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Currently, Portugal is one of the few countries in Europe that has not yet fully launched terrestrial digital television. This service started on 29th of April, 2009 with 6 free access channels, including a High-Definition test channel, and 40 pay channels. It is expected that all the existing terrestrial channels will broadcast in HD as frequencies become free after the analog switch-off.

The four existing analogue channels started simulcasting in DVB-T MPEG4 in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area since November 1, 2008. PT plans to extend nationwide coverage to the rest of the country in the beginning of 2009.

There were two auctions: one for the management of the FTA frequencies, and one for the management and distribution of the pay channels. Both were won by Portugal Telecom. The Government wants around 6 FTA channels (including the analogue channels already broadcasting) and 40 pay channels. This means there will be a pay-TV offer over DTT, even after the failure of the Spanish and British offers.

PT was announced as the winner of both the auctions. PT acquired the transmitter network of Televisão Independente, thus becoming the sole provider of analogue television signals. The creation of a third private tv channel has also been criticized by the main private broadcasters, TVI and SIC. Both of them argue that the television advertising market is already full and a new broadcaster would be prejudicial for the existing channels. It is worth mentioning that during the fiscal year of 2007, SIC and TVI had 185,2 and 222,4 million euros of advertising revenues, respectively.



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