The Mediesekretariatet in Denmark has received three applications for the operation of pay-TV services on the DTT network. The Danish authorities are looking to increase competition in the TV market. In a statement the Mediesekretariatet confirmed the three interested parties as the Swedish pay-TV operator Boxer, Telenor’s Danmarks Digital TV and Modern Times Group’s Danmarks TV. The licence will cover the operation of both mobile TV and digital terrestrial services over four available multiplexes
It is anticipated that the first three multiplexes will be made available following Denmark’s analogue switch off on November 1, 2009. The fourth multiplex would go live a year later.
Telenor is already a partner in Norway’s two DTT operating companies, Riks TV and NTV, while Viasat with extensive interests in satellite and IPTV has long held ambitions to be a fully fledged DTT operator.
The Mediesekretariatet will now assess the three companies with an announcement on their suitability due on February 12. A final decision will be made on March 28.