BBC and Arqiva to sell off spare DTT capacity

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has given consent to the BBC and Arqiva to sell off unused DTT spectrum to BT who plan to make use of the paired capacity to retail Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2.
The deal potentially places the subscription sports channels into ten million Freeview homes, thus ensuring competition within the sector.
Ofcom’s permission states: “we recognise the significant consumer benefits that we expect to arise from giving consent and enabling Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 to be made available on DTT. In particular, we note that ten million Freeview households will, if they so choose, be able to access the most attractive sports content via their existing aerials, and competition between retailers should ensure a wide range of packages and choice.
Full article: Rapid TV News
Item added: 4th October 2010