Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 26-09-2013
Uruguay's Government has made an early decision in its DTT licence tender. The cable platform VTV Saomil and the Pop TV consortium were awarded the only two signals available for private groups; the rest of digital slots will be given to public channels.
The decision had to be made before 25 October, but José Mújica, Uruguay's president, decided to make it quickly. The DTT transition has been taking a long time in Uruguay, as it has in the whole Latin American region, and the Government's intention seems to be to speed up the process as much as possible. The other four groups in the tender now have ten days to complain.
The Giro consortium, formed by La Diaria and Demos, had rated highest in initial independent reports and is also the closest group to the Government's ideas. But some weaknesses, especially with regard to finances, made the president pick the second and third options in the rankings.
VTV is a cable platform connected to the Tenfield group, which owns the country's football rights, and Pop TV is a consortium comprising Oz Media and Editorial Bla.
The five DTT licences include an HD signal, two SD signals, the access to one-seg service – video mobile broadcasting system in the standard ISDB-T – and the possibility of distributing interactive applications.
The Government also decided to authorise Monte Carlo TV, Sociedad Televisora Larrañaga and Saeta to operate the DTT broadcasting service in the capital Montevideo.