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ITV in discussions over SDN licence

ITV says it is engaging with Government and Ofcom over the licensing of Freeview multiplex business SDN.

SDN currently provides bandwidth for a number of ITV and non-ITV channels on Freeview, with a total of 16 video streams available at any one time.

Its broadcast licence expires in 2022, and with discussions underway as to the future form of digital terrestrial television, ITV has confirmed in its annual report that it is talking to Ofcom about a licence renewal or possible extension of the multiplex licence.

SDN reaches just over 90% of UK households via transmitter sites such as Crystal Palace (pictured above). Channels carried by SDN include ITVBe, Blaze, Quest and QVC.

Earlier in February, it was announced that shopping channel Hochanda had signed up for a seven year Freeview carriage deal with SDN, running until 2026.

Revenue from non-ITV channels on the SDN multiplex rose 4% year-on-year, according to the broadcaster's latest annual report.

SDN was bought by ITV in 2005.