Ofcom decision to allow pay TV on DTT multiplexes B, C and D

Ofcom statement (21 pages, PDF) setting out its decision to allow for the removal of the requirement in the licences for digital terrestrial television (DTT) multiplexes B, C and D that any services carried are provided on a free-to-air basis. This follows Ofcom's October 2005 consultation.

A number of respondents to the consultation were concerned about a reduction in the number of free-to-view channels on DTT. In reaching its decision, Ofcom took the view that the removal of the FTA requirement would not reduce the attractiveness of the DTT platform or pose any material risk to the timetable for digital switchover. Ofcom also rejected the idea that the introduction of pay TV channels on these multiplexes would mean that consumers who have purchased DTT set-top boxes had been misled. Ofcom has published non-confidential responses to the consultation.

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