Real Madrid close to scoring new DTT licence

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 16 June 2015

Once again, Real Madrid is rumoured to be close to getting a free-to-air (FTA) DTT licence in Spain.

According to PRNoticias, Florentino Perez's club presented the application on 28 May, aiming to get a national FTA channel to increase its target audience while abandoning its pay-TV network.

Real Madrid's interest in DTT isn't new, as the club publicly showed its intention of getting a FTA network in the first DTT bid and then again in 2013 and 2014. But according to PRNoticias, the club is now close to getting the licence, as Pérez has a close relationship with the Spanish President.

The bidding process opened in April with the intention of awarding six new signals, with Mediaset, Atresmedia and Grupo Secuoya - each betting on two signals - and Grupo Prisa, Vocento and 13TV all having presented offers.