More DTT channels for Hamburg

By Robert Briel
April 25, 2010 19.34 UK

Four new private broadcasters will be added to the digital terrestrial multiplexes available in the city of Hamburg. The regional media authorities (Medienrat der Medienanstalt Hamburg / Schleswig-Holstein (MA HSH) have awarded licences to Das Vierte, Tele 5, Euronews, Channel 21 and QVC for a period of ten years.

The general entertainment channels Tele 5 and Das Vierte as well as home shopping channel QVC will each get a 24 hour channel, while Euronews and Channel 21 (the former RTL Shop) will share a channel. The newly awarded licences bring the total number of DTT channels available in the city to 28.

In Hamburg, the RTL Group and ProSiebenSat.1 each have a multiplex and other private broadcasters available free-to-air are the local channel Hamburg 1, 9Liove, Bibel TV and Eurosport. The public broadcastsrs ARD and ZDF have three mutliplexes.

The authority also issued a DTT licence to das Vierte for the vcities of Kiel and Luenbeck, where it will replace Eurosport.