Court Cancels Czech DTV Channel Allocations

Imagine a major U.S. TV broadcaster suing the FCC and having the DTV channel allotments overturned. That's essentially what happened in Prague last week when the Municipal Court canceled allocation of six DTV licenses after CET 21, holder of the license for TV Nova, one of the top broadcasting companies in Czechoslovakia, filed a lawsuit.

A Prague Monitor article reported the court said "the Council for Radio and TV Broadcasting had exceed the limits of its administrative ruling and that its verdict was incomprehensible."

Obviously, current licensees are concerned they might lose their channels if the allocations are changed. The article said that if they lost their licenses, they are ready to sue the state to recover their costs to build out their digital channels.