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February 23, 2010

Spain regulates HDTV on DTT

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by Rapid TV News

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Spain’s government is regulating the inclusion of high definition television on the country’s DTT platform and is working on an official decree that will set the technical conditions for the arrival of HDTV to the different broadcasters.

There have been some HDTV tests for years such as one by the Aragón regional channel and another from national public broadcaster RTVE in the Castillian capital of Valladolid. Last year the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce presented a draft of a royal decree which was debated by the Advising Council for Telecommunications and the Information Society (CATSI). Now that text must be examined for the State Council for its final approval.

According to newspaper El País, in order to implement HD the Ministry wants to oblige manufacturers to include an HDTV tuner in TV sets over 21 inches. While a lot of “HDTV Ready” sets have been sold for some four years in Spain most do not incorporate that tuner so are not valid for HDTV transmissions.

On the law side, if a DTT multiplex is exploited by several broadcasters the decree establishes they will have to reach an agreement to broadcast in HDTV.

Before a broadcaster begins to use this technology they must also inform the official administration such as the central government in the case of the national channels or regional governments for regional channels. In the case of the public regional channels, they must inform the central government.

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