Chilean National Television Council (CNTV) ended the first stage DTT concessions delivery, with 51 new channels. The entire process considered 88 public tenders, of which 36 were already awarded, and another 15 are adjudicated, with their official publication pending. In addition, 24 tenders were declared invalid, of which no applicants were recorded in 11 of them, and in the remaining 13 the necessary legal formalities were not fulfilled.
Catalina Parot, CNTV’s President, expressed that this first stage “allowed new actors to enter the the TV sector, which is good news for the country: we will have a true digital democracy. The plurality of contents and the diversity of actors will be increased’. In addition, the Telecommunications Sub Secretary, Pamela Gidi, said that a new DTT plan was presented last month, by which 80 percent of Chileans citizens will be able to access to digital network in 2022, after the date of the analog blackout was delayed by 2024 with more demands for TV channels.
The DTT concesion second stage has already began, and 31 new channels will be concessioned. On June 13th, the 14 calls for tender for the north of the country, covering Artica, Alto Hospicio,, Tocopilla, Calama, Mejillones, Taltal and Antofagasta channels, were officially published. For the country’s south-central region, 17 calls for tender will be published during July. In this process are the Easter Island channel; the TV network for Hornopiren. the Chiloe digital TV channel, which includes Castro, Chonchi, Curaco de Velez, Dalcahue, Puqueldón and Quichao, as well as a channel for Coyhaique and another for Punta Arenas, Río Verde and Porvenir.