Deputy PM says no to subscription channels

LISBON — Spain’s deputy prime minister, Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, has nixed pay TV channels on the new digital terrestrial TV platform.

This refutes suggestions to the contrary by other pols and undercuts plans by local media groups, including MediaPro.

Until now, it had been taken for granted that certain channels would be provided on a subscription basis.

She said the government plans to draw up a new Broadcasting Act that will update the regulatory framework for the sector.

Incumbent operators, including leading private web Telecinco, oppose the creation of pay TV channels on the digital terrestrial television platform due to concerns about audience fragmentation.

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