Ofcom says its unlikely to advertise further local TV licences, potentially spelling an end to the UK’s latest experiment in local broadcasting.
Bavaria’s local TV channels are leading the way in switching off SD distribution on Astra (19.2° East) in Germany.
MX1, the technical services subsidiary of Astra satellite operator SES, will distribute all 16 Bavarian local TV channels in HD quality on Astra (19.2° East) from October 1, 2017.
The local TV channels in German federal state Baden-Württemberg will broadcast their channels in HD quality on the cable network of Unitymedia from September 2016.
Bundesverband Lokal TV (BLTV), the German industry association of local TV broadcasters, has called for nationwide free-of-charge distribution of local and regional channels on cable networks.
Bavarian media authority BLM has encouraged local TV broadcasters to offer their services in high-definition (HD).
14 of the 16 Bavarian local TV channels can be received on Deutsche Telekom’s domestic IPTV platform Entertain from April 10, 2015.
Swiss local TV channels TeleBärn and Tele M1 have commenced offering their programmes in HD quality.
It seems somewhat curious that a broadcast might have to approach the regulator to reduce the number of repeating showings in its schedule, but London Live has done just that.
Analogue switch-off on cable networks, the financing of broadband expansion and new revenue sources for local TV broadcasters are in the focus of the 17th edition of German cable industry trade fair Kabelkongress which will take place in Leipzig on October 6 and 7, 2014.