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Commission enquiry into State financing of switchover costs to a digital terrestrial television (DVB-T) project in Germany

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In order to promote the DVB-project, the Media authority in Berlin-Brandenburg has compensated private broadcasters for the so-called “switchover costs”. The private broadcasters were granted a subsidy in order to make them switch from analogue terrestrial to digital terrestrial television. The new terrestrial digital television network is operated by T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG (DTAG). Triggered by a complaint, the Commission has examined this compensation. At this stage, the Commission feels that the compensation payments may amount to State aid, both to the private broadcasters as well as to T-Systems, the operator of the DVB-T network. The Commission has therefore decided to open a formal investigation procedure. The opening does not prejudice the final outcome of this investigation.
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