

:: 17/04/2012

United States - Broadcasters could participate in UHF incentive auction

Broadcasters should not be precluded from participating in the incentive auctions in the UHF frequency band.

:: 17/04/2012

Lithuania - TEO announces over 70,000 DTT subscribers

The pay-DTT platform operator, TEO has announced that it has 71,400 DTT subscribers as of 31 March 2012.

:: 17/04/2012

FoBTV memorandum signed

Representatives from 13 broadcast organizations from around the world signed a memorandum of understanding to officially form the Future of Broadcast Television (FoBTV) Initiative.

:: 17/04/2012

Italy - DTT auction in next 3 months

The government has submitted an amendment to the Tax Decree which would allow for the auction of frequencies for DTT multiplexes to take place within the next 3 month.

:: 17/04/2012

France - In-depth investigation of proposed Canal+ entry into free-to-air DTT market

The Competition Authority has announced that it will open an in-depth investigation of the planned acquisition of Direct Star and Direct 8 by the media group Canal+.

:: 16/04/2012

Portugal - DTT offers improved image quality

The communications regulator Anacom commissioned the research company Marktest to survey viewers on the benefits of the DTT platform.

:: 16/04/2012

United Kingdom - Local DTT service Channel M shuts down

The local television programme service in Manchester, Channel M, has shut down. It had launched in 2000 and was available on the DTT platform.

:: 16/04/2012

Finland - FOX officially launched on DTT platform

FOX has officially launched in Finland. It replaces Suomi TV which had been acquired by FOX International in January 2012.

:: 16/04/2012

South Africa - ASO in December 2013

According to a recent report in Broadband TV News, analogue switch-off will not be completed until 31 December 2013, if not later.

:: 15/04/2012

Haiti - Launch of DVB-T2 at end of April

The DTT platform operator Digital Satellite System (DSS) plans to launch a DTT platform using the DVB-T2 standard.

:: 13/04/2012

Poland - Debate on MUX 4 and MUX 5 begins

Two additional multiplexes, MUX 4 and MUX 5, are set to launch following the completion of analogue switch-off in July 2013.

:: 13/04/2012

Kenya - PAN to launch DTT platform in May

The media group Pan African Networks Group (PAN) has announced plans to roll-out DTT platform in May.

:: 12/04/2012

South Africa - Government plans to launch DTT in Sept 2012

DTT services are available to 61% of the population since the end of March.

:: 12/04/2012

Russia - Government will not fund DVB-H projects

The government has confirmed that it will not invest in the deployment of mobile television services using the DVB-H standard.

:: 11/04/2012

Belgium - Ketnet op 12 to launch on 1 May

The public service broadcaster for the Flemish-speaking community, VRT, has announced that its new children service will be known as Ketnet op 12.

:: 11/04/2012

Canada - Government issues framework for 700 MHz licenses

The government has issued its framework for the auction of frequency licenses in the 700 MHz and 2.5 GHz bands. The auction for the 700 MHz band is expected to take place in the first half of 2013.

:: 11/04/2012

Russia - Broadcasters oppose DRM on free-to-air DTT platform

In a letter sent to the Ministry of Economic Development, the heads of the leading media groups have criticized the use of a conditional access system on the DTT platform.

:: 11/04/2012

Australia - ACMA issues consultation on 700 MHz auction plans

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has issued its draft rules for the auction of frequencies in the 700 MHz and 2.5 GHz bands.

:: 10/04/2012

Germany - DVB-T tender in Hamburg / Schleswig-Holstein

The media authority for the Land of Hamburg / Schleswig-Holstein, MA HSH, has announced the opening of a tender for a license on the DTT platform.

:: 10/04/2012

Italy - DTT frequency auction as early as summer 2012

The Minister for Economic Development, Corrado Passera, has confirmed that the licenses for 6 DTT multiplexes will be allocated using an auction.

:: 09/04/2012

France - France 5 to launch HbbTV services

France 5, a television programme service from the public service broadcaster France Télévisions, has announced that it will launch interactive broadcast / broadband services using the HbbTV standard on 10 April.

:: 06/04/2012

Hungary - 54,000 pay-DTT subscribers

The communications regulator NCAH has published the latest figures for pay television subscribers in Hungary.

:: 05/04/2012

Poland - HbbTV to launch on DTT platform

The public service broadcaster TVP is planning to launch interactive television services on the DTT platform in June.

:: 05/04/2012

EC issues prepared report on shared spectrum access

The European Commission (EC) has published a new report by SFC Associates on the socioeconomic value of shared spectrum access and its impact on competition, innovation and investment.

:: 05/04/2012

Russia - Cable concern about possible RTRS pay-DTT platform

The Cable Television Association of Russia (Aktru) has sent a complaint to the President-elect Vladimir Putin.

:: 04/04/2012

NorDig selects HbbTV

The organisation responsible for specifying the common platform for digital television in the Nordic region, NorDig, has selected the HbbTV standard for broadcast / broadband services on the satellite, cable and DTT platforms.

:: 04/04/2012

Version 1.5 of HbbTV specification issued

The HbbTV consortium has issued version 1.5 of its hybrid broadcast / broadband specification. This new version is based on the work of the HD Forum in France and its TNT 2.0 specification.

:: 04/04/2012

Latvia - Lattelecom express concern overdelays to DTT licensing

The DTT platform operator Lattelecom has expressed its concern regarding the delays to the planned licensing of the DTT platform.

:: 04/04/2012

United Kingdom - London region begins first phase of ASO

Analogue switch-off has begun in London and the surround region, including the Home Counties.

:: 04/04/2012

Montenegro - ASO delayed until 2015

The government has announced that it will delay the date for the completion of analogue switch-off. Originally scheduled for completion on 31 December 2012, analogue switch-off will now be completed on 17 June 2015.

:: 02/04/2012

United States - FCC appoints team to study spectrum auction methodologies

The plan to auction frequencies currently held by broadcasters to mobile telecom operators is facing difficulties as broadcasters appear reluctant to part with their frequencies.

:: 02/04/2012

France - Canal+ prepared to make concession to acquire Direct 8 and Direct Star

In a letter to the Competition Authority sent on 27 March, the media group Canal+ has proposed several obligations it is prepared to undertake should it be allowed to acquire the television programme services Direct 8 and Direct Star.

:: 31/03/2012

United Kingdom - DTG approves new version of D-Book 7

The DTG Council and Technical Council has approved the second version of the Part A of D-Book 7 (D-Book 7 Part A v.2).

:: 30/03/2012

Jamaica - Study on DSO approach underway

The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) will undertake a study on the requirements for a successful digital switchover process.

:: 30/03/2012

Russia - Conditional access on free-to-air DTT platform

The Ministry of Communications has selected an encryption system for the DTT platform.

:: 30/03/2012

United States - Journalist recommends TV for television/movie content

The television critic for the Washington Post has published an article lambasting mobile broadband users who use their smartphones to watch television shows and movies and then complain about the lack of bandwidth available.

:: 30/03/2012

Tanzania - Launch of ASO information campaign

The government has announced that it plans to launch a mass information campaign about digital switchover. The campaign will include both print and electronic media.

:: 29/03/2012

United Kingdom - DMOL opens consultation on LCN

DMOL has opened the second phase of its consultation on Logical Channel Numbering (LCN). The first phase began in January 2011.

:: 29/03/2012

United Kingdom - Ofcom issues consultation on future strategy of UHF bands IV and V

The communications regulator Ofcom has opened a consultation on the strategy for UHF bands IV and V.

:: 29/03/2012

United Kingdom - White space trial in Isle of Bute

The "white spaces" between broadcast services are being used to trial wireless broadband services in rural areas.

:: 29/03/2012

Italy - Government to auction DTT licenses

The government has confirmed that the new frequencies licenses to be made available on the DTT platform will be allocated using an auction.

:: 28/03/2012

Ukraine - DTT receivers entering the market

The delivery of DTT receivers is underway in the Ukraine. According to the DTT platform operator Zeonbud, 200,000 receivers will be delivered in April.

:: 28/03/2012

South Africa - Political opposition to government's DSO strategy

The political opposition party, Democratic Alliance, has called the government's DTT strategy to opt for locally manufactured receivers to be "misguided".

:: 27/03/2012

Bulgaria - CRC to increase monitor of illegal broadcasts

The Communications Regulatory Commission (CRC) has announced plans to increase the surveillance of illegal use of frequencies in the VHF band.

:: 27/03/2012

Spain - Paramount Channel to launch on 30 March

Paramount Channel is set to launch on the free-to-air DTT platform on 30 March. It will kick off with the movie "The Godfather".

:: 27/03/2012

Successful DVB-T2 Lite plug-fest

The manufacturer Thomson Broadcast has hosted a successful 'Plug-Fest' event for the DVB-T2 Lite specification. The event was attended by manufacturers and broadcasters.

:: 27/03/2012

France - CSA announces 6 new HD/DTT licenses

The broadcast regulator CSA has announced its selection for the 6 new broadcast services on the DTT platform. A total of 31 candidates had applied for the licenses.

:: 26/03/2012

United Kingdom - Light show to celebrate digital switchover from Crystal Palace

The broadcast network operator Arqiva will celebrate digital switchover with a light show at Crystal Palace in London.

:: 26/03/2012

Poland - TVP confirms launch of HD services on 1 June

The public service broadcaster TVP has announced that it will launch its two flagship programme services, TVP1 and TVP2, in high-definition (HD) on 1 June.

:: 26/03/2012

Australia - Nine seeks to offer 3D/DTT during Olympics

The commercial broadcaster Nine Network has made a request to the Ministry of Communications and the Communications and Media Authority for access to additional spectrum during the upcoming Olympic Games.

:: 26/03/2012

Spain - Government proposes reduced DTT offering

The government has proposed significant changes to the DTT platform as part of its plan to make the 800 MHz band available for mobile telecom services.

:: 23/03/2012

Kenya - Ban on import of analogue TV sets

In preparation for analogue switch-off,the government has decided to ban the importation of analogue television sets as of June 2012.

:: 23/03/2012

Finland - New services on DTT platform

New television programme services are set to join the DTT platform following the license allocations by the regulator.

:: 23/03/2012

Finland - National DVB-T2 promotion strategy needed

Despite the availability of 12 television programme services using the DVB-T2 standard, viewer knowledge about the platform remains low given the lack of a national promotion strategy.

:: 23/03/2012

South Africa - DTT launch in September

According to the Minister of Communications, Dina Pule, South Africa will launch its DTT platform in September 2012. Initial plans had called for a launch in April.

:: 22/03/2012

Slovakia - Markiza Action to launch in June

The commercial broadcaster TV Markiza has announced plans to launch a third television programme service at the end of June.

:: 22/03/2012

Bulgaria - EC opens infringement procedure

The European Commission (EC) has issued a reasoned opinion against Bulgaria for infringement of the European Union's Competition Directive.

:: 22/03/2012

Bosnia - DTT platform to launch by end of year

According to a representative from the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the DTT platform is expected to be launched in Autumn 2012.

:: 21/03/2012

United Kingdom - ASO nearly completed in southern England

Nearly all of southern England has completed analogue switch-off.

:: 21/03/2012

RSPP to enter into force on 10 April

The European Union has officially published the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP) in its Official Journal of the European Union (OJ L 81/7, 21 March 2012).

:: 20/03/2012

Poland - TVP requests licenses for two thematic services

The public service broadcaster TVP has requested two broadcast licenses from the National Council for Radio and Television (KRRiT).

:: 20/03/2012

Italy - Strong growth for Mediaset's pay-DTT service

The commercial broadcaster Mediaset has issued its financial results for the 2011. These results showed strong growth for its pay-DTT service, Mediaset Premium, which increased its revenue by 14.1%.

:: 20/03/2012

Serbia - DTT to officially launch on 21 March

The DTT platform will launch on 21 March. The network will provide coverage to 40% of the population.

:: 16/03/2012

Macedonia (fyr) - Tender open for operation of three DTT multiplexes

The Agency for Electronic Communications (AEC) has opened a tender for the operation of three DTT multiplexes (MUX 6, MUX 7 and MUX 8).

:: 16/03/2012

United Kingdom - Art installation marks end of analogue television

To mark the end of analogue television in London, the artist David Hall is exhibiting his installation 1001 TV Sets (End Piece) at the Ambika P3 gallery.

:: 16/03/2012

Poland - TVP denies joining DVB-T mobile service

The public service broadcaster TVP has denied media reports that it was planning to make its television programme services available on the fourth DTT multiplex (MUX 4).

:: 15/03/2012

Norway - RiksTV launches new pay-DTT service bouquet

The pay-DTT service operator RiksTV has announced the launch of a new subscription offering known as Favoritter (Favorites).

:: 15/03/2012

Italy - Catch-up TV services available from DTT platform

A representative from the HD Forum in Italy presented plans for the launch of Internet services that viewers will be able to access from the DTT receivers.

:: 14/03/2012

South Africa - Opposition calls on government to boost DTT funding

Butch Steyn, a member of the opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA), is calling on the government to take the necessary measures to ensure that digital switchover can proceed as planned.

:: 14/03/2012

United Kingdom - ASO completed in West Sussex

Analogue switch-off was completed at the Midhurst transmission site and 2 relay sites at Haslemere and Steyning.

:: 14/03/2012

Spain - Digital dividend to be available in January 2014

The Spanish government has announced that it will make the licenses for the operation of services in the 790-862 MHz band available in January 2014.

:: 14/03/2012

Russia - DVB-T2 to reach 70% of population by end of year

The government decided to bring forward its launch plans for the DTT platform using the DVB-T2 standard. The deployment of the DVB-T2 platform will take place in 7 regions this year.

:: 13/03/2012

South Africa - SABC and e.tv call on moratorium on new DTT broadcasters

The leading broadcasters on the free-to-air terrestrial television platform, SABC and e.tv have called on the government to hold off on the allocation of DTT broadcast licenses until after the completion of analogue switch-off in June 2015.

:: 13/03/2012

Poland - HbbTV trial in Warsaw

The trial of the HbbTV standard on the DTT standard has been undertaken by the commercial broadcaster TVN.

:: 13/03/2012

Germany - Clipfish available via RTL's HbbTV portal

The commercial broadcaster RTL has increased its service offering made available to viewers using their HbbTV portal.

:: 13/03/2012

France - PS calls on CSA to delay DTT license decision

As the presidential elections near, the opposition (Partie Socialiste - PS) has called on the CSA to delay its decision on the allocation of six DTT broadcast licenses.

:: 13/03/2012

France - HbbTV trial in Auxerre ends with positive results

The six month trial of HbbTV services on the DTT platform has been deemed a success by Afdesi, the interactive television association. The trial took place in the city of Auxerre on channel 29.

:: 13/03/2012

Ireland - RTE to make its DTT offer available on satellite

As a complement to the free-to-air DTT platform, SAORVIEW, the public service broadcaster RTE has announced that it will make its services available on satellite.

:: 12/03/2012

Poland - Launch of mobile TV services using DVB-T

The satellite operator Cyfrowy Polsat has announced that it will launch a mobile television service using the DVB-T standard in the second quarter of the year.

:: 09/03/2012

United Kingdom - Racing UK joins DTT platform

The pay service Racing UK is now accessible to viewers via the free-to-air DTT platform (Freeview).

:: 09/03/2012

United Kingdom - Ofcom confirms coverage for local DTT services

The communications regulator OFCOM has published a study, prepared by the broadcast network operator Arqiva, on the feasibility of adding local television services to existing transmission sites.

:: 08/03/2012

United Kingdom - Channel 4 to launch new DTT service

The commercial broadcaster Channel 4 has announced that it will launch new television programme service this summer.

:: 08/03/2012

South Africa - License fee increase proposed to help with DSO

The public service broadcaster SABC is calling for government funding to help it through the digital switchover process.

:: 08/03/2012

United Kingdom - Ofcom complains to Dutch regulator about DTT broadcast licenses

The communications regulator OFCOM has formally complained to the Dutch regulator NICAM for issuing broadcast licenses to television services that are deemed harmful to children. These services are currently available on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 08/03/2012

Hungary - 300,000 free-to-air DTT households

The DTT platform operator Antenna Hungaria has announced that 300,000 households use the free-to-air DTT platform, MinDig TV, while nearly 60,000 households subscribe to the pay-DTT platform MinDig TV Extra.

:: 07/03/2012

Austria - Nearly 100% DTT service availability

The broadcast network operator ORS announced that it provided continuous DTT coverage without interruption to all households in 2011.

:: 07/03/2012

Poland - TVP board stress importance of DTT platform

The Supervisory Board of the public service broadcaster TVP has re-affirmed its commitment to the DTT platform as part of its strategy plan for the years 2012-2015.

:: 07/03/2012

Italy - Government may privatise one PSB DTT multiplex

The head of the Competition Authority (Autoritŕ garante della concorrenza e del mercato), Antonio Catricala, has given his support to the plan to privatize one of the DTT multiplexes operated by the public service broadcaster RAI.

:: 06/03/2012

Bulgaria - Government to fund DTT help scheme

In its draft plan for digital switchover, the government has agreed to subsidize the cost of DTT receivers for low-income households.

:: 06/03/2012

India - 700 MHz band allocated to 4G services

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has announced that the 700 MHz band will be made available for wireless broadband services.

:: 06/03/2012

Ukraine - Strong and Romsat to provide DTT receivers

Two companies, Strong and Romsat, have been selected by the government to provide DTT receivers to low-income households.

:: 05/03/2012

Bulgaria - ASO set to be completed on 1 September 2013

The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTITC) has issued its draft plan on digital switchover for public consultation. The consultation is open until 3 April.

:: 05/03/2012

United Kingdom - Ofcom to delay 600 MHz band auction

Ofcom has announced that it has decided to postpone its auction of licenses to operate in the 600 MHz frequency band.

:: 04/03/2012

Philippines - DTT standard still undecided

The decision about which standard to use for the DTT platform has not yet been confirmed.

:: 04/03/2012

Slovenia - EC warns about DTT platform

The European Commission (EC) has issued two warnings to the government for failing to adhere to European law on competition with regards to the DTT platform.

:: 02/03/2012

Kazakhstan - New broadcast law establishes national DTT network operator

A new law on broadcasting entered into force on 2 March. It had been signed by President Nursultan Nazarbaev on 18 January 2012.

:: 02/03/2012

United States - Broadcasters file lawsuits against Aero

Two separate federal lawsuits have been filed by broadcasters in New York against the start-up company Aereo.

:: 01/03/2012

Poland - TVP 1 HD and TVP 2 HD to launch on DTT platform

The public service broadcaster TVP has confirmed that it will provide coverage of the Euro 2012 Football Championship in high-definition on the DTT platform.

:: 01/03/2012

Spain - Launch of Paramount Channel on free-to-air DTT platform

The media group Vocento has announced that it will launch a new television programme service on the DTT platform.

:: 01/03/2012

France - Multiplex R5 to reach 95% of fhe population by 2014

The broadcast regulator CSA has confirmed that the current free-to-air HD services on the DTT platform will increase to reach full population coverage.

:: 01/03/2012

Russia - DVB-T2 officially launched in Tatarstan

DVB-T2 has officially launched in Russia. The Republic of Tatarstan launched its DVB-T2 platform on 1 March at 10 hr local time.

:: 29/02/2012

United Kingdom - Comux UK to bid for local 'MuxCo' license

The broadcast advisory company Canis Media has expressed its interested in bidding for the license to operate the DTT multiplex offering local television services.

:: 29/02/2012

Spain - RTVE may cut services on DTT platform

The public service broadcaster RTVE may be forced to cut new digital television programme services should the government cut its budget.

:: 29/02/2012

United Kingdom - DTG announces future plans

The DTG has announced some of its future work areas as part of its plan to update the D-Book for the DTT platform.

:: 28/02/2012

France - TDF to operate DVB-T2 trial

The broadcast trial platform, ImaginLab, has selected the broadcast network operator TDF as its technical operator for its DVB-T2 trial.

:: 28/02/2012

Russia - Humax to supply DVB-T2 receivers

The broadcast network operator RTRN and the manufacturer HUMAX have signed an agreement for the supply of DTT receivers.

:: 28/02/2012

Mali - Conax to secure pay-DTT platform

The pay-DTT operator Malivision has selected Conax to secure its MMDS operations.

:: 27/02/2012

United Kingdom - Broadcast / broadband platform Connect TV officially launched

Connect TV has officially launched following several months of trial transmissions. Connect TV offers television content delivered via the Internet to Freeview HD (HD/DTT) receivers. Viewers can access the content through their Freeview EPG.

:: 27/02/2012

Latvia - Lattelecom begins efforts for DTT license renewal

The pay-DTT service provider Lattelcom has begun its efforts to win the renewal of its DTT license. Its license will expire in 2013 and is open for renewal for a further 5 year period.

:: 27/02/2012

Kroes calls for a boost for mobile broadband services

In her keynote presentation at Mobile World Congress, the European Commissioner Neelie Kroes has called for a boost to the European mobile wireless market.

:: 26/02/2012

Germany - Media Broadcast warns against spectrum allocations at WRC-12

The leading broadcast network operator in Germany, Media Broadcast, has warned against the recent decisions taken at the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12).

:: 24/02/2012

United Kingdom - Irish PSBs to launch MUX in Northern Ireland

A new multiplex will launch in Northern Ireland with services provided by public service broadcasters in Ireland.

:: 24/02/2012

United Kingdom - Ofcom publishes two technical documents regarding local DTT multiplex plan

The communications regulator Ofcom has published two technical reports regarding the planning for the roll-out and launch of a DTT network providing local television programme services. These reports were prepared by Zetacast and the DTG.

:: 24/02/2012

United Kingdom - BBC Trust publishes conditions for local MuxCo funding

The BBC Trust has published a draft document with its approach and criteria for the BBC's funding of a DTT network that will provide local television programme services.

:: 23/02/2012

Russia - Tatarstan to launch DVB-T2 in 2012

According to DVB, the Russian republic of Tatarstan is set to launch its DVB-T2 platform in 2012.

:: 23/02/2012

Cable Europe and ZVEI warning on second digital dividend

Cable Europe and the German Electronic Manufacturers Association, ZVEI, are calling on the European Commission to ensure coexistence between existing services and potentially new services operators in the 700 MHz band.

:: 23/02/2012

United Kingdom - Ofcom opens 2nd consultation on DTT/mobile service coexistence

Ofcom has issued a second consultation on the co-existence of new mobile services in the 800 MHz band with the DTT platform.

:: 22/02/2012

United Kingdom - ASO begins in South of England

The first switchover in the South of England has been completed on 22 February.

:: 22/02/2012

Italy - Telecom Italia planning launch of new television programme service

Telecom Italia Media has announced that it is planning to launch a new television programme service on the DTT platform.

:: 21/02/2012

Latvia - Broadcasting not responsible for regional alienation

The DTT service operator Lattelecom has defended itself against accusations that problems with the DTT signal have resulted in the disaffection of residents in the border province of Latgale.

:: 21/02/2012

United Kingdom - Government to fund 4G interference help scheme

The government has announced that it will make a Ł180 million help scheme available to fund solutions for television interference caused by mobile services.

:: 21/02/2012

Poland - Tender for services on MUX 1 expected in 2012

The National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) could launch a tender for broadcast licenses on the DTT platform later this year.

:: 20/02/2012

Australia - 95% of homes have a DTT receiver

In a joint study published by Nielsen, OzTAM, and Regional TAM, new technology and devices are adding to, rather than replacing, television viewing.

:: 18/02/2012

United States - Congress approves broadcast spectrum auctions

Congress has passed legislation allowing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to auction off spectrum voluntarily relinquished by broadcasters.

:: 17/02/2012

Italy - Abruzzo and Molise to complete ASO in May

The government published the timetable for analogue switch-off in the region of Abruzzo and Molise.

:: 17/02/2012

Italy - 89.5% DTT penetration

DTT penetration reached 89.5% at the end of January 2012 which represents 22.3 million households. This is an increase of 600,000 households since October 2011.

:: 17/02/2012

WRC 2015 to consider mobile telecom services in 700 MHz band

The World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 (WRC-12) concluded in Geneva after 4 weeks of deliberations by participants representing 165 nations.

:: 16/02/2012

Bulgaria - CRC opens consultation on possible review of obligations on NURTS

The Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) has opened a consultation on the need for a regulator review of the obligations imposed on the broadcast network operator NURTS.

:: 16/02/2012

Croatia - OiV awarded licenes to operate two DVB-T2 multiplexes

The telecommunications regulator HAKOM has awarded the national broadcast network operator OiV with a 10 year license to operate two DTT multiplexes.

:: 15/02/2012

United Kingdom - BBC to offer 3D/DTT content during Summer Olympic Games

The public service broadcaster BBC has announced that it will broadcast some of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in 3D as part of a 3D trial.

:: 15/02/2012

EP approves RSPP

The European Parliament has approved the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP). This legislation had first been proposed by the European Commission in September 2010.

:: 14/02/2012

France - TV Numeric may stop distributing linear pay-DTT services

In a further blow to the pay-DTT platform in France, the distributor of pay-DTT services, TV Numéric has questioned whether it will continue offering linear pay-DTT services.

:: 14/02/2012

Portugal - Anacom issues guide on DTT financial aid

The communications regulator Anacom has announced the publication of a brochure with information on the financial support available to help prepare qualifying individuals with analogue switch-off.

:: 14/02/2012

Russia - DVB-T2 to launch in Q2 2012

Viktor Pinchuk, the deputy head of the broadcast network operator RTRS, has announced that DVB-T2 will launch in the second quarter of 2012.

:: 13/02/2012

United Kingdom - Parliament approves legislative framework for local DTT multiplex

The Parliament has approved the necessary legislative framework to allow for the launch of a DTT network providing local television programme services.

:: 13/02/2012

United Kingdom - Over 4 million HD/DTT receivers sold

A total of 4.4 million Freeview HD receivers have now been sold in the United Kingdom at the end of 2011. This allows viewers to access the free-to-air HD services on the DTT platform.

:: 10/02/2012

Denmark - Boxer reaches 300,000 subscribers

The pay-DTT platform operator Boxer Denmark has announced that it has tripled its subscriber base in the past three months.

:: 10/02/2012

Sweden - Teracom announces over 1 million subscribers at end of 2011

Teracom, the parent company for pay-DTT platforms in Denmark, Finland and Sweden, has announced its financial results for 2011.

:: 10/02/2012

France - LFP confirms closure of C-Foot

The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has announced that it will close its pay-DTT service C-Foot at the end of the football season.

:: 10/02/2012

United Kingdom - France 24 available via Freeview application

The continuous news service France 24 is now available on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 10/02/2012

United Kingdom - Shutdown of DTT Engineering Channel during Summer Olympics

The Digital Television Group (DTG) has announced that it will not implement any over-the-air system software updates during the London Olympic and Paralympics games.

:: 09/02/2012

Spain - Abertis fined for abuse of market position

The Comision Nacional de la Competencia (CNC) has issued a fine of €13.7 million to the broadcast network operator Abertis Telecom.

:: 09/02/2012

Taiwan - NCC plans to allocate two licenses for services on DTT platform

The National Communications Commission (NCC) has announced plans to tender two licenses for television programme services on the DTT platform.

:: 09/02/2012

Czech Republic - TV Nova to complete ASO

The commercial broadcaster TV Nova will switch-off its remaining analogue services on 12 February. Switch-off will occur in Jesenik and Zlin.

:: 08/02/2012

France - 7 million television sets to be sold in 2012

According to Simavelec, the consumer electronics association in France, 7 million television sets are expected to be sold in 2012.

:: 08/02/2012

United States - ATSC 2.0 to be issued by end of year

The head of the ATSC, Mark Richer, has revealed some of the objectives of the ATSC 2.0 standard.

:: 07/02/2012

Czech Republic - CTU developing DVB-T2 plans

The Czech Telecom Office (CTU) isin the process of defining the frequencies that can be used for the provision of two national DTT multiplexes. These multiplexes will use the DVB-T2 standard.

:: 07/02/2012

Hungary - 58% pay digital households

The National Communications Authority of Hungary (NCAH) has announced that 58% of households access digital television services.

:: 07/02/2012

France - ARCEP opens consultation on DTT transmission market

The telecommunication regulator ARCEP has launched a consultation on the regulation of DTT transmissions. The consultation is open until 7 March.

:: 07/02/2012

Proposal to allow IMT services in 700 MHz band

At the World Radio Conference (WRC) 2012 currently underway at the ITU, administrations from the Arab and African regions are supporting a proposal to allocate the 700 MHz frequency band to International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT).

:: 06/02/2012

Portugal - Services from DTT platform available on satellite

Viewers outside of the DTT coverage area can now access the same services from satellite.

:: 06/02/2012

France - M6 head questions future of pay-DTT platform

The head of the broadcast group M6, Nicolas de Tavernost, has questioned the future of the pay-DTT platform in France.

:: 06/02/2012

Finland - DNA hopes for strong DTT growth in 2012

The DTT platform operator DNA has issued its financial results for 2011.

:: 06/02/2012

Portugal - Reguengo de Fetal to switch-off on 13 February

The communications regulator ANACOM has announced that the Reguengo de Fetal transmitter will switch-off analogue services on 13 February.

:: 03/02/2012

New Zealand - Strong growth for Freeview platform

The number of DTT receivers sold in 2011 grew by 75% compared with the previous year.

:: 03/02/2012

United States - Number of services on DTT platform growing

The number of services available on the DTT platform is growing in the United States.

:: 03/02/2012

United Kingdom - Ofcom considering future broadcast regulation

As part of his testimony to the Parliamentary Inquiry into media ethics, the head of Ofcom, Ed Richards, stated that his agency is currently considering how to regulate broadcast and audiovisual services in the future.

:: 03/02/2012

United States - Generation Y lead cord-cutters

According to a new research study by Ideas & Solutions, a growing number of young adults born between 1980 - 1995 (Generation Y) are choosing the free-to-air DTT platform in combination with the Internet for the delivery of their television services.

:: 01/02/2012

Sweden - Boxer launches Kanal Global until 30 April

Kanal Global, a new television programme service, will be available on the Boxer platform from 1 February to 30 April.

:: 01/02/2012

France - Pay-DTT service C-Foot may close down

The pay-DTT television programme service, C-Foot, may close down. It had launched only six months ago.

:: 01/02/2012

WRC debating opening 700 MHz band to mobile broadband services

Discussion are currently underway at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 (WRC-2012) to make frequencies below the 800 MHz band available to mobile broadband services in Region 1.

:: 01/02/2012

Lithuania - 151,000 TEO television subscribers

The pay-DTT service operator TEO has published its results for 2011. It has increased its number of subscribers to its television services by 15.2%.

:: 01/02/2012

Ukraine - Zeonbud to offer pay-DTT services as of 2015

The DTT platform operator Zeonbud plans to offer pay services as of 2015. It will offer 20 pay services and 32 free-to-air services.

:: 31/01/2012

Croatia - ITU working group to look into interference from Italy

At the World Radio Conference (WRC), representatives from Croatia have asked for the establishment of a working group to help resolve the issue of interference from Italy. This request was granted by the WRC chairman.

:: 31/01/2012

Hungary - NCAH announces winners of 900 MHz auction

The National Communications Authority of Hungary (NCAH) has announced the outcome of its auction for frequencies in the 900 MHz band.

:: 30/01/2012

Bosnia - ASO to be completed in 2014

The draft digital switchover action plan has been approved by the Council of the DTT Forum.

:: 30/01/2012

Germany - More commercial broadcasters join DTT platform

The broadcast network operator Media Broadcast has announced that 6 commercial broadcasters have launched new DTT services while another broadcaster, QVC, has decided to continue offering DTT services.

:: 27/01/2012

United Kingdom - Ofcom publishes draft documents for its consultation on local DTT services

As part of its consultation on local DTT services, the communications regulator Ofcom has published several draft tender documents.

:: 27/01/2012

France - Planning for 8 DTT multiplexes completed

The CSA has completed the frequency planning for the 8 DTT multiplexes on the French DTT platform. All multiplexes use the DVB-T standard and provide both standard- and high-definition services.

:: 26/01/2012

Ireland - Free-to-air satellite service to complement DTT coverage area

The free-to-air satellite service, Saorsat, is set to launch in either February or March 2012.

:: 25/01/2012

France - Canal+ to shut down TPS Star on pay-DTT platform

The media group Canal+ has announced plans to close down its television programme service TPS Star.

:: 25/01/2012

Indonesia - ASO to be completed by end of 2017

The government announced that it plans to complete the roll-out of DTT services by the end of 2017. In 2017, the government also plans to complete analogue switch-off.

:: 24/01/2012

South Africa - 60% DTT coverage by March 2012

The Minister of Communications has announced that amendments to the 2008 Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy have been drafted and are expected to be approved by the end of February.

:: 24/01/2012

Spain - Local government in breach of contract with SES

The Regional Government of Cantabria in north Spain will be required to pay the satellite operator SES €3.5 million for unilaterally breaking the contract to provide free-to-view satellite services in the region.

:: 24/01/2012

Czech Republic - Fourth DTT multiplex expected to change ownership

According to a recent media report by E15 , the ownership of the fourth DTT multiplex has changed.

:: 24/01/2012

Bulgaria - Another appeal against DTT license allocation process

The Bulgarian company Di Vi Bi Ti has had its appeal to the Supreme Court regarding the award to Hannu Pro for a license to operate a DTT multiplex rejected.

:: 23/01/2012

Spain - Energy launches on DTT platform

Mediaset announced that it launched a new television programme service, Energy, on the DTT platform on 9 January.

:: 23/01/2012

United Kingdom - OFCOM to make extra frequencies available for wireless services during Olympic Games

The communications regulator OFCOM has announced that it is taking the necessary steps to ensure that sufficient spectrum will be available to meet the capacity demands of broadcasters during the 2012 Olympic Games.

:: 23/01/2012

WRC-12 opens in Geneva

The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) opened in Geneva on 23 January with the intention of updating the Radio Regulations, the regulatory framework governing spectrum usage.

:: 23/01/2012

Italy - Government puts DTT licensing plans on 90 day hold

The government has announced that it will put on hold the allocation of available DTT frequencies. These frequencies are set to become available following the completion of analogue switch-off at the end of 2012.

:: 23/01/2012

Australia - Consultation on the future of DTT

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has opened a consultation on the future of free-to-air DTT services following the completion of analogue switch-off.

:: 20/01/2012

Russia - Vimpelcom ends DVB-H effort

The telecom operator Vimpelcom has has sold its 75% stake in the company Dominant. With this sale, it ends its plans to launch mobile television services using the DVB-H standard.

:: 19/01/2012

Portugal - Anacom launches new ASO information campaign

The communications regulator launched a new phase of its analogue switch-off awareness campaign on 2 January.

:: 19/01/2012

Italy - Government to present DTT licensing plans by end of week

The Minister for Economic Development, Corrado Passera, has announced that he will present his proposals for the use of available frequencies in bands IV and V.

:: 18/01/2012

Serbia - Ministry issues minimum DTT receiver requirements

The Ministry of Culture, Information and the Information Society has published its Minimum Requirements for DTT receivers as well as its Guidelines for testing DTT receivers.

:: 18/01/2012

Poland - TVP plans to launch two new thematic television services

The public service broadcaster TVP has announced plans to launch two new television programme services on the DTT platform.

:: 17/01/2012

Poland - Five DTT multiplexes to be available after ASO completed

The KRRiT (National Broadcasting Council) has confirmed that analogue switch-off will be completed in Poland in July 2013. In addition, it stated that 5 nationwide DTT multiplexes will be available following the completion of the process.

:: 16/01/2012

New Zealand - Launch of TV9 on DTT platform

A new television programme service will launch on the DTT platform. This new service, known at TV9, will be available from UHF channel 29 as of 1 February.

:: 16/01/2012

Commission calls on Parliament to adopt RSPP

The European Commission has given its support to the position of the Council regarding the radio spectrum policy programme (RSPP) which the Council issued on 13 December 2011.

:: 13/01/2012

Greece - euronews joins DTT platform

The pan-European news service, euronews, has announced that it has joined the free-to-air DTT platforms in Greece and Cyprus.

:: 12/01/2012

United Kingdom - OFCOM opens 2nd consultation on 4G auction proposals

The communications regulator OFCOM has opened a consultation on its proposals for 4G networks in the United Kingdom. These networks will operate in the 800 MHz band and the 2.6 GHz band.

:: 12/01/2012

Czech Republic - CTU expert group to discuss DVB-T2

The communications regulator CTU is set to convene its expert group on DVB-T2 for a first meeting.

:: 12/01/2012

France - Strong demand for DTT licenses

A total of 34 projects have been submitted to the CSA for the six available broadcast licenses on the DTT platform.

:: 12/01/2012

Portugal - Analogue switch-off officially begins

Analogue switch-off has commenced in Portugal with the switch-off of analogue services in the Palmela region including relays in Alcácer do Sal, Melides and Sesimbra.

:: 09/01/2012

Belgium - VRT to launch new DTT service

The public service broadcaster for the Flemish-speaking community, VRT, has announced plans to launch a third television programme service on the DTT platform.

:: 09/01/2012

Latvia - MTG announces plan to acquire LNT

The Swedish media group, Modern Times Group (MTG), has announced plans to acquire 100% of the free-to-air broadcaster Latvijas Neatkarīgā Televīzija (LNT).

:: 06/01/2012

Poland - Political protests against KRRiT's DTT license allocation

Political groups are protesting the failure of the broadcast service TV Trwam to secure a license to broadcast on the DTT platform.

:: 06/01/2012

United Kingdom - CCTV to be available via Freeview

Three television programme services from China Central Television (CCTV) will be accessible via the free-to-air HD/DTT platform, Freeview HD.

:: 06/01/2012

United States - Mobile DTV services available in 46 regions

The availability of mobile broadcast services is expanding in the United States. The Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC) has announced that 120 broadcasters are providing services in more than 46 regions.

:: 05/01/2012

France - CSA provides overview of DSO

The broadcast regulator, CSA, has published an overview of the digital switchover process in France. It congratulates all actors involved in the process which lasted 22 months and ended on 29 November 2011.

:: 04/01/2012

Indonesia - Commercial DTT license tender in early 2012

The Ministry of Communications and Information has announced that the tender for commercial DTT broadcast licenses will be opened in the first quarter of 2012.

:: 03/01/2012

Kenya - ASO not possible in 2012

According to the acting director general of the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), it is unlikely that the country will be able to complete digital switchover by the planned June 2012 deadline.

:: 03/01/2012

Poland - Launch of TTK on DTT platform

A new television programme service is available to viewers on the DTT platform.

:: 02/01/2012

France - Constitutional Court annuls tax on sale of DTT broadcast services

The Constitutional Court invalidated a proposed law that would have allowed the government to collect a 5% tax on the sale of a broadcast service on the DTT platform.

:: 02/01/2012

Sweden - Launch of TV4 HD

The television programme service TV4 HD is now available on Boxer's pay-DTT platform.

:: 31/12/2011

Italy - DTT penetration reaches 87%

DTT penetration reached 87.1% of households at the end of October. A total of 21.7 million households access the DTT platform.

:: 31/12/2011

Azerbaijian - ASO could be completed in 2012

Plans to complete analogue switch-off in 2012 could be possible if the government agrees to provide DTT receivers to 120,000 low-income households.

:: 29/12/2011

Lieven Vermaele new DigiTAG Chairman

Information about the new DigiTAG Presidency has been published by Broadcast Engineering.

:: 29/12/2011

Spain - CRTVG to launch HbbTV trial

The regional broadcasters for the northwestern region of Galica, Corporación Radio y Televisión de Galicia (CRTVG), has announced that it will begin a trial of interactive television services using the HbbTV standard.

:: 28/12/2011

64.7 million DVB-T2 receivers to be shipped in 2015.

According to a recent report published by NPD DisplaySearch, Quarterly TV Design and Features Report, shipments of DVB-T2 enabled television sets will reach 64.7 million in 2015.

:: 28/12/2011

Indonesia - Consultation on DVB-T2 opened

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has opened a consultation on its proposal for the adoption of the DVB-T2 standard on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 28/12/2011

Czech Republic - ZAK TV joins DTT platform

The regional television programme service, ZAK TV, has announced that it will join the DTT platform on 15 January.

:: 27/12/2011

Bulgaria - Government approves tender for 7th DTT multiplex

The government has approved legislation allowing the communications regulator to tender a license for a new DTT multiplex.

:: 23/12/2011

France - 800 MHz auction generates €2.6 billion

The winners of the auction for licenses to operate mobile telecom services in the 800 MHz frequency band have been announced. The auction generated €2.639 billion for the State.

:: 23/12/2011

United States - AT&T acquires FLO TV frequencies

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has given its approval for the telecom operator AT&T to acquire frequencies in the UHF channels 55 and 56 from Qualcomm.

:: 22/12/2011

United States - FCC approves white space database and device

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved the first television white spaces database and device.

:: 21/12/2011

Italy - ASO calendar for 2012 approved

The Minister for Economic Development, Corrado Passera, signed the decree setting the timetable for the completion of analogue switch-off in 2012.

:: 21/12/2011

Slovakia - DTT multiplex to launch by August 2012

The Telecommunications Authority, TU SR, has published the license obligations on the broadcast network operator Towercom which has been awarded the license to operate the fourth DTT multiplex.

:: 21/12/2011

Italy - AgCom rules that DVB-H multiplex cannot offer DVB-T services

The communications regulator AgCom has rejected the request from 3 Italia to offer services using the DVB-T standard on its multiplex. Currently, this multiplex uses the DVB-H standard to offer mobile television services.

:: 20/12/2011

Colombia - CNTV adopts DVB-T2 standard

The Comisión Nacional de Televisión (CNTV) has decided to adopt the DVB-T2 standard for the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 19/12/2011

United Kingdom - Ofcom opens a consultation on local DTT services

Ofcom has published a consultation on the Government's proposed framework for local television programme services on the DTT platform.

:: 19/12/2011

Italy - Government may cancel DTT tender

Speculation is mounting that the planned tender for 6 DTT multiplexes will be cancelled. These multiplexes were to be allocated following the completion of analogue switch-off in 2012.

:: 16/12/2011

Spain - Canal+ Dos to exit pay-DTT platform

The Spanish pay broadcaster Canal+ has announced that it will stop its service Canal+ Dos on the pay-DTT platform in December 2011.

:: 16/12/2011

United Kingdom - Channel 5 withdraws from HD/DTT license process

The communications regulator Ofcom has announced that the broadcaster Channel 5 has withdrawn its application for a license to provide an HD service on the DTT platform.

:: 15/12/2011

Slovakia - Towercom awarded DTT license

The telecommunications regulatory authority, TU SR, has announced that the broadcast network operator Towercom has been awarded the license to operate the fourth DTT multiplex.

:: 14/12/2011

France - B2M consortium receives government funding

TDF, together with its partners in the B2M (Broadcast Multimedia Mobile) consortium, has received government funding for its project examining mobile video services.

:: 14/12/2011

Poland - Launch of MUX 1 on 15 December

A new DTT multiplex, MUX 1, is set to launch on 15 December. This multiplex will initially offer 5 television programme services.

:: 14/12/2011

EU Telecom Council approves RSPP

The European Union's Council, represented by Telecom ministers, has approved the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP).

:: 12/12/2011

Germany - Two new DTT services in Hesse

The regulator for commercial media in the region of Hesse has announced that it has awarded DTT broadcast licenses to iMusic and Anixe.

:: 09/12/2011

Latvia - Lattelecom leading pay TV operator

The pay-DTT operator Lattelecom is the leading provider of pay television services in Latvia.

:: 08/12/2011

United Kingdom - Ofcom issues draft work plan 2012/2013

The communications regulator Ofcom has issued its draft work plan for the period from 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013.

:: 08/12/2011

Czech Republic - Lagardčre interested in DTT service

The media group Mafra which owns the DTT programme service Ocko may be acquired the by the French media group Lagardčre.

:: 08/12/2011

Belarus - ASO not before 2015

Fears are mounting that the transition to digital television may face difficulties.

:: 07/12/2011

Hungary - 98% coverage by end of year

The broadcast network operator Antenna Hungaria has announced that 300,000 households use the free-to-air DTT platform, MinDig TV. This represents 35% of all terrestrial television households.

:: 07/12/2011

Czech Republic - Regional services to end on DTT platform?

Regional television programme services may become more difficult to access in the Czech Republic following the unilateral decision by the commercial broadcaster TV Prima to stop broadcasting these services on their frequencies by the end of the year.

:: 06/12/2011

France - LCI and Paris Premičre remain pay-DTT services

The broadcast regulator CSA has declined the request by two broadcasters to change the status of their television programme services on the DTT platform.

:: 06/12/2011

Sweden - New applications available for on-demand Boxer subscribers

Subscribers to Boxer's on-demand services will be able to access new applications provided by Accedo.

:: 05/12/2011

France - DTT leading TV platform

The CSA has published its data regarding digital television penetration in France for the first half of 2011.

:: 04/12/2011

France - Report suggests up to 40 HD/DTT services by 2020

The Ministry of Industry issued a report on future spectrum needs. The report was prepared by Tera Consultants on behalf of the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Communications.

:: 04/12/2011

France - No further DTT services from France Télévisions

The President of France, Nicholas Sarkozy, has reportedly nixed the proposal to extend the services offered by the public service broadcaster France Télévisions on the DTT platform.

:: 01/12/2011

Italy - ASO progresses in October and November

November proved to be a busy month for analogue switch-off in Italy. During the month, switch-off was completed in the regions of Tuscany, Umbria and Viterbo.

:: 30/11/2011

Mongolia - Selection of DVB-T2

At its national Digital Broadcasting Forum, the Communications Regulatory Commission (CRC) of Mongolia announced plans to use the DVB-T2 standard for its DTT platform.

:: 30/11/2011

Italy - Sky Italia withdraws from DTT tender process

The pay satellite operator Sky Italia has withdrawn its application for a DTT license. Six multiplexes will be made available following the completion of analogue switch-off.

:: 30/11/2011

France - Analogue switch-off completed

Analogue switch-off has been completed in France. The last region, Languedoc-Roussillon, switched off all of its analogue services on 30 November.

:: 29/11/2011

United Kingdom - Ofcom head presents view on future spectrum management

The head of Ofcom, Ed Richards, presented his views on the future of spectrum planning in a speech to the ECTA regulatory conference on 29 November.

:: 29/11/2011

France - Analogue switch-off completed in overseas territories

The French overseas territories completed analogue switch-off on 29 November.

:: 29/11/2011

United States - Spectrum auction bill proposed

Republicans in the House of Representative have introduced legislation to allow for a broadcast incentive auction. This bill resembles a similar bill introduced in the Senate.

:: 29/11/2011

France - Law voiding "bonus channels" under review by government

The Council of Ministers is considering a law to revoke the "bonus channels" that had been allocated to the incumbent broadcasters on the terrestrial platform in the March 2007 law on digital switchover.

:: 29/11/2011

Russia - Regional services to be made available on DTT platform

One of the television service slots on the DTT platform will be reserved for regional broadcasters.

:: 28/11/2011

Portugal - ASO marketing campaign launched

The communications regulator Anacom, responsible for leading digital switchover, has formally launched its DTT marketing campaign.

:: 28/11/2011

France - Second HbbTV trial launches on DTT platform

The Association for the Development of Enhanced TV Services and Interactivity (AFDESI) has launched a broadcast / broadband trial on the DTT platform.

:: 25/11/2011

France - DVB-T2 trial in Rennes

The CSA has authorised the broadcast network operator TDF to begin a trial of the DVB-T2 standard in the northwestern city of Rennes.

:: 25/11/2011

Spain - Selection of HbbTV standard

The Ministry of Industry has announced its selection of the HbbTV standard for broadband / broadcast services.

:: 25/11/2011

Portugal - RTP to lose one service on DTT platform

The government has announced that it will close one of the DTT services operated by the public service broadcaster RTP.

:: 23/11/2011

United Kingdom - ASO completed in East Anglia

Analogue switch-off has been completed in Norfolk and north Suffolk with the switch-off of the analogue channels BBC 1, ITV, Channel 4 and Five.

:: 23/11/2011

Poland - Mobile telecom operators fined for hindering DVB-H

The competition regulator, UOKiK, announced that it has imposed a fine of PLN 113 million (€25 million) to four mobile telecom operators for participating in a cartel.

:: 23/11/2011

Spain - DVB-T2 trial in Barcelona

The broadcast network operator Abertis Telecom is conducting a trial of the DVB-T2 standard.

:: 22/11/2011

France - 5% tax on DTT license re-sale

The Senate has approved an amendment that would apply a tax of up to 5% to the sale of DTT frequency licenses. The tax would only apply to those DTT licenses obtained from the broadcast regulator, CSA, at no charge.

:: 22/11/2011

France - France 5 in HD?

The public service broadcaster France Télévisions is in discussion with the government for the allocation of frequencies to use for the provision of its service France 5 in high-definition on the DTT platform.

:: 21/11/2011

Slovakia - Two applicants for DTT license

The communications regulator Slovak Telecommunications Office (TU SR) announced that it has received two applicants for its tender to operate the fourth DTT multiplex.

:: 21/11/2011

Spain - Government agrees digital migration plan

In its last cabinet meeting, the Socialist government approved the frequency plan for the period between July 2012 and 31 December 2014.

:: 21/11/2011

Hungary - 850,000 DTT viewers

According to information published by the DTT platform operator Antenna Hungaria, 850,000 households own at least one DTT receiver.

:: 18/11/2011

Spain - New DTT entrants grow audience share

According to a report published by EGEDA, the new television programme services on the DTT platform increased their audience share in 2010.

:: 17/11/2011

European Council publishes reasoning for RSPP proposal

The Council of the European Union has issued its reasoning for its position regarding the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP).

:: 17/11/2011

Hungary - 37,000 pay-DTT subscribers

According to the latest data published by the National Communications Authority, NIH, the pay-DTT platform MinDig TV Extra had 37,787 subscribers as of September 2011.

:: 15/11/2011

Austria - ORS applies for DVB-T2 license

The broadcast network operator ORS has confirmed that it has submitted an application for the license to operate two DTT multiplexes.

:: 15/11/2011

United Kingdom - Freeview launches new marketing campaign

The free-to-air DTT umbrella organisation, Freeview, has announced that it will launch a new marketing campaign on Friday, 18 November.

:: 15/11/2011

Czech Republic - Nova TV supports launch of HD/DTT services

In a wide-ranging interview, the head of the commercial broadcaster Nova TV Jan Andrusko supported the provision of HD services on the DTT platform.

:: 15/11/2011

Bulgaria - DTT multiplex allocation expected in 2014

In a letter to the European Commission, the Ministry of Transport and Communications has stated that it will open a tender for the operation of a DTT multiplex in 2014.

:: 15/11/2011

Cable Europe criticizes RSPP

The cable association Cable Europe is questioning the draft Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP) tentatively agreed by the European Council and members of the European Parliament.

:: 14/11/2011

Switzerland - Bakom reviewing applicants for 800 MHz auction

The communications regulator Bakom has announced that it is in the process of reviewing the applications received for the participation in the auction of the 800 MHz band.

:: 14/11/2011

Joint declaration on future of DTT standards

Heads of broadcast organisations from around the world have signed the Joint Declaration on the Future of Broadcasting TV.

:: 13/11/2011

Sri Lanka - Harris to provide DVB-T2 network

The public service broadcaster Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) will migrate to digital technology using the DVB-T2 standard.

:: 12/11/2011

United States - Twin Cities lead in DTT households

The Twin Cities, St Paul and Minneapolis, lead in the overall percentage of terrestrial television households among the major urban areas.

:: 11/11/2011

Australia - Terrestrial viewers at all-time high

According to the industry group Free TV Australia, 14.3 million people watch terrestrial television services each day. This figure represents a 7 year high.

:: 10/11/2011

Czech Republic - DVB-T2 for pay-DTT services?

The head of the broadcast network operator Radiokomunikace, Kamil Levinsky, has suggested that the DVB-T2 standard should be used to provide pay-DTT services.

:: 10/11/2011

Croatia - DVB-T2 for commercial DTT services

A DVB-T2 trial is currently underway and plans are underway to use the DVB-T2 standard for commercial DTT services.

:: 08/11/2011

Italy - Over 2 million pay-DTT subscribers

The commercial broadcaster Mediaset published its financial results for the nine month period ending 30 September.

:: 08/11/2011

France - Media groups call for greater concentration on DTT platform

The historic media groups in the broadcast industry have called for greater support in the development of their activities.

:: 07/11/2011

Sweden - Boxer launches on-demand service

The DTT service provider Boxer has launched a video on-demand service on its DTT platform on 7 November.

:: 04/11/2011

Finland - Ministry issues 800 MHz auction proposal

The Ministry of Transport and Communications has issued its draft proposal for auctioning frequencies in the 800 MHz band.

:: 04/11/2011

United Kingdom - New MHEG services on Freeview

The television programme service Challenge, which offers classic television game shows, has updated its interactive service on the DTT platform.

:: 03/11/2011

Czech Republic - DVB-T2 trial may be forced to stop by end of year

The DVB-T2 trial currently underway by the broadcast network operator Ceske Radiokomunikace (CRa) may be forced to end in 2012.

:: 02/11/2011

Ukraine - Case brought forward against DTT license award

A panel of judges had decided to combine into a single case the legal complaints brought forward by the broadcasters who failed to receive a license on the DTT platform.

:: 01/11/2011

United States - Future of TV Coalition to promote over-the-air TV

A new organisation has formed to help protect terrestrial television services. Known as The Future of TV Coalition, the organisation is administered by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

:: 01/11/2011

United Kingdom - Channel 5 only applicant for HD/DTT license

The broadcaster Channel 5 is expected to be allocated a license for an HD service on the DTT platform.

:: 01/11/2011

Bosnia - DTT tender cancelled

The Office for Public Appeals has cancelled the outcome of the DTT tender following a complaint from one of the failed bidders.

:: 01/11/2011

United Kingdom - Ofcom publishes Communications Infrastructure Report

The communications regulator Ofcom has published its first Communications Infrastructure Report.

:: 31/10/2011

Slovakia - DVB-T2 trial ended

The broadcast network operator Towercom has stopped its trial of the DVB-T2 standard.

:: 29/10/2011

France - France 24 interested in joining DTT platform

The continuous news service France 24 is expected to apply for a license for the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 28/10/2011

Agreement on RSPP nears

An informal compromise between the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers on the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP) has been agreed.

:: 27/10/2011

United Kingdom - 3.1 million HD/DTT receivers sold

The DTT promotions organisation Freeview has reported that 3.1 million Freeview HD (HD/DTT) receivers have been sold in the United Kingdom as of the end of September.

:: 26/10/2011

Slovakia - Tender open for fourth DTT multiplex

The communications regulator Slovak Telecommunications Office (TU SR) is inviting candidates to tender for the license to operate the fourth DTT multiplex.

:: 26/10/2011

Austria - ORF launches Sport Plus and ORF 3

The public service broadcaster ORF announced that it has launched two new television programme services, ORF 3 and ORF Sport Plus, on 26 October.

:: 26/10/2011

Norway - Revenue increases for Norkring

In the presentation of its quarterly results, Telenor highlighted the strong growth of its subsidiary Norkring.

:: 25/10/2011

Spain - abertis telecom showcases TDTcom solution

At the Broadcast IT exhibition held in Madrid on 25-28 October, the broadcast network operator abertis telecom showcased its solution for broadband / broadcast services using the HbbTV standard.

:: 25/10/2011

Poland - TVP 1 and TVP2 to launch HD/DTT services

The public service broadcaster TVP has announced plans to launch two HD television programme services on the DTT platform.

:: 25/10/2011

Netherlands - KPN increases television market share

The incumbent telecom operator KPN continues to increase its share of the television market. At the end of 30 September, it had a total of 1.342 million television subscribers.

:: 24/10/2011

Ireland - ComReg issues consultation of 800 Mhz license auction

The communications regulator ComReg has opened a consultation on its memorandum for the auction of licenses in the 800 MHz, 900 MHz and 1800 MHz frequency band.

:: 24/10/2011

United States - Mobile TV coverage to reach 50% by end of year

According to the Mobile Content Venture (MVC), its mobile television services will be available to 50% of the population by the end of 2011.

:: 24/10/2011

France - CSA suspends 4G trial during weekend

It has been reported that the broadcast regulator CSA specifically requested an end to the 4G trial currently underway in the region of Laval during the weekend of 15/16 October.

:: 24/10/2011

Russia - DigiTAG member meets with Deputy Minister of Communications

DigiTAG Steering Board member Stan Baayens, CEO of Funke Digital TV, has met with the the deputy head of the Ministry of Communications, Alexei Malinin.

:: 19/10/2011

Latvia - TV3 to join pay-DTT platform?

The commercial broadcaster TV3 has announced its plans to no longer be available on the free-to-air DTT platform as of January 2012.

:: 19/10/2011

Czech Republic - DTT coverage reaches 100%

In its report on digital switchover progress, the communications regulator CTU noted that the transition is progressing according to plan as of 30 September 2011.

:: 18/10/2011

Germany - Lauch of LTE services in Dusseldorf

The telecom operator Vodafone has announced the launch of its new LTE network in Dusseldorf. The LTE network was officially launched on 18 October.

:: 18/10/2011

France - CSA opens tender for 6 HD/DTT licenses

The CSA has opened the tender for six licenses on the DTT platform. These new services will be available in high-definition (HD) using the DVB-T and MPEG-4 AVC standards.

:: 18/10/2011

United Kingdom - Freeview HD app available

Freeview has launched an updated application for iPad, Adroid and iPhone tablets and smartphones that provides users with a television guide for Freeview HD services.

:: 18/10/2011

Lithuania - TEO announces 147,000 pay TV subscribers

According to the earnings report published by the incumbent telecom operator TEO, it has a total of 147,100 television subscribers.

:: 18/10/2011

Poland - Warsaw to complete ASO in March 2013

Details about the analogue switch-off process has been revealed by Tomasz Berezowski, a board member for the commercial broadcaster TVN.

:: 17/10/2011

Ukraine - Zeonbud to offer DTT services free-to-view

The DTT platform operator Zeonbud has announced plans to encrypt its DTT services. However, the services will be available free-to-view.

:: 17/10/2011

DTT tuner for iPad2

The manufacturer Elgato has announced the launch of its DVB-T tuner for the iPad2, called EyeTV Mobile. This device allows the user to watch television from the DTT platform on their iPad2 device.

:: 17/10/2011

Italy - AgCom announces shortlist for DTT license tender

The communications regulator AgCom has shortlisted the candidates for DTT frequency licenses.

:: 15/10/2011

Nigeria - GOtv launches in Ibadan

Multichoice has launched its pay-DTT service, GOtv, in Ibadan, Nigeria on 15 October. Ibadan is the country's third largest city.

:: 14/10/2011

Portugal - Anacom opens consultation on cost of broadcast transmissions

The communications regulator has opened a consultation on the price that broadcasters must pay for the transmission of their analogue terrestrial televisions services.

:: 14/10/2011

United Kingdom - ASO to be completed on 24 October 2012

Digital UK, the organisation leading analogue switch-off in the United Kingdom, has announced that the process will be completed on 24 October 2012.

:: 13/10/2011

Portugal - ASO completed in Nazaré and Alcobaca

Analogue switch-off is scheduled to take place on 13 October at 15.35 in the regions of Nazaré and Alcobaça.

:: 12/10/2011

Malta - ASO set for 31 October

Analogue switch-off has been confirmed for 31 October 2011. On this date, the four free-to-air analogue terrestrial channels, TVM, Net TV, One and Smash TV, will be switched off.

:: 12/10/2011

Ukraine - Zeonbud launches services with DVB-T2

The DTT platform operator Zeonbud has launched its DTT services using the DVB-T2 standard. Services will be availble to 95% of the population by the end of October.

:: 11/10/2011

France - No immediate launch of DVB-T2

The Prime Minister, François Fillon, has issued a press release calling for a "natural transition" towards DVB-T2.

:: 11/10/2011

France - Cancellation of bonus channels and launch of new DTT license tender

The Prime Minister, François Fillon, has announced plans for new legislation cancelling the so-called bonus channels on the DTT platform for incumbent broadcasters.

:: 11/10/2011

EBU Reports on the Future of Terrestrial Broadcasting

The Technical Committee of the European Broadcasting Union has recently published a Technical Report (TR013) which examines the role of distribution by terrestrial transmission for television and radio broadcasting.

:: 10/10/2011

Italy - RAI challenges DTT tender process

The DTT tender process faces new scrutiny following a decision by the public service broadcaster RAI to appeal to the administrative courts. In its appeal, RAI is calling for an automatic DTT frequency allocation.

:: 10/10/2011

Austria - Launch of Schau TV on DTT platform

A new television programme service, Schau TV, will launch on the DTT platform in Vienna.

:: 07/10/2011

Portugal - 90% of households in Nazaré ready for ASO

According to a survey conducted by Marktest, 90% of households are ready for analogue switch-off in the region of Nazaré as of the end of September.

:: 07/10/2011

Slovakia - DVB-T2 trial in Borskom Mikulasi

The broadcast network operator Towercom has extended its trial of DVB-T2 to the area of Borskom Mikulasi.

:: 06/10/2011

United Kingdom - BBC Trust calls for launch of BBC Two HD

In its proposed changes to the services provided by the BBC, the BBC Trust is calling for the launch of an HD version of BBC Two.

:: 05/10/2011

Romania - Legislative framework still lacking

According to the the minister of communications, Valerian Vreme, Romania lacks the necessary legislative framework to complete digital switchover.

:: 04/10/2011

Ghana - Government adopts DVB-T2

The government has approved the use of the DVB-T2 standard for the DTT platform. It has also approved the roadmap for digital switchover.

:: 03/10/2011

United Kingdom - DTG issues D-Book version 7

The Digital TV Group (DTG) has issued the 7th edition of its specification for the DTT platform, the D-Book.

:: 30/09/2011

Italy - Vodafone acquires frequencies in the 800 MHz band

Vodafone Italy has been awarded a total of 60 MHz (2x30 MHz) of spectrum in a recent government auction. Vodafone plans to use this spectrum to launch mobile broadband services using LTE technology.

:: 30/09/2011

Hungary - Technical changes to the DTT platform announced

The broadcast network operator Antenna Hungaria has announced several technical changes to the DTT platform as it prepares to launch a new multiplex.

:: 29/09/2011

Italy - Government completes 'digital dividend' auction

The government has completed its auction of frequencies for mobile broadband services using LTE technologies. Frequencies were located in the 800 MHz, 1.8 GHz and 2.6 GHz bands.

:: 29/09/2011

Hungary - Chellomedia services join DTT platform

Tne media group Chellomedia has confirmed that it will launch services on the pay-DTT platform MinDig TV Extra.

:: 29/09/2011

France - EC declares "bonus channels" illegal

The European Commission (EC) has issued a reasoned opinion regarding the allocation of the so-called "bonus channels" on the DTT platform to the three incumbent broadcasters in France, TF1, M6 and Canal+.

:: 28/09/2011

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Oxfordshire

Analogue switch-off was completed in Oxfordshire, parts of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire in the night between 27 and 28 September.

:: 27/09/2011

Netherlands Antilles - Curacao and St. Maarten Islands allow for DVB-T2 on pay platform

The islands of Curacao and St. Maarten, formerly territories of the Netherlands Antilles, may use the DVB-T2 standard for their pay-DTT platform.

:: 27/09/2011

Hungary - ASO dates to be announced in October

According to the Vice-President of the National Media and Telecommunications Authority (NMHH), Gábor Mátrai, the regulator is considering the possibility fir a two-stage analogue switch off.

:: 27/09/2011

Czech Republic - CRa interested in launching HD/DTT using DVB-T2

The broadcast network operator Ceske Telekomunikace (CRa) has expressed its interest in launching services using the DVB-T2 standard.

:: 27/09/2011

France - EC expected to declare "bonus" channels illegal

According to the newspaper La Libre, the European Commission (EC) is expected to declare illegal the French government's plan to allocate "bonus" DTT channels to the three incumbent commercial broadcasters.

:: 27/09/2011

United States - Report suggests that there is no spectrum shortage

A new report published by Citigroup Global Markets states that wireless broadband providers do not face a lack of spectrum in the United States.

:: 26/09/2011

Russia - Government commission favours DVB-T2

A governmental commission has recommended the use of the DVB-T2 standard on the DTT platform. Currently, the platform has been launched using the DVB-T standard.

:: 26/09/2011

Spain - Difficulties for pay-DTT service Canal+ 2

The television programme service Canal+ 2, available on the pay-DTT platform, is facing difficulties.

:: 26/09/2011

Spain - Trouble for regional broadcasters

According to Rapid TV News, regional broadcasters in Spain are in crisis. Depending on reports, they are losing between €772 million and €90 million each year.

:: 25/09/2011

Italy - Opposition critical of DTT allocation process

Opposition is mounting against the government's plans to allocate 5 DTT multiplexes. These multiplexes will be made available following the completion of analogue switch-off in 2012.

:: 23/09/2011

Bulgaria - Sale of NURTS completed

The incumbent telecom operator Vivacom has sold its remaining 50% stake in the broadcast network operator NURTS.

:: 22/09/2011

DTT leads in France, Italy and Spain

NPA Conseil has published an overview of the DTT platform in Europe showing that it is used by an average of 53% of households in Europe.

:: 21/09/2011

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Yorkshire, Stoke and Newcastle, and the West Midlands

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the regions of Yorkshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme, and the West Midlands on the night between 20 and 21 September.

:: 21/09/2011

United Kingdom - ASO completed for 63% of the population

Nine out of the 15 regions in the United Kingdom have now completed analogue switch-off. This follows the switch-off in Yorkshire and the West Midlands on 21 September.

:: 21/09/2011

Spain - National government refuses to fund further DTT roll-out

The government has announced that it will not fund the further roll out of DTT services. Rather, it will be the role of regional and local governments to do so.

:: 20/09/2011

Hungary - DTT platform used by 250,000 households

According to monthly sales statistics compiled by GfK Hungária, 730,000 households have the necessary equipment to be able to access the DVB-T platform.

:: 20/09/2011

Hungary - New pay-DTT services to launch on 1 October

The pay-DTT platform, known as MinDig TV Extra, is set to expand as of 1 October following the launch of a new DTT multiplex.

:: 20/09/2011

Lithuania - ASO to be completed by end Oct 2012

The government has announced that analogue switch-off will be completed in Lithuania on 29 October 2012.

:: 15/09/2011

Denmark - DVB-T2 Lite for digital radio trial

U-Media subsidiary Open Channel has received a license to test DVB-T2 services in the VHF channel 9D. This channel has a 1.7 MHz bandwidth and is traditionally allocated for T-DAB services.

:: 15/09/2011

Germany - ECJ confirms ASO subsidies in Berlin illegal

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has confirmed that the aid given by the government in Germany to support digital switchover in Berlin-Brandenburg was illegal.

:: 14/09/2011

Denmark - Boxer to launch HD/DTT services in April 2012

The pay-DTT service provider Boxer has announced that it will launch services in HD on 1 April 2012.

:: 14/09/2011

United States - FCC to trial white space database

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it will begin testing a database system to allow devices to make use of spectrum available between television services (white spaces).

:: 13/09/2011

Croatia - Publication of minimum receiver requirements

The commuications regulator HAKOM has issued its minimum technical requirements for DVB-T and DVB-T2 receivers.

:: 13/09/2011

Spain - Discovery to join free-to-air DTT platform

The broadcaster Unidad Editorial (UE), owner of VEO TV, has announced that it will launch a new free-to-air television programme service on the DTT platform in January 2012.

:: 13/09/2011

Slovakia - Allocation of 6 DTT licenses

The Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission (RADA) allocated 6 DTT licenses at its meeting on 13 September.

:: 13/09/2011

DTT children services have strong audience share

A recent report published by Eurodata TV shows the growing importance of children programming on the DTT platform.

:: 13/09/2011

France - CSA pessimistic about allocation of bonus DTT channels

The CSA has published its report on the future of the DTT platform. In its report, the CSA notes its pessimism regarding the attribution of the so-called bonus channels.

:: 12/09/2011

United Kingdom - ASO information campaign begins for London region

Digital UK has officially launched its digital switchover campaign in London. Analogue switch-off will begin in London on 4 April 2012 and completed on 18 April 2012.

:: 12/09/2011

Ukraine - New licensing for regional DTT services

The National Council Radio and TV Broadcasting (NTVCU) has decided that it will tender again 162 licenses for regional DTT services.

:: 10/09/2011

Uganda - Pay-DTT service GOtv officially launched

Multichoice and DStv have launched its pay-DTT services in Uganda known as GOtv.

:: 09/09/2011

Multichoice to roll-out DVB-T2 network in 15 south African countries

The digital television service provider, Multichoice, will roll-out a DVB-T2 network across 15 south African countries.

:: 09/09/2011

Slovakia - STV completes ASO

The public service broadcaster STV completed analogue switch-off in early September. It is the first broadcaster to have done so.

:: 09/09/2011

France - Canal+ purchases 60% stake in Direct 8 and Direct Star

The media group Canal+ has announced that it has purchased a 60% stake in Direct 8 and Direct Star.

:: 08/09/2011

Germany - DTT license available in Rhine-Main region

The media regulator for the land of Hesse, Hessische Landesanstalt für privaten Rundfunk und neue Medien (LPR), has announced that it has a license available for one television programme service on its DTT platform.

:: 08/09/2011

Finland - Multiplex D to offer services using DVB-T2

The Finnish government has agreed to change the terms of the license for Multiplex D. This multiplex is operated by the broadcast network operator Digita.

:: 05/09/2011

Denmark - Boxer announces TV2 packages

The pay-DTT service operator Boxer has announced the pricing package for access to the commercial broadcast service TV2.

:: 05/09/2011

United Kingdom - Ofcom tenders new HD/DTT service license

The communications regulator OFCOM is inviting broadcasters to tender for a license to provide a high-definition television programme service on the DTT platform.

:: 05/09/2011

France - HbbTV officially launches on DTT platform

The public service broadcaster France Télévisions has announced the launch of HbbTV services on the DTT platform.

:: 02/09/2011

Poland - TVN acquires stake in U-TV

The commercial broadcaster TVN has acquired a stake in Stavka which holds a license to operate the DTT service U-TV.

:: 01/09/2011

Australia - 82% of households have digital television

The latest Digital Tracker Report for the period from April to June 2011 shows that 82% of households have converted to digital television. This is an increase of 3 percentage points from the previous quarter.

:: 01/09/2011

Germany - NDR launches HbbTV services

The public service broadcaster in northern Germany, NDR, has launched HbbTV services on the DTT platform.

:: 01/09/2011

United Kingdom - Ofcom provides further details on White Space plans

Ofcom has issued further information regarding its plans to make use of "white spaces" which are the unused frequencies between television services.

:: 31/08/2011

Ireland - BAI opens consultation on its Draft Broadcast Strategy

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has issued its Draft Broadcasting Services Strategy for public consultation.

:: 31/08/2011

Poland - TVP to launch regional DTT services

The public service broadcaster TVP has expressed interest in launching regional DTT services in each of the 16 voivodships.

:: 31/08/2011

Malta - Four new services join DTT platform

Four new television programme services have joined the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 30/08/2011

France - SelecTV to launch in November

The pay-DTT service operator SelecTV will launch its services in November.

:: 28/08/2011

Latvia - Competition case against Lattelecom closed

The competition regulator, Konkurences Padome (KP) has decided to close the case that had been opened against the DTT operator Lattelecom.

:: 27/08/2011

France - TMC to complete ASO

The French government has published a decree regarding the use of frequencies by the analogue channel Télé Monte Carlo (TMC). TMC will cease all analogue terrestrial transmissions by 29 November 2011.

:: 26/08/2011

Czech Republic - Nova Cinema allocated official DTT license

The Czech Radio and TV Council has awarded the media group CME a 12 year DTT license for its television programme service Nova Cinema.

:: 25/08/2011

Ukraine - Reporters Without Borders attacks DTT licensing process

The non-government organization Reporters Without Borders, which aims to promote and protect press freedom, has written an open letter to the head of the National Council for TV and Radio Broadcasting questioning its allocation of licenses for the DTT platform.

:: 24/08/2011

Czech Republic - Nova TV to launch Kanal 5 on DTT platform

The Radio and TV Council (RRTV) has awarded the commercial broadcaster TV Nova a license for a television programme service on the DTT platform.

:: 23/08/2011

Ukraine - Failed bidders to take legal action against regultor

Broadcasters who failed to secure a license for the DTT platform are planning to take legal action against the broadcast regulator.

:: 22/08/2011

Russia - Rostelecom to support DSO

The broadcast network operator RTRS is expected to rely on the services of the national telecom operator Rostelecom for the roll-out of the DTT platform.

:: 22/08/2011

Ireland - Problems foreseen on broadcast network operator fees

The Irish broadcasting administration (BAI) has suggested that the network operator fees structure proposed for the DTT network may be financially unworkable.

:: 20/08/2011

Ukraine - DTT broadcasting started on 17 August in Kiev

As DTT transmissions were launched in the capital Kiev, the Ukrainian National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting (NTVCU), announced the 28 programme services which will be carried on the first four nationwide multiplexes.

:: 19/08/2011

Greece - ERT expected to cut DTT offer

The government's planned cuts are expected to affect the DTT service offering from the public service broadcaster ERT.

:: 19/08/2011

Colombia - Government considering DVB-T2

The government is currently considering converting to the DVB-T2 standard on the DTT platform. It had previously announced plans to use the DVB-T standard.

:: 18/08/2011

Ukraine - DTT licence winners announced

The National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting (NTVCU) has announced the winners of the DTT broadcast tender.

:: 18/08/2011

Czech Republic - TV Nova requests license for DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster TV Nova has requested an additional license on the DTT platform from the Radio and TV Council (RRTV).

:: 18/08/2011

United States - New ATSC standard for 2012

The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has announced plans complete a new DTT standard within the next year.

:: 17/08/2011

Canada - CBC given 1 year ASO extension

The broadcast regulator CRTC has granted the public service broadcaster CBC a one-year extension to the completion of digital switchover.

:: 16/08/2011

Finland - DNA launches its DVB-T2 platform

The pay-DTT service provider DNA has announced that it will launch its DTT platform on 18 August. The platform will be available free-to-air during the first two weeks following the launch.

:: 11/08/2011

United States - Low-power sites to complete ASO by end of year

Low-power transmission sites will be required to switch-off their analogue broadcasts by the end of the year. The FCC has rejected a request by the National Translator Association to delay the switch-off.

:: 11/08/2011

Slovakia - New frequencies allocated for MUX 1

The communications regulator Telecommunications Office(TU SR) has taken back the frequencies in the 800 MHz band that had been allocated for the DTT platform.

:: 01/08/2011

Hungary - ASO of Channel 01 on 14 August

Antenna Hungaria has announced that the analogue service of the public service broadcaster, m1, transmitting from Channel 01 in Budapest will be switched off at midnight on 14 August.

:: 28/07/2011

Austria - Tender open for license to operate DVB-T2 multiplexes

The communications regulator KommAustria is inviting candidates to tender for licenses to operate two DTT multiplexes.

:: 22/07/2011

DVB issues DVB-T2 lite profile

DVB has published a new profile for the DVB-T2 specification. This profile is also known as T2-Lite and is intended to address receivers using low capacity applications.

:: 21/07/2011

Bulgaria - Vivacom sells remaining stake in NURTS

The incumbent telecom operator Vivacom (formerly BTC) has sold its 50% stake in NURTS to Bluesat Partners Ltd.

:: 21/07/2011

Belarus - ASO set for 1 January 2012

The government has announced that analogue switch-off will be completed on 1 January 2012. This is three years' earlier than initially anticipated.

:: 20/07/2011

Macedonia (fyr) - Boom TV launches new services

The pay-DTT platform, Boom TV, has increased its service offering. Viewers will be able to access two new movie services.

:: 20/07/2011

Ukraine - Inter Group strong interest in DTT platform

The media group Inter is showing strong interest in the DTT platform. It has submitted applications for 12 television programme slots on the platform.

:: 19/07/2011

Switzerland - Bakom issues 800 MHz auction documents

The communications regulator Bakom has issued the final documentation regarding the upcoming auction of the frequencies in the 800 MHz band.

:: 19/07/2011

Australia - Freeview audience share dominates pay TV

The audience viewing share for the services on the free-to-air DTT platform has surpassed that of services on pay television platforms for the first 6 months of 2011.

:: 18/07/2011

Poland - MUX-1 to launch by end of year

The DTT multiplex (MUX-1) is set to launch by the end of the year or in early 2012. It could also include one HD service from the public service broadcaster TVP.

:: 18/07/2011

United Kingdom - Government issues plans for local TV services

The Government has issued a new framework for local television services.

:: 15/07/2011

Poland - Launch of DSO information campaign

The communications campaign on digital switchover has officially been launched. This follows the launch of DTT services at the end of 2010.

:: 13/07/2011

Hungary - 220,000 DTT households

The number of households using the DTT platform increased by 52,000 in the period from January to May 2011.

:: 13/07/2011

United Kingdom - Ofcom opens consultation on renewal of Mux C and D licenses

The regulator Ofcom has opened a consultation on its proposals for the conditions for the licensing of Multiplexes C and D.

:: 11/07/2011

Czech Republic - Broadcasters can choose coverage areas on MUX 3

Broadcasters will have the opportunity to limit their target coverage areas on the DTT platform.

:: 06/07/2011

Poland - Polo TV joins DTT platform

Changes have been made to the television programme services available on the DTT platform.

:: 05/07/2011

Germany - Launch of sixx in Berlin/Brandenburg

A new television programme service will launch on the DTT platform in Berlin.

:: 05/07/2011

France - NRJ 12 launches trial HbbTV services on DTT platform

The broadcaster NRJ 12 has launched a pre-commercial trial of its interactive services on the DTT platform using the HbbTV standard.

:: 05/07/2011

Ukraine - Zeonbud uses Astra capacity for DTT network

The DTT multiplex operator Zeonbud has selected SES Astra to deliver television signals to its DTT network.

:: 05/07/2011

United Kingdom - BBC provides 3D/DTT coverage at Wimbeldon

The public service broadcaster BBC provided 3D coverage of the men's and women's final of the Wimbledon Tennis Championship on the DTT platform.

:: 04/07/2011

United Kingdom - 93.1% DTV households

Research published by Ofcom shows that 93.1% of households accessed digital television services during the first quarter of 2011. This is an increase by 1 percentage point in comparison with the same quarter last year.

:: 02/07/2011

Spain - VEOT TV shuts down on DTT platform

The television programme service VEO TV closed down on 30 June. It had been available on the DTT platform since 2005.

:: 01/07/2011

Slovakia - STV3 shuts down on DTT platform

The public service broadcasters, RTVS, has shut down its sports television programme service STV3. This service had been available on the DTT platform.

:: 30/06/2011

Ukraine - Deadline to submit DTT license application extended until 22 July

The National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting (NRADA) has extended the deadline for receiving applications for licenses on the DTT platform until 22 July.

:: 30/06/2011

Poland - Digital switchover legislation adopted by Parliament

The Sejm (Parliament) has approved legislation regarding digital switchover. It has approved the amendments proposed by the Senate.

:: 30/06/2011

Slovakia - DTT coverage roll-out completed

The broadcast network operator Towercom has announced that it has completed the roll-out of the current DTT platform.

:: 29/06/2011

France - CFoot to launch on 28 July

The new television programme service, CFoot, is set to launch on 28 July on the pay-DTT platform.

:: 28/06/2011

Germany - Tender for new DTT service in Hamburg region

The media authority for the region of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein has announced that has opened a tender for a new DTT services.

:: 27/06/2011

United Kingdom - "White space" trial in Cambridge

The Cambridge TV White Spaces Consortium has launched a trial to provide wireless broadband services using "white spaces" in the broadcast frequency bands.

:: 27/06/2011

France - CSA issues opinion on use of frequencies in overseas territories

The CSA has given its opinion on the use of frequencies in the French overseas territories following the completion of analogue switch-off in November 2011.

:: 22/06/2011

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Scotland

Scotland has become the first fully digital nation in the United Kingdom. It completed digital switchover on 22 June at the Kirkfieldband transmitter near Lanark.

:: 22/06/2011

Singapore - Government seeks to migrate to DVB-T2

Plans are underway to launch services using the DVB-T2 standard in Singapore.

:: 17/06/2011

France - First phase of ASO completed in Rhône-Alpes

The region of Rhône-Alpes in the eastern part of France, near the Swiss and Italian border, has begun analogue switch-off.

:: 15/06/2011

United Kingdom - ASO completed from Craigkelly

Digital switchover has been completed from the Craigkelly transmission group on 15 June.

:: 14/06/2011

United Kingdom - Freeview to launch Really on 2 August

A new television programme service, Really, will launch on the Freeview platform on 2 August. It will replace the existing service Dave Ja Vu.

:: 14/06/2011

Finland - Government to tender DTT broadcast licenses

The government is inviting broadcasters to tender for capacity available on the DTT platform.

:: 14/06/2011

France - CSA opens consultation on the evolution of the DTT platform

The CSA has opened a consultation on the future evolution of the DTT platform. Responses should be made by 30 June.

:: 14/06/2011

EAO provides DTT update

The European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) has published updated information about the DTT platforms in Europe.

:: 13/06/2011

Ukraine - Local services sign onto Zeonbud platform

The DTT multiplex operator Zeonbud has agreed to offer the services of the local media group StarLightMedia on its platform.

:: 10/06/2011

New Zealand - ASO to be completed by end 2013

The Minister of Broadcasting, Jonathan Coleman, has confirmed the dates for analogue switch-off in New Zealand. The process will be completed by December 2013.

:: 09/06/2011

Portugal - ASO communication campaign begins in Nazaré

The communications regulator ANACOM has announced that it will begin providing information on digital switchover in the region of Nazaré.

:: 08/06/2011

Slovakia - Analogue switch-off underway

Analogue switch-off is underway in Slovakia. The process began on 9 March and will be completed in August 2011 for the services of the public service broadcaster STV.

:: 07/06/2011

New Zealand - Government to aid regional broadcasters with DSO

The government has announced plans to assist regional broadcasters with digital switchover.

:: 07/06/2011

Taiwan - ASO to be completed by July 2012

According to Rapid TV News, the date for the completion of analogue switch-off has been moved forward by six months.

:: 06/06/2011

Israel - Proposal for more free-to-air DTT services

The government is expected to proposed legislation increasing the offer on the DTT platform.

:: 06/06/2011

Austria - ASO completed

Analogue switch-off has been completed in Austria. On 6 June, the last regions, Mariazell and Mürztal, switched off their analogue services.

:: 06/06/2011

United States - 15% DTT penetration

According to a report published by Knowledge Networks, 15% of television households rely on the terrestrial platform for their primary television services.

:: 02/06/2011

United States - Nationwide mobile TV services by the end of the year

The Mobile500 Alliance is planning to launch nationwide mobile television services by the end of 2011.

:: 02/06/2011

Czech Republic - TV7 risks losing DTT license

The communications regulator RRTV has begun the proceedings that could lead to the withdrawal of the DTT broadcast license held by EBD for its service TV7.

:: 02/06/2011

United Kingdom - Ofcom consultation on interferences from services in 800 MHz band

Ofcom has opened a consultation on its proposals to minimise interference that the DTT platform may face from mobile services operating in the 800 MHz band.

:: 01/06/2011

France - Government approves process for LTE licensing

The government has approved the process for the allocation of licenses for LTE services. These licenses will make use of frequencies in the 800 MHz band.

:: 31/05/2011

Malta - Amendments to Broadcasting Act expected soon

A recent survey commissioned by the Digital Switchover Committee estimates that 4,760 households in Malta rely on the terrestrial television platform for access to free television services.

:: 31/05/2011

Netherlands - 13th Street Universal joins DTT platform

The pay-DTT service provider KPN has announced that it will make the television programme service 13th Street Universal to its subscribers.

:: 31/05/2011

Czech Republic - DTT penetration reaches 52%

According to recent data published by Mediareseach, the number of homes relying on analogue terrestrial television services is decreasing.

:: 31/05/2011

Spain - Sogecuatro to rent out DTT capacity

The government is authorising the commercial broadcaster Sogecuatro to rent capacity on its DTT multiplex to DTS (Distribuidora de Televisión Digital).

:: 31/05/2011

Italy - Italia 2 to launch on 2 July

The commercial broadcaster Mediaset has confirmed the launch date for its new free-to-air television programme service Italia 2.

:: 31/05/2011

France - SELECTV to provide VOD services on DTT platform

The CSA has decided to allocate a license for the provision of on-demand services on the DTT platform to SELECTV. It is a subsidiary of the pay-DTT operator TV Numéric.

:: 30/05/2011

Austria - ASO to be completed on 7 June

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed in Austria on 7 June. On this date, the last analogue services in the regions of Steiermark and Niederösterreich will be switched off.

:: 30/05/2011

Netherlands - KPN launches new DTT advertising campaign

The pay-DTT service provider KPN has launched a new communications campaign about the recent changes to the platform offering.

:: 27/05/2011

United Kingdom - BBC Alba launches on Freeview

The Gaelic language television programme service, BBC Alba, will launch on the Freeview platform on 8 June.

:: 27/05/2011

Slovakia - DTT coverage reaches over 95% of the population

The broadcast network operator Towercom has increased the population coverage of the DTT platform.

:: 27/05/2011

Poland - Must-carry status for DTT services?

The National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) is considering providing must-carry status to the 20 services that will be made available on the DTT platform.

:: 26/05/2011

Ireland - SAORVIEW officially launched

The free-to-air DTT platform has been officially launched by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. It has been available as a commercial trial since October 2010.

:: 26/05/2011

Costa Rica - ASO to be completed in December 2017

The government has announced that it will begin digital switchover in September. The DTT platform will use the ISDB-TB standard.

:: 25/05/2011

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Argyll & Bute and Rosneath

Analogue switch-off has been completed from the Darvel and Rosneath transmitter group on 25 May.

:: 24/05/2011

France - ASO completed in Corsica and Côte d'Azur

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the region of Corisica and part of the region of Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur during the night of 24/25 May.

:: 23/05/2011

Bulgaria - EC opens infringement procedure

The European Commission (EC) has opened an infringement procedure against Bulgaria over irregularities in its allocation of licenses to operate DTT multiplexes.

:: 23/05/2011

Portugal - ANACOM issues decree against misleading ASO information

The communications regulator ANACOM has announced that it is not permitted for companies to provide misleading information to viewers regarding analogue switch-off.

:: 23/05/2011

Austria - MHP services on DTT platform cancelled

The public service broadcaster has announced that it will switch-off its digital teletext services on the DTT platform in June due to a lack of viewer interest.

:: 19/05/2011

Italy - DTT penetration reaches 82%

According to research published by E-Res, over 20 million households relied on the DTT platform for their primary television services at the end of March.

:: 19/05/2011

Philippines - NTC ordered to consider DVB-T2

The government has requested that the communications regulator NTC to review the DVB-T2 standard. Last June, the NTC had called for the adoption of the ISDB standard.

:: 18/05/2011

EBU publishes report on DVB-T2 network and frequency planning

The EBU has published its report EBU Tech 3348 on network and frequency planning for DVB-T2 services.

:: 16/05/2011

Poland - ASO confirmed for 31 July 2013

The Parliament (Sejm) has approved the legislation on digital switchover. The new legislation confirms that analogue switch-off will be completed by 31 July 2013.

:: 16/05/2011

Ireland - Government issues major report on television viewing habits

The Department of Communications has issued a report on television viewing behavior in Ireland up to November 2010. It focuses on households that rely primarily on the terrestrial television delivery platform.

:: 12/05/2011

Council publishes its current position on RSPP

The Council of the European Union has published its progress report on the Commission's RSPP proposal. The report shows the modifications that it would like to the RSPP.

:: 12/05/2011

Russia - DTT coverage to reach 43 million people by end 2011

According to the deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov, up to 43 million people will be able to access DTT services in Russia by the end of 2011.

:: 11/05/2011

EP approves RSPP with amendments

The European Parliament (EP) has voted massively in favour of the European Commission's Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP). This text includes the amendments proposed by the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee of the Parliament.

:: 10/05/2011

France - ASO completed in Auvergne

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the region of Auvergne in the center of France during the night of 9/10 May.

:: 10/05/2011

France - Audience share for new DTT services increases

The new television programme services on the DTT platform are increasing their audience share.

:: 10/05/2011

Italy - 19.6% Q-on-Q increase for Mediaset Premium

The commercial broadcaster Mediaset has announced a significant increase in revenue for its pay-DTT service Mediaset Premium in the first quarter of 2011.

:: 10/05/2011

Australia - Government makes $376 available for DSO activities in 2011-2012

The government has presented its budget for the 2011-2012 period which includes AUS $376.5 million in funding for digital switchover activities.

:: 10/05/2011

France - Six applicants for VOD services

The CSA has announced that it received 6 valid candidates for the provision of video-on-demand services on the DTT platform.

:: 09/05/2011

Portugal - First ASO phase set for 12 May

The first phase of analogue switch-off is set to take place on 12 May in the region of Alenquer.

:: 06/05/2011

United Kingdom - Intellect UK publishes report on future of DTT platform

The UK trade association Intellect has published a report on the future of the DTT platform.

:: 05/05/2011

Australia - ASO completed in Victoria

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the region of Victoria. The analogue services had been available from 66 transmitter sites.

:: 04/05/2011

France - Licensing tender for 800 MHz to begin in May

The Minister of Industry, Eric Besson, has announced that the licensing process for frequencies in the 800 MHz band will begin at the end of May.

:: 04/05/2011

Spain - Government to fund refarm of DTT services

The government has announced that it will finance the move of DTT services that currently make use of the frequencies allocated as part of the digital dividend.

:: 02/05/2011

Austria - DVB-T2 license tender this summer

RTR has published its two year Digitalisation Plan for Austria. The Plan announces the regulators objective to tender the operation of two DTT multiplexes using the DVB-T2 standard.

:: 01/05/2011

Spain - Euronews launches on DTT platform

The continuous new service Euronews is now available on the national free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 28/04/2011

Bosnia - Four bids for DTT operation license

The Ministry of Communications and Transport (FMPIK) has announced that it received four bids for the license to operate its DTT platform.

:: 27/04/2011

United States - ATSC considers second-generation system

The ATSC has begun work that may lead to the development of a second-generation DTT standard for deployment in the next 5 to 10 years.

:: 26/04/2011

United States - NAB publishes study debunking

NAB has published a study on the various options available to wireless networks for enhancing their data capacity.

:: 26/04/2011

Italy - Six DTT multiplexes to be available after ASO

The tender for licenses to operate multiplexes on the DTT platform is expected to take place in June.

:: 26/04/2011

Poland - KRRiT awards licenses for Multiplex 1

The National Broadcasting Council (KKRiT) has announced that it has awarded four licenses to broadcast DTT services from Multiplex 1.

:: 21/04/2011

Netherlands - KPN holds 16% digital TV marketshare

The incumbent telecom operator, KPN, holds a 16% share of the digital television market. KPN offers both IPTV as well as pay-DTT services.

:: 20/04/2011

United Kingdom - ASO completed in parts of the Central region

Analogue switch-off has been completed in four areas in the Central region covering over 600,000 television households on 20 April.

:: 20/04/2011

United Kingdom - Ofcom opens consultation on future use of UHF frequency band

Ofcom has opened a consultation on the future use of spectrum in the UHF frequency band from 460 - 790 MHz.

:: 20/04/2011

Japan - ASO delayed in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima

The Ministry of Communications has announced that analogue switch-off will be delayed in the three areas most severely affected by the 11 March earthquake and tsunami.

:: 19/04/2011

Poland - DTT services available to 46% of the population

The broadcast network operator Emitel has announced that it has extended the coverage of DTT services.

:: 15/04/2011

Ukraine - Tender opened for services on DTT platform

The National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting (NRADA) has opened a tender for broadcast services on the DTT platform.

:: 15/04/2011

United Kingdom - DMOL issues initial feedback to consultation

DMOL, the technical operator of the DTT platform, has issued initial feedback its consultation on Logical Channels Number (LCN).

:: 14/04/2011

France - HbbTV trial on DTT platform in Normandy

The regioinal broadcaster Normandie TV, with services available on the DTT platform, has begun a hybrid broadband / broadcast trial using the HbbTV standard.

:: 13/04/2011

United Kingdom - ASO in the Midlands

Two areas - Nottingham and Sandy Heath - have completed analogue switch-off on 13 April. Both areas are located in the Midlands.

:: 12/04/2011

ITRE committee approves RSPP

The Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee of the European Parliament has given its voted its approval of the European Commission's (EC)proposed Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP).

:: 12/04/2011

France - Government may try to delay award of DTT

The government is suggesting that it may launch a consultation on the future of the DTT platform.

:: 07/04/2011

United Kingdom - London to begin ASO on 4 April 2012

Digital UK has announced the dates for analogue switch-off in London and its surrounding region.

:: 06/04/2011

United Kingdom - Capacity to be available on MUX A

The DTT multiplex operator SDN has announced that it has capacity available on Multiplex A for the transmission of a new television programme service.

:: 06/04/2011

France - Broadcasters express interest in launching TV services on DTT platform

Interest in providing services on the DTT platform is growing. Several broadcasters have announced plans to tender for capacity on platform once analogue switch-off is completed.

:: 06/04/2011

France - 16.1 million DTT households

The latest information published by the CSA shows that 91.6% of households receive digital television services. In addition, 69% of households have converted all of their television sets to digital services.

:: 05/04/2011

Poland - TV6 to launch on DTT platform

The media group Polskie Media has announced plans to launch a new entertainment service, TV6, on 30 May.

:: 05/04/2011

United Kingdom - 10 million DTT-only households at the end of 2010

Latest figures published by Ofcom show that 92.5% of households received digital television services at the end of 2010.

:: 04/04/2011

Spain - Nearly 350,000 pay-DTT subscribers

In a report published by the Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT), the pay-DTT sector had 347,662 subscribers in 2010.

:: 01/04/2011

Spain - Royal Decree confirms auction

The government has approved a Royal Decree that that will make 310 MHz of spectrum available for wireless broadband services.

:: 01/04/2011

Czech Republic - ASO on schedule

In its report on the current progress of digital switchover, the communications regulator CTU has noted that the process is on schedule based on the plan adopted by the government.

:: 01/04/2011

Russia - Interest in DVB-T2 growing

According to Broadband TV News, the Ministry of Communications is considering to launch DTT services using the DVB-T2 standard.

:: 01/04/2011

France - HbbTV trial underway in Auxerre

The CSA has authorised a trial of interactive services on the DTT platform.

:: 01/04/2011

Spain - Telecinco launches new service on DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster Telecinco has launched a new service, Divinity, on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 31/03/2011

Finland - DNA awarded license to operate new DTT multiplex

The DTT service operator DNA has been awarded a license to operate an additional DTT multiplex.

:: 31/03/2011

Thailand - Channel 5 completes its DVB-T2 trial

Channel 5, the television service of the Royal Thai Army, has successfully completed its first DVB-T2 trial.

:: 30/03/2011

Italy - Mediaset and DMT in talks to merge broadcast networks

Discussions are underway between the broadcast network operation subsidiary of Mediaset, Elettronica Industriale, and the independent transmission tower operator DMT.

:: 30/03/2011

United Kingdom - London to complete ASO before Olympic Games

Digital UK has confirmed that London will complete analogue switch-off in time for the Olympic Games next summer.

:: 30/03/2011

Netherlands - KPN to shut its DVB-H service in June

KPN has announced that it will end its DVB-H service, MobielTV, on 1 June 2011. The frequencies currently used for DVB-H will instead be used for the DVB-T platform.

:: 30/03/2011

France - M6 prepared to launch 2 free-to-air DTT services

In an interview published in Les Echos , the head of the commercial broadcaster M6, Nicolas de Tavernost, announced that his media group is prepared to launch 2 free-to-air services on the DTT platform by the end of the year.

:: 29/03/2011

France - ASO completed in Limousin and Aquitaine

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the regions of Limousin and Aquitaine during the night of 28/29 March.

:: 29/03/2011

Hungary - Over 200,000 DTT households

The free-to-air DTT platform, MinDig TV, is now used by 200,000 households which represents 25% of total terrestrial households.

:: 29/03/2011

Lithuania - GALA TV offers NTV Mir

The pay-DTT platform operator TEO has announced that it has made the availability of the Russian-language service NTV Mir on its GALA TV platform.

:: 29/03/2011

Ukraine - NTVCU considers pay-DTT services

The National Council for TV and Radio Broadcasting (NTVCU) is considering making licenses available for the provision of pay-DTT services.

:: 28/03/2011

Romania - DTT licensing expected this summer

The head of the communications regulator ANCOM, Catalin Marinescu, has given details about the plans to allocate DTT licenses as early as this summer.

:: 28/03/2011

Ukraine - Zeonbud selects DVB-T2

The DTT multiplex operator Zeonbud has opted to use the DVB-T2 standard in its DTT multiplexes.

:: 27/03/2011

New Zealand - DTT coverage to be expanded

The coverage of the free-to-air DTT platform, Freeview|HD, will be reach 86% of the population by September 2011.

:: 27/03/2011

Germany - Deutsches Musik Fernsehen to launch in Berlin

The music television programme service Deutsches Musik Fernsehen will launch on the DTT platform in Berlin and Brandenburg as of 1 April.

:: 25/03/2011

Poland - TP Emitel sold to Kapiri Investments

The broadcast network operator TP Emitel has been sold to Kapiri Investments for PLN1.7 billion (€422 million) by the incumbent telecom operator TPSA.

:: 25/03/2011

United Kingdom - DTG to issue D-Book 7 on 31 March

The DTG Council approved the publication of the D-Book 7 at its meeting on 23 March. D-Book 7 will be made available to DTG members as of 31 March.

:: 24/03/2011

France - Canal+ to launch Canal 20 on free-to-air DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster Canal+ has announced plans to launch a new free-to-air service on the DTT platform.

:: 23/03/2011

France - LTE trial results show interference problems

The results of an LTE trial undertaken near Laval showed interference problems between the LTE services and the DTT platform.

:: 22/03/2011

Italy - Mediaset Premium generates €700 million in revenue

According to the end of year results published by the commercial broadcaster Mediaset for 2010, its pay-DTT service Mediaset Premium generated a total revenue of €700 million.

:: 22/03/2011

United Kingdom - Ofcom opens consultation on 800 MHz band licensing proposal

Ofcom has opened a consultation on proposals for the allocation of spectrum in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz band. These frequencies are expected to deliver WiMAX and LTE services.

:: 16/03/2011

France - ASO dates announced for overseas territories

The CSA has announced the dates when analogue switch-off will take place in its overseas territories.

:: 15/03/2011

Ireland - Saorview advertising campaign begins

St. Patrick's Day served as the official launch date for the public information campaign introducing the free-to-air DTT platform Saorview.

:: 15/03/2011

Sweden - Boxer to offer 3D/DTT trial broadcasts

Pay-DTT service operator Boxer has announced that it will broadcast two sporting matches in 3D on the DTT platform in April.

:: 15/03/2011

Czech Republic - CRa interested in DVB-T2

The broadcast network operator Ceske Radiokomunikace (CRa) has expressed its interest in the use of the DVB-T2 standard.

:: 15/03/2011

Poland - 17 broadcasters seek DTT licenses

A total of 17 broadcasters have applied for licenses to operate services on the DTT platform Four DTT service slots are available on Multiplex 1.

:: 15/03/2011

Israel - Three DTT multiplexes expected by 2012

Analogue switch-off is confirmed for 30 March 2011, having previously been delayed from 2 February 2011.

:: 14/03/2011

Spain - Aid to purchase receivers for visually impaired

The European Commission (EC) has agreed to the government's plan to provide digital receivers to persons with visual disabilities.

:: 11/03/2011

Romania - TVR granted 1 DTT multiplex

The National Audiovisual Council (CNA) has approved a draft amendment to the Broadcasting Act which will allow the public service broadcaster TVR to launch DTT services.

:: 10/03/2011

Portugal - Government to provide support to low-income viewers

The government has confirmed that it will provide low-income households with assistance towards the purchase of DTT receivers.

:: 10/03/2011

Czech Republic - CRa offers DTT capacity to small broadcasters

The broadcast network operator České Radiokomunikace (CRa) has announced plans to make it easier for small television and radio broadcasters to join the DTT platform.

:: 08/03/2011

Romania - MCIS set to propose new DSO plan

The Ministry of Communications (MCIS) has reportedly prepared draft plans on digital switchover. The plans call for the launch of 6 DTT multiplexes by 2015.

:: 08/03/2011

France - ASO completed in Paris

During the night of 7-8 March, analogue terrestrial services were switched off in the region of Paris (Ile de France).

:: 04/03/2011

Sweden - PTS announces 800 MHz license winners

The Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) has announced the closure of its auction of licenses in the 800 MHz frequency band.

:: 02/03/2011

Italy - State Council rules that Sky Italia can participate in DTT tender

The State Council has ruled that Sky Italia can participate in the upcoming tender for frequencies on the DTT platform.

:: 02/03/2011

Austria - ASO to be completed on 27 April in Carinthia

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed in Carinthia on 27 April.

:: 01/03/2011

Spain - Re-scan necessary as some DTT services moved out of 800 MHz band

The government has announced that it has begun to move television services out of the 800 MHz band.

:: 01/03/2011

Australia - ACMA issues consultation on the digital dividend

The Communications and Media Authority has issued a consultation entitled Clearing the Digital Dividend .

:: 28/02/2011

Italy - Dahlia TV ends services

The pay-DTT operator Dahlia TV has ceased its operations.

:: 25/02/2011

Austria - Consultation opened on use of 800 MHz band

The telecom regulator TKK has opened a consultation on future frequency assignments including frequencies in the 800 MHz band.

:: 25/02/2011

France - Government response to EC enquiry on "bonus" DTT licenses

The French government has responded to the European Commission's (EC) enquiry into the attribution of capacity on the DTT platform to the incumbent broadcasters TF1, Canal+ and M6.

:: 25/02/2011

Norway - RIksTV profitable in 2010

The pay-DTT provider RiksTV has announced a profit of NOK 45.8 million (€5.9 million) for 2010. This is the first time it has made a profit since services launched in September 2007.

:: 23/02/2011

Spain - No obligation to extend DTT coverage beyond 95% of the population

The Minister of Industry, Tourism and Commerce, Miguel Sebastián, has confirmed that DTT coverage will not be extended beyond the requirements of the Technical DTT Plan.

:: 23/02/2011

Ireland - RTE to launch new services on DTT platform

The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Carey, has approved the new services that the public service broadcaster RTE has proposed to provided on the free-to-air DTT platform Saorview.

:: 23/02/2011

United Kingdom - 500,000 receive switchover help

The Switchover Help Scheme has announced that it has now helped 500,000 people switch to digital television.

:: 22/02/2011

Italy - Mediaset to launch Premium Net TV

Commercial broadcaster Mediaset has announced the launch of its new service, Premium Net TV, on 23 February.

:: 18/02/2011

Portugal - DECO to provide DTT receiver comparative testing

The communications regulator ANACOM has signed an agreement with the consumer protections association, DECO, regarding testing of DTT receivers.

:: 17/02/2011

Russia - 43 million residents to be able to access DTT service by end of year

The roll-out of DTT services continues and is expected to be available to one third of the population by the end of the year.

:: 16/02/2011

Romania - Broadcast industry calls on government to revive DTT

The broadcast industry has issued an open letter calling on the government to re-launch the digital switchover process.

:: 15/02/2011

Austria - Three DVB-T2 multiplexes to launch

The telecommunications and broadcast regulator, RTR, has announced plans to launch three additional DTT multiplexes.

:: 14/02/2011

New Zealand - Freeview receiver sales soar

December 2010 proved to be the month with the biggest sales of Freeview receivers since the launch of services in 2007.

:: 14/02/2011

France - 84.5% DTT penetration

According to the latest figures published by Médiamétrie and GfK, nearly 90% of households have at least one digital television set.

:: 14/02/2011

Spain - Government approves Royal Decree for HD/DTT

The government has approved new legislation for the DTT platform. The legislation attempts to regulate HD content and multiplex usage capacity.

:: 11/02/2011

Ukraine - NTVCU issues license warning

The National Council for TV and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine (NTVCU) has warned UDTVN that it must launch its DTT services or risk losing its DTT license.

:: 07/02/2011

Serbia - Upgrade of transmission network begins

Work to upgrade the terrestrial television transmission network is underway in Serbia.

:: 03/02/2011

France - ASO completed in the North

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the northern part of France.

:: 03/02/2011

Poland - Interest in sale of TP Emitel

The sale of the broadcast network operator TP Emitel has attracted interest from four potential buyers.

:: 02/02/2011

United Kingdom - Over 1 million HD/DTT receivers sold

Sales of DVB-T2 receivers in the United Kingdom reached 1.2 million between the official launch of services in April 2010 and December 2010.

:: 01/02/2011

Sweden - HD/DTT reaches 75% coverage

The coverage of HD services on the DTT platform has been increased to reach 75% of the population since 1 February.

:: 01/02/2011

Serbia - New company to lead broadcast network

A new public company has been set up to manage Serbia's broadcast network infrastructure. It will take over from the national broadcaster Radio-Televizija Srbije (RTS).

:: 28/01/2011

Netherlands - BBC1 and BBC2 to join pay-DTT platform

The network operator KPN has added new services to its pay-DTT platform Digitenne.

:: 28/01/2011

Italy - Football League considering investing in Dahlia TV

The Italian Football League is considering to help the pay-DTT operator Dahlia TV ward off its expected liquidation.

:: 27/01/2011

Russia - No DTT subsidies from federal government

According to Igor Shchegolev, the Minister of Communications and Mass Media, the federal government will not subsidise DTT receivers.

:: 26/01/2011

Netherlands - Nearly 900,000 subscribers to the Digitenne platform

The number of homes subscribing to KPN's Digitenne platform decreased by 4000 in 2010 to reach a total of 895,000 households.

:: 26/01/2011

Israel - ASO delayed until March

The Ministry of Telecommunications has decided to postpone analogue switch-off.

:: 25/01/2011

Italy - New services to launch on Mediaset Premium

Commercial broadcaster Mediaset has announced that it will launch new services on its pay-DTT platform Mediaset Premium.

:: 24/01/2011

Lithuania - EC approves DSO aid scheme

The European Commission (EC) has decided not to open an enquiry into the measures adopted by the governmetns to aid low income families with digital switchover.

:: 24/01/2011

Czech Republic - Z1 to exit DTT platform

The broadcast service Z1, which provided continuous news, has announced that it will close. It was available on the DTT platform.

:: 21/01/2011

Estonia - Tender for free-to-air DTT service

The Ministry of Culture has opened a tender for a nationwide free-to-air television programme slot on the DTT platform.

:: 21/01/2011

Israel - New services to launch in 2011

The DTT platform is set to expand its service offering the addition of 5 new services.

:: 20/01/2011

Malta - Launch of free-to-air DTT services set for 1 February

The launch of free-to-air DTT services is set for 1 February. On this date, the public service broadcaster TVM will launch services.

:: 20/01/2011

Italy - Delays to DTT licensing

During a parliamentary question period, the Minister for economic development, Paolo Romani, gave an update on the licensing of new service providers on the DTT platform.

:: 20/01/2011

France - DSO aid extended to overseas territories

As part of the digital switchover process in its overseas territories, the CSA has agreed to extend the financial aid available to viewers.

:: 18/01/2011

United Kingdom - DTG recommendations on future of DTT platform receives government backing

The recommendations in a report published by the DTG last December on the future of the horizontal digital TV market in the United Kingdom have received the backing of government.

:: 18/01/2011

United Kingdom - 73% of households access DTT platform

The latest figures published by communications regulator Ofcom show that 92.6% of households had digital television at the end of September 2010.

:: 17/01/2011

Italy - Mediaset offers 3D content for DTT subscribers

The commercial broadcaster Mediaset has launched a near video-on-demand service on the DTT platform offering viewers access to 3D content.

:: 14/01/2011

United Kingdom - DMOL opens consultation on LCN list

DMOL, the company providing the technical management of the DTT platform, has opened a consultation on proposed changes to the Logical Channels Number (LCN) list.

:: 14/01/2011

South Africa - ASO moved to December 2013

The government has decided to move the date for the completion of analogue switch-off to December 2013.

:: 12/01/2011

Bulgaria - EC could invalidate DTT licenses

Digital switchover could face difficulties should the European Commission decide to invalidate the DTT licenses.

:: 11/01/2011

Italy - Mediaset announces plans to launch continuous news service

Commercial broadcaster Mediaset has announced plans to launch a continuous news service this year.

:: 11/01/2011

Italy - Dahlia TV to go into liquidation

The pay-DTT service provider, Dahlia TV, has entered into liquidation. Its shareholders have mandated the preparation of a liquidation plan.

:: 11/01/2011

Lithuania - Nearly full DTT population coverage achieved

The coverage of DTT services has been expanded with the installation of two new transmission sites.

:: 10/01/2011

France - Government calls for second digital dividend

The French Minister of Industry, Eric Besson, has called for further frequencies in the UHF band to be made available for wireless broadband services. Already, the frequencies from 790-862 MHz have been set aside for broadband services.

:: 07/01/2011

Ireland - ComReg discontinues mobile TV licensing procedure

The communications regulator ComReg has decided to discontinue the license award process for mobile television services.

:: 07/01/2011

Belarus - DTT coverage reaches 93%

The coverage of the DTT platform has increased to 93.48% of the population. The platform was first launched in July 2005 in the capital city Minsk.

:: 07/01/2011

Spain - Proposed regulation to support local PSBs

Some local broadcasters, unable to finance the cost of digital switchover, are considering stopping their broadcast services.

:: 05/01/2011

United States - NAB launches campaign to support DTT

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the organisation promoting broadcasters in the USA, has launched a new information campaign to support over-the-air television.

:: 04/01/2011

France - Likely delay to mobile broadcast TV services

Doubts are emerging whether it will be possible to launch mobile broadcast television services in France during 2011.

:: 30/12/2010

Portugal - Anacom announced ASO pilot dates and locations

The communications regulator Anacom has announced the dates and location for the analogue switch-off pilots in Portugal.

:: 25/12/2010

Germany - iMusic1 launches in Berlin

The music service iMusic1 will be available on the DTT platform in Berlin and Potsdam as of 1 January.

:: 23/12/2010

Poland - KKRiT to prepare tender for Multiplex 1

The National Broadcasting Council (KKRiT) has prepared a draft tender for licenses to provide television programme services from multiplex 1. A total of four licenses will be made available for the provision of free-to-air services.

:: 21/12/2010

United Kingdom - RTE to be made available in Northern Ireland

Viewers in Northern Ireland will be able to access new DTT services as a result of an agreement between the Irish and British governments.

:: 20/12/2010

Italy - Dahlia TV faces financial difficulties

The pay-DTT operator, Dahlia TV, is facing liquidity issues due to a reduction in the number of subscribers and a drop in the sale of smart cards.

:: 20/12/2010

United States - AT&T to purchase Flo TV's 700 MHz spectrum

The telecom operator AT&T has agreed to buy spectrum in the lower 700 MHz frequency band from Qualcomm.

:: 17/12/2010

Armenia - DTT license allocation contested

Two broadcasters are contesting the decision of the national regulator, National Commission on Television and Radio (NCTR), on the allocation of two DTT licenses.

:: 17/12/2010

Sri Lanka - ASO to be completed by 2017

The Minister for Mass Media and Information, Keheliya Rambukwella, has announced that Sri Lanka will complete digital switchover by 2017.

:: 17/12/2010

Croatia - Three new services on Multiplex D

The Croatian Electronic Media Council (AEM) has awarded three licenses to broadcst on Multiplex D.

:: 16/12/2010

Taiwan - DSO to be completed by 2013

Digital switchover is set to be completed in 2013. In order to ease the process, the government is set to invest NT$740 million (€18.7 million) for DTT receivers and transmitters.

:: 15/12/2010

France - CSA launches DTT iPhone app

The CSA has launched an application for the iPhone that allows users to determine DTT coverage.

:: 14/12/2010

France - CFoot allocated pay-DTT license

The CSA has selected CFoot for the attribution of a pay license on the DTT platform.

:: 14/12/2010

Czech Republic - CRa aquires Czech Digital Group

The broadcast network operator Ceske Radiokomunikace (CRa) has acquired the DTT multiplex operator Czech Digital Group (CDG).

:: 14/12/2010

Austria - ORS to offer hybrid satellite/DTT services to viewers

The broadcast network operator ORS is planning to launch a pay television service known as TV Direkt.

:: 14/12/2010

Germany - Deutsche Telekom completes wireless Internet trial in Wittstock

The telecom operator Deutsche Telekom has announced the finalisation of its two year high-speed wireless Internet project.

:: 13/12/2010

Slovakia - DVB-T2 trial to begin in 2011

A DVB-T2 trial is set to begin in the town of Zilina next year.

:: 10/12/2010

Italy - Interference from Italian transmission

The communications regulator HAKOM has noted that interference from Italy has caused interference to the Croatian DVB-T signal along its western coast.

:: 09/12/2010

Germany - No interest in DTT in Nuremburg

The Bavarian media authority BLM has not received any applications for the DVB-T multiplex in Nuremberg. Applications were due by 12 November.

:: 09/12/2010

Ukraine - New DTT license awarded

The National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting has awarded the license for the operation of 4 national DTT multiplexes to a company named Zeonbud.

:: 09/12/2010

United Kingdom - LTE trial in Wales

Arqiva and Alcatel-Lucent have announced plans to undertake an LTE wireless technology trial. The trial will take place in Wales.

:: 08/12/2010

Russia - Third multiplex to offer HD/DTT services

According to the Minister of Communications, Alexei Malinin, a third multiplex will roll-out on the national DTT platform.

:: 07/12/2010

Croatia - RTL2 and Doma TV to launch on DTT platform in January 2011

The leading commercial broadcasters, RTL and Nova TV, have announced plans to launch new television programme services.

:: 07/12/2010

Czech Republic - Planning underway for DVB-T2 launch

The head of the Czech Telecom Office (CTU), Pavel Dvorak, has announced that the Czech Republic may open a tender for DVB-T2 licenses in 2012 or 2013.

:: 07/12/2010

Czech Republic - Macquarie Group purchases CRa

The Czech broadcast network operator, Ceske Radiokomunikace (CRa), has been sold to the infrastructure funds managed by the Macquarie Group.

:: 06/12/2010

Italy - 3D HD DTT trial underway in Piedmont

A 3D HD DTT trial is currently underway in the Piedmont region since 1 December.

:: 03/12/2010

Netherlands - 65.7% digital television households

The number of digital television households grew by 3.4% in the third quarter of 2010. A total 5.26 million households (65.7%) access DTV services across all television platforms.

:: 01/12/2010

Slovenia - ASO completed on 1 December

Analogue switch-off has been completed nationwide on 1 December at 3am.

:: 01/12/2010

New Zealand - Continued growth for DTT platform

The free-to-air DTT platform continues to register strong growth. A total of 58,417 DTT receivers were sold in the third quarter of 2010.

:: 01/12/2010

Hungary - 95% coverage by end of year

Fourteen new transmission sites will launch DTT services in December. This will allow the DTT network coverage to reach 95% of the population.

:: 30/11/2010

United States - FCC agrees new rules for wireless broadband in UHF spectrum

In a unanimous vote, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) agreed new rules to help free UHF spectrum for wireless broadband services.

:: 29/11/2010

Finland - DNA offers HD/DTT services for free in December

During the month of December, the DTT service provider DNA Oy will offer its HD services for free.

:: 29/11/2010

France - Commission inquiry into DTT

The legislative framework that permits the shut down of the analogue terrestrial platform and the launch of new broadcast services, known as Télévision du Futur (television of the future), is under investigation by the European Commission (EC).

:: 29/11/2010

Spain - Government may require HD label for broadcasters

In order to help viewers clearly distinguish between high-definition and standard-defintion television services, the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce is preparing legislation that will oblige broadcasters to label their content.

:: 29/11/2010

Sweden - TLC and Cartoon Network to launch on Boxer platform

The pay-DTT service provider Boxer is adding two new services to the DTT platform.

:: 27/11/2010

Italy - 40 million DTT receivers sold

According to DGTVi, DTT penetration has reached 72% of households.

:: 26/11/2010

Switzerland - BAKOM to auction 800 MHz in 2011

The communications regulator BAKOM has announced that it will auction frequencies available in the 800 MHz band.

:: 26/11/2010

Thailand - DVB-H service launched in Bangkok

The broadcaster MCOT has signed a memorandum of cooperation with the manufacturer International Engineering Plc (IEC) in preparation for the launch of mobile broadcast services using the DVB-H standard.

:: 26/11/2010

Italy - ASO almost completed in the North

Analogue switch-off has been completed for nearly 12 million Italians on 25 and 26 November.

:: 26/11/2010

France - CSA opens tender for VOD services

The CSA is inviting candidates to tender for capacity on the DTT platform for the provision of Video-on-Demand (VOD) services [known as Services de Médias Audiovisuels a la Demand (SMAD) in French].

:: 25/11/2010

Italy - TIM ends DVB-H service

The mobile telecom provider TIM has announced that it will end its mobile broadcast television service using DVB-H. Vodafone Italia is considering a similar decision.

:: 25/11/2010

Italy - Two new services launched by RAI and Mediaset

The broadcasters RAI and Mediaset have launched two new television programme services on the DTT platform.

:: 24/11/2010

France - Canal+ completed ASO

The pay television service provider Canal+ has announced that it has completed the analogue switch-off of its terrestrial pay channel Canal+.

:: 24/11/2010

SADC members opt for DVB-T2 / MPEG-4 AVC

Following a special meeting by attended by ICT ministers for the Southern African Development Community (SADC), members decided to adopt the DVB-T2 standard for DTT services in the region.

:: 23/11/2010

Russia - DTT coverage reaches 14% by end of year

The roll-out of the DTT platform has begun in Russia with coverage expected to reach 14% of the population by the end of the year.

:: 23/11/2010

South Africa - DVB-H service, DStv Mobile, officially launched

MultiChoice has announced the official launch of its DVB-H service, DStv Mobile, following several years of trial services.

:: 19/11/2010

United States - NBC and Fox announce plans for mobile TV service

The broadcasters NBC and Fox have announced plans to launch mobile television services in 20 regions of the country by the end of 2011.

:: 18/11/2010

Russia - Third DTT multiplex to provide regional services

Andrei Romanchenko, the head of the broadcast network operator RTRS has announced that the country's third DTT multiplex will be used to provide regional services.

:: 17/11/2010

Bulgaria - ASO delayed until 2015

The government has announced that it will delay the completion of analogue switch-off by two years to early 2015.

:: 17/11/2010

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Channel Islands

Digital switchover has been completed on a single day in the Channel Islands.

:: 17/11/2010

Slovakia - EC approved €7 million in DSO aid to broadcasters and network operators

The European Commission has approved a digital switchover aid scheme worth €7 million in Slovakia.

:: 17/11/2010

Cuba - Government planning digital launch

According to Rapid TV News, Cuba is preparing for digital switchover.

:: 17/11/2010

Croatia - HAKOM opens consultation on further DTT services

The communications regulator HAKOM has opened a consultation to determine market interest for the provision of DTT services.

:: 16/11/2010

France - ASO completed in Burgundy and Franche-Comté

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the regions of Burgundy and Franche-Comté on the night of 15-16 November.

:: 16/11/2010

France - DSO plans announced for overseas territories

France Télé Numérique has announced the digital switchover plans for its overseas territories.

:: 15/11/2010

Ireland - Government opens public consultation on RTE services

The Minister of Communications, Eamon Ryan, has opened a public consultation on the proposal for new services on the DTT platform.

:: 15/11/2010

Finland - Anvia begins DVB-T2 network testing

The DTT license holder Anvia has announced that it will begin testing on its DVB-T2 network as of 15 November.

:: 14/11/2010

Philippines - ABS-CBN ready for DTT roll-out next year

The broadcaster ABS-CBN has announced its DTT roll-out plans. Trials have been completed and the broadcaster is ready to begin next year in selected areas outside Manila.

:: 12/11/2010

Australia - 75% of homes digital-ready

The Digital Switchover Taskforce has published its Digital Tracker Report for the third quarter 2010. In this period, digital television adoption increased by 1% compared with the previous quarter to reach 75% of all television households.

:: 09/11/2010

Italy - 3.6 million Mediaset Premium pay-DTT cards

The commercial broadcaster Mediaset has issued its earnings report for the first 9 months of 2010 which showed a 61.4% increase in revenue for its pay-DTT service, Mediaset Premium.

:: 09/11/2010

United Kingdom - Ofcom opens consultation on white space technology

Ofcom has opened a second consultation on white spaces. In this consultation, Ofcom is seeking opinions on how white space technology can work in practice.

:: 09/11/2010

Australia - Government provides funding for DTT roll-out in rural areas

The government has agreed to provide $34 million over the next four years to expand the terrestrial television service offering in rural parts of Australia.

:: 08/11/2010

Sri Lanka - DVB-T2 selected for DTT platform

The Secretary to the Ministry Mass Media, W B Ganegala, has announced that Sri Lanka will use the DVB-T2 standard for its DTT platform.

:: 04/11/2010

Bosnia - Funding agreed to begin digitalisation of microwave links

The Council of Ministers has issued a decision to use the excess funds accumulated by the Communications Regulatory Agency to fund a part of a digitalisation project.

:: 04/11/2010

Spain - AUC denounces content on some local DTT services

The Association of Communication Users (AUC) has lodged a complaint with the government regarding the content on some local services on the DTT platform.

:: 03/11/2010

Spain - Canal 13TV to launch

The multiplex operated by Unidad Editorial (VEO TV) will launch a general interest television programme service later this month.

:: 02/11/2010

Spain - Viewers can now access 33 services on DTT platform

Viewers in Spain can now access 30 free-to-air and 3 pay services on the national DTT platform.

:: 02/11/2010

Netherlands - Online.nl offers triple-play service with DVB-T

The Internet service provider Online.nl has announced that it will launch a triple-play offer with broadband, telephony and television.

:: 29/10/2010

Slovenia - Call centre set up to help viewers prepare for ASO

A call center has been set-up to help answer viewer questions in the run up to analogue switch-off.

:: 29/10/2010

Sweden - HD services launch on the DTT platform

HD services are set to officially launch on the DTT platform on 1 November. Viewers will be able to access both free-to-air and pay-DTT services.

:: 29/10/2010

Ireland - Unofficial launch of DTT services

Saorview, the free-to-air DTT platform in Ireland launched a trial of services on 29 October. The trial will verify the engineering integrity of the systems and to confirm coverage.

:: 29/10/2010

Spain - TeleMadrid opts for HD/DTT

In Madrid, the local broadcaster TeleMadrid has announced plans to provide its DTT services in high-definition.

:: 29/10/2010

Bosnia - Preparations underway for DSO

According to Broadband TV News, digital switchover is ready to begin in Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH).

:: 28/10/2010

Romania - New DSO strategy expected

According to Broadband TV News, the Ministry of Communications and Information Society (MCIS) is expected to issue its digital switchover strategy in the next few months.

:: 27/10/2010

South Africa - SADIBA shows superiority of DVB-T/T2

The Southern African Digital Broadcasting Association (SADIBA) has issued a paper showing the superiority of DVB-T and DVB-T2 over ISDB-T.

:: 27/10/2010

France - TDF issues White Paper on technical standard for mobile broadcast services

The broadcast network operator TDF has issued a White Paper on the possible technical standards that can be used to broadcast video to handheld devices.

:: 27/10/2010

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Southwest Highlands

The Southwest Highlands and Islands region in Scotland has completed digital switchover.

:: 26/10/2010

Netherlands - Continued growth for pay-DTT services

The service provider KPN has announced that it had 899,000 subscribers to its pay-DTT service Digitenne at the end of the third quarter 2010. In addition, it had 245,000 subscribers to its IPTV service.

:: 26/10/2010

Poland - TVP announces DTT plans

The public service broadcaster TVP has unveiled its plans for the use of Multiplex 3 on the DTT platform. This platform, which has been exclusively allocated to TVP, will launch on 27 October.

:: 25/10/2010

France - Extension of DTT services

The CSA has announced that it has expanded the coverage of the DTT platform with the launch of services from the Privas - Cręte de Blandine transmitter on 26 October.

:: 23/10/2010

Italy - Northern Italy to complete ASO by end of year

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed in the northern part of Italy by the end of the year.

:: 22/10/2010

France - 85.8% DTV households

The CSA has published a report on DTV penetration in France for the first half of 2010. According to the report, 85.8% of all television households receive digital television services on at least one television set.

:: 22/10/2010

Lithuania - TEO announces growth for pay TV services

In the presentation of its earning results for the third quarter of 2010, the pay-DTT service provider TEO announced that it had 121,600 subscribers to its television services.

:: 21/10/2010

Hungary - Antenna Hungaria confident ASO on target

The head of the broadcast network operator Antenna Hungaria, Jean-Francois Fenech, has expressed confidence that Hungary will be able to complete analogue switch-off by the target date of 31 December 2011.

:: 20/10/2010

France - ASO completed in Centre and Poitou-Charentes

The regions of Centre and Poitou-Charentes have completed analogue switch-off. The process began in the night of 18-19 October.

:: 20/10/2010

Australia - ACMA opens consultation on the digital dividend

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has opened a consultation on the use of the digital dividend in the 700 MHz band.

:: 20/10/2010

United Kingdom - ASO completed in North Scotland

Digital switchover has been completed by the 70,000 households in North Scotland. The area includes Inverness and the Great Glen.

:: 20/10/2010

Portugal - Portuguese invest 17 million Euros in HDTV

The Portuguese national TV channels have started investing in High Definition as part of preparations for the analogue switch-off (ASO) due to take place on April 26th 2012.

:: 19/10/2010

Austria - DVB-H services to end

Mobile television services using the DVB-H standard are set to end in Austria at the end of the year.

:: 19/10/2010

Romania - ASO to move to 2013?

According to the president of the communications regulator ANCOM, Catalin Marinescu, the date for analogue switch-off could be moved to 2013.

:: 18/10/2010

France - Three applicants for pay-DTT service license

It is reported that the French Football League (LFP), the broadcaster Canal+ and the pay-DTT service operator TV Numéric have applied to the CSA for the pay-DTT service license.

:: 15/10/2010

Spain - Second transition necessary as broadcasters to vacate 800 MHz band

In order to allow telecom operators to use the frequencies in the so-called 800 MHz band, changes will need to be made to the current frequency usage plan.

:: 15/10/2010

European cable TV subs fall as DTT usage rises

The proportion of EU households using cable TV fell from 34% to 30% between 2008 and 2009, giving a loss of around 8mn TV households, according to Strategy Analytics, which quotes the European Commission's latest household communications survey.

:: 14/10/2010

Poland - TVP prepares for launch of MUX 3

TVP is set to launch its services on MUX 3 on 27 October. This multiplex will provide viewers will free-to-air access to TVP's services in standard-definition.

:: 12/10/2010

Germany - HbbTV available on the DTT platform

The broadcasters Bayerische Rundfunk and ZDF have announced the launch of hybrid interactive services using the HbbTv standard on the DTT platform.

:: 11/10/2010

Nearly all EU countries to have launched DTT by end of year

The European Audiovisual Observatory has published its overview of the DTT platform in Europe.

:: 11/10/2010

France - Extension of VOD trial on DTT platform

The CSA has agreed to extend the video-on-demand (VOD) pilot currently underway in the city of Rouen.

:: 08/10/2010

Malta - ASO set for June 2011

The Communications Minister Austin Gatt confirmed that analogue switch-off is set to take place in June 2011.

:: 08/10/2010

Germany - RTL to end services in Nuremberg

The commercial broadcaster RTL has announced that it will cease its services on the DTT platform in Nuremberg on 1 November.

:: 07/10/2010

Poland - Vedia agrees to manufacture DVB-H receivers

The DVB-H license holder, Info-TV-FM, and the electronics company Vedia have agreed to cooperate in the roll-out of mobile broadcast services.

:: 07/10/2010

Slovenia - Launch of TV3 on Multiplex B

The operator of Multiplex B, Norkring, has signed an agreement with the broadcaster PRVA TV for the transmission of its service, TV3, on the DTT platform.

:: 07/10/2010

United Kingdom - BBC One HD to launch this Autumn on HD/DTT platform

According to the DTT promotions organisation Freeview, a total of 230,000 Freeview HD receivers have been sold.

:: 07/10/2010

United Kingdom - 60 million DTT receivers sold

The free-to-air DTT promotions organisation, Freeview, has announced that 60 million DTT receivers have been sold in the United Kingdom.

:: 06/10/2010

Spain - Hybrid DTT/IPTV service to launch

Vodafone has announced plans to launch a hybrid IPTV/DTT in Spain. The new service is expected to launch by the end of the year.

:: 05/10/2010

Croatia - Analogue switch-off completed

Digital switchover has been completed in Croatia on 5 October following the switch-off of analogue television channels in the region of Zagreb.

:: 05/10/2010

Finland - Four DTT service licenses awarded

The government has allocated four DTT service licenses for the provision of television services on Multiplexes B, C and E.

:: 02/10/2010

Uzbekistan - DTT platform launches in Samarkand

The coverage of the DTT platform has been expanded to include the city of Samarkand. The platform is available since September.

:: 01/10/2010

Denmark - Broadcast network operator sold to Teracom

The Swedish broadcast network operator Teracom has acquired formally the broadcast network operations in Denmark known as Broadcast Service Danmark A/S (BSD).

:: 30/09/2010

Poland - Launch of commercial DTT services

The second DTT multiplex has officially launched in Poland. The launch follows the agreement signed between commercial broadcasters and the broadcast network operator TP Emitel.

:: 29/09/2010

Spain - EC opens investigation into two govenment DSO funding projects

The European Commission has opened two investigations on digital switchover in Spain to determine whether they are in line with EU state aid rules.

:: 29/09/2010

United Kingdom - BBC allowed to make capacity jointly available with Arqiva

Ofcom has agreed to allow the BBC to enter into a joint agreement with Arqiva to make available capacity for the launch of one national DTT services.

:: 29/09/2010

France - ASO completed in Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine

In the nights of 27 - 29 September, analogue switch-off began in the regions of Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine. Analogue television channels were switched off in the night of 27 September in Champagne-Ardenne and the night of 28 September in the Lorraine.

:: 28/09/2010

Germany - DVB-T2 trial in Munich

The regional public service broadcaster, Bayerische Rundfunk, has launched a DVB-T2 test in Munich from the Freimann transmitter site.

:: 28/09/2010

Poland - KRRiT opens consultation on new DTT services

The National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) has opened a consultation on the allocation of capacity on the DTT platform.

:: 24/09/2010

Spain - Antena 3 to launch HD/DTT service

The commercial broadcaster Antena 3 has announced that it will launch its HD services on the DTT platform on 28 September.

:: 24/09/2010

Poland - UOKiK opens investigation against telecom operators collusion against DVB-H services

The Office of Competition and Consumer Protection, UOKiK, has opened an investigation to determine whether the leading mobile telecom operators colluded against the DVB-H service provider Info-TV-FM.

:: 24/09/2010

United States - FCC reaffirms commitment to white space usage

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved a plan to allow for the introduction of unlicensed wireless devices in the so-called "white spaces".

:: 23/09/2010

Cable Europe issues research on LTE interference

New research published by Cable Europe shows that LTE devices can cause interference to existing television and broadband connections in real life situations.

:: 23/09/2010

United Kingdom - Launch of talking DTT set-top box

The manufacturer Goodmans has launched its Smart Talk DTT set-top box. This set-top box provides talking menus and programme guides and audible reminders to help those who struggle to read words on the television screen.

:: 22/09/2010

Latvia - Lattelecom adds 10 new services to pay-DTT packages

The pay-DTT service provider Lattelecom is adding ten new television programme services to its platform.

:: 22/09/2010

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Northeast Highlands

Analogue switch-off was completed from the Knockmore transmitter group in Scotland.

:: 21/09/2010

Spain - La10 launches on the DTT platform

The commercial broadcast group Grupo Vocento has launched a new service on the DTT platform.

:: 21/09/2010

Czech Republic - DTV uptake reaches 89%

The uptake of digital television is well underway in the Czech Republic. A total of 89.4% of households access DTV services.

:: 20/09/2010

EC presents its Radio Spectrum Policy Programme

In an effort to meet the European Union's commitments to the Digital Agenda, the European Commmission (EC) has published its proposed measures to deliver fast broadband to citizens.

:: 19/09/2010

United States - Low-power broadcast ASO by 2012

The FCC has proposed that low power television transmission sites turn off their analogue services in channels 52-69 by 31 December 2012.

:: 16/09/2010

Spain - MTV launches on free-to-air DTT platform

The music service MTV has joined the free-to-air DTT platform. MTV is owned by the Viacom media group.

:: 16/09/2010

Spain - Canal Sur begins HD/DTT testing

The regional public service broadcaster, Canal Sur, will test HD/DTT services. It will offer the UEFA Championship League games in HD.

:: 16/09/2010

Croatia - RTL and Nova TV awarded DTT licenses

The Council for Electronic Media (VEM) has awarded DTT broadcast licences to RTL and Nova TV. These new services will be available on Multiplex B.

:: 16/09/2010

New Zealand - ASO confirmed for 2013

Analogue switch-off is set to take place in 2013. DTT services launched in 2007.

:: 16/09/2010

South Africa - DVB-T2 trial in Soweta

The commercial broadcasters e.TV and M-Net have started a DVB-T2 trial in Soweta.

:: 15/09/2010

Slovakia - EC approves €11 million aid scheme

The European Commission (EC) has approved an €11 million aid scheme to help socially vulnerable households purchase digital television receivers.

:: 15/09/2010

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Aberdeen City and Shire

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the northeastern part of Scotland.

:: 14/09/2010

Italy - Mediaset awarded temporary DTT license

The commercial broadcaster Mediaset has been awarded a temporary license for testing from one DTT multiplex.

:: 13/09/2010

Finland - Ericsson to build DNA Oy's DVB-T2 network

The DTT service provider DNA Oy has announced that the construction of its DVB-T2 network is underway.

:: 13/09/2010

Germany - Lower Saxony ready to launch DVB-T2 by 2015

The Land of Lower-Saxony has announced that it may be able to launch DTT services using the DVB-T2 standard by 2015.

:: 13/09/2010

Italy - 2010 ASO calendar approved

The calendar for the completion of analogue switch-off in the northern part of Italy has been approved.

:: 13/09/2010

Finland - DNA to launch HD/DTT services by end of year

One of the license holders for the DVB-T2 platform, DNA Oy, has announced that its DVB-T2 network will reach 1.5 million viewers by the end of the year.

:: 10/09/2010

Saudi Arabia - Government looks to Freeview for DTT model

The government is planning to allow for the launch of a Freeview-like platform with many new free-to-air services.

:: 10/09/2010

Spain - Two new DTT services in Catalonia

The regional public service broadcaster in Catalonia, TVC, has announced plans to launch two new services on the DTT platform.

:: 10/09/2010

Finland - Digita to operate Anvia's DVB-T2 network

Anvia has announced that it will use the network operated by Digita for the provision of services on the DTT platform.

:: 10/09/2010

Slovenia - Local DTT services to launch in 5 regions

The regulator APEK has agreed to allow local DTT multiplexes to launch in five regions. The operators for these multiplexes have already been selected through public tender.

:: 09/09/2010

DVB-T2 licensing conditions announced

Sisvel, responsible for the DVB-T2 patent pool, has announced the licensing requirements for the use of the DVB-T2 standard.

:: 08/09/2010

Spain - La Sexta announces two new DTT services

The commercial broadcaster La Sexta has announced plans to launch two new services on the DTT platform. It has already been allocated a full DTT multiplex by the government.

:: 08/09/2010

Germany - 62% DTV penetration

According to the Digitalisierungsbericht 2010 Report, 62% of households access digital television services. This is an increase of 6.7% compared with 2009.

:: 07/09/2010

United Kingdom - 160,000 households access HD/DTT services

According to the head of Freeview, Isle Howling, the HD / DTT service is accessed by 160,000 households.

:: 07/09/2010

Finland - Launch of TDF Entertainment

The broadcast network operator TDF has set up a new television entertainment service operator, TDF Entertainment Oy, in Finland.

:: 06/09/2010

Mexico - DSO to be completed by 2015

The President Felipe Calderon has set a timetable for digital switchover. The process is set to begin in 2011 and be completed by 2015.

:: 03/09/2010

Poland - TV Puls plans for second DTT service

The commercial broadcaster TV Puls has announced plans to launch a second service on the DTT platform.

:: 02/09/2010

France - Direct Star to launch on DTT platform

A new service, Direct Star, will launch on the DTT platform as a replacement to Virgin 17. The new service will be dedicated to music and target an audience aged from 15 - 34 years.

:: 31/08/2010

Belarus - Pay-DTT platform launched

Since 1 June 2010, viewers in Minsk have been able to access pay services on the DTT platform from the service provider Cosmos TV.

:: 31/08/2010

France - Launch of DTT services in Aurillac

DTT services will launch in Aurillac on 1 September from the transmitter site Aurillac - Labastide-du-Haut-Mont.

:: 31/08/2010

Slovenia - Launch of Multiplex B

The DTT network operator Norkring has announced the launch of services in Slovenia. From 1 September, Multiplex B will begin providing services to viewers.

:: 30/08/2010

Spain - Launch of Marca TV

The media group Unidad Editorial has launched a new service on the DTT platform. Known as Marca TV, the new service will offer sporting content.

:: 27/08/2010

Italy - Requests for Sky Italia's DTT Digital Key reaches 1 million

The satellite operator Sky Italia has announced that demand for its 'Digital Key' is approaching 1 million units. Each week, approximately 25,000 requests are made.

:: 26/08/2010

Australia - Eleven to join DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster Ten Networks has announced the launch of a new service on the DTT platform. The new service will be known as Eleven and will launch in early 2011 in standard definition.

:: 25/08/2010

Israel - ASO set for February 2011

Preparations are underway for analogue switch-off set to take place in February 2011.

:: 24/08/2010

Hungary - 100,000 DVB-T households

According to Antenna Hungaria, 100,000 households access DTT services. This represents 8% of the population.

:: 23/08/2010

Bulgaria - 50% stake in NURTS acquired by Mancelord

The telecom company Vivacom (BTC) has completed the sale of a 50% stake of its broadcast network operated by NURTS. The financial investor Mancelord has purchased the stake for a reported €57 million.

:: 20/08/2010

New Zealand - Freeview used by 26% of households

Figures published by Freeview New Zealand show that the platform is used by more than a quarter of households as of 30 June 2010.

:: 20/08/2010

New Zealand - 26% Freeview penetration

Growth on the free-to-air Freeview platform continues. A total of 419,945 households accessed Freeview services at the end of June 2010 which represents 26.1% of all households.

:: 19/08/2010

Australia - Seven Network to launch 7mate in September

The commercial broadcaster Seven Network has announced plans to launch a third service on the DTT platform.

:: 18/08/2010

United Kingdom - ASO completed in first city in Scotland

Dundee has become the first city in Scotland to complete digital switchover. On 18 August, all analogue channels from the Angus transmitter group were switched off.

:: 17/08/2010

Spain - Canal+ Dos launches on pay DTT platform

The premium service Canal+ Dos will launch on the pay DTT platform on 23 August. Canal+ Dos is a time-shifted version of the Canal+ service already available on the cable and satellite platforms.

:: 16/08/2010

Russia - Calls for regional services on DTT platform

Minkomsvazi, the Commission for Broadcasting Development, has called for the inclusion of a regional service on the free-to-air DTT platform.

:: 13/08/2010

Romania - ASO delayed until 2015

The government has announced that analogue switch-off will be delayed until 2015. Previously, analogue switch-off had been set for completion in 2012.

:: 11/08/2010

Spain - 200,000 pay-DTT subscribers

The pay-DTT platform has acquired 200,000 subscribers in its first year of services. This represents 4.6% of all pay television viewers.

:: 10/08/2010

Australia - Digital television penetration reaches 74%

The latest Digital Tracker Report showns that digital television penetration has reached 74% of households at the end of June.

:: 09/08/2010

Ireland - Commercial DTT services on hold

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has noted that there are no plans to introduce commercial DTT services in Ireland unitl after analogue switch-off is completed.

:: 05/08/2010

Kazakhstan - DVB-T2 trial underway in Karaganda

A DVB-T2 trial is currently underway in the region of Karaganda.

:: 04/08/2010

Ireland - RTE selects MHEG for DTT platform

The public service broadcaster RTE has announced that it will use the MHEG standard for its interactive services on the DTT platform.

:: 03/08/2010

Spain - Broadcasters prepare to launch new services

Following the completion of digital switchover, the government has made available further frequency capacity to the national commercial broadcasters.

:: 03/08/2010

Italy - Mediaset introduces CI Plus on its pay-DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster Mediaset is introducing CI Plus for its pay-DTT platform Mediaset Premium.

:: 03/08/2010

France - CSA opens tender for one pay-DTT service

The CSA is inviting broadcasters to tender for a national pay service on the DTT platform.

:: 30/07/2010

Ireland - Privatisation of RTE NL?

The government may consider privatising the broadcast network operated by the public service broadcaster RTE.

:: 29/07/2010

United Kingdom - Ofcom approves TopUp TV to retail BSkyB sport services on DTT platform

Ofcom has given its approval for Arqiva and the BBC to extend the areas where they are allowed to provide national services from BSkyB.

:: 29/07/2010

Ireland - 800 MHz band to be re-allocated for new services

The communications regulator ComReg has announced that it is considering the process for the allocation of licenses in the 800 MHz and the 900 MHz frequency bands.

:: 29/07/2010

Ireland - RTE NL announces DTT network plans

The broadcast network operator RTE NL has announced that it will build a DTT network with full national coverage as well as with coverage in parts of Northern Ireland.

:: 29/07/2010

Latvia - Regional service launches in Riga

A new regional television programme service has been launched in the region of Riga.

:: 28/07/2010

Romania - SNR to receive DTT license?

The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCSI) is seeking to license the third DTT multiplex to National Radiocommunications Company (SNR) without a tender.

:: 28/07/2010

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Skriaig

Analogue services from the Skriaig transmitter group were switched off on 28 July. This affects 8000 homes in Skye, Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and parts of Barra.

:: 27/07/2010

France - Increased coverage for DTT services in Rhône-Alpes

The coverage of DTT services has increased to include new areas in the region of Rhône-Alpes.

:: 22/07/2010

United States - Few subscribers for Media FLO service

Qualcomm has confirmed that it is not satisfied with the subscriber figures for its MediaFLO service. However, these figures have not been published.

:: 21/07/2010

Bulgaria - Hannu Proawarded license to operate free-to-air DTT multiplex

The Communications Regulatory Commission (CRC) has awarded Hannu Pro the licence to operate the public service multiplex.

:: 21/07/2010

Armenia - Regulator invites candidates to tender for 18 DTT licenses

The National Television and Radio Commission (NTRC) has opened a tender for 18 DTT licenses.

:: 21/07/2010

United Kingdom - ASO at Eitshal transmitter group

Analogue switch-off has been completed at the Eitshal transmitter group in Scotland.

:: 21/07/2010

France - CSA invites candidates to tender for pay-DTT service

The CSA is inviting broadcasters to tender for the provision of one pay service on the DTT platform.

:: 20/07/2010

Italy - EC permits Sky Italia to participate in future DTT tenders

The European Commission has authorised Sky Italia to participate in future tenders for DTT licenses.

:: 19/07/2010

Poland - Over €100 million in DTT subsidies to be made available

The government has agreed to provide subsidies to help households purchase DTT receivers in order to ease digital switchover.

:: 19/07/2010

Ukraine - DVB-T2 trial underway in Odessa

The regional broadcast network operator Odessa RTPC launched a trial using the DVB-T2 standard on 24 June 2010.

:: 15/07/2010

Ireland - RTE plans for HD services

The public service broadcaster RTE has provided an overview of its plans for the DTT platform.

:: 13/07/2010

Romania - 7 companies interested in DTT multiplex licenses

The communications regulator ANCOM has revealed the names of the 7 companies interested in tendering for the licenses to operate the first two DTT multiplexes.

:: 13/07/2010

Germany - Tele 5 leaves DTT platform in Munich and Nuremberg

The commercial broadcaster Tele 5 has announced that it will cease its transmission on the DTT platforms in Munich and Nuremberg.

:: 09/07/2010

Poland - DTT platform set to officially launch in September

The launch of the DTT platform is set to take place in September. This is one full year after the launch of the first multiplex on a trial basis.

:: 09/07/2010

Spain - Antena 3 to launch Antena Nitro

Commercial broadcaster Antena 3 has announced that it will launch a new service on the DTT platform by the end of the year.

:: 09/07/2010

Latvia - Government proposes extending Lattelecom's DTT license

Proposed amendments to the Electronic Media Act will extend Lattelecom's license to operate the DTT platform.

:: 08/07/2010

Hungary - Live 3D/DTT testing

The broadcast network operator Antenna Hungaria and the software development company iPONT have successfully undertaken a live 3DTV test on the DVB-T platform.

:: 05/07/2010

United Kingdom - DTG opens consultation on future of DTT platform

The DTG has opened a consultation on the future of the DTT platform.

:: 04/07/2010

France - NRJ and NextRadioTV seek further DTT capacity

The broadcasters NextRadioTV and NRJ Group have announced their interest in acquiring capacity to launch HD services on the DTT platform.

:: 04/07/2010

Spain - Telecinco to launch new service in September

The commercial broadcaster Telecinco has announced plans to launch a new service on the DTT platform in September.

:: 02/07/2010

Romania - ANCOM prepares to tender operation of 2 DTT Muxes

The regulator ANCOM has begun the process to tender the licenses to operate two DTT multiplexes.

:: 30/06/2010

Portugal - Anacom confirms ASO roadmap

The communications regulator Anacom has confirmed its plans for analogue switch-off.

:: 30/06/2010

United Kingdom - Al Jazeera to launch on Freeview

The television programme service Al Jazeera English will launch on the free-to-air DTT platform on 1 July.

:: 30/06/2010

Australia - ASO completed in Mildura/Sunraysia region

Mildura / Sunraysia has become the first region in Australia to complete digital switchover. At 9.00 hr on 30 June, all analogue television channels were switched off.

:: 29/06/2010

Spain - Goverment agrees to fund cost of migrating broadcasters out of 800 MHz band

The government has agreed to pay the cost of migrating broadcast services out of the 800 MHz frequency band.

:: 28/06/2010

Lithuania - Showtime to launch on DTT platform on 1 July

The pay-DTT platform, Digital Gala, will make the television service Showtime available to its subscribers as of 1 July.

:: 25/06/2010

Australia - Parliament passes new DSO legislative framework

The Parliament approved the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Television) Bill 2010 which establishes the legislative framework which addresses a range of digital switchover issues.

:: 24/06/2010

Portugal - Parliament discusses use of DTT capacity

Hearings are currently underway in the Parliament to determine how to use capacity available on the DTT platform.

:: 24/06/2010

United Kingdom - Arqiva to trial 3D on DTT platform

The broadcast network operator Arqiva is planning to deploy a 3D trial on the DTT platform.

:: 24/06/2010

Australia - 694 to 820 MHz set aside for wireless broadband services

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, announced that 126 MHz would be available as part of the digital dividend.

:: 22/06/2010

Germany - New services on DTT platform in Rhein-Main region

The media authority for the state of Hesse, LPR, has awarded a DTT broadcast license to the shopping service QVC.

:: 22/06/2010

Russia - DVB-T to launch in Kaliningrad by end of year

DVB-T services will launch in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad by the end of the year.

:: 18/06/2010

Sweden - HD/DTTlicenses allocated

The Radio och TV Verket (RTVV) has allocated 12 licenses for the DTT platform. Of these, 7 licenses are for HDTV services.

:: 16/06/2010

United Kingdom - Ofcom approves BSkyB sports services on DTT platform

Ofcom has approved the use of extra capacity on Multiplex B and Multiplex D for the provision of services from BSkyB.

:: 16/06/2010

United Kingdom - Digital UK likely to be under-budget

The cost of digital switchover is likely to be lower than expected in the United Kingdom.

:: 16/06/2010

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Caithness and North Sutherland

All analogue channels from the Rumster Forest transmitter group were switched off on 16 June. This affects households in Caithness and North Sutherland.

:: 15/06/2010

Italy - ECJ rejects Mediaset's appeal against illegal state-aid

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has rejected an appeal from the commercial broadcaster Mediaset that it must return illegal state aid.

:: 14/06/2010

United Kingdom - Ofcom permits Huffman data restrictions

Ofcom has given the BBC approval to vary the terms of its licence for Multiplex B. This multiplex is used to provide HD services.

:: 14/06/2010

France - CSA opens consultation on SMAD

The CSA has opened a consultation on on-demand broadcast services known in French as services de médias audiovisuels ŕ la demande (SMAD).

:: 13/06/2010

Philippines - NTC recommends adoption of ISDB-T

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has recommended the adoption of the ISDB-T standard for DTT services.

:: 10/06/2010

Denmark - DVB-T2 trial begins

A DVB-T2 trial has begun in Copenhagen. It is operated by Open Channel with equipment provided by ProTelevision Technologies and DekTec.

:: 08/06/2010

Spain - Population coverage of TVE HD increased

The public service broadcaster TVE has increased the coverage of its HD service on the DTT platform.

:: 08/06/2010

France - ASO completed in Brittany

The region of Brittany along the north western coast of France has completed analogue switch-off.

:: 08/06/2010

France - Mobmux to operate mobile TV multiplex

The broadcasters with licenses to offer mobile broadcast services have selected Mobmux as their platform operator.

:: 07/06/2010

France - France Ô to be available on national DTT platform

The television programme service France Ô will be made available on the national DTT platform by the end of June.

:: 04/06/2010

Slovenia - Kanal A to switch off on 30 June in Slovenj Gradec

The commercial broadcaster Kanal A will switch-off its analogue services in the area of Slovenj Gradec on 30 June. Viewers in this area will only be able to access Kanal A through the DTT platform.

:: 04/06/2010

Czech Republic - UPC launches DTT trial in Prague

According to Broadband TV News, UPC Czech has started a DTT trial in Prague. Full city coverage is planned by next month.

:: 03/06/2010

France - 1.4 million pay-DTT households expected by 2012

According to the consultancy firm NPA Conseil, pay-DTT services can be expected to reach between 1.35 and 1.45 million subscribers by 2012.

:: 02/06/2010

Spain - RTVE renounces launch of Canal Cultural on DTT platform

The public service broadcaster RTVE has announced that it will no longer launch its cultural service, Canal Cultural, on the DTT platform.

:: 31/05/2010

Latvia - TV3 officially joins DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster TV3 has announced that it will provide its services on the DTT platform.

:: 28/05/2010

Latvia - Vidusdaugava Television joins DTT platform

The regional broadcaster Vidusdaugava Television has joined the DTT platform.

:: 28/05/2010

Italy - Europa 7 HD to launch DVB-T2 services in June

The commercial broadcaster Europa 7 has announced its plans to launch HD services on the DTT platform.

:: 26/05/2010

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Orkney Islands

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the Orkney Islands. This affects approximately 10,000 homes.

:: 26/05/2010

Norway - NRK to provide HD services on DTT platform

The public service broadcaster NRK has announced plans to provide its television programme services on the DTT platform in high-definition (HD) quality.

:: 26/05/2010

Poland - Commercial broadcasters move to MUX 2

The broadcast regulator KRRiT has agreed to allow the commercial broadcasters on the analogue terrestrial platform to provide their DVB-T services from Multiplex 2.

:: 25/05/2010

Italy - Tivuitalia become DTT multiplex operator

Tivuitalia has become the most recent DTT multiplex operator in Italy. The company is owned by the broadcast equipment manufacturer Screen Service Broadcasting Technologies (SSBT).

:: 25/05/2010

ITU publishes DSO guidelines

The ITU has published its Guidelines for the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting .

:: 23/05/2010

Spain - Royal Decree approved mandating HD DVB-T for receivers sized 21

The Council of Ministers has approved a Royal Decree regarding HD services on the DTT platform.

:: 21/05/2010

Germany - Digital dividend auction raises €4.3 billion

The auction of the frequencies in the so-called 'digital dividend' have been completed in Germany on 20 May.

:: 21/05/2010

Poland - TVN Warszawa temporarily available on DTT platform in Warsaw

The commercial broadcaster TVN and the broadcast network operator Emitel have made available the television service TVN Warszawa on the DVB-T platform.

:: 20/05/2010

Estonia - Tender opened for two licenses on DTT platform

The Ministry of Culture has announced that it is inviting broadcasters to tender for two nationwide licenses on the DTT platform.

:: 20/05/2010

United Kingdom - Pace makes available first Freeview+ HD receiver

The consumer electronics manufacturer Pace has announced the availability of the first Freeview+ HD PVR in the United Kingdom at a price of Ł299 (€345).

:: 20/05/2010

Czech Republic - DVB-T2 trial underway in Prague

The broadcast network operator České Radiokomunikace (CR) has undertaken a short trial using the DVB-T2 standard.

:: 20/05/2010

Russia - Regional broadcasters want to join DTT platform

Regional broadcasters have expressed an interest in joining the DTT platform. They would like capacity to be made available on the second or third multiplex.

:: 19/05/2010

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Shetland

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the Shetland islands in the northern part of Scotland. A total of 9000 households have been affected by the switch-off.

:: 18/05/2010

Hungary - Launch of MinDig TV Extra

The DTT service provider Antenna Hungaria has announced the launch of MinDig TV Extra, a pay service on the DTT platform.

:: 18/05/2010

France - ASO completed in Pays de la Loire

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the region of the Pays de la Loire in the northwestern part of France.

:: 18/05/2010

Hungary - Launch of new pay-DTT platform

The pay-DTT operator Antenna Hungaria will launch a new pay-DTT service known as MinDig TV Extra on 25 May.

:: 17/05/2010

Poland - First live 3D transmission on DTT platform

The first 3D trial on the DVB-T platform took place in Warsaw on 15 May. A live 3D transmission took place from the Palace of Culture and Science.

:: 16/05/2010

Russia - DTT services to officially launch in Moscow this year

According to the Communications Minister Igor Shchegolev, digital switchover is underway in Russia.

:: 16/05/2010

Spain - New services announced for DTT platform

MTV Spain has announced that it will makes its services available free-to-air on the DTT platform. The service is expected to launch next month.

:: 15/05/2010

Ireland - Easy TV declines commercial DTT license

Plans to launch a commercial DTT platform have been set-back following the decision by Easy TV to decline the DTT license.

:: 14/05/2010

Czech Republic - Telefonica O2 may be required to relinquish operation of MUX 4

The president Vaclav Klaus has signed an amendment to the current Act on Electronic Communications.

:: 13/05/2010

Hungary - ORTT allocates funding to help with DSO

The Hungarian Radio and Television Board (ORTT) will allocate money to help regional and local public and non-profit broadcasters with their transition to digital television.

:: 12/05/2010

Spain - Government expresses doubts about mobile TV services

A representative of the Ministry of Industry, Bernardo Lorenzo, has suggested that the frequencies currently reserved for mobile television services could be allocated for other uses.

:: 11/05/2010

Italy - Mediaset announces further growth for pay-DTT service

The commercial broadcaster Mediaset has published its earning results for the period from January to March 2010. It addition, it has announced the launch of a new DTT service.

:: 11/05/2010

Denmark - Report on DSO process available for free download

The Danish DTT Information Office now has published an official report on the process and results of digital switchover in Denmark.

:: 10/05/2010

France - Two further multiplexes to launch after ASO

The CSA has issued its decision on how capacity will be used on the DTT platform based on the responses it received to its consultation on the topic.

:: 07/05/2010

United States - Mobile broadcast television trial begins

A trial of mobile broadcast service has been launched in Washington, DC by the Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC). The trial aims to build public awareness about mobile television.

:: 07/05/2010

Italy - New services from Mediaset and Telecom Italia

Two leading commercial broadcasters, Mediaset and Telecom Italia, have announced plan to launch new services on the DTT platform.

:: 07/05/2010

Italy - ASO moved forward to 2011?

The Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Paolo Romani, has announced that considerations are underway to bring forward the date for the completion of analogue switch-off.

:: 06/05/2010

South Korea - 3D trial to begin on 19 May

The first transmission of 3D services on the terrestrial platform will take place on 19 May.

:: 06/05/2010

Russia - Almaz Antey Thomson Broadcast to provide DTT STBs

DTT receivers will be manufactured by Almaz Antey Thomson Broadcast (AATB), a joint venture between Thomson Broadcast (49% stake) and the Russian company Almaz-Antey (51% stake).

:: 06/05/2010

EC issues harmonised technical rules for 790-862 MHz

The European Commission (EC) has adopted a decision regarding the harmonised use of the frequencies from 790-862 MHz. The decision sets out the technical rules for the use of these frequencies by Member-States.

:: 05/05/2010

ETSI standardises MHEG-IC

The latest version of MHEG has been published by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) as a standard.

:: 05/05/2010

Spain - Strong growth for DTT platform

According to a study published by Barlovento Comunicación, viewers on the DTT platform increased by 10.6 percentage points following the completion of analogue switch-off in early April.

:: 05/05/2010

Hungary - 6% DTT penetration

According to the DTT platform operator Antenna Hungaria, 6% of television households access DTT services. In addition, 10% of terrestrial households have converted from analogue to digital.

:: 04/05/2010

Italy - Mediaset to launch La5 on 12 May

The commercial broadcaster Mediaset has announced that it will launch a new free-to-air service on the DTT platform on 12 May.

:: 02/05/2010

Ireland - Commercial DTT license awarded to EasyTV

The future of DTT remains unclear in Ireland following the decision by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) to withdraw the commercial DTT license from the OneVision consortium.

:: 30/04/2010

Estonia - New services on pay-DTT platform

The pay-DTT service, ZUUMtv, will add two new services on the DTT platform during the month of June.

:: 30/04/2010

Sweden - Strong growth for Teracom's pay-DTT operations

The broadcast network operator Teracom announced its first quarter results for 2010 with a revenue of SEK 920 million (€95 million). This is an increase of 25% compared with Q1 2009.

:: 29/04/2010

Spain - Interference issues during Barça-Inter Milan game

The government of Madrid has expressed its anger following the interferences to the DTT signal which disrupted the Barça-Inter Milan football match on the DTT platform.

:: 29/04/2010

Poland - No agreement yet between Info-TV-FM and mobile telecom operators

The DVB-H license holder, Info-TV-FM, is having difficulties reaching agreement with mobile telecom operators necessary for the launch of mobile television services.

:: 28/04/2010

Spain - Prisa to join TDT Premium platform

The media group Prisa has agreed to join the pay-DTT platform TDT Premium operated by the broadcast network operator Abertis.

:: 28/04/2010

Poland - TVP and Emitel sign agreement for transmission of MUX 3

The public service broadcaster TVP and the broadcast network operator Emitel have signed an agreement for the transmission of DTT services.

:: 28/04/2010

Spain - TVE begins roll-out of TVE HD on DTT platform

The public service broadcaster RTVE has begun to provide HD services using frequencies previously used by its analogue service La 2.

:: 28/04/2010

Italy - EC clears Sky Italia for DTT service launch

According to Broadband TV News, it is anticipated that the European Commission (EC) will give Sky Italia the permission to launch services on the DTT platform.

:: 27/04/2010

Sweden - 40 broadcasters apply for new DTT licenses

The Swedish Radio and Television Authority (RTVV) received 40 applicants for broadcast capacity on the DTT platform.

:: 27/04/2010

Latvia - Lattelecom calls for 5 year extension to DTT license

The DTT platform is now available to 99% of the population. Viewers can currently access 5 free-to-air and 28 pay-DTT services.

:: 27/04/2010

Netherlands - Nearly one million pay-DTT subscribers

The pay-DTT service operator KPN has published its results for the first quarter 2010.

:: 27/04/2010

France - Sony includes CI Plus in TV sets sized 26" and larger

Sony has announced that all of its television sets sized 26 inches and larger will be equipped with CI Plus and will conform with the requirements of the Canal Ready logo.

:: 27/04/2010

Australia - Nine to provide NRL's State of Origin series in 3DTV on DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster Nine Network has announced that it will broadcast 3D programming on the DTT platform in Sydney.

:: 26/04/2010

Australia - ASO awareness over 90% country-wide

The Digital Switchover Taskforce has published its Digital Tracker for the first quarter of 2010 (January to March). According to the Digital Tracker, 68% of households now converted to digital.

:: 23/04/2010

Germany - Four broadcasters awarded DTT licenses in Hamburg

The media authorities for Hamburg / Schleswig-Holstein (MA HSH) have awarded four DTT licenses to commercial broadcasters in Hamburg.

:: 22/04/2010

France - Mobile TV services set to launch in 2011

The broadcast network operator TDF and the mobile telecom operator Omer Telecom/Virgin Mobile have reached an agreement for the launch of mobile television services.

:: 22/04/2010

New Zealand - Continued growth for Freeview platform

Growth of the DTT platform remains strong with a penetration of 11.5% for the first quarter of 2010.

:: 20/04/2010

Bosnia - CRA reserves Multiplex A for PSBs

The Communications Regulatory Agency (CRA) has issued the conditions for the use of Multiplex A on the DTT platform.

:: 20/04/2010

Broadcast network operators set up new association

Broadcast network operators have set up a new group, Broadcast Networks Europe, to help lobby their interest vis-ŕ-vis EU policy makers and stakeholders.

:: 20/04/2010

Portugal - Anacom publishes consultation on ASO plan

The communications regulator Anacom has opened a consultation on its proposed plan for analogue switch-off. It is seeking feedback until 18 May 2010.

:: 20/04/2010

Russia - Proposed legislation to guarantee free-to-air services on MUX 1

The Communications Ministry has submitted a bill to the Duma in preparation for digital switchover.

:: 20/04/2010

Serbia And Montenegro - EU provides funding to support DSO

The European Union (EU) has agreed to provide funding to help with digital switchover in Serbia and Montenegro.

:: 19/04/2010

Lithuania - Estimated 50,000 pay-DTT subscribers

According to the latest financial results published by the telcom operator TEO, the number of subscribers to its television services grew by nearly 37% in the past year.

:: 19/04/2010

Spain - Government declares ASO a success

According to the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce, analogue switch-off has been a success in Spain.

:: 17/04/2010

Ireland - Negotiations between RTE and One Vision reach an impasse

The negotiations between the pay-DTT license holder One Vision and the broadcast network operator RTE NL appear to have reached an impasse.

:: 16/04/2010

South Africa - ICASA invites candidates to tender for mobile TV license

The communications regulator ICASA is inviting candidates to tender for broadcast license for the provision of mobile television services.

:: 16/04/2010

Spain - DTT penetration reaches 89.3% at the end of March

According to the latest information published by Impulsa TDT, 89.3% of households accessed DTT services at the end of March. This is an increase of 5.7% compared with the previous month.

:: 16/04/2010

New Zealand - C42 to launch on DTT platform

Freeview New Zealand has announced that it will offer viewers the alternative digital music service C42. This new service will become available on 1 May.

:: 15/04/2010

Italy - RAI to make World Cup available in HD

The public service broadcaster RAI is planning to make its coverage of the FIFA 2010 World Cup available in HD on the DTT platform.

:: 14/04/2010

Spain - AXN joins pay-DTT platform

The broadcast service AXN will join the pay-DTT platform on 1 May. It will replace the existing service from Sony Entertainment Television (SET)/ Veo.

:: 13/04/2010

Slovakia - Lower-than-expected growth of DTT platform

According to the DTT platform operator Towercom, the take-up of DTT services is slower than initially expected.

:: 12/04/2010

Austria - ORS launches DVB-T2 trial

The broadcast network operator ORS has announced that it will trial HD services on the DTT platform using the DVB-T2 standard. The trial will commence on 12 April and last for one year.

:: 09/04/2010

Spain - CNC opens enquiry into allegations of uncompetitive practices by Abertis

The Comision Nacional de la Competencia (CNC) has decided to open an investigation regarding the possible abuse of dominant position by the broadcast network operator Abertis Telecom.

:: 09/04/2010

France - CSA issues mobile TV authorisations

The CSA has issued the necessary authorisations for the 16 broadcasters allocated licenses to launch mobile television services.

:: 08/04/2010

Finland - DVB-T2 license awarded to Anvia TV

The Finnish government has awarded two DTT multiplex licenses to the communications company Anvia.

:: 07/04/2010

United Kingdom - ITV HD to offer regional content

The broadcaster ITV has been issued licenses to broadcast regional versions of its recently launched HD service.

:: 07/04/2010

Latvia - ASO completed in Riga

On 1 April, the analogue channels of LNT and LTV were switched off in the capital city of Riga. Switch-off in the remainder of the country is set for 1 June.

:: 07/04/2010

Bulgaria - Mancelord acquires 50% stake in broadcast network operator NURTS

The telecom operator VIVACOM has agreed to sell a 50% stake in its broadcast network subsidiary, NURTS, to the international financial investor Mancelord Limited.

:: 07/04/2010

United Kingdom - 10.1 million DTT-only households

Ofcom has published the its Digital Television Update for the fourth quarter of 2009. According to the report, 91.4% of households access digital television services on their primary television sets.

:: 07/04/2010

United Kingdom - ASO completed in the West TV region

Digital switchover has been completed in the West TV region, serving Bristol, parts of Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

:: 06/04/2010

Spain - HD/DTT trial in Madrid and Barcelona

Trial HD services are underway in the cities of Barcelona and Madrid. The trial is jointly conducted by the broadcast network operator Abertis and the Ministry of Industry.

:: 02/04/2010

Kyrgyzstan - Nearly 20,000 DTT receivers distributed for free

Following the launch of DTT services in the Batken region, the government has made available receivers for viewers.

:: 02/04/2010

Poland - EmiTel to operate TVP's DTT multiplex

Public service broadcaster TVP has announced that it has awarded EmiTel with the contract to serve as the techical operator of its DTT multiplex.

:: 31/03/2010

France - 'Canal+ Ready' modules set for launch

Commercial broadcaster Canal+ has announced that it will make modules available this April to allow viewers to access pay-DTT services from CI Plus enabled television sets.

:: 31/03/2010

United Kingdom - Ofcom allows introduction of Sky's Picnic service on DTT platform

Ofcom has issued a statement that will allow the broadcaster Sky and the broadcast network operator Arqiva to launch pay services on the DTT platform.

:: 31/03/2010

United Kingdom - Wales completes ASO

Wales has become the first nation in the United Kingdom to complete digital switchover.

:: 30/03/2010

Sweden - RTVV opens tender for broadcast services on DTT platform

The Swedish Radio and Television Authority (RTVV) is inviting broadcasters to tender for licenses on the DTT platform. Licenses are available for national, regional and local services.

:: 30/03/2010

Ireland - ComReg publishes proposal for mobile TV license

The communications regulator ComReg has issued an Information Notice on the future award of a mobile television license.

:: 30/03/2010

Spain - ASO in Barcelona, Madrid and Seville

Over 16.5 million viewers in Spain will completed analogue switch-off on 30 March.

:: 29/03/2010

Italy - New services available in Bolzano Province

The provincial government for southern Tyrol in Italy (Bolzano Province) has announced that new services will be available on the DTT platform.

:: 27/03/2010

Spain - Royal Decree approves use of the digital dividend

The government has approved a Royal Decree regarding the use of frequencies in the UHF band following the completion of analogue switch-off.

:: 26/03/2010

United Kingdom - D-Book version 6.2 now available

The DTG has announced that the D-Book version 6.2 is now available to its members. The new version of the D-Book has been approved by the DTG Council for publication.

:: 25/03/2010

Finland - 7 HD/DTT licenses awarded

The government has awarded 7 high-definition broadcast licenses on the DTT platform. These new services will be available using the DVB-T2 standard.

:: 25/03/2010

Portugal - Debate whether PT should be reimbursed pay-DTT license deposit

While Portugal Telecom (PT) has officially returned its license for the operation of the pay-DTT platform to national regulators Anacom and ERC, debate has arisen whether or not it should be reimbursed its €2.5 million license deposit.

:: 25/03/2010

Italy - Mediaset to offer more services on DTT platform

The commercial broadcaster Mediaset has announced plans to launch three new television programme services on the DTT platform.

:: 23/03/2010

Switzerland - Consultation opened on commercial services for DTT platform

The communications regulator BAKOM has opened a consultation to better understand commercial requirements on the DTT platform.

:: 23/03/2010

Italy - Mediaset Premium revenues increase by 38.9%

The commercial broadcaster Mediaset has issued its earning results for 2009. Its pay-DTT service, Mediaset Premium continues to generate high revenues for the broadcaster.

:: 23/03/2010

Switzerland - DVB-H service to end

The DVB-H service operator Swisscom has announce that it will end its DVB-H services.

:: 22/03/2010

Slovakia - DTT coverage to reach nearly 92% by end of month

By the end of March, DTT coverage will reach 91.5% of the population. Coverage roll-out will continue and is expected to reach 93.9% of the population by the end of June.

:: 19/03/2010

France - CSA issues warning against non-conformant DTT receivers

According to the consumer association UFC-Que Choisir, between 300,000 and 500,000 DTT receivers could become obsolete when frequency changes are made to the DTT network.

:: 19/03/2010

France - DTT penetration reaches 48.3%

According to the latest figures published by the CSA, 78.4% of households (20.9 million) access digital television services on at least one television set.

:: 18/03/2010

Spain - Sogecable interested in offering pay-DTT services

The pay television operator Sogecable is planning to launch pay-DTT services in September as a complement to its existing pay satellite service Digital+.

:: 18/03/2010

France - CSA calls for broadcasters to resume services in Alsace

According to the CSA, certain areas in Alsace are currently not receiving DTT services from multiplex R2 and R3.

:: 18/03/2010

France - Consolidation on DTT platform

The media group Bolloré Media will acquire the DTT broadcast service Virgin 17 from the Lagardčre media group for €70 million.

:: 18/03/2010

Russia - DVB-H launch in Moscow expected in April

A DVB-H trial currently conducted by VimpelCom subsidiary Dominanta is expected to launch official commercial services in April. The services will be available in Moscow.

:: 16/03/2010

France - Favourable audience share for services on DTT platform

The new broadcast services launched on the DTT platform have proven to be successful with viewers. These new broadcsters have gathered a total of 17.8% audience viewing share.

:: 16/03/2010

United States - New broadband plan could require broadcasters to return frequencies

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued its 10-year plan to ensure high-speed broadband access to all US households. The plan is expected to cost approximately $20 billion.

:: 15/03/2010

Spain - Navarra and Baleares first two regions to complete ASO

The two autonomous regions of Navarra and Baleares have completed analogue switch-off. In addition, analogue switch-off has been completed in the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla.

:: 15/03/2010

United Kingdom - Five lose HD/DTT multiplex capacity

Ofcom has announced that it will no longer reserve capacity on Multiplex B for the provision of HD service from the broadcaster Channel Five.

:: 14/03/2010

Spain - La Sexta announces future DTT plans

The commercial broadcaster La Sexta has announced its plans for the use of its DTT multiplex to be made available following the completion of analogue switch-off on 30 March.

:: 12/03/2010

United Kingdom - ITV1 HD set for 2 April launch on Freeview

The broadcaster ITV has announced its plans to launch its HD service, ITV1 HD, on 2 April. The service will be available on the cable, satellite and DTT platforms.

:: 11/03/2010

Bulgaria - Regulator opens tender for DTT multiplex operation

The Commission for Communication Regulation (CCR) is inviting candidates to tender for the operation of the DTT multiplex reserved for public television services.

:: 10/03/2010

United Kingdom - ASO completed in central/western Wales

Digital switchover was completed in west and central Wales on 10 March. The switch-off affects 26,000 viewers in the area.

:: 10/03/2010

Spain - 3D/DTT trial in Seville

The first known transmission of 3D services on the DTT platform took place in Seville on 9 March during the Pro TDT Congresso hosted by the consumer electronics association Asimelec.

:: 10/03/2010

Spain - 1.6 million DTT receiver sold during January 2010

According to the latest information published by Impulsa TDT, DTT penetration has reached 83.6% in Spain. In addition, the DTT platform has a 59.7% television viewing audience share.

:: 09/03/2010

Slovenia - Pink SI to join DTT platform

The operator of the DTT multiplex B, Norkring, has signed an agreement with the broadcaser Pink SI for the provision of services on its network.

:: 09/03/2010

France - ASO completed in Lower Normandy

Analogue switch-off has been successfully completed in the region of Lower Normandy. At midnight on 8 March, all analogue television transmissions were ended.

:: 09/03/2010

Spain - Estimated 2 million receivers to be sold in next 2 weeks

The impending completion of analogue switch-off on 30 March is expected to drive sales of DTT receivers.

:: 05/03/2010

United Kingdom - Ł6 million HD/DTT ad campaign

The free-to-air DTT platform, Freeview, will spend Ł6 million (€6.6 million) between Easter and the start of the World Cup in June to advertise its HD services using DVB-T2.

:: 04/03/2010

EC launches consultation on spectrum strategy

The European Commission has opened a consultation on the strategic priorities for an EU radio spectrum policy programme for 2011-2015.

:: 04/03/2010

Spain - Trial HD service in Seville

The public service broadcaster in Andalucia, RTVA, has begun a trial HD service on the DTT platform. The trial began on 26 February.

:: 04/03/2010

Germany - New DTT license to be allocated in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein

The tender to offer radio services on the DTT platform in the Länder of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein has been cancelled. Because of low interest in the license, the media regulator has decided not to proceed with the license allocation.

:: 03/03/2010

Poland - Tender closed for MUX technical operator license

The public service broadcaster has officially closed its tender process for the technical operation of Multiplex 3 on the DTT platform.

:: 03/03/2010

Ireland - Teracom to test Saorview receivers

The Swedish broadcast network operator Teracom has been selected to test DTT receivers for the Irish market. This follows an agreement signed between Teracom and the public service broadcaster RTE.

:: 02/03/2010

Belgium - ASO completed on 1 March

The French-speaking community of Belgium completed analogue switch-off on 1 March 2010.

:: 26/02/2010

Hong Kong - OFTA to auction mobile TV license

The Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) has published information about its planned auction for radio spectrum in the 678 - 686 MHz band.

:: 26/02/2010

Australia - 61% of households converted to DTV

The government has published its Digital Tracker for the period October to December 2009. According to the published research, 61% of households have converted to digital television on their main television set.

:: 26/02/2010

Italy - 23 million residents to complete ASO in 2010

The Analogue Switch-off Taskforce for 2010 has been officially launched. It will be responsible for leading the process in those areas switching off services in 2010.

:: 26/02/2010

Italy - Nearly 29 million DTT receivers sold

According to the latest figures published in the DGTVi newsletter. 2 out of 3 households access digital television services.

:: 25/02/2010

Taiwan - NCC invests in DTT platform

According to Rapid TV News, plans are underway to expand the DTT platform. The National Communications Commission (NCC) plans to make available five DVB-T licenses and one mobile TV license.

:: 24/02/2010

United States - "White Space" trial in Wilmington, S.C.

The city of Wilmington in South Carolina is currently testing a municipal WiFi network using the so-called white spaces between DTT frequency channels. The trial has been underway for the past month.

:: 24/02/2010

Spain - Irdeto CAS integrated into the pay-DTT platform

Irdeto's conditional access system (CAS) has been validated for use on TDT Premium, the pay-DTT platform operated by the broadcast network operator Abertis.

:: 24/02/2010

Taiwan - Government considers STB subsidy

The National Communications Commission (NCC) is planning to provide subsidies to be used towards the purchase of DTT set-top boxes.

:: 23/02/2010

Spain - Some local broadcasters having difficulties fulfilling license conditions

The regional broadcast regulator for Catalunya, el Consejo Audiovisual de Cataluńa (CAC), is calling on local broadcasters to return their DTT licenses if they are not able to transmit their DTT services.

:: 23/02/2010

Slovakia - New service for the DTT platform

The Council for broadcasting has issued a nationwide DTT license to the television programme service Mööbel TV. The service is operated by i-COMMERCE.

:: 22/02/2010

United Kingdom - S&T technology used in Humax's DVB-T2 set-top box

Strategy & Technology (S&T) has announced that its RedKey™ 2 MHEG technology is used in Humax's DVB-T2 Freeview HD set-top box.

:: 21/02/2010

Spain - Preparing for HD/DTT services

The government is currently in the process of preparing a Royal Decree to allow for the introduction of HD services on the DTT platform.

:: 19/02/2010

United Kingdom - Ofcom issues study on LTE interference to DTT receivers

Ofcom has published a measurement study on LTE interference with DVB-T receivers. The study was conducted by ERA Technology on behalf of Ofcom.

:: 19/02/2010

Estimating the cost of DSO in Russia and the Ukraine

The European Audiovisual Observatory has published a new report on the preparatory work for digital switchover in Russia and the Ukraine.

:: 18/02/2010

Belgium - Telenet to provide DVB-T services

Norkring has announced that its Belgium subsidiary will lease DTT capacity to the cable/telecom operator Telenet. Norkring operates the broadcast network in the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium.

:: 17/02/2010

Spain - Post-ASO frequency planning underway

The Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce is currently preparing the official decree assigning frequencies to broadcasters following the completion of digital switchover.

:: 17/02/2010

South Africa - ASO delayed until 2013

The communications regulator ICASA has announced that analogue switch-off will be delayed until 2013. Previously, analogue switch-off had been set to be completed by 1 April 2012.

:: 17/02/2010

France - HD/DTT coverage roll-out announced

The CSA has announced the calendar for the roll-out of HD services on the DTT platform. Currently, one multiplex, R5, provides three HD services (TF1 HD, France 2 HD, and M6 HD).

:: 15/02/2010

Uruguay - EU support DVB-T in Uruguay

The European Union (EU) has signed a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Industry in Uruguay to help with the roll-out of DVB-T services.

:: 15/02/2010

Ukraine - Launch of DTT services delayed

DTT services, currently available in Kiev and Odessa, were set to launch in nine further cities on 4 February.

:: 15/02/2010

United Kingdom - First DVB-T2 receiver available

The first DVB-T2 set-top box is now available in the United Kingdom. On 13 February, Humax launched its HD-FOX T2 receiver for Ł179.

:: 12/02/2010

United Kingdom - Strong interest in Freeview HD

The free-to-air DTT consortium Freeview has published research showing that 17% of Sky+ HD homes and 12% of Virgin Media homes could switch to the DTT platform in the next six months.

:: 11/02/2010

Croatia - Trial DTT license issued to Kapital Net

The Council for Electronic Media (CEM) has granted a trial DTT license to the commercial broadcaster Kapital Net. Trial services must begin by 28 February and will last until the end of the year.

:: 11/02/2010

Russia - DTT trial in Moscow and St. Petersburg

A DTT trial is underway in Moscow to coincide with the opening of the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

:: 11/02/2010

Spain - 80% DTT penetration

According to the latest data published by Impulsa TDT, 1.36 million DTT receivers were sold in Spain during the month of December 2009.

:: 11/02/2010

Spain - ASO confirmed for 30 March 2010

The government has confirmed that analogue switch-off will be completed in Spain on 30 March. This is several days earlier than the original date of 3 April.

:: 11/02/2010

New Zealand - Strong growth for Freeview platform

The free-to-air DTT platform, Freeview, recorded its highest viewer growth in the last quarter of 2009 with the addition of 42,354 new DTT households.

:: 10/02/2010

Latvia - Lattelecom adds two new services to pay-DTT package

The pay-DTT service provider Lattelecom has added two new services to its offering. It has increased its programme choice with the addition of TV6 and 3+.

:: 10/02/2010

Lithuania - Over 46,000 pay-DTT subscribers

The pay-DTT operator TEO has announced its financial results for the end of 2009.

:: 08/02/2010

United Kingdom - Capacity for two new services on DTT platform

The communications regulator OFCOM has given its approval for the BBC and Arqiva to jointly make available capacity for the provision of two national DTT services.

:: 08/02/2010

Belgium - Walloon to complete ASO on 1 March

According to Broadband TV News, the French-speaking community in Belgium will complete analogue switch-off on 1 March. Only two channels from the public service broadcaster RTBF are available on the analogue terrestrial platform.

:: 05/02/2010

Spain - Astra appeals to CMT against Abertis

The satellite operator Astra has requested that the telecom regulator Comisión del Mercado de las Telecomunicaciones (CMT) arbitrate in its grievances against the broadcast network operator Abertis.

:: 05/02/2010

Hungary - DTT ERP levels increase in region of Budapest

The DTT service provider Antenna Hungaria has received the necessary licenses to increase the ERP for Multiplexes A and C from the Széchenyi-hegy transmission site.

:: 05/02/2010

United Kingdom - HD information available on Digital UK postcode checker

As part of the Digital UK's online postcode checker, viewers can now see their choices for receiving HDTV services.

:: 05/02/2010

Lithuania - EC calls on regulator to open broadcast transmission market

The European Commission (EC) is calling on the telecoms regulator R yšių reguliavimo tarnyba (RRT) to make changes to the current broadcasting licensing regime.

:: 04/02/2010

Latvia - Lattelecom launches pre-paid DTT service

The pay-DTT service operator, Lattelecom, has launched a pre-pay DTT service known as priekšapmaksas televīziju. This new service allows viewers to watch pay-DTT content using a pre-paid DTT card.

:: 03/02/2010

Croatia - No candidates for license to operate Multiplex D

The communications regulator HAKOM has announced that it did not receive any tenders for the license to operate regional DTT services.

:: 03/02/2010

Russia - 13 services to be available on DTT platorm

Digital switchover is set for completion in 2015. Viewers will be able to access up to 13 DTT services.

:: 02/02/2010

Spain - RTVE plans to launch HD/DTT services

Public service broadcaster RTVE plans to launch its HD service TVE HD on its second DTT multiplex.

:: 02/02/2010

Slovenia - Multiplex B to launch services on 1 September

Norkring has announced its plans to make 6 commercial DTT services available on the multiplex it is licensed to operate (Multiplex B).

:: 02/02/2010

Hungary - 67% increase in DTT receiver sales in Dec 2010

DTT services are slowly taking off in Hungary. The number of DTT receivers sold during the month of December 2009 was 67% higher than those sold in November 2009.

:: 02/02/2010

Ukraine - DTT roll-out continues

DTT coverage will expand in the Ukraine followng the activation of nine new transmission sites. The number of viewers able to access DTT services will nearly double from 6 million to 11 million.

:: 02/02/2010

Philippines - ASO to be delayed

The Philippines is expected to delay its date for the completion of analogue switch-off. Initially, digital switchover was set to be completed by 2015.

:: 01/02/2010

Portugal - PT to lose commercial DTT license

The communications regulator Anacom has prepared a draft decision to withdraw Portugal Telecom's (PT) commercial DTT license.

:: 01/02/2010

Spain - ASO to be moved forward by a few days?

The government is currently considering plans to bring forward the analogue switch-off date by a few days. Analogue switch-off is set to be completed by 3 April 2010 but could instead be completed by 30 March.

:: 01/02/2010

Ireland - DTV agreement signed between Ireland and the UK

The governments of Ireland and the United Kingdom has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on digital television.

:: 01/02/2010

France - CSA sets up DTT coverage postcheck

The broadcast regulator CSA has launched an online application allowing viewers to know whether or not they can receive DTT services.

:: 01/02/2010

Greece - NEC to supply Digea DVB-T network

The commercial DTT operator, Digea (PSIFIAKOS PAROCHOS S.A.), has selected NEC Corporation to supply it with DVB-T transmitters.

:: 31/01/2010

Colombia - DTT services launch in Bogota

DVB-T services have officially launched in Columbia. Coverage is now available in the capital city Bogota.

:: 31/01/2010

India - ASO likely in 2017

According to the Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Ambika Soni, digital switchover is likely to be completed in 2017.

:: 29/01/2010

Sweden - RTVV opens consultation on DVB-T2

The Swedish Radio and TV Authority (RTVV) has opened a consultation on HDTV on the DTT platform which the regulator believes should be made available.

:: 29/01/2010

Lithuania - TEO critical of plans to reduce analogue transmission costs

Plans by the broadcast network operator Lithuanian Radio and TV Center (LRTC) to reduce the cost of analogue transmissions by 10% has been critised by the DTT platform operator TEO.

:: 29/01/2010

France - ASO in Alsace on 1-2 February

Analogue switch-off is set to take place in the Alsace region on 1-2 February. All analogue channels will be switched off in the night of 1 February.

:: 28/01/2010

Spain - Number of collective antenna to be converted remains high

The National Federation of Telecommunication Installers (FENITEL) are warning that it may not be possible to convert all collective antennas to digital in time for the completion of analogue switch-off on 3 April.

:: 27/01/2010

Hungary - Telecom operators not interested in DVB-H

Antenna Hungaria has admitted that it is unlikely to launch DVB-H services in the near future given the lack of interest from mobile telecom operators.

:: 27/01/2010

Netherlands - 880,000 pay-DTT subscribers

According to the latest figures published by KPN, it had 970,000 television subscribers at the end of 2009. This includes its subscribers to both its IPTV and DTT service.

:: 26/01/2010

France - Sales of TV sets exceeds expectations

The number of television sets sold in 2009 exceeded expectations. A total of 7.3 million television sets were sold depite previsions for the sale of 6 million.

:: 26/01/2010

France - TF1 allowed to acquire NT1 and TMC

The competition regulator, Autorité de la concurrence, has given its approval for the commercial broadcaster TF1 to acquire the broadcasters NT1 and TMC. As a result, TF1 will hold 100% of NT1 and 80% of TMC.

:: 25/01/2010

Portugal - HD on the DTT platform?

The DTT platform operator Portugal Telecom (PT) is negotiating with the regulators to change the conditions of its DTT license.

:: 24/01/2010

Ireland - Teracom to certify free-to-air DTT receivers

The public service broadcaster RTE, which is leading the free-to-air DTT platform, has announced that it has appointed the Swedish broadcast network operator Teracom to test its DTT receivers.

:: 24/01/2010

Germany - Interest in DVB-H sought by media regulators

Media authorities have announced that they will make a decision by mid-March whether or not to re-issue a license for the operation of a DVB-H platform.

:: 22/01/2010

United Kingdom - Ofcom opens consultation on HD/DTT content management

Ofcom has opened a second consultation on the management of HD content on the DTT platform following a request by the BBC to require the use of content management technology in HD receivers.

:: 22/01/2010

Croatia - ASO to begin on 26 January

Analogue switch-off is set to begin in Croatia on 26 January. Switch-off will begin in the so-called D5 region which covers Istra County, part of Primorje Gorski Kotar County and part of Lika-Senj County.

:: 21/01/2010

France - Meeting to kick-start mobile TV services?

The CSA has called a meeting on 4 February to try to kick-start mobile television. Broadcasters and mobile telecom operators have been invited to attend.

:: 21/01/2010

Italy - New ASO dates for 2010

The timetable for analogue switch-off in 2010 has been delayed in order to avoid disruptions to viewers watching the World Cup. In addition, regional elections are taking place in early 2010.

:: 21/01/2010

Slovakia - HD/DTT trial to begin in February

An HD trial on the DTT platform is set to begin in February as part of the coverage offered for the Winter Olympic Games.

:: 21/01/2010

Australia - Continuous news service to launch in 2010

The public service broadcaster ABC has announced plans to launch a free-to-air continuous television news service in 2010. The new service will be available on the DTT platform.

:: 20/01/2010

France - Orange TV interested in pay-DTT platform

According to Broadband TV News, the mobile telecom operator Orange is interested in obtaining a broadcast license on the pay-DTT platform.

:: 19/01/2010

Latvia - LNT confirms that will switch-off analogue services on 1 April

The pay-DTT service provider, Lattelecom, has announced that 30,000 households use the DTT platform in Latvia. According to the National Radio and Television Board, 220,000 households rely on the analogue terrestrial platform.

:: 19/01/2010

France - TV Numéric to acquire TNTop

The pay-DTT operator, TV Numéric, will acquire its direct competitor TNTop. Both provided subscribers with access to pay-DTT services and receivers.

:: 18/01/2010

France - New DTT services reaching financial equilibrium

The new broadcasters on the DTT platform have started to reach a financial equilibrium in 2009 and most will do so by 2010.

:: 18/01/2010

France - Further ASO dates for Canal+ announced

The CSA has announced the dates for the end of the analogue terrestrial pay service, Canal+, in Rhône-Alpes, Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées.

:: 13/01/2010

Over 730 services available on DTT platforms across Europe

According to information in the MAVISE database, the number of channels and the number of television platforms continues to grow in Europe (27 EU Member-States and two candidate countries, Croatia and Turkey).

:: 12/01/2010

Czech Republic - DTT reaches 95% of the population

The Czech Republic has reached a 95% population coverage for its DTT services on the first multiplex operated by the public service broadcaster CT.

:: 12/01/2010

Spain - Dahlia TV to leave pay-DTT market

According to Broadband TV News, the pay-DTT operator Dahlia TV is to withdraw from the market due to operational difficulties.

:: 12/01/2010

Italy - 65% DTT penetration

According to figures published by DGTVi, 20.7 million households access DTT services on at least one television set.

:: 12/01/2010

Spain - 77.4% DTT penetration

Impulsa TDT has published its update on the status of DTT services in Spain. According to Impulsa TDT, DTT penetration reached 77.4% of television households at the end of December.

:: 08/01/2010

Portugal - Increase in sale of iDTVs

According to GfK, over 247,000 digital television sets were sold in 2009. A key incentive has been the dropping cost of these television sets with an average price €640 in 2009 compared with €1,490 in 2010.

:: 07/01/2010

France - Push-VOD trials authorised

The CSA has announced that it has authorised two trials of push vido-on-demand (VOD) services on the DTT platform.

:: 05/01/2010

Latvia - 12,000 pay-DTT subscribers in first six months

The telecom operator Lattelecom has announced that it had 55,000 pay television subscribers at the end of 2009. This makes it the largest digital television operator in Latvia.

:: 05/01/2010

Australia - Government opens consultation on digital dividend

The government has opened a consultation on the use of the so-called digital dividend following the completion of digital switchover.

:: 05/01/2010

Australia - Government to support free-to-air satellite service

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, has announced the launch of a free-to-air satellite service. The new satellite service will target the approximately 247,000 households unable to access DTT services.

:: 04/01/2010

Italy - Delays to ASO expected in 2010

Delays are expected to the analogue switch-off process in 2010 as a result of timing which coincides with the World Cup and regional elections.

:: 01/01/2010

Spain - Government extends DTT Help Scheme until 3 April 2010

The Ministry of Industry expects that 32% of the population will have completed analogue switch-off by the end of January 2010. This represents over 15 million households.

:: 22/12/2009

Ireland - Eircom takes majority share in OneVision

The telecom operator Eircom will take a 65% stake in the DTT platform operator OneVision. Previously, OneVision had been equally owned by Eircom, Setanta, TV3, and Arqiva.

:: 22/12/2009

Slovakia - Launch of DTT services

DTT services have officially launched in Slovakia. One DTT multiplex is available offering coverage to 80% of the population.

:: 19/12/2009

Poland - TV Puls interested in DVB-T platform

The commercial broadcaster TV Puls is considering launching new services on the DTT platform.

:: 18/12/2009

Latvia - ASO to begin in April 2010

Following a meeting between the DTT operator Lattelecom and the broadcast network operator LVRTC, the National Radio and TV Council (NRTP) has proposed that analogue switch-off take place in Riga on 1 April 2010.

:: 17/12/2009

Italy - Cielo to launch on DTT platform

The Deputy Minister of Communications, Paolo Romani has authorised the launch of a new free-to-air service, Cielo, on the DTT platform.

:: 17/12/2009

France - Further DTT roll-out

The broadcast regulator, Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA), has announced the launch of DTT services in 45 new areas as of 18 December.

:: 16/12/2009

Italy - Lazio and Campania complete ASO

The second phase of analogue switch-off has been completed in the regions of Lazio and Campania. These regions include the cities of Rome and Naples.

:: 15/12/2009

Spain - Nearly 75% DTT penetration

According to Impulsa TDT's December news letter, 74.7% of households access DTT services. In the regions of the Canary Islands, Aragon, Catalunya, and Madrid, DTT penetration has surpassed 80% of households.

:: 14/12/2009

Spain - Pay-DTT watched in 150,000 homes

In the three months following the launch of its pay-DTT service, Gol TV has acquired 150,000 subscribers. Across all platforms, Gol TV has reached 1 million subscribers, of which 60% are IPTV subscribers.

:: 14/12/2009

Poland - Proposal to reorganise DTT multiplex allocations

On 21 December, a meeting will take place to determine the services on the DTT platform. A preliminary proposal calls for provision of commercial services on the second multiplex (MUX 2).

:: 13/12/2009

Bahrain - TRA opens consultation on use of the digital dividend

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority in Bahrain has opened a consultation on the current and future usage requirements for radio-frequency spectrum and how spectrum should be managed.

:: 12/12/2009

Latvia - TV3 not ready to join DTT platform

Commercial broadcaster TV3 has announced that it will not yet move to the DTT platform. Rather, it will continue to broadcast its service on the analogue terrestrial platform.

:: 12/12/2009

Panama - Launch of DVB-T services

Free-to-air DTT services officially launched in Panama making it the first country to implement DVB-T in Latin America.

:: 11/12/2009

Germany - IRT tests DVB-T2

The research arm for the German-speaking public service broadcasters, Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT), has begun a technical trial of DVB-T2.

:: 11/12/2009

Italy - Cielo launch approved by EC

The European Commission has given its approval for the launch of a new free-to-air service on the DTT platform in Italy.

:: 10/12/2009

Cyprus - DTT license tender expected in 2010

The Directorate of Electronic Communications in the Ministry of Communications and Works is preparing a tender for the commercial DTT platform in early 2010.

:: 10/12/2009

France - Government approves €96 million DTT aid

The government has approved an additional DTT aid grant of €96 million. This aid will be available to the 150,000 - 200,000 television households outside of the DTT coverage area.

:: 10/12/2009

DigiTAG publishes position paper on the digital dividend

DigiTAG has recently published a position paper on the digital dividend and the future of the DTT platform.

:: 10/12/2009

Macedonia (fyr) - Cartoon Network available in Macedonia and Latvia

The Cartoon Network is now available on the pay-DTT platforms in both Macedonia and Latvia.

:: 10/12/2009

Russia - VimpelCom launches DVB-H trial in Moscow

The mobile telecom operator VimpelCom launched a trial mobile televison service in Moscow on 7 December. The trial service uses the DVB-H standard.

:: 10/12/2009

Hungary - DTT coverage reaches 88%

DTT services are now available to 88% of the population following the launch of services from ten new transmission sites.

:: 09/12/2009

Finland - Nine broadcasters apply for HD/DTT platform

A total of eight commercial broadcasters have applied for a license to provide HD services on the DTT platform.

:: 09/12/2009

Latvia - ASO expected to begin in March 2010

The government is expected to announce the analogue switch-off timetable by the end of December. According to the plan, some analogue services will be switched off in the region of Riga in March and in the remainder of the country in the summer.

:: 08/12/2009

Spain - DTT receivers to target disabled, elderly

New software has been developed in Spain to adapt DTT set-top boxes to the needs of disabled and elderly viewers.

:: 08/12/2009

Germany - Viseo+ launches in Halle/Leipzig

The pay-DTT service Viseo+ has officially launched in the Halle / Leipzig region on 7 December.

:: 07/12/2009

Russia - Government approves DSO plan and funding

The Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has approved a federal programme for digital switchover including government funding.

:: 07/12/2009

Italy - New DTT services from RAI

The public service broadcaster RAI has announced plans to launch three new digital television services in the period from 2010-2012. With these new services, RAI will offer a total of 13 digital services on the DTT platform.

:: 03/12/2009

United Kingdom - ASO underway in Wales

Analogue switch-off has been completed in two further regions in Wales. The Moel-y-Parc transmitter group completed digital switchover on 25 November while the Long Mountain transmitter group completed the process on 3 December.

:: 02/12/2009

Slovenia - Full service offering on MUX A

The first DTT multiplex in Slovenia, MUX A, is now complete. Viewers can now access the services from public and commercial broadcasters that offer programmes with national coverage.

:: 02/12/2009

Norway - ASO completed on 1 December

On 1 December, the last analogue terrestrial television transmissions were switched off in Troms and Finnmark. The digital switchover process which began with the launch of DTT services in September 2007, is now completed.

:: 02/12/2009

United Kingdom - 10 million DTT households

The free-to-air DTT platform, Freeview, has announced that 10 million homes use the DTT platform for their primary television services in the United Kingdom.

:: 02/12/2009

United Kingdom - DVB-T2 services launched at Winter Hill

Analogue switch-off has been successfully completed in the Winter Hill transmitter group which includes the cities of Liverpool and Manchester.

:: 01/12/2009

Ireland - OneVision seeking financial flexibility for DTT platform

OneVision, the consortium that holds the license to oper