Spain approves DTT pay-TV

By Chris Dziadul | June 18, 2009

Spain’s Ministry of Industry has given the go-ahead to pay-TV services delivered over DTT.

El Pais reports that the move, which was not even on the agenda at a meeting yesterday (June 17) of the Advisory Council on Telecommunications and the Information Society (Catsi), took delegates by surprise and will now be included in a Royal Decree.

It has already been criticised by a number of leading Spanish media players including Sogecable, Telefónica, Ono, Orange and Vodafone.
According to Prisa, Sogecable’s owner, “it caps a series of policy changes that benefits only a few audiovisual operators, those of terrestrial TV, to the detriment of satellite operators, cable and DSL.”

Prisa is now expected to appeal against the government’s decision.