German media authority LPR has opened a tender for DTT capacity covering the Rhine Main area including Frankfurt suitable for the transmission of at least one TV channel.
The capacity was formerly occupied by teleshopping service Channel 21 which terminated its DTT distribution in the region at the end of 2015, an LPR spokesman told Broadband TV News. Additional capacity could become available by platform operator Media Broadcast increasing data reduction within the DVB-T multiplex.
Through transmitter sites Großer Feldberg/Taunus, Frankfurt/Fernmeldeturm and Wiesbaden/Hohe Wurzel, around 2.3 to 3 million viewers in federal states Hessen and Rhineland-Palatinate can be reached with small indoor antennas. The reach can increase to around 6.4 million people if they use a roof-top aerial targeted at the transmitter site.
The tender is open for operators of nationwide TV channels and teleshopping services. The media authority wants to favour broadcasters providing the best supplementary content to the existing DTT channel line-up in the region (see chart; Channel 21’s former slot is left blank).
Parties interested in the capacity have to submit their application to LPR by March 1, 2016, 12.00 CET.