Abertis Telecom, Nokia and Telefonica Moviles Espana start the first DVB-H pilot in Spain
Abertis Telecom, Nokia and Telefonica Moviles Espaana are starting a mobile TV pilot project using Digital Video Broadcasting-Handheld (DVB-H) technology. The project is backed by major regional and local channels and is the first of its kind in Spain. It will take place between September and February 2006 finishing at the end of the World GSM Congress 2006 in Barcelona.
500 hundred users from Madrid and Barcelona will be able to watch high quality TV broadcast content from Antenna 3, Sogecable, Telecino, Telemadrid, TVE and TV3 on Nokia 7710 Smartphones modified to receive DVB-H transmissions. Tests of the pilot system were planned to start in June.
Initial source: Lycos finance
Item added: 6th July 2005 The Spanish Government agree the launch of Seven national multiplexes
The Spanish Cabinet have approved the opening of a process to launch 7 national DTT multiplexes and one new analogue channel, covering 70% of the population.
It is hoped that by the end of the year 17 digital terrestrial channels will be available.
Two of the new multiplexes will be reserved for the public broadcaster RTVE.
Antena 3, Tele 5, Sogacable, Net and VeoTV are also being allowed to keep the licences already allocated to them in 2002. One multiplex will be reserved for broadcasting to mobile devices.
The Analogue switch off date was also confirmed as April 2010.
Item added: 27th June 2005