Sky plans for DTT 'to get Ofcom approval'

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Plans by BSkyB to offer a pay-TV service on digital terrestrial television (DTT) are set to be given the go-ahead by Ofcom, so long as Sky offers its DTT channels to rival pay-TV providers. The Mail on Sunday said Ofcom was due to begin a consultation on Sky's plans for four pay-TV channels -including a live Premiership football channel—on DTT.

As the Mail on Sunday reported, viewers will need an upgraded set-top box to watch the new channels.

Last month Ofcom said it had received additional information on the plan, unveiled by Sky in February. Reports then said an application to change the terms of broadcast licences held by Sky and National Grid Wireless?the transmission group which currently carries Sky's three channels on Freeview?would hinge on whether Ofcom is prepared to allow the BBC to become the sole rolling news channel provider on Freeview.

In February Sky said it planned to remove Sky News, Sky Sports News and Sky Three from Freeview and use the capacity to broadcast four subscription channels offering movies, entertainment and live Premiership football. Shortly afterwards Ofcom said it would need to consult on whether the loss of the free-to-air channels "would be compensated for by the proposed introduction of the new pay television channels".

Lovelace Consulting  |  11.06.2007

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