Broadcasting groups Carlton Communications and Granada Media are planning to reduce expenditure on their terrestrial digital platform OnDigital.

The duo have spent over £300 million per year on attracting customers to OnDigital, with total expenditure estimated at £1.2 billion by the time the platform starts making a profit (forecast for 2003).

Carlton and Granada are thought to be looking at the rise of integrated digital TV sets as a means to cut expenditure – these do not require set-top boxes (currently offered to subscribers for free at a cost of £180 each), requiring only smartcards worth £20 each.

News Source: CampaignLive (UK)