Italy’s digital television bill has moved forward another step after two parliamentary committees approved proposals on how the country’s digital dividend should be allocated.
Article 3 of the legislation covers what should happen to spectrum currently occupied by RAI Due and Mediaset’s Rete 4. Both broadcasters had been attempting to retain the capacity after analogue switch off, but it now seems likely part of the spectrum will go to the lesser-known Europa 7 channel.
RAI and Mediaset will also face a reduction in the amount of time needed to establish the nationwide digital network from 15 to nine months. It will also be compulsory for all TVs sold in Italy to be equipped with a digital tuner.