EU probing digital net’s financing

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The European Commission is watching TV closely in Germany and Sweden: It’s probing the financing of a digital terrestrial TV network in the two countries.

Many European Union member states are planning to switch from analog to digital TV in the next 10 years, but the commission wants to make sure that it happens in line with strict EU rules on state aid, which say that member state support must be transparent, proportionate and non-discriminatory.

Commission is responding to complaints that the DVB-T network has received state payments that are higher than justified by the network’s transmission costs. The amount of aid involved is difficult to estimate but could be several million euros.

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