Nine groups fight for Spanish DTT licences

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 17 June 2015




In addition to Spain's large media groups, which haven't hidden their intentions to bid for new DTT licences, the country's Minister of Industry has confirmed that nine companies - including Real Madrid TV, Radio Blanca and the shopping centre chain El Corte Inglés - are in the race for the six new free-to-air (FTA) channels up for grabs.


According to EFE, the other parties who fulfil the technical and financial conditions are Atresmedia, Mediaset, Prisa, 13tv, Grupo Secuoya through its subsidiary Central Broadcaster Media, and Vocento's Net TV.

Three more companies - Capelu, Alfa Salud and Primavera Córdoba - put in bids but were rejected.

The process, which has to be completed before October, will allow two licences per group at the most, one HD and one SD, up to a maximum of six new channels.

With the aim of diversifying the FTA TV options in the country, the bidding process started in April, after the spectrum's 800Mhz-slot wasn't completely taken up by mobile operators and 4G technology.

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Three more companies - Capelu, Alfa Salud and Primavera Córdoba - bid but their offers weren't accepted.

The process, which has to be completed before October, will allow two licences per group at the most, one HD and one SD, up to a maximum of six new channels.

With the aim of diversifying the FTA TV options in the country, the bidding process started in April, after the spectrum's 800Mhz-slot wasn't completely taken up by mobile operators and 4G technology.