Arqiva has added another digital TV upgrade with the decision by Digital 3 and 4 Ltd to contract it to design, build and operate a new high power national digital terrestrial TV network through until 2034. Digital 3 and 4 is the operating company of the public service multiplex run by ITV and Channel 4. The new high power network will carry ITV and Channel 4’s main digital services including ITV1, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, Channel 4, E4, and More4 and will broadcast to 98.5% of the UK population.
The contract, thought to be worth in the region of £1 billion, follows last week’s decision by the ITV-owned SDN multiplex to use Arqiva for its high power digital service.
National Grid Wireless, Arqiva’s principal competitor for the contract, is expected to merge with the transmission services company, once regulatory hurdles have been cleared.