Commercial broadcasting network ITV could be forced to postpone the launch of its digital satellite TV offering until next year because there is insufficient capacity to carry the service.

Despite earlier announcements that ITV would launch a co-ordinated package of channels on digital satellite this year, it has now learned that there may not be enough capacity until next year at the earliest for the sixteen channels required for all its regional franchises.

The likely outcome is that the broadcaster’s digital channels will launch one-by-one on satellite services. First up is expected to be a sports station co-funded by ITV companies Granada Media and Carlton Communications, slated to begin broadcasting before the next soccer season kicks off in August.

News source: The Times (London)