Agcom is to investigate whether the possibility of RAI pulling its channels from Sky Italia in favour of Tivù Sat would be in breach of the public broadcaster’s platform neutrality. The move would see the departure of its three flagship channels, Rai Uno, Rai Due and Rai Tre, as well as its digital portfolio.
Norges Televisjon (NTV) has said it is relieved that the ministry of culture and church affairs has agreed to vary the terms of its licence, reversing the requirement to hold back capacity for a second pay-TV operator on the terrestrial network.
The Polish public broadcaster TVP plans to launch what will be the country’s sixth DTH platform by the end of this year.
10.45 Update: Kuwait Projects Co (KIPCO) has announced it is to merge its Showtime Arabia joint venture with the Orbit Group.
The European Commission wants to encourage co-operation between member states to allow the size of the digital dividend to be increased through further spectrum efficiency gains.
Poland is likely to open a tender for its second DTT multiplex this August.
12.00 Update: UPC’s direct-to-home operation, UPC Direct, is to switch to Telenor’s One West satellite position from its present Astra berth.
ESPN has given details of its new premium channel for the UK market, the centrepiece of which will be the Disney-owned broadcaster’s recently acquired rights to the English Premier League.
RTL Nederland will launch four HD channels after the summer, according John de Jong, its head of distribution.
SES-Astra has confirmed the renewal by BSkyB of 24 of the 31 transponders held at its 28.2 degrees orbital slot. A statement released by the Luxembourg-based satellite operator said the transponders had been renewed on a “long-term basis”.