Country ASO activities

Analogue switch-off activities

Planning for analogue switch-off is well underway in countries that have not yet completed the process. Many countries have begun switching of analogue terrestrial services in parts of their territory, while others have set up the organisations that will lead the process.

The below information provides an overview of the analogue switch-off activities taking place in countries that have begun the process.

:: 26/10/2014

Philippines - ASO to begin in 2019

Analogue switch-off is set to begin in 2019 in the region of the capital city Manila.

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is expected to release ite rules and regulations (IRR) for digital switchover by the end of November. Soon thereafter, it plans to release the timetable for analogue switch-off that will begin in 2019.

The timetable will include capital spending for networks, channel planning, frequency allocation, as well as the steps that broadcasters must undertake during digital switchover.

According to the draft IRR, broadcasters are required to simulcast their services for one year following the adoption of the regulations. Broadcasters can provide services in either standard- or high-definition.

The DTT platform will use the ISDB-T standard.

Source: Business World Online

:: 22/10/2014

South Africa - Government increases funding for DSO

The government's budget policy statement released on 22 October shows that ZAR620 million (EURO 44 million) will be allocated to digital switchover.

Of this amount, ZAR551 million (EURO 39 million) will be allocated to the Universal Service and Access Fund while ZAR69 million (EURO 5 million) will be allocated to the broadcast network operator Sentech to cover the cost of simulcasting a digital and an analogue signal.

Compared with the first half of 2013, government spending on digital switchover has decreased by 13.5% since the DTT consumer awareness campaign has been put on hold. The launch of the DTT platform has been delayed until the government makes a final decision regarding whether or not a conditional access system must be included in all DTT receivers.

Source: My Broadband website

:: 21/10/2014

Mexico - Unclear if ASO to completed in North by 26 November

It is unclear whether analogue switch-off will be able to proceed in the northern part of the country as initially planned.

In order for the communications regulator Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT) to procedd with analogue switch-off in a given area, it must ensure that at least 90% of the population accesses digital television services.

However, the IFT has not received the necessary data from the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT) which is to supply the information. As a result, it is unclear whether the IFT will be able to proceed with the planned switch-off in the northern part of the country. In this phase, switch-off is set to be completed in Ciudad Juárez, Matamoros, Monterrey, Nuevo Laredo, and Reynosa by 26 November.

Analogue switch-off is expected to be completed nationwide by 31 December 2015. Any delays will impact the future use of the 700 MHz band by mobile telecom operators since this band is currently used for analogue television.

Source: El Financiero

:: 20/10/2014

Ethiopia - DSO planned for completion in 2016

The Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority (EBA) has announced that planning for digital switchover has begun.

A draft bill has been prepared by the EBA with the participation of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development. It puts in place the legislative framework to allow for the launch of the DTT platform and the switch-off of analogue services.

Digital switchover is expected to be completed in 2016.

Source: All Africa

:: 20/10/2014

Armenia - OSCE issues report on DSO progress

The OSCE has issued a report on digital switchover in Armenia. It has been undertaken by the OSCE Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression.

The report provides an overview of the current situation in the country as well as recommendations for improvements. It examines the legislative, technical and social components of switchover and concludes that the technical aspect is the most advanced.

Regarding the legislative framework, the report notes that many provisions do not comply with international standards. For example, the framework hinders the liberalization of the broadcast industry, the introduction of new players, and the expansion of free and fair competition.

From a technical perspective, the roll out of the DTT platform is underway. Ericsson has been selected to build the network and deployment is underway as planned. However, the government has not yet put in place a strategy to consider the upgrade of collective antennas. In addition, a simulcast period will be necessary.

From a social perspective, the government has indicated that it will provide support to enable low-income households acquire a DTT receiver. However, it has not indicated how it will do so. The government will also need to put in place an information campaign to inform viewers about the upcoming switchover.

The DTT platform uses the DVB-T2 and MPEG-AVC standards across four multiplexes. Analogue switch-off is expected to be completed by June 2015.

Source: OSCE

:: 06/10/2014

Mexico - 2.5 million DTT receivers ready for distribution

Doubts are emerging about government plans to complete analogue switch-off in the north eastern part of the country.

As currently planned, the north eastern region is set to complete analogue switch-off by the end of the year. This would impact 3 million households. However, it is now clear whether a sufficient number of households are equipped with a digital receiver.

In order for analogue switch-off to proceed in a given region, 90% of households must have a digital receiver. To help facilitate DTT penetration, the government has acquired 2.5 million DTT receivers for distribution to households in October.

The government plans to complete analogue switch-off nationwide by 31 December 2015. Thus far, the process has been completed in the city of Tijuana. Analogue switch-off is expected to cost MXP 26 billion (EURO 59 million).

The roll-out of the DTT platform is currently underway and is now available to 60 - 70% of the population.

Source: El Universal

:: 06/10/2014

Serbia - Up to 1 million households must acquire a DTT receiver

The State Secretary for the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Communications, Tatjana Matić, is encouraging viewers to acquire DTT receivers.

She estimates that between 800,000 to 1 million households will need to acquire a DTT receiver. Prices for receivers are currently high but the State Secretary is confident that the price of set-top boxes will drop once the demand increases. They are expected to reach RSD 2500 (EURO 21) in early 2015.

However, low-income households will be eligible to receive a free set-top box that will be provided by the government.

Analogue switch-off is expected to be completed by June 2015. The DTT platform uses the DVB-T2 standard and is currently available to 90% of the population.

Source: Ministry website

:: 02/10/2014

Belarus - ASO completed in Svisloch

The Ministry of Communications and Informatics (MPT) has announced the completion of analogue switch-off in the region of Svisloch.

Switch-off took place from one transmission site on 1 October. A total of three analogue channels (Belarus 1, Belarus 2, and ONT) were switched off in the UHF band.

The next phase of analogue switch-off will take place in Krichev on 1 November. Both free-to-air and pay-DTT services are available in the country.

Source: MPT website

:: 29/09/2014

Singapore - MDA launches DTT help scheme

Eligible viewers are now invited to apply for the Digital TV Assistance Scheme.

This Scheme, overseen by the Media Development Authority (MDA), will provide eligible households with an Assistance Scheme package which includes a free DTT set-top box and an indoor antenna. To qualify, households must have a monthly income of SGD $1900 (EURO 1180) or less.

The MDA estimates that over 160,000 households meet to qualifying criteria. Those households not directly contacted by the MDA can access the application form on the MDA website.

The DTT platform launched in December 2013 offering 7 free-to-air television services from the broadcaster MediaCorp. It uses the DVB-T2 standard. Full national coverage will be reached by 2017 and analogue switch-off is set for completion by 2020.

Source: Asia One

:: 24/09/2014

Haiti - DSO to cost $30 million

According to the communications regulator Conatel, the switchover of terrestrial networks to digital is expected to cost $30 million.

While Conatel assured broadcasters that the government plans to help cover these costs, it is unclear the percentage of the financing to be provided.

The consultancy group Meintel, Sprignoli & Wallace has been retained to provide different digital switchover scenarios.

Source: Haiti Libre website

:: 24/09/2014

Belarus - ASO to be completed by May 2015

Analogue switch-off is expected to be completed by May 2015. This is two months earlier than initially planned.

Analogue switch-off began in August 2013 and is currently underway region-by-region. Most recently, analogue switch-off was completed in the region of Grodno.

The DTT platform offers both free-to-air as well as pay-DTT services. One multiplex offers free-to-air services using the DVB-T standard while two multiplexes offer pay-DTT services using the DVB-T2 standard. It is estimated that 28,000 households subscribe to the pay-DTT platform.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 09/09/2014

Serbia - EBRD loan for DSO

The government is expected to sign an agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for a loan to support digital switchover.

The EBRD is expected to provide a loan of EURO 24 million to help roll out the second and third DTT multiplexes. The total cost of the roll-out of the DTT network is expected to cost EURO 39 million.

Digital switchover is currently underway in the country since the official launch of the DTT platform on 1 September. The digital and analogue terrestrial signals will be simultaneously transmitted until the completion of analogue switch-off on 1 May.

The government has also announced that it will make DTT receivers available to low-income households.

The DTT platform is currently available to 90% of the population. The terrestrial platform is used by approximately 40% of the population.

Source: Tanjug website

:: 01/09/2014

Nigeria - GOtv to help educate viewers about digital switchover

The pay-DTT operator GOtv has announced plans to help increase awareness about digital switchover.

According to GOtv, awareness about switchover is low despite the approach of analogue switch-off.

Initiatives to raise awareness about digital switchover include customer forums and town hall meetings across the country. GOtv also launched its Digilevelz Don Land campaign in June when the city of Jos undertook its analogue switcch-off as part of the country's pilot switchover project.

In September, GOtv will launch a 13-week radio drama series, Change Lane, as well as the Digilevelz talk show. Change Lane seeks to impart the importance of digital switchover through the use of interesting and relatable characters.

Source: PUNCH website

:: 27/08/2014

Mexico - ASO postponed in Ciudad Juarez

The Secretariat of Communications and Transport (SCT) has again postponed analogue switch-off in Ciudad Juarez.

Analogue switch-off will now take place in December 2015 rather than in November 2014 as previously planned.

In October, eligible viewers in Ciudad Juarez will begin to receive DTT television sets. A total of 54,000 television sets will be distributed.

The second phase of analogue switch-off is set to take place in November 2014 in the northern part of the country.

Source: El Diario de Chihuahua

:: 27/08/2014

Nigeria - 40 million DTT receivers needed for DSO

According to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), the country will need at least N60 billion (EURO 276 million) to complete digital switchover.

This amount includes the cost to broadcasters as well as the cost for the government to supply DTT set-top boxes to low-income households. The NBC has recommended that the government provide DTT set-top boxes to households living under the poverty line which represents approximately 33% of the population. There are 23 million television households in the country and a total of 40 million DTT receivers will be needed.

Digital switchover is expected to be completed by January 2015. By this date, the NBC expects DTT coverage to reach 90% of the population.

Currently, digital switchover is underway in the Jos Plateau State where 90% of the population can now access the DTT platform. Coverage will reach 100% of the population in the next few weeks and analogue switch-off will take place in the next 30 to 60 days.

The free-to-air DTT platform is provided by Integrated Television Services (ITS) which uses the broadcast network of the public service broadcaster NTA. A second broadcast network is provided by Pinnacles Communications.

Source: The Guardian

:: 22/08/2014

Nigeria - ASO confirmed for June 2015

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has confirmed its commitment to completing analogue switch-off by June 2015.

According to the head of the NBC, Emeka Mba, broadcasters who continue to transmit services in analogue after June 2015 will not benefit from signal protection.

In preparation for digital switchover, the government has completed discussions with neighbouring countries regarding network parameters and agreed the minimum requirements for DTT receivers.

The government has also agreed to separate the function of broadcast network operator from that of the broadcaster. Three licenses to operate DTT networks will be allocated with the first license already allocated to the Nigerian Television Authority.

Currently, the pay-DTT operators GOtv and StarTimes provide services in Nigeria.

Source: BizTech Africa

:: 18/08/2014

Serbia - DTT platform to officially launch on 1 September

The Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications has published its regulations for digital switchover in the Official Gazette.

These regulations define the radio frequency channels to be used across the country for the delivery of the multiplexes 1, 2, and 3. In addition, they define the access to the multiplexes by broadcasters.

According to these regulations, MUX 1 must provide coverage to at least 95% of the population while MUX 2 and 3 must be available to at least 90% of the population.

The regulations also establish the calendar for digital switchover. The DTT platform will officially launch on 1 September 2014 while the first analogue television transmitters will be switched off on 1 March 2015. The process is expected to be completed by mid-2015.

The government ha also defined the minimum technical requirements for the DTT platform. DTT receivers that conform to the technical requirements will be permitted to make use of the "Digital TV" logo which the government will soon issue.

The DTT platform will use the DVB-T2 standard.

Source: Ministry website

:: 01/08/2014

Rwanda - Analogue switch-off completed

Analogue switch-off has been completed in Rwanda.

On 31 July, the analogue terrestrial television signals in the areas of Karongi, Muhanga, Ngororero, Rubavu, Rusizi and Nyamasheke were switched off.

This was the fourth and final stage of analogue switch-off. On 31 January 2014, switch-off took place in Kigali followed by the northern parts of the country on 31 March and the southern part of the country on 31 May.

However, it is estimated that 27% of television households were not prepared for the switch-off. Up to 51,540 households may no longer receive television services.

According to the regulator RURA, the DTT platform is available to 95% of the population. It uses the DVB-T2 standard.

Four companies (Tele 10, Sorim, TransAfrica and Star Africa Media) have been issued licenses to import DTT receivers.

Source: All Africa website

:: 10/07/2014

Brazil - Government issues ordinance on ASO obligations

The Ministry of Communications has issued an ordinance regarding analogue switch-off which will take place from April 2016 until 2018.

Analogue switch-off will begin in major urban areas and the surrounding regions followed by rural areas. A switch-off pilot wil take place in the city of Rio Verde, Golas, on 29 November 2015.

The Ordinance also sets out certain obligations related to switch-off. First, the process cannot take place until DTT penetration has reach 93% of the population in the given area. In addition, broadcasters are required to provide information on the analogue swtich-off date in the each region.

The communications regulator will be responible for managing the analogue switch-off information campaign. It will also manage the programme that provides DTT receivers to low-income households. As part of this programme, Anatel will define the technical requirements of these receivers to ensure limited interference with mobile telecom services operating in the 700 MHz band.

Source: Ministry of Communications

:: 08/07/2014

Belarus - ASO underway in Baranovichi

The government has announced that three analogue terrestrial television transmission sites will be switched off on 10 July

These transmission sites are located in the city of Baranovichi, the region of Pinsk as well as in the region of Kuplin.

Analogue terrestrial television services have been replaced by the DTT platform using the DVB-T and MPEG-4 AVC standards. Pay-DTT services from Beltelecom are also available.

Analogue switch-off has been underway since August 2013.

Source: Telecom Paper website

:: 02/07/2014

Nigeria - ASO completed in city of Jos

Analogue switch-off was successfully completed in the city of Jos on 30 June. This is the first phase of analogue switch-off.

Switch-off will take place in other state capitals followed by the remainder of the country. The process is set to be completed by 1 January 2015.

Jos was selected as for the switch-off pilot program in October 2013 due to its size, accessibility and equal number of public service and commercial broadcasters.

Source: NBC website

:: 24/06/2014

Brazil - ASO to begin in April 2016

The Ministry of Communications has issued the timeline for analogue switch-off.

The process will begin in April 2016 and continue until November 2018 for urban areas. An analogue switch-off pilot will take place in November 2015 in the city of Rio Verde in the region of Goiás.

Analogue switch-off will begin in the city of Brasilia in April 2016. In 2016, switch-off will also take place in São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Goiânia and Rio de Janeiro. In 2017, switch-off will be completed in the South and Northeast capitals.

All urban areas, where 60% of the population resides, will complete switch-off by November 2018. After this date, switch-off will take place in rural areas.

The Ministry has also announced that the 700 MHz band will be used for the provision of mobile broadband services. It will be available once analogue switch-off is completed.

Source: Ministry of Communications website

:: 10/06/2014

Serbia - Delays to DSO process

The digital switchover process has fallen behind schedule with only 15 to 20% of transmitter sites ready for digital broadcasting.

Analogue switch-off is expected to be completed by 17 June 2015. Initially, the process had been expected to be completed by April 2012.

According to the Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Rasim Ljajic, negotiations are underway with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for financing the procurement of transmission equipment. An agreement is expected to be signed in September.

Already, the European Union has allocated EURO 10.5 million to help with the acquisition of DTT transmission equipment used in the first phase of digital switchover.

Source: Balkans.com website

:: 29/05/2014

Mexico - Government begins distribution of DTT receivers

The government has begun the process of distributing free DTT receivers to eligible households.

The distribution programme has begun in the northern part of the country where analogue switch-off is expected to be completed by November 2014. Already, 106,428 receivers have been given to eligible households..

The government is planning to distribute 13.8 million receivers to low-income households. Up to 35,000 to 40,000 receivers will be given away each day.

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed by 31 December 2014.

Source: SCT website

:: 21/05/2014

Belarus - 8 analogue transmission sites to switch-off on 1 June

The Ministry of Communications and Information has announced that analogue switch-off will take place on 1 June.

Switch-off will proceed in 8 localities in the regions of Brest Vitebsk, Gomel and Mogilev. Specific transmission sites to be turned off will be in Rakitnice and Drahichyn (Brest region), Vitebsk and Obukhovo (the Vitsebsk region), Bragin and Smetaničah (Gomel region), Polykovičah and Mstislau (Mogilev region).

Analogue switch-off began in August 2013 in the region of Osipovichi. A further 3 regions began switch-off last April. A call centre has been set-up to help viewers with digital switchover.

The free-to-air DTT platform offers 8 television programme services using the DVB-T and MPEG-4 AVC standards. In addition, Beltelecom offers a pay-DTT service using the DVB-T2 standard.

Source: Belta.by website

:: 17/05/2014

Zambia - Government adopts digital switchover policy

The government has launched its digital migration policy and directed the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) and the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) to put in place the policy and ensure its smooth execution.

Specifically, the policy provides guidelines on the national DTT standards for transmission and compression, licensing framework, and provisions for transmission.

The government seeks to ensure that digital switchover benefits viewers and leads to more services and greater terrestrial television coverage. It also believes that it will be able to complete analogue switch-off by 17 June 2015.

Source: All Africa website

:: 03/05/2014

Thailand - Consumer group opposes DTT coupon subsidy amount

The Foundation for Consumers has called for a decrease in the amount of the subsidy programme for DTT receivers.

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission(NBTC) has called for the distribution of coupons valued at BHT 1000 to the country's 22 million households for use towards the purchase of a digital television receiver. However, the Foundation for Consumers believes that the amount of the coupon should be reduced to BHT 512 since this amount more accurately reflects the actual cost of a DTT receiver.

The coupon programme has not yet been finalised. However, it is expected that viewers will be able to use it towards the purchase of a digital receiver on the pay cable and satellite platforms.

Source: Bangkok Post website

:: 29/04/2014

Mexico - IFT announces delays to ASO timetable

The communications regulator IFT has announced that it will delay analogue switch-off in the northern parts of the country.

Analogue switch-off had been set to take place on 29 May in the cities of Monterrey, Reynosa, Matamoros, Nuevo Laredo y Ciudad Juárez. However, switch-off has now been postponed until 26 November.

This delay is due to the lack of sufficient DTT receiver penetration. In order for switch-off to proceed, DTT receivers must be available in at least 90% of households that depend on the terrestrial television platform. However, penetration has only reached between 22% to 47% of terrestrial television households.

This is the second time that analogue switch-off has been delayed in these cities. Initially, switch-off had been set to take place in November 2013.

Source: IFT website

:: 28/04/2014

Zimbabwe - ASO deadline may not be achieved

Legislators have been warned that the country is likely to miss its analogue switch-off deadline set for June 2015.

Initially, the government had planned to complete analogue switch-off by 20212 based on the recommendation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

According to a presentation by Engineer Cloud Nyamundanda, the lack of coordination from all stakeholders will result in the inability to complete analogue switch-off by June 2015.

In addition, viewers need to be made aware of the upcoming switch-off so that they can purchase the necessary receiving equipment. Nyamundanda also suggested that measures should be put in place to ban the import of television sets that do not comply with the national DTT specifcation.

In the first phase of the process, the government will need to provide more than $30 million in funding.

The DTT platform will use the DVB-T2 standard. Four multiplexes with national coverage have been allocated to the platform in the UHF band.

Source: The Zimbabwe Mail website

:: 24/04/2014

Uganda - AG critical of management of the DSO process

The Auditor General (AG) has issued an audit report of the digital switchover process which is critical of the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).

According to the report, the UCC has not acted swiftly in the process and is unlikely to meet its target for analogue switch-off at the end of the year.

The UCC's strategic plan had called for the DTT platform to reach full population coverage by the end of 2013 but this target had not been met. Already, UGX 9.4 billion (EURO 2.6 million) has been invested in the digital switchover process.

The UCC has acknowledged that the concerns raised in the report are legitimate and is seeking to complete digital switchover by the end of the year.

Source: Daily Monitor website

:: 22/04/2014

Uruguay - Government to provide DSO support to low-income households

The government has announced that it will provide funding of USD $20 million to help low-income households acquire a DTT set-top box.

This programme will be managed by the communications regulator Antel.

Currently, the government is developing a national DTT specification which will allow for the provision of interactive services. The DTT platform will use the ISDB-T standard.

Analogue switch-off is set to take place on 21 November 2015.

Source: Prensario Internacional website

:: 21/04/2014

Kenya - Fears emerge that advertising revenue may shift to radio as ASO approaches

Media companies are warning that advertising revenue could shift away from television as digital switchover approaches.

With the fear that viewers will not adopt the DTT platform in sufficient numbers, advertisers may shift towards radio instead to reach audiences.

Analogue switch-off is currently set to take place on 30 September but an insufficient number of households are prepared. According to the communications regulator, CCK, 700,000 viewers have migrated to digital television. However, the consumer advocacy group, Cofek estimates that only 300,000 viewers have switched to digital television. As a result, Cofek is calling for analogue television to continue until the end of 2014.

Because of fears that a shortage of DTT receivers may lead to increased costs for consumers, the government has set up the Kenya Consumer Protection Advisory Committee.

Source: Standard Digital

:: 17/04/2014

Azerbaijian - ASO to be completed by end of the year

The government announced that it plans to complete digital switchover by the end of the year.

Currently, the DTT platform is available to 98% of the population with only viewers located in remote areas unable to access the DTT platform.

The free-to-air DTT platform offers 12 free-to-air television programme services.

Source: Vestnik Kavkaza website

:: 16/04/2014

Nigeria - ASO to be completed by 31 January 2015

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has announced that it plans to complete digital switchover by 31 January 2015.

In preparation for digital switchover, NBC has commenced a pilot project in the city of Jos which it plans to complete by the end of June.

As part of the pilot, NBC has set up a task force committee consisting of broadcasters, heads of security operatives, NBC officials and members of the national digitalisation team. The taskforce has prepared reports on such topics as information and technology which has been submitted to the NBC for review and implementation.

Jos will serve as a model for replication in other parts of the country. However, lack of sufficient funds remains a serious problem in the completion of switchover.

Source: All Africa website

:: 14/04/2014

Brazil - Government to distribute 14 million DTT receivers

The government has announced plans to distribute DTT set-top boxes to low-income families.

The communications regulator has been tasked with setting up an entity responsible for the acquisition and delivery of DTT set-top boxes in preparation for analogue switch-off.

It is estimated that nearly 14 million set-top boxes will be distributed. In addition, the government will distribute 13 million filters to block interference from mobile telecom services operating in the 700 MHz band. Funding for the set-top boxes and filters will be sourced from the revenue generated in the auction of licenses using the 700 MHz band. The auction is set to take place in August.

Analogue switch-off is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

Source: NexTV LatAm

:: 11/04/2014

Kenya - Court confirms ASO in Nairobi on 30 September

The Supreme Court has confirmed that analogue switch-off date for Nairobi that had been set by the Court of Appeals. Switch-off will take place on 30 September.

Initially, analogue switch-off had been set to take place at the end of 2014. However, three national broadcasters challenged this date as well as the handling of digital switchover by the Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK). The objected to the allocation of licenses to operate DTT networks.

The Supreme Court also required pay-DTT operators to obtain the consent of national broadcasters before retransmitting their analogue terrestrial television signal on their DTT platform. As a result, viewers can no longer access NTV, Citizen and KTN on the StarTimes and GoTV platforms.

Source: Daily Nation website

:: 02/04/2014

Rwanda - ASO proceeding as planned

According to the Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA), digital migration is proceeding as planned.

The first phase of analogue switch-off took place at the end of January at three transmission sites and affecting the areas of Musanze, Ngororero, Karongi, Rubavu, Ngoma, and Kayonza.

The RBA is responsible for coordinating digital switchover and has determined that the process is advancing smoothly with an increasing number of viewers purchasing DTT receivers and accessing the DTT platform. In addition, the interference issues between the pay-DTT operators GOtv and StarTimes has now been resolved.

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed in July 2014.

Source: The New Times website

:: 31/03/2014

Swaziland - Swazi TV forms DSO committee

Preparations are underway for digital switchover which will be completed by 15 June 2015.

The public service broadcaster, Swazi TV, has announced that it has put together a committee to source content for the DTT platform.

As part of its digital switchover plans, Swazi TV is seeking to improve its offering of local content. It will make several television programme services available on the DTT platform.

Source: The Observer website

:: 28/03/2014

Tanzania - Second phase of ASO set for 1 April

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has announced that analogue switch-off is set to take place in Singida and Tabora on 1 April.

Switch-off will also take plac in the towns of Mara, Kagera, Morogoro, Shinyanga, Iringa, Ruvuma and Lindi regions by the end of the month. Analogue switch-off has already been completed in the capital city Dar-es-Salaam and its surrounding area.

The TCRA is calling on viewers to acquire a DTT receiver to ensure that they continue accessing television services after the completion of analogue switch-off. It also warned viewers to only purchase receivers from authorised dealers to guarantee their functionality.

The DTT platform offers 5 free-to-air television programme services.

Source: Daily News website

:: 26/03/2014

Belarus - ASO to continues on 1 April

Analogue switch-off is set to take place in three regions on 1 April.

Analogue switch-off will take place in the cities of Gomel and Sinkevichi in the Brest region, Sharkovshchina in the Vitebsk region and Berezino in the Minsk region.

Both free-to-air and pay services are available on the DTT platform. The free-to-air platform uses the DVB-T standard and is available to 97% of the population. The pay-DTT platform uses the DVB-T2 standard.

Source: Telecom Paper website

:: 18/03/2014

Cape Verde - ANAC opens tender for DSO communications campaign

The National Communications Authority, ANAC, has opened a tender for the provision of communication services for digital switchover.

The selected provider will be responsible for developing and implementing a communications strategy to inform viewers about the launch of the DTT platform and the switch-off of analogue services.

Interested organisations should submit their tender documents by 22 April.

ANAC is coordinating digital switchover on behalf of the Commission for the Implementation and Monitoring of DTT.

Source: ANAC website

:: 18/03/2014

Russia - Regional broadcasters can continue analogue transmissions beyond 2018

The governmental commission for television and radio has confirmed that regional broadcasters will be able to continue to use the analogue terrestrial platform after 2018.

This confirmation follows a recommendation from the Ministry of Communications & Mass Media. Previously, the government and broadcasters had agreed to this solution to ensure that viewers continue to have access to regional content.

DTT roll-out is currently underway for the national multiplexes, MUX1 and MUX2. However, the multiplex offering regional content, MUX3, will not be available until 208.

Source: Advanced-television.com

:: 14/03/2014

Kenya - Court calls for amicable solution to DSO dispute

The Court of Appeals has postponed issuing a decision on digital switchover until 28 March. A decision had been expected on 14 March following a challenge to the digital switchover process by three media groups.

Instead, the Court of Appeals called on the media groups to find an amicable solution with the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) which has been leading the digital switchover process.

Digital switchover was set to take place at the end of December 2013 in the region of Nairobi. However, the media groups Standard Group, Nation Media Group and Royal Media Services challenged the switch-off which they claimed had been poorly managed by the CCK. According to the media groups, the CCK failed to provide the broadcasters with the necessary frequencies and licenses for the DTT platform and an insufficient number of viewers had DTT reception equipment. In addition, the broadcasters' content was improperly used by DTT platform operators.

In 2012, the consumer advocacy group Cofek had challenged the CCK's plan to switch-off analogue terrestrial services in Nairobi at the end of the year. According to Cofek, an insufficient number of viewers had access to DTT services in the period leading up to the presidential elections. The Court found in favor of Cofek annd the switch-off was postponed.

Source: Standard Digital

:: 11/03/2014

Kenya - 99% of residents aware of digital switchover

According to a survey by Ipsos Synovate, 99% of Kenyans are aware of digital switchover.

However, only 32% of respondents own a DTT receiver. Of these, most purchased a DTT receiver in order to access more television programme service rather than because of the impending switch-off.

The survey took place between 8-15 February with 2031 respondents.

On 14 March, the Court will rule whether or not to postpone analogue switch-off in Nairobi following a legal request by three national broadcasters to do so.

Source: KBC website

:: 06/03/2014

Belarus - 21 regions to complete ASO by end of year

The government has announced that analogue switch-off will be completed in 21 regions by the end of the year.

A total of 64 analogue terrestrial transmission sites will be switched off.

Currently, 97% of the population can access the DTT platform which will be made available to 98% of the population by the end of the year. Full DTT coverage is expected by 17 June 2015.

Source: Telecom Paper

:: 27/02/2014

Armenia - ASO to be completed by 1 June 2015

The government has announced that analogue switch-off will be completed by 1 June 2015.

In addition, the current analogue terrestrial television platform must convert to digital by 20 July 2015. The terrestrial platform offers 18 television programme services.

Source: Arka Telecom website

:: 26/02/2014

South Africa - President authorises investigation of DSO tender

The president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma has authorised an investigation into the tender awarded to Media Corner.

The Department of Communications (DOC) awarded a tender to Media Corner for a digital switchover public awareness campaign.

The investigation will probe the validity of the tender award. Improper and/or unlawful DOC employee conduct has been alleged.

Source: SA government portal

:: 21/02/2014

Mexico - SCT to distribute 120,000 DTTS receivers

The Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT) has announced plans to undertake a digital switchover pilot in the regions of Nuevo Laredo and Reynosa.

As part of the pilot, 120,000 households will receive a 24" television set which is capable of receiving a high-definition DTT signal. The television sets will also include HDMI and USB ports.

The companies Foxconn and Diamond Electronics will manufacture the television sets. They were two out of four companies that participated in the tender to supply the DTT receivers.

Source: SCT website

:: 20/02/2014

Tanzania - Planning for final DSO phase underway

The communications regulator TCRA is preparing for the second and final stage of digital switchover.

The first phase took place at the end of 2012 in 7 regions, including Dar es Salaam. Research by the University of Dar es Salaam shows that 89% of households have converted to the DTT platform.

The final 12 regions will undertake analogue switch-off between March and the end of October this year. Regions include Singida, Tabora, Mara, Kagera, Morogoro, Shinyanga, Iringa, Ruvuma and Lindi. The final timetable is expected to be soon announced by the Ministry of Communications.

As a next step, the TCRA is calling on DTT operators to expand the coverage of the DTT platform.

Source: Daily News

:: 19/02/2014

Russia - No firm date for ASO to be set

The transition to digital television is expected to take place gradually and without the scheduling of a firm timetable for analogue switch-off.

Following discussions between the government and broadcasters, it was decided that it will be possible for regional broadcasts to continue on the analogue terrestrial platform beyond 2018.

Currently, the roll-out of the national Multiplexes 1 and 2 is underway. They are now available to 60% of the population and will reach 97.5% population coverage by 2015. Multiplex 3 will offer regional content from 500 regional broadcasters. However, it will not be fully available until 2018.

Source: AKTR website

:: 17/02/2014

Kenya - ASO delayed until 14 March

The Court of Appeals has extended the date for analogue switch-off in Nairobi for an additional 30 days.

Analogue switch-off will not take place before 14 March when the Court is expected to make a final decision on whether the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) can proceed with switch-off in Nairobi and its environs.

Initially, analogue switch-off had been set to take place at the end of 2012. However, the consumer rights organisation Cofek successfully appealed this decision, stating that too many viewers would lose access to television services in the period prior to the Presidential election.

The CCK postponed analogue switch-off until 26 December 2013. However, analogue services were reinstated o 27 December following the decision by the Court of Appeal to postpone switch-off for 45 days to allow it the time necessary to hear the appeal made by several media groups.

According to the media groups Nation Media Group, Royal Media Services and Standard Media Group, an insufficient number of homes are prepared for switch-off. In addition, they are contesting the process used by the CCK for the allocation of DTT transmission licenses.

Source: Biz Tech Africa

:: 31/01/2014

Rwanda - ASO to begin in Kigali

Analogue switch-off will begin in the capital city Kigali at midnight on 31 January.

The DTT platform is currently available to 95% of the population and offers access to 7 free-to-air television programme services. In addition, the pay-DTT operator GoTV has announced plans to enter the market.

DTT receivers are progressively becoming available with 21,000 set-top boxes now in the market. It is estimated that 80,000 converters will be needed as part of digital switchover.

Analogue switch-off will be completed country-wide on 31 July 2014.

Source: New Times website

:: 27/12/2013

Kenya - ASO in Nairobi delayed until 6 February

The Court of Appeal of ordered the reinstation of analogue terrestrial television in Nairobi and its surrounding region.

Analogue terrestrial television will remain available for 45 days. This follows analogue switch-off which took place on 26 December and lasted for 16 hours.

On 23 December, the High Court had allowed for analogue switch-off to proceed in Nairobi following a complaint filed by three broadcasters, the Standard Group, the Nation Media Group and Royal Media. However, the broadcasters appealed this decision but the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) decided to proceed with the switch-off.

Broadcasters are also displeased with the CCK since it did not allocate them with a DTT network license. Instead such licenses have been allocated to Signet, the broadcast network subsidiary of Kenya Broadcasting Corporation and to StarTimes' parent company Pan Africa Network Group.

Source: The Standard

:: 26/12/2013

Kenya - ASO in Nairobi set to take place on 26 December

Analogue switch-off is set to take place in Nairobi on 26 December despite a legal challenge from three leading national broadcasters.

This follows the decision made by the High Court on 23 December allowing for analogue switch-off to take place. The national broadcasters Nation Media Group, Standard Group and Royal Media Services had filed a petition against analogue switch-off which had been initially planned for 13 December. However, the High Court rejected the petition from the broadcasters, stating that they had failed to demonstrate that analogue switch-off was flawed or would violate their rights.

The broadcasters are now appealing this decision by the High Court. However, analogue switch-off in Nairobi will proceed.

Source: All Africa

:: 14/12/2013

Mexico - Import of analogue TV sets prohibited

Legislation has now entered into force that prevents the import of television sets with only an analogue tuner.

Instead, all television sets now imported into the country must include a tuner that adheres to the Mexican DTT specification known as NOM-192.

On 14 October, the government approved the adoption of NOM-192 and the sale of receivers without the inclusion of a NOM-192 compliant tuner.

Source: Government website

:: 10/12/2013

Kenya - ASO in Nairobi postponed until judge's ruling on 23 December

A judge has ruled to postpone analogue switch-off in Nairobi until 23 December. Switch-off was set to take place on 13 December.

The delay in switch-off will provide the judge with the time necessary to rule on the case brought before him by three broadcasters objecting to the government's analogue switch-off plans.

According to the broadcasters, Standard Group, Nation Media group and Royal Media Services, the number of homes that have converted to the DTT platform is insufficient. In addition, they claim that the DTT licensing procedure has been improperly conducted.

Source: Standard Digital

:: 10/12/2013

Australia - Analogue Switch-Off completed

Analogue switch-off has been completed in Australia on 10 December with the switch-off of analogue services in the regions of Melbourne and Remote Central and Eastern Australia.

Over 8 million households are able to access the DTT platform which offers 17 free-to-air television programme services. Frequencies in the 700 MHz band vacated as a result of analogue switch-off will be allocated for mobile broadband services.

For those households located outside of the DTT coverage area, they can access services via the Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST). A total of 163,500 households access VAST services of which 34,000 received government subsidies for their installations.

The government has also provided funding to help eligible households access the DTT platform. So far, the Household Assistance Scheme has supported 318,000 households and remains available to homes in Melbourne and Remote Central and Eastern Australia until 10 January.

Source: Government website

:: 09/12/2013

Kenya - Cost of DTT receivers not a hindrance to digital switchover

According to the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), the affordability of DTT receivers is not a hindrance to digital migration.

A total of 1.8 million receivers are available on the market and between 5,000-8,000 have been sold in recent weeks. In addition, the pay-DTT operator StarTimes has sold 200,000 set-top boxes of which 60% have been in Nairobi. However, the CCK does expect viewers to delay their purchase of receivers until the very last minute.

Switch-off had been set to take place in Nairobi on 13 December. Howevever, three broadcasters Nation Media Group,Standard Group and Royal Media Services, have challenged the switch-off and the Court has decided to postpone switch-off until it issues a ruling on 23 December.

The DTT platform is currently available to 70% of the population. It uses the DVB-T2 standard.

Source: The Star

:: 04/12/2013

Mexico - Government allocates MXN 6 billion for ASO projects

The Secretary of Communications and Tranportation (SCT) will have a budget of MXN 6 billion (EURO 340 million) for analogue switch-off projects in 2014.

In 2014, analogue switch-off is set to take place in five cities along the border with the United States. It will be completed nationwide by 31 December 2015.

The implementation model for analogue switch-off will be issued in early 2014. Currently the SCT is reviewing different models.

Source: Informador

:: 03/12/2013

Australia - ASO completed in Sydney

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the region of Sydney at 9am on 3 December.

The region includes the areas of Sydney, Gosford, Katoomba and Picton and affects 1.7 million households. It is one of the last three areas in the country to complete analogue switch-off.

The final stage of switch-off will take place on 10 December and affect the regions of Melbourne and Remote Central and Eastern Australia.

The DTT platform offers access to 17 free-to-air television programme services.

Source: Ministry website

:: 01/12/2013

New Zealand - Analogue switch-off completed on 1 December

Analogue switch-off has been completed in New Zealand. The final stage of switch-off took place in the region of upper North Island at 2am on 1 December.

Analogue switch-off took place in four stages over the past 15 months, starting in Hawkes Bay in September 2012.

As part of the switch-off, assistance has been made available to eligible households including pensioners and those benefiting from social security. Already, 30,000 households have received support.

The assistance programme remains open for viewers in the lower North Island until 3 January and in the upper North Island until 1 March.

Source: NZ Herald

:: 29/11/2013

Kenya - Consumers warned against counterfeit DTT receivers

The Communications Commissions of Kenya (CCK) has cautioned viewers about counterfeit DTT receivers. It has received complaints from consumers who have been victim of unscrupulous retailers.

The CCK has only licensed 45 vendors to sell DTT receivers with the objective of limiting the introduction of faulty receivers. All vendors are required to open offices where consumers lodge complaints.

Demand for DTT receivers is high with analogue switch-off planned to take place in Nairobi on 13 December. However, some broadcasters are contesting the planned switch-off, citing a lack of DTT receivers in homes.

Source: All Africa

:: 27/11/2013

Rwanda - Planned ASO at end of year postponed

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (Rura) has announced that it will postpone analogue switch-off that had been set to take place at the end of the year.

According to Rura, the take-up of digital receivers as been too low. It blames retailers for not sufficiently promoting the receivers. Three vendors are authorized to sell DTT receivers. However, according to the vendors, insufficient information about digital switchover is available.

Currently, the DTT platform offers free-to-air television programme services from the public service broadcaster Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) and pay-DTT services from StarTimes and DSTV.

Analogue switch-off had been set to take plavpce in December 2012 but had been delayed a first time due to the lack of set-top boxes available.

Source: The New Times

:: 23/11/2013

Kenya - Broadcasters file lawsuit to stop ASO in Nairobi

The commercial broadcasters Nation Media Group (NMG), Royal Media Services and Standard Group have filed a lawsuit against he planned switch-off of analogue terrestrial television services in Nairobi on 13 December.

According to the broadcasters, the government has not put in place the appropriate measures to ensure the widespread availability of DTT receivers. As a result, only 10% of households are equipped with a DTT receiver.

In addition, the broadcasters have accused the Communications Commission of Kenya of authorising the broadcast network operators Signet, Star Times, Pan Africa Network Group, and GOTV to transmit their content without consent.

The broadcasters have also expressed their discontent with their failure to be allocated a license to operate a DTT network.

Source: The Nation

:: 22/11/2013

Malawi - Planned DTT launch on 30 November delayed

The government has announced delays to its planned digital switchover process.

The DTT platform was set to launch on 30 November. However, citing irregularities in the procurement of transmission equipment, the government announced that the launch date will be delayed.

Consequently, the government announced that it will not meet the Southern African Development Community's (SADC) recommended analogue switch-off date of 31 December 2013.

Huawei has been selected to to provide equipment and consultation services as part of digital switchover.

Source: Nyasa Times

:: 21/11/2013

Australia - 87% of households in remote central and eastern region ready for ASO

Approximately 87% of households in the areas of remote central and eastern Australia are ready for analogue switch-off.

This will be, along with the region of Melbourne, the final area to complete analogue switch-off in Australia. Switch-off is set to take place on 10 December.

The remote central and eastern Australia region includes 87,900 households in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. Of these households, approximately 13% are not ready for analogue switch-off.

Some households may be outside of the DTT coverage area and are eligible to receive free-to-view satellite services (Viewer Access Satellite Television).

Source: Ministry of Communications website

:: 21/11/2013

Australia - ASO completed in Victor Harbor

Analogue switch-off has been completed in parts of southern Australia, specifically in the areas of Victor Harbor, Port Elliot and Middleton.

The digital switchover process is nearly completed with analogue switch-off set to take place in Sydney on 3 December and in Melbourne, remote Central and Eastern Australia on 10 December.

Approximately 14 million viewers access the DTT platform each day. The free-to-air platform launched in 2008 and offers access to 17 free-to-air television programme services.

Source: Victor Harbor Times

:: 19/11/2013

Brazil - Government will ensure all viewers can access DTT platform

According to the Secretary of Electronic Communications, analogue switch-off will not proceed until all viewers have access to the DTT platform.

In addition, the government should provide funding to enable all households to purchase a DTT receiver.

Analogue switch-off is set to take place between 2015 until 2018. However, delays may be possible.

Source: Media Telecom website

:: 18/11/2013

New Zealand - Boom in sale of DTT receivers

In anticipation of the final phase of analogue switch-off, viewers have been purchasing new television sets.

Stores have seen a big increase in the number of DTT receivers sold. This increase generally begins 8-10 weeks prior to switch-off in a given region and has already resulted in the sales of hundred of thousands of receivers.

The final phase of switch-off will take place in the upper North Island on 1 December. Sales for receivers began booming at the end of October and is expected to last until 10 December.

It is estimated that 60,000 television sets in Auckland, Northland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty have yet to be converted to digital.

Source: New Zealand Herald

:: 13/11/2013

Australia - Over 94% of households ready for ASO

As analogue switch-off approaches, 94% of households in Sydney have converted to digital television. Switch-off is set to take place in the region on 3 December.

However, at the end of September, the government estimated that 104,000 households were still relying on the analogue terrestrial television platform.

The Digital Switchover Taskforce is increasing its communication efforts to remind viewers about the impending switch-off. Information is available on the Digital Ready website or from the Digital Ready Information Line.

A Household Assistance Scheme is available for qualifying viewers. According to the Department of Communications, more than 44,000 households across Sydney have made use of the scheme.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

:: 12/11/2013

Honduras - DTT platform to launch in February 2014

The head of the communications regulator Conatel presented plans for the digital switchover for the public service broadcasters.

The two services of the public service broadcasters, Canal 8 from Televisión Nacional de Honduras (TNH) and Canal 20 from Congreso TV, will begin their DTT transmissions in February 2014.

Their services will be available free-to-view with nationwide coverage. In addition, television screens showcasing the DTT platform will be installed in various parts of the cities including shopping centers and bus stops.

The DTT platform uses the ISDB-T standard.

Source: La Tribuna

:: 11/11/2013

Kenya - Spain provides digital switchover support

The Spanish government will provide a KES 1.2 billion (€10 million) loan to support digital switchover in Kenya.

The funding will be used to enable 10 transmission sites to begin broadcasting using the DVB-T2 standard. The sites are Garissa, Kitui, Lamu, Lodwar and Lokichogio in Turkana County, Maralal in Samburu County, Marsabit, Mbui Nzau in Makueni County, Narok, and Wajir.

These transmission sites are operated by the public service broadcaster KBC through its subsidiary Signet. It plans to make the DTT platform available to to 100% of the population.

The DVB-T2 equipment will be provided by the Spanish company APD.

Source: KBC website

:: 11/11/2013

Kenya - Demand for digital TVs soars

In preparation for analogue switch-off, viewers are purchasing new television sets with demand tripling in recent months.

Demand has been highest in the region of Nairobi where analogue switch-off is set to take place on 13 December.

Sales for Samsung television sets with an inbuilt DVB-T2 tuner have reached KES 30 million (€2.5 million) for the past 6 months.

Source: All Africa

:: 05/11/2013

Kenya - ASO maintained for 13 December

Confusion continues regarding the date for the first phase of analogue switch-off.

Analogue switch-off is scheduled to take place on the region of Nairobi on 13 December. However, according to recent media reports, the switch-off ad been delayed until next July following the request of broadcasters.

The government has now announced that analogue switch-off will take place as planned on 13 December. It has denied plans to delay the process.

Initially, analogue switch-off had been set to take place in Nairobi at the end of 2012 but had been postponed upon court order because of the presidential elections.

Source: All Africa

:: 31/10/2013

Hungary - ASO completed

The National Media and Communications Authority (NMHH) has announced the completion of analogue switch-off nationwide on 31 October at 12.30.

The analogue terrestrial platform offered three channels, M1, RTL Klub and TV2 and are now available on the DTT platform. The DTT platform is available to 99% of the population and offers access to both free-to-air and pay-DTT services.

Over 135,000 households received government support as part of the digital switchover process. Support is available until the end of November.

The first phase of analogue switch-off had been completed on 31 July.

Source: NMHH website

:: 29/10/2013

Kenya - ASO delayed until June

The government has decided to postpone the first phase of analogue switch-off until June 2014. Initially switch-off had been set to take place in Nairobi on 13 December.

This is the second time that analogue switch-off has been postponed in Nairobi. Last year, the consumer association Cofek had challenged the switch-off planned for December 2012 given the approach of the presidential elections.

Broadcasters had complained about the upcoming switch-off since certain issues such as the availability of DTT receivers and foreign ownership rules have not been addressed.

The timetable for analogue switch-off has yet to be confirmed.

Source: The Nation

:: 25/10/2013

Hungary - Nearly 130,000 pay-DTT households

The broadcast network operator Antenna Hungaria has announced plans to launch DTT transmissions from 19 new sites following the completion of analogue switch-off on 31 October.

Switch-off will take place at 12.30 pm and impact more than half of the country. Areas affected are North & North Eastern Great Plain and South Transdanubia. This follows the previous phase of analogue switch-off last July.

The DTT platform will be available to 99% of the population.

Antenna Hungaria expects to become the largest provider of digital television services by the end of the year. It already has nearly 130,000 subscribers to its pay-DTT service MinDig TV Extra and its free-to-air DTT platform, MinDig TV, will likely be used by 1 million households by the end of the year.

In the past 7 months, more than 350,000 DTT set-top boxes have been purchased.

Source: Antenna Hungaria website

:: 24/10/2013

Hungary - 95% of eligible homes have applied for DSO support

According to the communications regulator NMHH, 95% of eligible households have received support in preparation for analogue switch-off. The process is set to be completed on 31 October.

Already, 90,000 households have applied for the digital switchover help scheme. Eligible households have until 30 November to submit their request.

As part of digital switchover, an estimated 2 million DTT receivers have been sold.

The first phase of analogue switch-off took place on 31 July and allowed the extension of the DTT platform to 98% of the population.

Source: NMHH website

:: 24/10/2013

Mexico - New method to reduce DSO costs under development

The Secretary of Communications and Transprtation is working on a plan to increase the penetration of the DTT platform.

Specifically, the government is seeking to put in place a system to increase DTT penetration at a lower cost than the current plan. In Tijuana, where analogue switch-off was completed in July 2013, the government provided DTT set-top boxes to those households relying in the terrestrial television platform.

However, the timetable for analogue switch-off remains unchanged. The process is set to e completed by December 2915 with the next phase in the process to be completed in the northern part of the country on 29 May 2014.

Source: Excelsior website

:: 24/10/2013

Serbia - Government approves DSO frequency plan

In preparation for analogue switch-off, the government has approved the frequency plan for digital switchover.

Specifically the frequencies that had been used by the analogue terrestrial television service TV Avala will now be allocated to the DTT platform. As a result, it will be possible to expand the coverage of DTT services ahead of analogue switch-off.

Initially, the government had sought to allocate these frequencies for a new broadcast service but regulators failed to agree on winner. Following pressure from the European Commission, the government agreed to use these frequencies for digital switchover.

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed in 2015.

Source: Balkans.com

:: 23/10/2013

Kenya - CCK launches DSO information campaign

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has launched an information campaign ahead of the switch off of analogue services on 13 December.

On this date, switch-off will take place in the areas of Nairobi as well as Kiambu County, Ngong, Ongáta Rongai, Kitengela, Isinya, Kajiado, Athi River, Thika, Githunguri and parts of Machakos. According to the CCK, 550,000 households are ready but a further 700,000 household have yet to upgrade their television sets.

The public awareness campaign will encourage viewers to purchase DTT receivers. Advertisements will appear in electronic, print and digital media, as well as outdoor platforms, for a three month period. The CCK is investing KES 70 million (€592,000) in the awareness campaign.

The second phase of switch-off is set to take place on 30 March 2014 in Mombasa, Malindi, Nyeri, Meru, Kisumu, Webuye, Kisii, Nakuru, and Eldoret. remaining regions will switch-off on 30 June.

The DTT platform is expected to be available to 80% of the population and offer 40 free-to-air television services.

Source: All Africa

:: 22/10/2013

Kenya - CCK confirms ASO in Nairobi on 13 December

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has confirmed that analogue switch-off will take place in Nairobi on 13 December as planned.

Previously, the courts ruled to delay the planned switch-off in Nairobi last December due to the upcoming elections.

The CCK is planning to launch a consumer awareness campaign to inform viewers about the impending switch-off. An estimated 600,000 households have yet to acquire a DTT receiver.

Analogue switch-off is expected to take place in phases until the entire country completes the process on 14 June 2014.

Source: Standard Digital website

:: 21/10/2013

Azerbaijian - Government to offer DSO help scheme

The government has announced that it will put in place a programme to help low-income households access a DTT receiver.

Households that receive government social assistance will be eligible to receive a free DTT set-top box. The government has not indicated the total number of set-top boxes that it will distribute.

The roll-out of the DTT platform is currently underway and expected to e completed by the end of the year. Analogue switch-off will commence soon thereafter. It will proceed in phases starting in the large urban areas.

The free-to-air DTT platform offers 12 television programme services using the DVB-T and MPEG-4 AVC standards.

Source: Trend website

:: 14/10/2013

New Zealand - 1 November deadline for DSO help scheme

In preparation for analogue switch-off on 1 December in upper North Island, eligible viewers are encouraged to apply to the Target Assistance Programme by 1 November.

Viewers aged 75 and older or recipients of Supported Living Payments are eligible to receive help with digital switchover. Specifically, eligible viewers will receive equipment, installation, training, and access to a technical support line for 12 months.

The final stage of digital switchover will take place on 1 December in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Northland.

Already, more than 27,000 people have received support with the Target Assistance Programme.

Source: Going Digital website

:: 09/10/2013

Bulgaria - Government launches DSO information campaign

The government is planning to launch an advertising campaign about digital switchover. It will provide information about ways to access the DTT platform.

This new campaign will make information available in 5 regional newspapers and 6 national magazines. It will aim to reach low-income, elderly, and disabled viewers who have been impacted by the recent analogue switch-off that took place on 29-30 September.

The advertisement campaign is worth BGN 833 333 (€425,000) and will last until 15 December.

According to the broadcast network operator NURTS, approximately 100 000 viewers from 393 settlements in rural areas do not have access to the DTT platform.

Source: Novinite website

:: 01/10/2013

Mexico - Government to take lead on digital switchover

The government has announced that it will take the lead in managing the digital switchover transition.

The process will not be led by the newly established telecommunications regulator, Ifetel, but instead by the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT). Ifetel replaces the previous telecommunications regulator Cofetel but with revised mandate.

As a first step, the recent tender for the provision of receivers to qualifying households as part of the second phase of digital switchover has been cancelled.

The next phase of analogue switch-off is set to take place in Ciudad Juárez, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, Matamoros and Monterrey on 29 May 2014.

Source: El Economista

:: 30/09/2013

Bulgaria - ASO to take place on 30 September

Analogue switch-off is set to take place on 30 September although it is not yet clear how many homes will not be able to access the DTT platform.

DTT multiplex operators are required to provide coverage to 95% of the population. However, it is not clear where the areas outside of the DTT coverage are located.

According to the head of the Commission for Communications Regulation (CCR), between 350,000 and 1 million homes could lose terrestrial television services. However, this estimate has been disputed by the Minister of Transportation, Danail Papazov since only 16.5% of households rely on the terrestrial platform to access television services.

It is estimated that only 75,000 viewers out of a total of 210,000 entitled to receive free DTT set-top boxes have obtained them. These vouchers are available until 30 October and will remain valid until the end of November.

Source: Novinite

:: 29/09/2013

New Zealand - ASO completed in Lower North Island

In the morning of 29 September, the second phase of analogue switch-off was completed.

This phase included the areas from Wellington to Gisborne and Taranaki in Lower North Island. Last August, it was estimated that 18,110 homes were not prepared for the switch-off, representing approximately 5% of households in the region.

In the first phase of analogue switch-off, services were ended In Hawke's Bay and the South Island last year. the final phase of switch-off will take place in upper North Island on 1 December 2013.

Source: New Zealand Herald

:: 23/09/2013

Bulgaria - Up to 1 million viewers may be without DTT access after ASO

Not all viewers have access to the DTT platform despite analogue switch-off set to take place on 30 September.

As a result, the head of the Commission for Communications Regulation (CCR), Veselin Bozhkov, is calling on the government to make legislative changes that would require multiplex operators to increase their DTT coverage.

Currently, there is no obligation on multiplex operators to provide full population coverage. As a result, it is expected that between 350,000 to 1 million people could be without access to the DTT platform.

It is not known where in the countryside the coverage gaps are located. The CCR has requested that multiplex operators make available coverage maps so it clear where the DTT platform is and is not accessible.

Source: Novinite website

:: 23/09/2013

Hungary - 2 million DTT receivers sold

It is expected that 2 million DTT receivers will have been sold as part of the digital switchover process.

According to Gergely Kis from the research company Enet, 1.5 million DTT receivers had been sold as of May 2013.

In addition, the viewership of for services offered by the public service broadcaster increased since digital switchover while the viewership of the leading commercial television services dropped.

Eighty- three percent of viewers eligible for digital switchover aid opted for the DTT platform while 6% opted for analogue cable, 10% for satellite and 1% for IPTV.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 18/09/2013

Serbia - DTT roll-out to be completed by mid-2014

At a Parliamentary hearing, the head of the Regulatory Telecommunications Agency (Ratel), announced that the roll out of the DTT platform will be completed by June 2014.

The launch of the platform began in March 2012 and is currently available to 40% of the population. The platform uses the DVB-T2 and MPEG-4 AVC standards.

Analogue switch-off is set to begin this year but will not be completed until 2015.

Source: Telecom Paper

:: 04/09/2013

Bulgaria - ASO delayed until November

The government has announced that it will delay plans for analogue switch-off.

Analogies switch-off had been set to be completed by 1 September 2013. However, the government has announced that switch-off will be delayed until 1 November.

Despite the extension of the analogue switch-off deadline, it is unlikely that the process will be completed by the new target date.

Currently, the government is involved in a legal procedure with the European Commission regarding its allocation of licenses to operate the DTT platform. According to the Commission, the allocation of DTT licenses contravened European Union legislation since the tender process excluded potential candidates.

As a result, the Commission has referred Bulgaria to the European Court of Justice.

Source: Novinite

:: 29/08/2013

Honduras - ASO to be completed by 2020

The communications regulator Conatel has informed broadcasters that they will need to start their digital terrestrial broadcasting by the end of 2018.

Conatel hopes to begin analogue switch-off in 5 years and to complete the process within 6 to 7 years.

The DTT platform will use the ISDB-T standard.

Source: Next TV Latam

:: 26/08/2013

Romania - SES Astra interest in digital switchover

The satellite platform operator SES Astra has stated its continued interest in participating in the digital switchover process in Romania.

Martin Ornass Kubacki, the regional manager for SES Astra in Central and Eastern Europe, has indicated the company's interest in supporting the process.

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed in 2015.

Source: ZF Business

:: 21/08/2013

Brazil - Government seeks to delay ASO until after 2015

The government has confirmed its plans for a gradual analogue switch-off process to take place between 2015 and 2018.

However, it will seek to limit the number of cities affected by switch-off in 2015.

According to the communications regulator Anatel, 724 cities could switch-off in 2015 to allow for the introduction of LTE services in the 700 MHz band. However, the government is seeking to only proceed with switch-off in those areas where it is necessary.

One or two analogue switch-off pilots in cities with at least 100,000 residents are expected to take place before the switch-off process begins.

Source: Ministry of Communications website

:: 16/08/2013

Serbia - ASO to be completed in 2014

According to the Deputy Prime Minister Rasim Ljajic, digital switchover should be completed by mid 2014. Initially, the process had been expected to be completed by June 2015.

In a recent meeting, the government confirmed the plans for the roll-out of the DTT platform. It is expected to reach 60% of the country by 1 October and 80% of the country by the end of the year.

Recently, the European Commission has called on the Serbian government to complete digital switchover. It has suggested that the recently vacated broadcast frequencies by the broadcaster TV Avala should be used to roll-out the DTT platform.

Source: Balkan.com

:: 06/08/2013

Kenya - Government announces ASO in Nairobi on 13 December

The government has announced the calendar for analogue switch-off with the process set to begin in Nairobi on 13 December.

It will be followed by switch-off in major urban centres, including Mombasa, Kisumu,Malindi, Nyeri, Meru, Webuye, Nakuru and Eldoret, on 30 March 2014. The process will be completed on 30 June 2014.

However, the government will likely face opposition from the consumer protection organisation Cofek which is expected to seek a court injunction against the switch-off. Last year, Cofek successfully challenged the government's plan to switch-off analogue services in Nairobi by 31 December 2012. It has since cooperated with the government but recently withdrew from the government-led Digital Television Committee.

Cofek has accused the government of not keeping its pledge that DTT set-top boxes were available for KES 3000 (EURO 25) .

Source: Daily Nation

:: 30/07/2013

Cote D'ivoire - ASO to be completed in June 2015

According to the head of the communications regulator HACA, Rene Bourgouin, digital switchover is set to be completed by June 2015.

He expects that new commercial services will launch after digital switchover is completed.

Source: Fratmat.info website

:: 30/07/2013

Australia - ASO completed in region of Darwin

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the region of Darwin on 30 July. This is the 12th region in the country to complete analogue switch-off.

A total of 47,500 households were affected by the switch-off in this region with most households having converted to digital well ahead of the deadline.

Eligible households in Darwin now have until 30 August to apply for the Government's Household Assistance Scheme.

Three more regions have yet to complete analogue switch-off. The next region will by Sydney on 3 December. It will be followed by the regions of Melbourne and Remote and Central Eastern Australia on 10 December.

The DTT platform provides access to 17 free-to-air television programme services.

Source: Government website

:: 26/07/2013

Belarus - ASO to begin on 1 August

Analogue switch-off is set to take place in the region of Osipovichi on 1 August.

The analogue services of the government owned broadcaster RTPS will be switched off.

In this region, viewers can access the free-to-air DTT platform which offers 8 television programme services. The DTT platform uses the DVB-T platform.

Source: Ministry of Communications

:: 26/07/2013

Hungary - First phase of ASO ready for 31 July

The DTT platform operator Antenna Hungaria has announced plans to extend DTT coverage to 25 new transmission sites by the end of the year.

The first phase of analogue switch-off is set to take place on 31 July. All viewers in the affected areas in the central part of the country can already access DTT services.

On 1 August, DTT services will launch from 6 low-power transmission sites followed by a further 19 sites in early November. Already, the DTT platform is available to 98% of the population.

The second and final phase of analogue switch-off will take place on 31 October. Antenna Hungaria estimates tht 1 million households will rely on the DTT platform once analogue switch-off is completed.

Source: Antenna Hungaria

:: 23/07/2013

Peru - ASO to take place earlier than officially announced

The government has announced that it expects to complete analogue switch-off earlier than previously announced.

This is due to the increase in penetration of television sets equipped with DTT tuner. The manufacturer Samsung has estimated that expects to increase its sales of digital television sets by 20% in 2013.

In the cities of Lima and Callao, analogue switch-off had been set to take place in the third quarter of 2020. However, the government now expects analogue switch-off in these two cities to take place earlier.

In the other parts of the country, the government had previously announced that switch-off would take place between 2022 and 2024. However, this date may be moved forward.

Peru has adopted the ISDB-T standard. Currently trial services in high-definition are available in Lima.

Source: El Commercio

:: 22/07/2013

Mexico - 205,000 households in Tijuana receive DSO support

According to the Secretary for Communications and Transportation (SCT) and the communications regulator COFETEL, over 205,000 households in Tijuana received support with digital switchover.

In the period between 31 May and 18 July, a total of 15,500 households requested a DTT installation of which 12,299 qualified to receive it. These households received a DTT set-top box as well as an antenna if necessary.

Households that did not qualify for the DTT installation either lived outside of the DTT zone or had already received a DTT set-top box during the trial period.

Prior to 31 May, 192,060 households received DTT support. This support was available to all households regardless of their economic status.

Analogue switch-off took place in Tijuana on 18 July.

Source: SCT website

:: 22/07/2013

Poland - ASO completed

Analogue switch-off has been completed in Poland. The last regions have now switched off their analogue terrestrial television services.

These services were switched off in the regions of Lower Silesian, Lublin Lubusz, Mazovia, Podlasie, and Warmia-Mazury. This was the seventh and final stage of the analogue switch-off process that began last November.

The analogue terrestrial television platform offered 7 television programme services from the public service broadcaster TVP (TVP1, TVP2, regional TVP service) and the commercial broadcasters Polsat, TVN, TV4, and TV Puls. The DTT platform offers services across three multiplexes.

Viewers can continue to access information from a telephone call center until 26 July.

Source: KRRiT website

:: 17/07/2013

Bulgaria - EC approves DTT help scheme for low-income households

The Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications (MTITC) has announced that the European Commission (EC) has approved its plan to assist low-income households as part of digital switchover.

Eligible households will receive a voucher that they will be able to exchange for a DTT set-top box. Vouchers are expected to be made available to households at the local offices of the Agency of Social Assistance.

To qualify for the voucher, households will need to complete a form confirming that they do not receive digital television services. The voucher is only available to qualifying low-income households.

The first phase of the voucher distribution will begin on 1 August. It will be available in the northern part of the country, the south central region as well as in the capital city Sofia. Approximately 124,000 households are estimated to qualify for a free DTT set-top box.
< br> Set-top boxes will be provided by Zora, Technopolis, and Oborishte. A tender is now open for the supply of an additional 86,000 set-top boxes for the southern and central regions.

Source: MTITC website

:: 12/07/2013

Mexico - Cofetel delays second phase of analogue switch-off

The communications regulator Cofetel has announced new dates for analogue switch-off during the second phase of the process.

Switch-off will take place in Ciudad Juárez, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, Matamoros and Monterrey on 29 May 2014. In Mexicali, analogue switch-off will take place on 26 November 2014.

Initially, analogue switch-off had been set to be completed by 26 November 2013. However, according to Cofetel, the delay is necessary due to budgetary issues. It has been distributing DTT set-top boxes to all households that rely onn the terrestrial television platform.

The first phase of analogue switch-off, in the city of Tijuana, is set to be completed on 18 July. However, thiis date had been twice delayed.

Source: Prensario Internacional

:: 10/07/2013

Paraguay - ASO postponed until 2024

The government has announced that digital switchover will be completed in 2024 which is two years later than had previously been announced.

Currently, the public service broadcaster TV Publica is undertaking a DTT trial which it started in 2011. No other services are yet available on the DTT platform. Services are expected to launch in the capital city Asuncion by 31 December 2014 and in the rest of the country by 2020.

The ISDB-T standard was selected for the DTT platform in 2010.

Source: Prensario Internacional

:: 04/07/2013

Hungary - Two-thirds of eligible households have received DSO support

On 31 July, the first phase of analogue switch-off will take place affecting 14 counties in the central part of the country.

Approximately 55,000 households have been identified as qualifying for support as part of the first phase of analogue switch-off. Of these households, two-thirds have already requested and received support.

Eligible households include those aged 70 or more who rely on the terrestrial platform for their primary television reception or those who receive social assistance.

Source: NMHH website

:: 01/07/2013

Hungary - Preparations underway for ASO at end of July

The DTT platform operator Antenna Hungary has announced that it is ready for the first phase of analogue switch-off set to take place on 31 July.

On 31 July, analogue switch-off will take place in the central part of the country, including the regions of Pest and Budapest. The second and final stage of analogue switch-off will take place in October.

Currently, the DTT platform is available to 98% of the population. The free-to-air DTT platform, MinDig TV, is used by over 350,000 households while the pay-DTT platform, MinDig TV Extra, has over 100,000 subscribers

Source: Antenna Hungaria website

:: 28/06/2013

Azerbaijian - ASO in Baku by end of 2013

The broadcast network operator Teleradio has announced plans to begin analogue switch-off this year.

The company plans to complete analogue switch-off in the capital city Baku by the end of the year. It will be followed by analogue switch-off in the cities of Gyandzha, Shirvan, Lyankyaran soon thereafter.

Source: Telecom Paper

:: 27/06/2013

Kenya calls for East African DSO alignment

At an East African Communication Organisation (EACO) meeting, the representative from Kenya called on members to align their digital switchover plans.

Nearly all countries had missed their EACO target analogue switch-off deadline of December 2012. The one exception has been Tanzania which has started the process in major urban areas.

According to Fred Matiang’i, the ICT cabinet secretary from Kenya, the EAC members could become a dumping ground for analogue equipment should they lag behind in completing analogue switch-off.

Source: The Nation

:: 27/06/2013

Russia - FAS blocks contract for MUX 2

The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has blocked the recent contract awarded to TD Communications Engineering by the broadcast network operator RTRS.

TD Communications had won a tender to build and deliver the second DTT multiplex. However, other unsuccessful bidders challenged the RTRS decision and brought the issue to the attention of the FAS.

According to the FAS, the price of the service provided by TD Communications Engineering was higher than that of other bidders. However, according to the RTRS, the price was not the most important criteria in the selection process.

As a next step, the FAS will review with tender process to confirm whether or not any irregularities have been committed in the award of the RTRS contract to TD Communications. This is expected to delay the roll-out of MUX 2.

Source: FAS website

:: 25/06/2013

Australia - ASO completed in Regional and Remote Western Australia

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the region of Western Australia which included remote parts of the country. Switch-off took place on 25 June.

The switch-off in this region affected 184,700 households receiving television services from 49 transmission sites. It is the 11th region in the country to complete the process.

Only four more regions have yet to complete analogue switch-off by the December 2013 deadline. The process will next take place in the region of Darwin on 30 July.

Source: Government press release

:: 22/06/2013

Kenya - Cofek to lead DSO steering committee

The government and the Consumer Federation of Kenya (Cofek) have signed an agreement that will facilitate digital switchover.

As part of their agreement, Cofek will chair the nine-member committee steering digital switchover. Other members of the committee include representatives of the government, the communications regulator CCK as well as broadcasters.

As a first step, this committee will develop the timetable for analogue switch-off across the country.

In return, Cofek has agreed to drop its two legal cases that sought to block analogue switch-off and to acquire representation on the board of the CCK. Previously, Cofek had successfully challenged the government's plans to complete analogue switch-off in Nairobil at the end of 2012.

In additional news, the pay-DTT service provider GOtv has expanded its services to the town of Nakuru. GOtv launched services two years ago and is currently available in the cities of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and Eldoret.

Source: All Africa

:: 17/06/2013

Romania - Government approves DSO plan

The government has approved the strategy for digital switchover. The process is set to be completed by 17 June 2015.

As a first step, the broadcast network operator SNR will extend the coverage of its DTT trial currently underway in Bucharest. This trial offers the services of the public service broadcaster and uses the DVB-T standard.

A public information campaign about digital switchover will begin in August.

As part of the strategy, four multiplexes using frequencies in the UHF band and one multiplex using frequencies in the VHF band will be available on a national level. Further regional and local multiplexes are also expected to be available although technical arrangements have not yet been confirmed. The DTT platform will use the DVB-T2 standard.

This digital switchover strategy was approved by the National Audiovisual Council (CNA) last May.

Source: Hot News

:: 15/06/2013

Brazil - ASO to begin in 2015

The Minister for Communications, Paulo Bernardo, has confirmed that analogue switch-off will take place by 2015 in the major urban centers.

This is earlier than previously announced. Initially, the government planned to begin the process in 2016.

Switch-off will start in Brasilia in March 2015, followed by São Paulo in April and Rio de Janeiro in May. The process will then take place in smaller municipalities.

Analogue switch-off will take place using a phased approach to ensure that there is a sufficient supply of receivers. It will be completed country-wide by 2018.

Source: NexTV LatAm

:: 14/06/2013

Mexico - Government panel discusses ASO difficulties in Tijuana

At a government hearing, the communications regulator Cofetel presented the status of digital switchover in Tijuana and the reasons for the difficulties encountered.

Tijuana is set to become the first city in Mexico to complete analogue switch-off. However, the process has been delayed twice. Initially, the process was set to be completed in March but was delayed until the end of May since an insufficient number of households had access to the DTT platform.

On 28 May, analogue televisions services were switched off. However, they were reinstated three days later in anticipation of elections in early July. The government did not want viewers to potential lose access to information in the period leading up to the elections. Analogue switch-off is now set to take place on 18 July.

Cofetel has recognised the expense and delays caused by the commissioning of a contract to distribute and install DTT receivers in homes. One Cofetel commissioner has instead proposed the distribution of coupons that consumers can redeem directly at stored when purchasing their DTT receivers.

Source: El Financiero

:: 10/06/2013

Zambia - Broadcasters reject government's proposed DSO plan

A group of 11 commercial broadcasters have addressed a letter to the Ministry of Information rejecting its proposed digital migration plan.

According to the broadcasters, they were not included in the development of the plan which fails to take into consideration their interests.

Most notably, the proposed plan does not explicate the policy regarding the establishment of DTT networks and whether it will be possible for commercial operators to do so. In addition, the broadcasters have called for the introduction of certain measures to help offset the cost of digital migration for viewers and broadcasters such as the waiver of tariffs on DTT transmission and receiving equipment.

The broadcasters having signed this letter include Muvi, Mobi, Chipata, Solwezi, CB, CBC, Prime TV, MyTV, Mangrova Limited, Juvan Limited and Tesla Transformers.

Source: ifex website

:: 10/06/2013

Poland - 6th phase of ASO to take place on 17 June

The sixth stage of analogue switch-off is set to take place on 17 June and impact 782 municipalities.

On this date, analogue terrestrial television services will be switched off in the areas of Białystok, Bieszczady, Dęblin, Kielce, Lublin, Olsztyn, Opoczno, Płock, Przemyśl, Siedlce, Suwałki and Zamość.

In addition, the coverage of the third DTT multiplex, MUX 3, will be expanded. The DTT platform currently offers access to 22 free-to-air television programme services. Analogue switch-off is set to be completed by July 2013.

Source: UKE website

:: 05/06/2013

Serbia - EU criticises slow pace of switchover

The European Union (EU), through its representative in Serbia has criticized the country for its delay in completing digital switchover.

According to the EU, digital switchover is long overdue and risks further delay by upcoming plans to auction frequencies. The EU has given funding to Serbia to help with digital switchover.

The EU is threateningto withdraw up to EUR 8 million that had been set aside for DTT transmission equipment. However, according to the State Secretary for Telecommunications Stefan Lazarevic, this is unlikely as the equipment is soon to be installed.

DTT roll-out began on a trial basis in early 2012 using the DVB-T2 standard.

Source: Telecom Paper

:: 04/06/2013

Macedonia (fyr) - ASO completed on 1 June

Analogue switch-off was completed as planned on 1 June. All analogue terrestrial services were switched off on a single day.

As part of the process, the government made available 40,000 DTT receivers to low-income households. The DTT platform operator, One, was also extensively involved in the digital switchover process.

DTT is the largest television platform, accounting for nearly 50% of primary television sets in households.

The DTT platform offers 8 free-to-air television programme services on a national level and 30 regional services. The pay-DTT platform, operated by One under the brand name Boom TV, offers 45 television services.

Source: Screen Digest

:: 31/05/2013

Mexico - ASO delayed in Tijuana

The Comisión Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Cofetel) has announced that analogue switch-off will be delayed in the city of Tijuana until 18 July.

Switch-off has been set to take place on 28 May. However, because of upcoming elections in early July, Cofetel has agreed to delay the switch-off until the elections are completed.

It is estimated that 14,000 households that rely on terrestrial television do not yet have a DTT receiver.

This is the second time that analogue switch-off has been delayed in Tijuana. Initially, the process was expected to take place in March. It is the first city in Mexico that is to complete analogue switch-off.

Source: CNN Mexico

:: 28/05/2013

Macedonia (fyr) - Government confirms that ready for ASO

In a joint press conference, the DTT platform operator One and government officials confirmed preparedness for the upcoming switch-off of analogue terrestrial television services and the launch of the DTT platform.

One 1 June, the existing analogue platform offering 5 national television services will be replaced by the DTT platform. Currently, a DTT trial is underway in 4 regions that include the cities of Tetovo, Ohrid, and Prilep.

Viewers will have access to up to 60 national, regional and local television services.

In addition, the public service broadcaster is planning to launch an HD service by the end of the summer. The platform operator expects that other broadcasters will also offer HD services.

Approximately 15% of the population relies on the terrestrial platform for the reception of their primary television services.

Source: Government website

:: 28/05/2013

Australia - ASO completed in Brisbane

The region of Brisbane has become the tenth region in Australia to complete digital switchover. This region also includes the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.

Switch-off took place at 9am on 28 May with most households opting for the free-to-air DTT platform, known as Freeview, which offers 17 free-to-air television programme services, including some in high-definition.

Eligible households in the Brisbane region can apply for the government's Household Assistance Scheme and Satellite Subsidy Scheme which will also remain open until 28 June 2013.

Brisbane is the largest region to complete digital switchover thus far with its 1.19 million households. A total of 5 million households have completed the process nationwide.

Regional and Remote Western Australia is the next region to undertake switchover on 25 June. The process is set to be completed by December 2013.

Source: Ministry press release

:: 23/05/2013

Macedonia (fyr) - 40,000 DTT receivers available to low-income households

The government has announced that it will make 40,000 DTT set-top boxes available to qualifying households.

Low-income households who receive government aid will be eligible to receive a set-top box and can apply for one at a Social Centre.

Analogue switch-off is set to take place nationwide on 1 June.

Source: Ekonomski website

:: 20/05/2013

Poland - Fifth stage of ASO completed

The fifth stage of analogue switch-off is set to be completed on 20 May. It will affect 12 million viewers.

According to the National Broadcasting Council (KKRiT), analogue transmitters covering areas in Białogardzie, Bydgoszczy, Kaliszu, Katowicach, Koninie, Koszalinie, Krakow, Lęborku, Łodz, Pile, Słupsku and Świnoujściu will be switched off.

This will allow for the increase in coverage of the third DTT multiplex which has been allocated to the public service broadcaster TVP.

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed in July 2013.

Source: KKRiT

:: 17/05/2013

Mexico - ASO delayed in five cities along the US border

The communications regulator Cofetel has announced a delay to the planned switch-off of analogue services in Baja California.

The switch-off in five cities, Mexicali, Reynosa, Monterrey, Ciudad Juárez and Nuevo Laredo, had been set to take place on 26 November. No new date has been proposed.

However, Cofetel has delayed the switch-off due to a lack of resources to help households convert to the DTT platform. It estimates that analogue switch-off in these areas will cost between $150-130 million.

Analogue switch-off in the city of Tijuana is set to take place on 28 May. It had initially been planned for March.

Source: CNN Expansion

:: 01/05/2013

Macedonia (fyr) - ASO confirmed for 1 June

The head of the Broadcasting Council, Zoran Trajcevski, has confirmed that analogue switch-off will take place as planned on 1 June.

At this stage, the legal and technical issues have been resolved.

Only one issue remains of dispute; the amount that broadcasters will need to pay the DTT platform operator One for the transmission of their services. Trance ski has suggested that the proposed pricing plan should be reviewed in one year's time.

Approximately 15% of the population rely on the terrestrial television platform for their primary television services and will need to convert to the DTT platform. The government will make 40,000 set-top boxes available for low-income households.

Source: Ekonomski website

:: 30/04/2013

Poland - Fifth phase of ASO to be completed on 20 May

The fifth phase of analogue switch-off is set to take place on 20 May as per the calendar developed by the government.

During this phase, a total of 12 cities will be affected by the switch-off. In addition, it will allow for the further roll out of MUX 3. Cities affected include Krakow, Lodz, and Bialogard.

Two further analogue switch-off phases will take place in June and July affecting the remaining 16 areas.

Source: Emitel website

:: 27/04/2013

Brazil - ASO delayed until 2018

The Ministry of Communications has updated the digital switchover plan and set 2018 for the completion of analogue switch-off.

The delay has been caused by technical difficulties anticipated in the cities of Campinas, Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro.

The Ministry has also confirmed plans to provide support to low-income families for the acquisition of DTT receivers. Funding available could vary between US$ 250 million to 2 billion depending on the number of qualifying households. The funding could be sourced from the revenue generated by the government's auction of frequencies in the 700 MHz band or directly from mobile telecom operators.

This revised plan has been sent to the government for its approval.

Source: Next TV Latam

:: 22/04/2013

Liberia - DSO to be completed by June 2015

The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications has issued its strategic plan for digital switchover. The process is set to e completed by June 2015.

The DTT platform is set to launch in June 2013 when both analogue and digital terrestrial television services will broadcast simultaneously. Analogue switch-off will be completed by 17 June 2015.

As a next step, the government is set to issue its policy and regulatory framework for digital switchover.

The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications has also called on government agencies and the private sector to support the National Digital Migration Special Task Team. Members include the Ministries of Post and Telecommunications, Finance and Commerce, the Liberia Telecommunications Authority, the public service broadcaster as well as commercial broadcasters.

Source: All Africa

:: 20/04/2013

Macedonia (fyr) - DSO information campaign begins

The DTT platform operator, One, and the Broadcasting Council have begun a digital switchover tour.

As part of the tour, representatives from One and the Broadcasting Council will visit the larger towns to inform viewers about the upcoming switch-off of the analogue terrestrial television platform.

The tour began on 17 April in the town of Shtip. Analogue switch-off is set to be completed on 1 June.

Source: Telecom Paper

:: 19/04/2013

Uganda - ASO to take place in Kampala in June

The Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) has announced that its digital switchover plans are on track.

The process will begin in the city of Kampala and its surrounding region. Equipment is currently being installed to allow for the launch of free-to-air DTT services and the switch off of analogue services by the end of June.

However, delays are possible and have occurred in the pat. Previously, the UCC had announced plans to complete digital switchover in Kampala by December 2012 which it later delayed until April 2013.

In addition, the pay-DTT service provider StarTimes has announced that it will increase the price for its subscription services citing an increase in operational costs. It is the largest pay-DTT service operator with 130,000 subscribers at the end of 2012.

Source: Biz Tech Africa

:: 18/04/2013

Zambia - ASO plans delayed until next year

Plans to begin switching off analogue terrestrial television services in parts of the country have been postponed until next year.

According to the government, the delay is due to logistic problems but did not specify further.

SADAC had recommended that its members complete analogue switch off by the end of 2013.

Source: Daily Monitor

:: 17/04/2013

Namibia - On track to complete ASO by end of year

According to the Minister of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), Joel Kaapanda, Namibia is on track to complete analogue switch-off by the end of the year.

This follows a decision by the MICT to provide the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) with N$411 million to help finance digital switchover. For the past two years, changes have been made to transmission sites to allow for the launch of the DTT platform. Last December, a national DTT trial began.

The country uses the DVB-T2 standard which is the standard recommended by the Southern African Development Community (SADAC).

SADAC has also recommended that its members complete analogue switch-off by December 2013. However, to achieve this goal, the minister from Namibia, Joel Kaapanda, called on regional broadcasters to propose a digital switchover roadmap. He also called on Member-States to review the current status of digital switchover and determine what must be accomplished to meet the analogue switch-off deadline.

Source: New Era

:: 16/04/2013

Montenegro - DTT to launch by end of summer

The installation of DTT transmission equipment is set to be completed by the end of the summer. This will allow for the launch of the DTT platform to commence.

The DTT platform will launch progressively by region (North, South and Central) and be followed by a six month simulcast period. Thereafter analogue services will be switched off. DTT receivers are expected to cost €50-60 although the price is expected to decrease.

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed in 2015.

Source: Serbia Times

:: 16/04/2013

Australia - ASO completed in Perth

Perth and its surrounding region have completed analogue switch-off on 16 April.

All analogue television services were switched off at 9am, making it the first region on the west coast to complete the process. Over 722,000 households were affected by the switch-off.

Since the beginning of the analogue switch-off process, nine regions have completed the process and over 3.7 million households have been affected.

Brisbane is the next region that will undertake the process. Analogue switch-off is set to be completed by the end of the year.

Source: Ministry website

:: 12/04/2013

Poland - Fourth phase of ASO on 22-23 April

The Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) has announced the fourth phase of analogue switch-off which will take place on 22-23 April.

On this date, the analogue signals from the transmission sites at Częstochowa, Gorlice, Kłodzko, Opole, Rabka, Szczawnica, Tarnów, Wrocław and Zakopane will be switched off. Simultaneously, the third DTT multiplex will be switched on.

This phase of switch-off will impact 379 municipalities in the provinces of Lower Silesia, Opole, Silesia, Lodz, Kielce, Malopolska, and Wielkopolska Podkarpackie. However, some towns in these provinces may have difficulty accessing the third DTT multiplex given the mountainous terrain. As a result, DTT gap fillers will be added.

The analogue switch-off process began last November and is set to be completed in July 2013.

Source: UKE website

:: 11/04/2013

Belarus - Government issues DSO plan

The Ministry of Communications and Information has issued its plans for digital switchover which it plans to complete by 2015.

The DTT platform launched in 2005 and is currently available to 95.65% of the population. It offers one multiplex with 8 television and 1 radio programme services.

Coverage roll out is expected to be completed in 2013. Since 1 January, it is no longer possible to import receivers that do not include an MPEG-4 AVC / DVB-T tuner.

Source: TUT.by

:: 09/04/2013

Australia - ASO completed in Tasmania

The region of Tasmania is the eighth region in the country to have completed analogue switch-off.

At 9am on 9 April, all analogue terrestrial television services were switched off. This process has affected over 207,000 households across the region. In addition, 9,900 households in the region have benefited from the government's assistance programme.

Across Australia, over 3 million households have completed digital switchover. The process is set to be completed by December 2013. Perth will be the next region to undertake analogue switch-off.

The DTT platform offers viewers access to 17 free-to-air television programme services.

Source: Ministry website

:: 05/04/2013

Tanzania - Second phase of ASO delayed

The government has announced that it would delay the second phase of analogue switch-off which would have affected 14 regions.

This decision follows an agreement between the Parliament and the government.

The delay was decided in order to allow time to access the impact the first phase of analogue switch-off. The first phase, which began on 31 December 2012 in Dar es Salaam, is set to be completed at the end of April in Mbeya.

Some broadcasters had been critical of the process and had called for a return to analogue television.

Source: Daily News

:: 05/04/2013

Mexico - ASO in Tijuana delayed until 28 May

The Federal Telecommunications Commission (Cofetel) has announced that it will postpone analogue switch-off in the city of Tijuana.

Switch-off will now take place on 28 May. Initially, it had been set to take place on 16 April.

The delay is due to a lack of information on the the number of households that have converted to digital television. Current regulation requires that 90% of all households using the analogue terrestrial platform must have switched to digital television before switch-off can proceed.

Teletec, the company commissioned to install DTT receivers and antennas in households, had announced that it had installed equipment in 191,000 homes.

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed nationwide in 2015.
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Source: Cofetel website

:: 02/04/2013

Vietnam - ASO to be completed by 2020

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed by 2020 with the process to take place in the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City by 2015.

In addition, coverage will be expanded to reach 60% of the population. Ultimately, it will reach 80% of the population by 2020.

Analogue switch-off will take place in four phases starting in 2015. Other phases will take place in 2016, 2018, and finally in 2020.

The government plans to introduce legislation requiring manufacturers to include a DTT tuner in all televisions sets sold. In addition, the government has announced that it will help 2 million households acquire DTT receivers.

The platform uses the DVB-T2 standard. Currently, pay-DTT services are available in Hanoi.

Source: Asia-Pacific Broadcasting

:: 02/04/2013

Australia - ASO completed in Adelaide

The region of Adelaide in the south western part of the country has completed analogue switch-off on 2 April. The process was completed at 9hr in the morning.

It is estimated that 560,000 households in the region have switched to digital television. Adelaide is the seventh region in the country to complete analogue switch-off. The process is set to be completed by the end of the year. The DTT platform offers 17 free-to-air television programme services using the DVB-T standard.

The regions of Tasmania and Perth Re next to complete analogue switch-off.

Source: Ministry of Communications website

:: 01/04/2013

Macedonia (fyr) - Regional and local broadcasters warn of digital switchover costs

The Association of Private Media has raised its concerns about the economic costs of digital switchover for regional and local broadcasters.

The costs associated with digital switchover may force many small broadcasters to shut down. Local broadcasters may not have sufficient funds to transition to digital by the time analogue switch-off is completed in June 2013.

According to the regulatory framework, the 70 regional and local broadcasters will each need to pay €20,000 annually for the transmission of their services on the DTT platform as well as an additional €10,000 for digital equipment. National broadcasters will pay €150,000 annually. However, only five of 77 broadcasters reported a profit at the end of 2012.

The network operator One will operate the DTT platform. Analogue switch-off is set to take place on 1 June 2013.

Source: Balkan Insight

:: 28/03/2013

Tanzania - Next ASO phase on 31 March

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has announced the next phase of analogue switch-off.

On 31 March, analogue terrestrial television services in Kilimanjaro and Arusha will be switched off. In preparation, 50,000 receivers have been sold in Arusha.

It will be followed by analogue switch-off in the Southern Mbeya region by the end of April.

Analogue switch-off was completed in the capital city Dar es Salaam on 31 December 2012 and in Tanga, Dodoma and Mwanza in early 2013.

Source: Human IPO

:: 25/03/2013

Serbia - ASO delayed until 2015

The government has announced that it will delay the completion of analogue switch-off until June 2015.

This follows recent statements that several milestones in the digital switchover process have not been reached.

The government has also announced that the broadcast network operator Emisiona Tehnia i Veze must issue all public tenders for the procurement of DTT equipment by September.

Source: SeeNews

:: 24/03/2013

Venezuela - ASO to be completed by 2020

The free-to-air DTT platform is currently available to 50.5% of the population and accessed by 126,000 households.

The government plans to increase DTT coverage in the coming years with services to be made available to 60.5% of the population in 2013 and to 70% of the population by 2014.

While it is not known how many services will be available on the DTT platform, the government has confirmed that it will be more than the 5 television services currently available on the analogue terrestrial platform.

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed by 2020.

Source: Informe 21

:: 19/03/2013

Hungary - ASO to be completed by 31 October

The National Media and Communications Authority (NMHH) has announced that it plans to complete analogue switch-off in 2013.

The process will take place in two phases with the first phase to be completed by 31 July and affect the central part of the country. The second phase of switch-off will be completed by 31 October and affect the remainder of the country.

While the NMHH will lead the process, it will work together with local governments, broadcasters, non-profit organisations, broadcasters and network operators.

Subsidies will also be made available to low-income households who will be able to claim up to HUF 25,000 (€80).

Source: NMHH website

:: 14/03/2013

Hungary - Cable providers to ensure viewers receive ASO information

The National Media and Communications Authority has signed a cooperation agreements with the Cable Communications Association and the Cable & Telecommunications Association to provide support for digital switchover.

Both Associations will ensure that that households subscribing to cable services receive accurate information about digital switchover. Viewers will learn about the benefits of digital television and what they need to do to access digital content.

Source: NMHH website

:: 12/03/2013

Tanzania - TCRA refuses to go back on ASO

Following the complaints of broadcasters regarding analogue switch-off in the capital city Dar es Salaam, the communications regulator has confirmed that it will not revert to analogue.

Broadcasters had complained that the first phase of switch-off in Dar es Salaam on 31 December 2012 had resulted in the loss of television services for approximately 10% of households. They called for a longer simulcast period and financial support for viewers.

However, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) confirmed that the analogue terrestrial platform would not be switched back on. However, it agreed to organise a conference to discuss the issues raised by broadcasters.

Source: The Citizen

:: 11/03/2013

Tanzania - Broadcasters call for return of analogue television

Broadcasters are calling for the return of analogue terrestrial television services in Dar es Salaam following the switch off on 31 December 2012.

According to the Media Owners Association of Tanzania (Moat), analogue switch off has resulted in the loss of television services to about 10% of households who do not have the means to purchase a DTT receiver.

Analogue switch-off is currently underway throughout the country alongside the launch of the DTT platform. However, Moat would like a longer simulcast period of analogue and digital services as well as financial support to help viewers make the transition.

Some have questioned Moat's position as the organization has been involved in the switchover process since it began in 2006 and had never raised its concerns in the past.

Source: The Citizen

:: 11/03/2013

Poland - Next ASO phase to affect 5.7 million residents

The Ministry of Administration and Digitalisation has acknowledged the difficulty with the next phase of analogue switch-off.

On 19 March, 346 communities will switch-off analogue terrestrial television services. This will affect 5.7 million residents, including in the capital city Warsaw.

To help ensure that coverage is available to all viewers, including those in remote areas, the government has allocated ZLN 31 million (€7.4 million) to this phase of the switchover process. As a result, an additional 650,000 viewers will be able to access the DTT platform. Funding will also be used for the roll-out of the third DTT multiplex.

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed in July 2013. The process began in November 2012.

Source: Ministry of Aministration and Digitalisation

:: 07/03/2013

Poland - ASO in Warsaw on 19 March

The next phase of analogue switch-pff is set to take place on 19 March.

The analogue terrestrial services of the public service broadcaster TVP, POLSAT, TVN, TV4 and TV PULS will be switched off in the areas of Elblag, Rzeszow, Szczecin, Warsaw and Wisla.

This is the third phase in an analogue switch-off process that began in November 2012. The process is set to be completed in July 2013.

Source: KRRiT

:: 28/02/2013

New Zealand - Freeview used by 52% of homes

According to the latest Digital Tracker Report, the free-to-air digital television platform, Freeview, was used by 52% of all television households at the end of January.

This is an increase of 4 percentage points compared with the end of October 2012 when Freeview was used by 48% of households.

In 2012, 500,000 Freeview receivers were sold. Already, receiver sales are up 96% compared with the previous year.

The Freeview platform includes both free-to-air DTT as well as free-to-air satellite.

Source: Freeview NZ website

:: 22/02/2013

Zambia - Government sets up DSO Taskforce

The government has announced the formation of the national taskforce on digital migration.

This new taskforce is comprised of 11 members and will be chaired by the head of Zamtel, the country's leading telecom company. it is tasked with updating the current digital switchover roadmap with the involvement from key stakeholders.

The South African Development Community (SADAC) of which Zambia is a member, has recommended that member-states complete digital switchover by 31 December 2014. This is also the analogue switch-off date selected by Zambian authorities.

Source: Lusaka Times

:: 18/02/2013

Portugal - Anacom and Social Security to target eligible DTT help scheme recepients

ANACOM has announced that it is working together with the government's Social Security office (Segurança Social) to ensure that eligible households are aware of the DTT aid scheme.

Under the terms of the aid scheme, households where an individual is aged 65 or over and earns less than €500 per month can apply to receive support with the conversion of their television reception equipment from analogue to digital.

Anacom estimates that approximately 200,000 individuals are still eligible for the programme and have not yet applied. As a result, Segurança Social will send information to the targeted households and provide support in the completion of the documentation.

Applications must be completed by 26 April 2013 which is exactly one year since the completion of analogue switch-off.

Source: Anacom website

:: 18/02/2013

Kenya - Analogue switch-off on 15 September in Nairobi

Analogue switch-off is set to take place on 15 September in Nairobi. This follows an agreement between the consumer federation Cofek and the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK)

Initially, analogue switch-off in Nairobi was to take place on 31 December 2012. However, Cofek challenged this decision and received an injunction until both parties could agree to a new switch-off date. According to Cofek, viewers were not sufficiently prepared for switch-off on 31 December 2012 which threatened to leave thousands of households without television services.

Under the terms of the agreement between CCK and Cofek, the CCK will help reduce the cost of digital receivers by increasing the number of authorized vendors. The government is also considering to provide receiver subsidies.

In addition, the CCK will undertake an information campaign to inform viewers about digital switchover.

Source: Cofek website

:: 17/02/2013

Mexico - 100,000 DTT households in Tijuana

According to the Federal Commission for Telecommunications (Cofetel), 100,000 households access the DTT platform in the city of Tijuana.

Tijuana will begin the analogue switch-off process in Mexico when it undertakes switch-off on 16 April. However, switch-off will only take place if 90% of analogue households have converted to digital television.

Last November, Cofetel appointed the company Teletec to help with digital switchover in Tijuana. Teletec announced in early February that it had already installed 48,000 DTT receivers.

Analogue switch-off is expected to be completed throughout the country by December 2015.

Source: Informador website

:: 04/02/2013

DigiTAG issues new Guide on Digital Switchover

DigiTAG, the only broadcast industry organisation promoting digital terrestrial television (DTT) and protecting broadcast spectrum for broadcasters, has published a new guide on digital switchover.

This guide provides a comprehensive overview of the key regulatory, business, and technical issues that must be addressed for a successful digital switchover process. It also explores strategies for analogue switch-off as well as some of the key topics national administrations will need to consider in the next few years such as the allocation of the digital dividend, spectrum sharing and the impact of mobile broadband services on the DTT platform.

Nearly all countries around the world have adopted a DTT standard and are now preparing to launch DTT services. Lessons can already be learned from countries that have completed the transition from analogue to digital terrestrial television. Most notably, successful transitions have allowed the terrestrial television platform to expand its service offering to viewers, thereby encouraging an initial market-led transition to digital technology.

"The status of digital switchover varies around the world. This new DigiTAG Guide seeks to help those countries beginning the process learning from the experiences of those countries having completed switchover," noted Lieven Vermaele, President of DigiTAG and Director of Technology and Innovation at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

"The new DigiTAG Guide also provides insight into the frequency management issues that national administrations will need to consider over the next few years. National administrations must provide clarity on their plans for the use of UHF spectrum and how the decisions they make will impact the DTT platform. It is only with the guarantee of continued spectrum availability that it will be possible for broadcast service providers to invest in the future development of the DTT platform. The coming years will provide many new opportunities and challenges on the DTT platform. To succeed in the long-term, the DTT platform must retain its flexibility and agility."

But the completion of digital switchover does not signify that digital migration is completed. The DTT platform continues to evolve as new services and technologies are developed. There is also pressure on broadcast spectrum as frequencies traditionally reserved for broadcast television services, in the UHF band (470 MHz to 862 MHz) and the VHF band (173 MHz to 230 MHz), are being reconsidered. DigiTAG is the organisation which promotes DTT and works towards harmonising the DTT standard now and in the future. Its remit has also recently changed to become the body through which broadcasters and the DTT industry can work together to protect broadcast spectrum.

Source: DigiTAG Guide

:: 18/01/2013

Australia - Tasmania to complete ASO on 9 April

The government has announced that eligible households can now apply for the government's assistance schemes for digital television in Tasmania.

The Household Assistance Scheme and Satellite Subsidy Scheme are now available for eligible households.

Over 200,000 households will be affected by the switch-off of analogue terrestrial television services on 9 April. Already, 91% of households in Tasmania have converted to digital TV.

Tasmania will be the eighth region in Australia to complete digital switchover.

Source: Digital Ready website

:: 16/01/2013

Australia - Early ASO in Lancelin, Nilgen and Karakin

Analogue switch-off is set to take place in Lancelin, Nilgen and Karakin on 17 January.

This switch-off date is earlier than in other areas in the region of Perth because the transmission site serving Lancelin, Nilgen and Karakin cannot simultaneously offer television services in analogue and digital. The switch-off will allow services to be available exclusively in digital.

Other areas in the region of Perth will switch-off analogue services on 16 April.

Source: Hills Gazette

:: 16/01/2013

Mexico - Tijuana to complete ASO on 16 April

Analogue switch-off is set to begin in the northern city of Tijuana on 16 April.

This will be the first phase of a process that will take place across 4 phases scheduled until November 2015.

The second phase will take place in November 2013 in the areas of Mexicali, CD Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, Matamoros, and Monterrey.

The communications regulator Cofetel has announced that digital switchover will cost $1 billion which is less than the $1.34 billion previously estimated. This is due to the decreasing price of DTT receivers.

The government will spend $167 million for its analogue switch-off projects in 2013.

The DTT platform uses the ATSC standard.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 16/01/2013

ASEAN members to complete ASO between 2015 - 2020

ASEAN members have agreed to complete digital switchover by 2020.

ASEAN ministers responsible for information and communication agreed to adopt a phased approach toward analogue switch off which will take place between 2015 and 2020.

The Ministers also endorsed the Guidelines for ASEAN Digital Switch-Over which serves as a shared blueprint to aid Member States with digital switchover. It is based on the best practices of various ASEAN Member States.

Source: Pattaya Mail

:: 14/01/2013

Belarus - ASO to begin in August

Analogue switch-off is set to begin in August in the eastern part of the country.

Switch-off will take place in in Osipovichi in the Mogilev region followed by a switch-off in the Zhlobin region in the south-eastern part of the country. The Mogilev region will complete analogue switch-off by the end of the year.

The DTT platform is currently available to 95% of the population and will reach 97.1% of the population by the end of the year with the addition of 11 new transmitters. A further 23 transmitters are expected to be added in 2014.

The government also plans to launch a low-power DTT network offering regional television services as well as a new public broadcast service to be known as Belarus 3.

Source: Digital TV Europe

:: 09/01/2013

Portugal - ASO Help programme extended

The communications regulator Anacom has extended the ASO help programme. It had been set to end on 31 December 2012.

As a result, eligible households will be able to apply for subsidies until 26 April 2013. This date is exactly one year after the completion of analogue switch-off.

Subsidies are available to help households purchase a DTT receiver or to install a satellite receiver should DTT reception not be possible.

The ASO Help programme is managed by the DTT network operator PT Comunicações.

Source: Anacom website

:: 05/01/2013

South Korea - ASO completed nationwide

Analogue switch-off has been completed in South Korea on 31 December 2012.

The DTT platform launched in 1997 using the ATSC standard. It is available to 99.7% of the population and offers broadcast services in high-definition.

Source: Content + Technology magazine

:: 03/01/2013

Tanzania - ASO completed in Dar es Salaam

Analogue switch-off has begun with the switch-off of the analogue terrestrial platform in its largest city, Dar es Salaam.

Switch-off will take place in different phases between the months of February and April.

The DTT platform offers viewers access to 5 free-to-air and 7 pay television programme services. Tanzania is the first country of the five Member-States of Eastern African Community to have launched its DTT platform.

Tanzania is set to complete analogue switch-off by 31 December 2013.

Source: The Citizen

:: 28/12/2012

Slovakia - ASO to be completed on 31 December 2012

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed nationwide on 31 December 2012.

The analogue terrestrial services for the commercial broadcaster TV Markíza as well as several regional and local broadcast services will be switched off.

Viewers can currently access television programme services on two DTT multiplexes. The first multiplex, offering services from the public service broadcaster STV, is available to 97.7% of the population while the second multiplex, offering commercial DTT services, is available to 95.6% of the population.

The DTT platform officially launched in 2009 while trial services had begun in 2004. STV completed the switch-off of its analogue services in 2011.

Source: Ministry website

:: 24/12/2012

Montenegro - DTT launch to take place in 2013

The DTT platform is set to launch in 2013. The first DTT multiplex (MUX 1) will launch and provide services from the public service broadcaster.

The tender for commercial services on MUX 1 will also take place.

In addition, the Agency for Electronic Media has confirmed that analogue switch-off has been postponed until June 2015. Previously, analogue switch-off had been set to be completed by the end of 2012.

Source: Telecom Paper

:: 21/12/2012

Kenya - Planned ASO in Nairobi put on hold

The High Court has agreed to temporarily suspend the planned switch-off of analogue terrestrial services in Nairobi.

Switch-off had been set to take place on 31 December, however, the Consumer Federation of Kenya (Cofek) has legally challenged the planned migration. As a result, the High Court has decided to suspend temporarily the switch-off until 11 January when it will make an official ruling.

According to Cofek, the planned switch-off in Nairobi does not give residents sufficient time to prepare. In addition, Cofek argues that the economic challenges facing Kenyans make the purchase of a DTT set-top box burdensome and that the upcoming general elections require that all Kenyans have uninterrupted access to television services.

Source: The Star

:: 21/12/2012

Serbia - ASO to be completed by June 2015

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and Domestic Trade and Telecommunications, Rasim Ljajic, has confirmed that analogue switch-off will be completed by June 2015.

In addition, Ljajic noted that the roll-out of the DTT platform is a priority for the government. An update on the platform roll-out and usage is expected to be published in early 2013.

In addition, the European Commission, through its representative in Serbia Vincent Degers, has confirmed that it will continue to provide financial support to help Serbia complete digital switchover by June 2015.

Source: Telecom Paper

:: 19/12/2012

Portugal - Anacom calls for extension to ASO help programme

The communications regulator Anacom is calling for an extension to the government's programme to help eligible viewers migrate to digital television.

The help programme is set to end on 31 December 2012. However, Anacom would like to extend the programme until 26 April 2013. This corresponds to one full year following the completion of analogue switch-off.

Should this proposal be approved, Anacom plans to put in place an information campaign so that qualified viewers can apply for the help programme.

Source: Jornal de Negocios

:: 11/12/2012

Hungary - NMHH publishes map for digital switchover

The National Media and Communications Authority (NMHH) has issued its regional map for the implementation of digital switchover.

The country has been divided into 6 distinct regions for switchover. Service providers in each region are requested to provide the NMHH with the list of their service offerings so that they can participate in digital switchover.

This list of services will be made available to households as they prepare for analogue switch-off.

Source: NMHH website

:: 10/12/2012

Kenya - Consumer group opposes ASO in Nairobi at end of 2012

Opposition is mounting against plans to switch-off analogue terrestrial television services in the capital city Nairobi.

Switch-off is planned to take place on 31 December 2012.

However, according to the Consumers Federation of Kenya (Cofek), the switch-off is abrupt and irrational. Cofek believes that it could result in the loss of services on 1.5 million television sets not equipped with a DTT tuner since many viewers do not have the financial means to purchase a DTT set-top box.

Source: Business Daily

:: 10/12/2012

Australia - ASO to take place in Brisbane on 28 May

Analogue switch-off is set to take place in the region of Brisbane on 28 May.

Analogue switch-off will affect 1.1 million households in the areas of Brisbane, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, and Gympie.

The government is encouraging eligible households to apply for the Household Assistance Scheme which is now open. This Scheme provides and installs a high definition set top box. Currently, the Department of Human Services is writing to eligible residents in the Brisbane switchover region to invite them to apply.

The DTT platform offers access to 17 free-to-air television programme services. Analogue switch-off is set to be completed nationwide by the end of 2013.

Source: Ministry of Communications website

:: 06/12/2012

Lithuania - 15,000 households lost TV services following ASO

According to the pay-DTT platform operator TEO, 15,000 households were not prepared for analogue switch-off when it took place on 28-29 October.

These households, representing 1.2% of all television households, lost television services as a result of switch-off. However, they may have since purchased the necessary digital receivers.

In addition, 5% of households (approximately 60,000 households) were not fully prepared for the switch-off. They had at least one television set that was not equipped for digital reception.

As a comparison, less than 1% of households (0.5%) were not prepared for analogue switch-off when the process took place in Estonia in 2010.

This information has been provided by TEO based on a survey in commissioned to RAIT in November.

Source: TEO website

:: 30/11/2012

United Kingdom - Digital UK publishes final report on digital switchover process

Digital UK has published its final report on the digital switchover process in the United Kingdom.

This report provides an overview of the process, including the engineering challenges, viewer experiences and details of the help scheme.

The process began in 1999 when a member of Parliament, Chris Smith, suggested a digital switchover. In 2005, the first analogue switch-off trial took place at the Ferryside transmitter in Wales.

Analogue switch-off officially began in 2008 and finished in October 2012.

Source: Digital UK report

:: 27/11/2012

Australia - ASO completed in northern New South Wales

Analogue switch-off has been completed in northern New South Wales at 9 am on 27 November.

This has affected more than 550,000 households. In this region, viewers can access 17 television programme services on the free-to-air DTT platform Freeview.

The Household Assistance Scheme has provided help to 15,000 in the northern New South Wales region. Overall, around 100,000 households across the country.

Analogue switch-off has been underway region-by-region since 2010. Already, 2.1 million households have completed the process across six regions.

Source: Herald Sun

:: 26/11/2012

Poland - ASO set to take place in Gdansk and Poznan on 28 November

After the successful completion of analogue switch-off in Lubusz, the process is set to continue in Pomerania and Wielkopolska on 28 November.

Specifically, analogue switch-off will affect the cities of Poznan and Gdansk as well as the surrounding regions.

This switch-off will enable an increase in the coverage of the DTT platform. The transmission parameters of existing transmission sites will be changed while new low-power transmission sites will be launched.

On 7 November, analogue switch-off took place in Lubusz where, according to the public service broadcaster TVP, most households were prepared.

Source: TVP website

:: 23/11/2012

Hungary - 57000 households eligible for DSO aid programme

The communications regulator NMHH has announced its has provided support to two-thirds of eligible households for its digital switchover aid programme.

A total of 57,000 households are eligible for the Digital Transition Grant Programme.

Currently, 570,000 households rely on the analogue terrestrial platform for their primary television services. In addition, a further 100,000 households that have converted their primary television to the DTT platform have a secondary television set connected to the analogue platform.

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed by the end of 2014.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 22/11/2012

Uganda - StarTimes calls for improved DSO information campaign

The pay-DTT operator StarTimes is calling on the government to step up its digital switchover information campaign.

The campaign has been led by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) which has been placing ads on billboards informing viewers to get ready for the transition. However, according to StarTimes, the campaign could be improved if viewers were informed about the benefits of digital switchover.

In addition, StarTimes has suggested that advertisements could be placed on radio and television.

Analogue switch-off is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.

Source: IT News Africa

:: 21/11/2012

Brazil - Government to discuss moving forward ASO

The Minister of Communications, Paulo Bernardo, is planning to discuss the timetable for analogue switch-off with President Dilma Rousseff.

Analogue switch-off is set to take place in 2016. However, the Minister of Communications is proposing to move the date forward to 2014 and 2015 in some areas.

By moving the date of analogue switch-off forward, the 700 MHz band can be allocated earlier to mobile telecom operators. The auction for these licenses is expected to take place in 2013.

Source: TeleTime News

:: 21/11/2012

Tanzania - ASO to be completed by end of 2012

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has confirmed that it will complete digital switchover by 31 December 2012.

The process has been underway in several phases with all major towns to complete analogue switch-off in December.

The help with the digital switchover, the government has offered fiscal incentives to digital broadcasters and reduced import taxes on set-top boxes.

Pay-DTT services are offered by Starmedia and Agape Transmission. A third operator, Basic Transmission, will launch its pay-DTT platform following the completion of analogue switch-off.

All pay operators make four free-to-air television programme services available (ITV, TBC, Star TV and Channel Ten) which viewers can access without a subscription. More free-to-air content is expected to launch in 2013.

Source: Daily Monitor

:: 20/11/2012

Russia - 7.3 million households will need DSO support

The Ministry of Communications has proposed making subsidies available to help households convert from analogue to digital terrestrial television.

According to the Ministry of Communications, assistance should be made available to low-income households with many children, disabled or elderly members. It is estimated that 7.3 million households will require assistance.

The Ministry is calling on both federal and regional governments to fund the programme which is estimated to cost RUB 18.3 billion (€455 million). However, only 15 regions have confirmed their readiness to finance the aid programme.

In addition, the National Association of Broadcasters is requesting support to help fund the cost of simulcast for regional broadcasters.

The DTT platform is currently in the process of rolling out across the country. By 2015, it will offer services across two multiplex to 97.6% of the population. It uses the DVB-T2 standard.

Source: Izvestia website

:: 15/11/2012

Cape Verde - DTT platform to launch in 2013

According to the chairman of the National Communications Agency (ANAC), digital switchover is set to be completed by June 2015.

The regulator plans to set up a single company responsible for the DTT network which will make use of the existing infrastructure operated by the public service broadcaster, Radio and Television of Cape Verde (RTC). It is not clear who will own the broadcast network operator.

The DTT platform is expected to launch in the second half of 2013 while analogue switch-off will begin in 2014.

Source: LUSA news agency

:: 07/11/2012

UEMOA members agree to DSO roadmap

Representatives from the member-states of the UEMOA (West African Economic and Monetary Union) have developed a digital switchover roadmap.

Member-states have agreed that they will adopt common standards. In order to do so, the roadmap will help member-states prepare for their digital transition.

As a first step, the roadmap calls on governments to put in place the necessary legislative framework that guarantees the separation between broadcast content and transmission, and adherence to the principles of non-discrimination and transparency.

The roadmap includes that actions that must be taken in preparation for analogue switch-off, the roles and responsibilities within the broadcast industry and the deadlines when actions must be completed.

The UEMOA plans to hold regular meetings to ensure compliance with the roadmap and allow member-states to share information.

Digital switchover is set to be completed by June 2015.

The eight members of the UEMOA are Benin, Burkina-Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinée Bissau, Mali, Niger, Sénégal, and Togo.

Source: Sidwaya

:: 05/11/2012

Poland - ASO to begin on 7 November in Lubusz

The Lubusz Voivodeship will be the first province in Poland to complete analogue switch-off. The process will take place right after midnight on 7 November.

Switch-off will also occur in neighbouring regions, including Lower Silesian and Wielkopolska.

This area is located in the western part of the country, along the border with Germany. Officials fear that those viewers who that may have purchased DTT receivers in Germany, where the MPEG-2 compression standard is used, will not be able to access the Polish DTT platform since it uses the MPEG-4 AVC standard. However, viewers should be able to access the German DTT platform which offers up to 30 television programme services.

On 28 November, switch-off will take place in the Pomeranian Voivodeship, located in the north. It includes the port city of Gdansk.

Source: Wirtualne Media

:: 30/10/2012

Kenya - ASO delayed until 2013

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has announced that it will delay the completion of digital switchover until after the general elections in March 2013.

Initially, the project was set to be completed by the end of 2012.

The delay has been attributed to the high cost of DTT receivers, which has limited DTT penetration, as well as to the roll-out of the DTT network which has been slower than anticipated.

While the government had anticipated that the DTT platform would be available in 70% of the country by July, it is currently only available in 50% of the country. Cities with DTT services include Nairobi, Mombasa, Webuye, Kisumu, Meru, Embu and Eldoret.

The DTT platform uses the DVB-T2 standard.

Source: Telecom Paper

:: 25/10/2012

Lithuania - TEO subscribers double as ASO approaches

As analogue switch-off approaches, the pay DTT service provider TEO has had an increase in demand for its services.

In the past two weeks, the number of subscribers has increased by 43% compared with the same period in 2011. Subscribers have either opted for TEO's pay-DTT service for its IPTV service.

Despite the increase in demand for TEO services, it is nonetheless expected that many viewers will not be prepared for analogue switch-off. As a result, demand for DTT receivers and antenna installers will be high in early November.

Analogue switch-off is set to take place on 29 October.

Experts predict that many users will hit the sales outlets and shops of TV service providers only after the analogue TV shutdown. According to them, in early November there may be waiting lists for service installations, antenna installers or other specialists.

Source: TEO website

:: 24/10/2012

United Kingdom - Analogue switch-off completed

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the United Kingdom. This end more than 70 years of analogue terrestrial broadcasting.

The last analogue transmitter was switched off near Belfast and th DTT signals boosted across Northern Ireland.

The digital switchover process has involved the re-engineering of more than 1,100 transmitter sites. In addition, 10 million viewers in DTT 'blackspot' areas have been able to access the free-to-air DTT platform.

The Switchover Help Scheme has helped more than 1.3 million older and disabled viewers.

The DTT platform first launched in 1998 as a pay service and later re-launched as a free-to-air service, known as Freeview, in 2002. Analogue switch-off process began in 2007.

Some of the frequencies made available as a result of analogue switch-off will be used for the delivery of mobile broadband services.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 12/10/2012

Russia - ASO to be completed from 2014 to 2017

According to the broadcast network operator RTRS, analogue switch-off is set to be completed from 2014 to 2017.

However, in accord with the Geneva 2006 Agreement, analogue switch-off will be completed in all border regions by June 2015.

RTRS estimates that an 18 month communications campaign will be available to inform viewers about the impending switch-off. Plans are also underway to develop a help scheme for low-income and elderly families. However, the details of the help scheme have not been made available.

The DTT platform will offer a total of 20 television programme services from two multiplexes using the DVB-T2 standard.

Currently, one multiplex is in the process of being deployed and offers the simulcast of the existing analogue terrestrial platform. A new service from the public service broadcaster will launch in January 2013 while a regional service will launch in the middle of 2013. Services on the second DTT multiplex will be announced by the end of the year.

In 2013, the DVB-T standard will be replaced by the DVB-T2 standard in those regions where the first multiplex was launched using the DVB-T standard, the DVB-T. The second DTT multiplex is expected to launch using the DVB-T2 standard.

Currently, there are 96 different models of DVB-T2 receivers. RTRS believes that low-cost DVB-T2 receivers will be available to viewers.

The DTT platform is currently available to over 30% of the population. Full population coverage will be reached by 2015.

Source: RTRS website

:: 10/10/2012

Ireland - 100,000 households not yet prepared for ASO

According to the latest Millward Brown Lansdowne tracking study on Digital Switchover, 50,000 households have converted to digital television in the second half of September.

This means that approximately 100,000 households continue to use the analogue terrestrial platform and will need to convert to another television platform prior to analogue switch-off on 24 October.

Awareness of digital switchover among those reliant on the analogue service continues to increase and has reached 99% while awareness of the analogue switch-off date is at 94%.

At the end of June, 200,000 households used the terrestrial television platform for their primary television services.

Source: Ministry website

:: 05/10/2012

Lithuania - 200,000 households rely on analogue terrestrial TV

Approximately 200,000 households continue to use the analogue terrestrial television platform for their primary television services according to a survey conducted last July by UAB SIC.

Households have been slow in the conversion to digital with a two percentage point drop between June and July. As of July, it is estimated that 19% of households continued to rely on the analogue terrestrial platform compared with 21% of households in June.

Most analogue-dependent households are located in rural areas where it the analogue platform is used by one-third of households. In cities, the analogue terrestrial platform is used by 13% of households.

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed on 29 October. However, it is feared that tens of thousands of households could lose television services.

Source: TEO website

:: 03/10/2012

South Africa - Official DTT commercial launch set for December

The Minister of Communications Dina Pule has announced that the official commercial launch of the DTT platform will take place in December.

This announcement was made during a recent speech inaugurating the unofficial launch of the DTT platform in Motswedimosa in the Northern Cape.

Currently, the DTT network is available to 61% of the population and will reach 80% of the population by March 2013 and 88% of the population by the end of 2013. The remaining 12% of the population can access digital television services using the satellite platform.

Viewers will be able to access four services from the public service broadcaster SABC (SABC 1, SABC 2, SABC 3, and a continuous new service) as well as services from the commercial broadcasters e-TV and M-Net. However, licenses for the commercial broadcasters have not yet been awarded.

As part of its plans for digital switchover, the government will award contracts to manufacturers for the construction of DTT set-top boxes in South Africa. These contracts will be awarded by the middle of October and first set-top boxes are expected to be ready by the end of November.

The South African Bureau of Standards plans to set up a STB Conformance laboratory in October. This Bureau will ensure that set-top boxes comply with the South African receiver specification.

In addition, the government has launched its consumer awareness campaign.

The DTT platform uses the DVB-T2 standard. The government anticipates that digital switchover will be completed by December 2013.

Source: Department of Communications website

:: 02/10/2012

Ireland - 150,000 viewers remain dependent on analogue terrestrial television

According to the latest Digital Television Tracking report, 50,000 viewers switched to digital television between mid August and mid September.

However, 150,000 continue to rely on analogue terrestrial television and will need to switch to an alternative platform by 24 October when all analogue terrestrial television services are switched off.

Awareness about digital switchover is high (94% awareness) and even higher among those households that use analogue terrestrial television (97% awareness).

The report was prepared by Millward Brown Lansdowne based on research carried out between 10 to 20 September.

In addition, the government organised a National Digital Switchover Week which took place from 17 to 23 September. However, the impact of the events held during the week are not factored into the latest tracking report.

Source: Going Digital website

:: 30/09/2012

New Zealand - ASO completed in Hawke's Bay and the West Coast

The first two regions in New Zealand have completed analogue switch-off.

At 2am on 30 September, analogue television services were switched off at Hawke's Bay and the West Coast. It is estimated that 96% of households have digital television.

However, according to reports from retailers and installers, many households waited until the last few days to switch to digital.

Analogue switch-off will take place in the rest of the South Island on 28 April 2013 followed by the lower North Island on 29 September. The process will be completed on 1 December with switch-off in the upper North Island.

Source: TV NZ website

:: 28/09/2012

France - ASO costs lower than initially budgeted

The final cost of analogue switch-off proved to be lower than initially anticipated by the government.

Analogue switch-off will have cost €150 million while €320 million had been initially budgeted. It was financed by the government (50%), the public service broadcaster France Télévisions (15%), the three incumbent commercial broadcasters TF1, M6, and Canal+ (10% each) and the French-German cultural service Arte (5%).

The government had anticipated that aid to low-income households would cost €120 million. However, it only reached €40 million with only 200,000 households requiring aid. A total of 500,000 households, mostly elderly, were given support to connect their DTT receivers.

In addition, the call centre received 2.6 million calls.

Analogue switch-off was completed as planned in November 2011. It is available to 97.3% of the population.

Source: Les Echos

:: 26/09/2012

United Kingdom - ASO completed in North East England

Analogue switch-off has now been completed across England with the switch-off of the last analogue channels across the North East.

This switch-off affected a total of 1.4 million households in the region. It has also allowed for the launch of extra digital services, such as Freeview HD, from local transmission sites.

On 26 September, the analogue services BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4 and Channel 5 were switched off. The process began on 12 September with the switch-off of the analogue channel BBC Two.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 21/09/2012

Romania - Consultation calls for use of DVB-T2 standard

The Ministry of Communications has opened a consultation on its draft plans for digital switchover.

As part of its strategy, the government calls for the launch of 5 DTT multiplexes (4 UHF and 1 VHF) using the DVB-T2 standard. All services must be launched by 2015 at which time analogue switch-off will be completed. Switch-off will take place region by region.

Comments must be sent to the Ministry by 1 October.

Source: Ministry website

:: 19/09/2012

Czech Republic - Report on digital switchover issued by government

The Minister of Interior, in cooperation with the National Coordinator for Digital Broadcasting, has submitted the final report on digital switchover.

The report is entitled Final report of the National Coordination Group for Digital Broadcasting in the Czech Republic to complete its transition to digital television broadcasts.

This report details the digital switchover process in the Czech Republic which took place across 13 regions between 2007 and June 2012.

Currently, four DTT multiplexes provide services using the DVB-T standard. The launch of the DTT platform has allowed viewers to significantly increase the titak number of television programme services available as well as to access services in high-definition.

Source: Ministry website

:: 14/09/2012

Poland - ASO to begin on 7 November

The Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) has announced that analogue switch-off is set to begin on 7 November.

The process will take place region-by-region beginning in the voivodship of Lubuskie. The process is to end in 2013.

In addition, the UKE announced that it will undertake tests of DTT receivers in the market. It plans to verify that receivers are in conformance with electromagnetic compatibility and eco-design (ErP) requirements. The UKE will ensure that the products are energy efficient during operation and in standby mode.

However, the UKE will not test receiver compliance with technical and operational requirements as per the DTT receiver specification.

The DTT platform uses the DVB-T and MPEG4 AVC standards.

Source: UKE website

:: 10/09/2012

Ireland - Government announces National Digital Switchover Week

As part of the government's efforts to help viewers prepare for digital switchover, the Department of Communications has announced that it will organise a National Digital Switchover Week which will take place from 17 to 23 September.

National Digital Switchover Week will feature a wide range of events with the aim of encouraging households to get informed and make the switch to digital television. Events will include coffee mornings, information activities in local shopping centres, family fun days and open days in local community centres.

The government is also encouraging volunteers to leverage National Digital Switchover Week to help those households that may need additional support.

Source: Going Digital website

:: 10/09/2012

Ireland - 93% awareness of digital switchover

According to the latest digital switchover tracker study for the month of August, 93% of households are aware of analogue switch-off set to take place on 24 October.

Awareness is highest in rural areas, with these households having an awareness of 96% while 13% of residents in Dublin are unaware of switch-off.

Of those aware, 82% know that switch-off will take place in October while 35% know the exact date.

Among those who have yet to prepare for analogue switch-off, 41% do not know when they intend to make the switch while 22% intent to wait until the month of October to do so.

It is estimated that approximately 200,000 residents that continue to use analogue terrestrial television for their primary television reception.

The tracker report was prepared by Millward Brown Landsdowne on behalf of the Department of Communications.

Source: Going Digital website

:: 04/09/2012

Ireland - 25% doubt ASO will take place as planned

According to information published by Saorview, 25% of viewers are reluctant to believe that analogue switch-off will take place as planned on 24 October.

Despite these doubts, 90% of viewers are aware of analogue switch-off while 70% of viewers understand how to prepare.

Most of those who have yet to switch to digital television are older and live in rural areas. Already, nearly 200,000 households have adopted the DTT platform.

Saorview is the free-to-air DTT platform.

Source: Saorview website

:: 03/09/2012

Brazil - Broadcasters call for ASO delay

Broadcasters are expected to submit a proposal to the President, Dilma Rousseff, calling for a 10 year delay to analogue switch-off.

Currently, analogue switch-off is set to be completed by 2016. However, according to broadcasters, viewers will not have sufficient time to convert to digital television. As a result, they are calling for the completion of analogue switch-off in 2026.

Of the 160 million television sets in households, it is estimated that only 16 million have a DTT decoder. It is forecast that only 70 million will have a DTT decoder by 2015.

Source: Telecom Paper

:: 23/08/2012

Portugal - Anacom extends ASO aid programme deadline

The communications regulator Anacom has decided to extend the duration of the digital switchover aid programme.

Eligible households now have until 31 December 2012 to apply for the aid programme. Subsidies can be used towards the purchase of a digital television receivers.

Previously, households needed to apply to the digital switchover aid programme by 31 August 2012.

Analogue switch-off was completed on 26 April 2012.

Source: Anacom website

:: 21/08/2012

Brazil - ASO to be delayed beyond 2016

The Ministry for Communications, Minicom, has announced that the government will not reach its target date of 30 June 2016 for the completion of analogue switch-off.

The government is currently in the process of developing a revised DTT transition plan (PBTVD), which foresees a more flexible approach to switchover. According to the government, this will allow it to be ahead of schedule in some regions and behind in others.

According to the new plan, analogue switch-off will take place in São Paulo, the federal district, and the southern and northeastern regional capitals in 2015. Switch-off will take place in the midwest and north regions, as well as the São Paulo state rural areas in 2016. All remaining areas will switch-off after 2016.

The government is planning to conduct two digital switchover pilots although the schedule and location of the pilots have not yet been determined.

The DTT platform uses a modified version of the ISDB-T standard.

Source: Business News Americas

:: 20/08/2012

Greece - ASO completed in Athens

Analogue switch-off has been completed in Athens and its surrounding region.

All analogue services broadcast from the transmission site at Mount Ymittos were switched off on 17 August. These services included ET1, NET and ET3 from the public service broadcaster ERT.

On 20 July, all commercial broadcasters had switched off their analogue terrestrial services from Mount Ymittos. However, ERT delayed its analogue switch-off due to the Olympic Games.

The DTT platform uses the MPEG-4 AVC compression standard.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 08/08/2012

New Zealand - 86% of households have digital television

According to the results of the latest Digital Tracker report, 86% of households have converted to digital television.

This is an increase of two percentage points compared with the previous quarter.

Among the digital households, 33% rely on the free-to-air platform (satellite and DTT) while 19% use both the free-to-air platform and a pay platform.

Most significantly, the intention to convert to digital has increased substantially with 49% either very or fairly likely to do so compared with 37% in the previous quarter.

Awareness of digital switchover is at 90% while 36% are aware of the analogue switch-off date in their region.

The Digital Tracker report covers the period from May to July 2012.

Source: Digital Tracker results

:: 02/08/2012

Hungary - ASO help scheme begins

Broadband TV News reports that the communications regulator in Hungary, NMHH, has begun the distribution of DTT receivers in low-income households.

This is part of the digital switchover aid programme which will provide support to qualified low-income households in preparation for analogue switch-off.

Although an official date for analogue switch-off has not yet been set, it is expected to be completed by 2014 in Hungary.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 30/07/2012

New Zealand - Overview of DSO help programme

To help households with elderly and/or disabled members prepare for digital switchover, the government has put in place the Targeted Assistance Package.

The Targeted Assistance Package provides support to those most likely to be reliant on television and face both technical and financial barriers to digital conversion.

The Package will supply and install the necessary equipment to allow one television set in the household to receive free-to-air television services. Training in the use of the new equipment will also be made available.

Eligible households include those that have not yet converted to digital television and either aged atleast 75 years or a recepient of a Veteran's Pension or Invalids' Benefits.

The Package is available in each region six months prior to the regional switchover date and up to three months afterwards.

The cost of the programme will vary depending on the number of eligible households opting for teh support. However, the government estimates that the programme will cost between $12 and $18 million over three years. It is estimated that about 58,000 households will benefit from the programme.

Source: Going Digital website

:: 18/07/2012

Lithuania - 21% of households continue to use analogue terrestrial platform

The pay-DTT service provider, TEO, has given its assessment of digital switchover 100 days prior to the completion of analogue switch-off.

Switch-off is set to take place nationwide on 29 October.

According to research published by SIC, 21% of households continued to rely on the analogue terrestrial platform at the end of June.

The switch to digital has been slowest in rural areas where one-third of families continue to rely on the analogue terrestrial platform.

Source: TEO website

:: 16/07/2012

Ireland - 100 Day Countdown to ASO begins

Saorview, the free-to-air DTT platform operator, has launched its 100 Day Countdown to digital switchover.

Analogue switch-off is set to take place nationwide on 24 October. Already, DTT services provide national coverage.

To ensure that viewers purchase a DTT receiver compatible with the DTT platform in Ireland, Saorview provides its list of Saorview Approved receivers. This list also includes receivers with both DTT and satellite tuners to allow viewers to access the free-to-air DTT platform as well as free-to-view international services available via satellite.

Source: Saorview website

:: 16/07/2012

Greece - ASO begins in Athens on 20 July

Analogue switch-off is set to begin on 20 July in the city of Athens, affecting 150,000-200,000 households.

The six leading commercial broadcasters (Skai, Mega, Antenna, Alpha, Star and Makedonia TV) will switch off their analogue terrestrial television services at the transmitter on Mount Ymittos.

However, the public service broadcaster ERT will continue to broadcast its analogue terrestrial television services (ET1, NET and ET3) until 17 August, once the Summer Olympic Games are finished.

Demand for DTT set-top boxes has been high and there are fears that shops may run out of stock.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 10/07/2012

Italy - ASO helps bolster sale of TivuSat cards

Analogue switch-off has caused an increase in the take-up of free-to-air satellite platform TivùSat.

A total of 1.52 million smart cards have been activated as of early July which represents 5.2% of television households. In recent weeks, 3000 cards have been sold each day.

TivùSat launched on 31 July 2009 by Rai, Mediaset, Telecom Italia Media and Italian local broadcasters. It offers 61 television and 43 radio services.

Analogue switch-off was completed on 4 July with the switch-off of services in Messina and Palermo in Sicily.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 09/07/2012

Italy - ASO completed

Analogue switch-off is now completed in Italy. This follows the completion of the last phase of the process which took place from 11 June until 4 July.

The last phase took place in the regions of Sicily and Calabria. The cities of Palermo and Messina in Sicily where the last two to switch off analogue services on 4 July.

This phase had raised some concern since it took place during the 2012 Euro Football Championship.

The analogue switch-off process began in 2008 in the region of Sardinia.

The DTT platform offers services using 10 national multiplexes and 550 local multiplexes.

Source: DGTVi website

:: 05/07/2012

Ireland - 88% of households aware of digital switchover

Latest research shows that 88% of households are aware of digital switchover with highest awareness levels among households located in rural areas.

In addition, 68% of households are aware that analogue switch-off will take place in October 2012. In comparison, only 35% of households were aware of switch-off last November.

It is estimated that 12% of households (200,000 homes) continue to use the analogue terrestrial television platform for their primary television services.

Information about switchover has been made available through extensive communications campaigns as well as the organisation of nearly 500 outreach events.

These figures have been provided by the Millward Brown Lansdowne benchmark study on the Digital Switchover following a survey conducted in June.

Source: Go Digital website

:: 02/07/2012

Lithuania - ASO confirmed for 29 October 2012

Analogue switch-off has been confirmed to take place on 29 October 2012. The switch-off will take place nationwide.

Eligible viewers who subscribe to the pay-DTT platform, GALA TV, offered by TEO will be able to benefit from subsidies offered by the government. The subsidies can be used to reduce the monthly cost of a TEO GALA TV subscription. Government subsidies is provided to households with a monthly income of less than LTL 525 (€152) per month.

According to TEO, a pay-DTT subscription can help make digital switchover much easier since the pay operator will be able to answer queries regarding the DTT set-top box, antenna installation and quality of service.

GALA TV offers access to up to 43 television programme services in both standard- and high-definition.

Source: TEO website

:: 27/06/2012

United Kingdom - ASO completed in South East England

Digital switchover has been completed on 27 June in the South East following the switch-off of analogue service from the Dover and Bluebell Hill transmitter groups.

This phase affected more than 450,000 households in Kent and parts of East Sussex and has allowed thousands of viewers in parts of Canterbury, Ashford and Margate to access the DTT platform for the first time.

The process began on 13 June with the switch-off of the analogue service BBC Two.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 20/06/2012

Australia - Government launches ASO campaign for Northern NSW region

The government has formally launched the digital switchover campaign for the Northern NSW region.

Analogue switch-off is set to take place in this region on 27 November.

In preparation for analogue switch-off, 5 dedicated Digital Switchover Liaison Officers, 12 Indigenous Community Liaison Officers and Multicultural Ambassadors have been appointed to help residents in the region switch to digital television.

In addition, eligible viewers in the region can now apply for the Household Assistance Scheme and the Satellite Subsidy Scheme. Already, 100,000 households have benefited from the Household Assistance Scheme.

In addition, the digital switchover help line and website are available to provide more detailed information.

Source: Ministry website

:: 19/06/2012

Ireland - ASO Booklet to be sent to all households

The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte has announced the availability of a new information guide on digital switchover.

The "Going Digital" Information Booklet provides information to help television viewers prepare for analogue switch-off. It is estimated that 200,000 households continue to rely on the analogue terrestrial platform for their primary television viewing.

The Information Booklet will be set to all households within the next 10 days.

As a further reminder to viewers about the upcoming analogue switch-off, a "bug" is visible on all television screens using the analogue terrestrial platform.

Analogue switch-off will take place on 24 October 2012.

Source: Going Digital website

:: 13/06/2012

United Kingdom - ASO completed in East Sussex and parts of Kent

Analogue switch-off has been completed at the transmitters in Hastings, Heathfield and Tunbridge Wells in south east England.

All analogue television channels across East Sussex and parts of Kent were switched off on 13 June which affected over 280,000 households.

As a result of the switch-off, it is now possible for extra services to be broadcast from 17 local relay transmitters serving thousands of homes.

The process began on 30 May when the analogue channel BBC Two was switched off.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 05/06/2012

Australia - ASO completed in Southern and Central NSW, ACT and Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the regions of Southern and Central NSW, ACT and the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area on 5 June.

Switch-off in these regions has affected 1.6 million households.

Residents of these regions can apply for the Household Assistance Scheme until 5 July 2012.
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Source: Ministry website

:: 24/05/2012

Portugal - DSO subsidies available until 31 August

The communications regulator has announced that its digital switchover help scheme will be available to qualified households until 31 August 2012.

Qualified households include those with residents who receive social welfare (Rendimento Social de Inserção), pensioners with an income of less than €500 per month, or with a severe disability.

Subsidies can be used towards the purchase of a digital television receivers. For the DTT platform, households can receive 50% of the cost of a DTT receiver (limited to €22) and up to €61 to be used towards the cost of adapting their antenna installation.

Subsidies for satellite reception are available until 2016.

Analogue switch-off was completed on 26 April 2012.

Source: Anacom website

:: 23/05/2012

Hungary - DTT to reach 98% coverage by end of summer

The DTT platform operator Antenna Hungaria has announced plans for a 3D/DTT trial and DTT coverage expansion.

DTT is currently the fastest growing platform in the country. It is used by 1.14 million households of which 300,000 households rely on the free-to-air DTT platform for their primary television services. This summer, the free-to-air platform will offer the major sporting events in high-definition from the public service broadcaster.

In addition, 63,000 households subscribe to the pay-DTT platform.

This summer, Antenna Hungaria will expand the DTT network. DVB-T will launch from 5 mid-power and 10 low-power transmission sites. As a result, the free-to-air platform will be available to 98% of the population while the pay platform will be available to 87% of the population.

Antenna Hungaria plans to trial 3D/DTT services this summer in the region of Budapest. The trial will provide a 3D transmission of the major sporting events in cooperation with the broadcasting umbrella organization MTVA.

Analogue switch-off has been delayed until the end of 2014. Further clarification on the process is expected in the next few weeks.

Source: Antenna Hungaria website

:: 10/05/2012

France - CSA approves changes to Help Scheme

The Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA) has issued a favourable opinion to the government's proposed changes to the digital switchover help scheme.

Support for households affected by the interference from foreign broadcast services has been reduced.

In its opinion, the CSA has called for the time period when viewers can make the request for the funding to be extended from 6 weeks to 6 months. In addition, the CSA has also called for the extension of the help scheme for a further 3 years until May 2016.

Source: CSA website

:: 09/05/2012

Hungary - Pilot on digital switchover help scheme launched

The National Communications Authority of Hungary (NCAH) has announced the launch of digital switchover pilot.

The pilot aims to determine the type of support needed as part of the national help scheme to be put in place for digital switchover.

In a first phase, approximately 4500 households will be interviewed to determine the level of the support necessary, if any. In a second phase, starting in September, these households will receive support for the installation of digital equipment.

This pilot will take place in the towns of Sopron and Barcs. It will last approximately 8 months.

Source: NCAH website

:: 07/05/2012

Montenegro - ASO delayed until 2015

The government has adopted draft legislation that will allow for an extension to the deadline for the completion of analogue switch-off.

Initially set to be completed by 2012, analogue switch-off must now be completed by 17 June 2015. This corresponds with the date for the end of the protection of analogue television services as set by the Geneva 2006 Agreement.

The government approved the deadline extension due to delays in the implementation of the first phase of the project. As a result, broadcasters with services on the analogue terrestrial platform will be able to apply for extensions to their analogue broadcast licenses.

Source: Telecom Paper

:: 06/05/2012

Taiwan - ASO to begin on 7 May

The first stage of analogue switch-off is set to begin on 7 May.

Viewers in central Taiwan will have their 5 analogue terrestrial television channels (Taiwan TV, China TV, Chinese TV System, Formosa TV and Public TV) switched off.

The areas affected by the switch-off are the Siangshan District in Hsinchu City, Emei Township in Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, Greater Taichung, Changhua County, Nantou County, Yunlin County, Chiayi City, as well as some towns in Chiayi County.

This is the first of four stages which will be followed by analogue switch-off in the eastern part of the country on 28 May, the southern part of the country on 11 June and in the northern part of the country on 30 June.

The DTT platform currently provides the simulcast of the existing analogue terrestrial television platform. However, the government is calling on broadcasters to increase their digital output to increase the appeal of the DTT platform.

Source: Taipei Times

:: 05/05/2012

Uganda and Burundi unlikely to complete ASO by end 2012

Uganda and Burundi are expected to miss the East African Community deadline for the completion of analogue switch-off in 2012.

In Uganda, the public service broadcaster, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation, has been mandated by the government to serve as the only broadcast network operator. However, it lacks the sufficient funds to roll-out the DTT platform. For this reason, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has requested that at least one other broadcast network operator be permitted to provide network services.

In Burundi, the digital migration policy has not yet been put into place. Currently, a feasibility study is underway.

Meanwhile, the countries of Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania are confident that they will complete digital switchover by December 2012.

In Kenya, the DVB-T2 network has been launched in the region of Nairobi by the operator Signet. The network will reach 70% of the population by the end of the year and a second operator, Pan-African Network Group, will launch its DTT network in August. Neither Tanzania nor Rwanda have launched their DTT platforms. However, they plan to complete digital switchover in December.

Source: The East African

:: 26/04/2012

Portugal - ASO successfully completed

Analogue switch-off has been completed in Portugal on 26 April. This is the third and final phase of the analogue switch-off process.

It impacted 730,000 households and resulted in 1150 calls to the DTT help line.

The analogue switch-off process began in January 2012 following three successful trials in 2011.

In addition, the government has confirmed the extension of the deadline for the application of subsidies to use towards the purchase of digital receivers. Eligible households can now apply for aid until 31 August 2012.

Source: Anacom website

:: 19/04/2012

United Kingdom - £300 million of DSO Help Scheme to be returned to government

Nearly half of the funding set aside for the digital switchover Help Scheme will not be used. An anticipated £300 million, out of the projected £603 million, will be returned to the government.

These funds had been made available by the public service broadcaster BBC from viewer license fees. They will now be used towards broadband roll-out and the government's planned local DTT project.

The Help Scheme provides support to the disable and elderly aged 75 or older with digital switchover. Approximately 1.2 million people have already benefited from the Help Scheme.

Digital switchover began in 2008 and is set to be completed on 24 October. Currently, 90% of households have completed the process.

Source: The Guardian

:: 18/04/2012

United Kingdom - ASO completed in London

Analogue switch-off has been completed in London and the surround region, including the Home Counties, on 18 April. This is the largest television region in the country with nearly 12 million viewers.

The switch-off began at Crystal Palace shortly after midnight with the participation of the Director of the BBC, Mark Thompson. The process was completed at 17.15 when DTT services were broadcast from the Otford transmission site in Kent.

As a result of analogue switch-off, an additional 400,000 viewers in the region will now be able to access DTT services.

The first stage in the analogue switch-off process began on 4 April with the switch-off of the analogue channel BBC 2.

Around 90% of households have now completed analogue switch-off. Only three regions need to complete the process: Kent (May-June), the North East (September), and Northern Ireland (24 October).

Source: Digital UK website

:: 16/04/2012

South Africa - ASO in December 2013

According to a recent report in Broadband TV News, analogue switch-off will not be completed until 31 December 2013, if not later.

Currently, the roll-out of the DTT platform is underway with coverage available to 61% of the population. The platform uses the DVB-T2 standard. It will officially launch in December 2012.

In addition, the Department of Communications has called on local manufacturing businesses to submit information should they be interested in producing DTT receivers. As part of the digital switchover plans, the government will subsidize DTT receivers for up to 70% of households.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 04/04/2012

United Kingdom - London region begins first phase of ASO

Analogue switch-off has begun in London and the surround region, including the Home Counties.

In the night of 3-4 April, the analogue service BBC Two was switched off from the Crystal Palace transmitter and its relay stations.

As a result of the switch-off, the power level on the DTT platform will be increased allowing an additional 400,000 households to begin accessing DTT services.

The remaining analogue services (BBC One, ITV, Channel 4 and Five) will be switched off on 18 April.

Digital UK, the body responsible for managing the analogue switch-off process, has undertaken extensive information campaigns to ensure that viewers are prepared for switch-off. However, on 28 March, it warned that more than 1 million television sets were not yet prepared.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 04/04/2012

Montenegro - ASO delayed until 2015

The government has announced that it will delay the date for the completion of analogue switch-off. Originally scheduled for completion on 31 December 2012, analogue switch-off will now be completed on 17 June 2015.

According to the Ministry for the Information Society, it is not possible to meet the 2012 analogue switch-off date. Implementation of digital switchover has been slow despite an aid package worth €1.6 million to fund the first phase of analogue switch-off from the European Commission.

Updates to the legal framework on digital switchover are now necessary.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 30/03/2012

Tanzania - Launch of ASO information campaign

The government has announced that it plans to launch a mass information campaign about digital switchover. The campaign will include both print and electronic media.

Already, a digital switchover technical committee has been set up with represents from the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology and the Communications Regulatory Authority.

The DTT platform will allow viewers to continue receiving the same free-to-air services as are currently available on the analogue platform. These services include ITV, Channel Ten, Star TV and TBC1.

Analogue switch-off is set to take place on 31 December 2012.

Source: IPP Media

:: 26/03/2012

United Kingdom - Light show to celebrate digital switchover from Crystal Palace

The broadcast network operator Arqiva will celebrate digital switchover with a light show at Crystal Palace in London.

The light show will be visible across London with more than 200,000 watts of energy-efficient lighting illuminating the 219-metre transmitter. More than 6 tonnes of lighting equipment will be installed in preparation for the light show.

The light show will take place at 21.15 on 18 April.

The Crystal Palace transmitter, with a coverage range of over 40 miles, broadcasts television services to more than 12 million people in the greater London area.

Source: Arqiva press release

:: 21/03/2012

United Kingdom - ASO nearly completed in southern England

Nearly all of southern England has completed analogue switch-off.

The analogue channels for BBC1, ITV, Channel 4 and Five were switched off from the Rowridge and Whitehawk Hill transmitter groups on 21 March. These transmitter groups includes 36 local relay stations and affect 800,000 households.

The areas affected by the switch-off area Hampshire, Isle of Wight, parts of Dorset, Wiltshire, West Sussex, and the Brighton and Hove area.

The process began on 7 March when the analogue channel of BBC2 was switched off. This allowed certain "black spot" areas to begin receiving the DTT platform for the first time.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 16/03/2012

United Kingdom - Art installation marks end of analogue television

To mark the end of analogue television in London, the artist David Hall is exhibiting his installation 1001 TV Sets (End Piece) at the Ambika P3 gallery.

This installation showcases 1001 cathode-ray tube television sets broadcasting one of the five analogue terrestrial television channels non-stop.

When analogue switch-off is completed on 18 April, the televisions sets will broadcast a white screen accompanied by white noise for a four days.

Source: The Guardian

:: 14/03/2012

United Kingdom - ASO completed in West Sussex

Analogue switch-off was completed at the Midhurst transmission site and 2 relay sites at Haslemere and Steyning.

It affected approximately 100,000 households in west Sussex. The process began on 29 February when the analogue service BBC2 was switched off. The remaining services on the analogue platform, BBC1, ITV1, Channel 4 and Channel 5, were switched off on 14 March.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 06/03/2012

Bulgaria - Government to fund DTT help scheme

In its draft plan for digital switchover, the government has agreed to subsidize the cost of DTT receivers for low-income households.

Already, the government's budget for 2012 set aside BGN 17.5 million (€8.94 million) for the DTT help scheme and information campaign.

DTT receivers will be provided to viewers who meet certain eligibility criteria based on income level, age, health, and marital status. No more than one receiver will be made available per household.

The government has also signed an agreement with retailers to ensure their participation in the campaign to inform viewers about digital switchover. Retailers will provide space for DTT demonstrations and the distribution of digital switchover brochures.

Source: Ministry of Transport & Communications

:: 05/03/2012

Bulgaria - ASO set to be completed on 1 September 2013

The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTITC) has issued its draft plan on digital switchover for public consultation. The consultation is open until 3 April.

The plan calls for the launch of free-to-air DTT services from one multiplex on 1 March 2013. This multiplex will provide coverage to 95% of the population.

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed on 1 September 2013. Simultaneously, a commercial multiplex will launch with a coverage of 85% of the population.

The analogue switch-off process will be under the responsibility of the Management Committee on Digital Television. This committee will establish the timetable for analogue switch-off and handle any interference issues that may arise. Stakeholders include the Ministry of Transport & Communications, the Commission for Communications Regulation, the Council for Electronic Media, the Association of Bulgarian radio and television broadcasters (ABBRO), and broadcast network operators.

The DTT platform will use the DVB-T and MPEG-4 AVC standards.

Source: Ministry of Transport & Communications

:: 22/02/2012

United Kingdom - ASO begins in South of England

The first switchover in the South of England has been completed on 22 February.

Switch-off of all analogue television channels took place from the Hannington transmitter group. It affected 480,000 households in the areas of Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey.

As a result of the switch-off, viewers relying on one of the nine local relay transmitter stations will now be able to access additional services.

The analogue switch-off process began on 8 February with the switch-off of BBC Two's analogue channel.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 17/02/2012

Italy - Abruzzo and Molise to complete ASO in May

The government published the timetable for analogue switch-off in the region of Abruzzo and Molise.

Switch-off will take place as follows:
- 7-8 May in Conca di Sulmona, Chieti and Pescara
- 10 May in Teramo
- 11 May in L’Aquila
- 14-15 May in Marsica and Alta Val di Sangro
- 16 May in Isernia
- 17 May in Campobasso

Analogue switch-off will then take place in the region of Puglia followed by the regions of Sicily and Calabri. Analogue switch-off will be completed on 30 June.

The communications campaign with "Nando il telecomando" will inform viewers about the impending switch-off.

Source: DGTVi newsletter

:: 14/02/2012

Portugal - Anacom issues guide on DTT financial aid

The communications regulator Anacom has announced the publication of a brochure with information on the financial support available to help prepare qualifying individuals with analogue switch-off.

Viewers with a pension of less than €500 per month with a disability or of retirement age can qualify for subsidies towards the purchase of DTT receivers.

The brochure is distributed in collaboration with the offices of the Segurança Social (Social Security) as well as the National Centre for Pensions.

More general information on digital switchover is available from Post Offices.

Source: Anacom website

:: 09/02/2012

Czech Republic - TV Nova to complete ASO

The commercial broadcaster TV Nova will switch-off its remaining analogue services on 12 February. Switch-off will occur in Jesenik and Zlin.

Its analogue license had been valid until 2015. However, TV Nova had agreed to participate in the analogue switch-off calendar established by the CTU and agreed by public service and commercial broadcasters. As a result, it returned its analogue license prior to its expiration and switched off nearly all of its analogue services by 11 November 2011.

TV Nova is transmitted from MUX 2. An HD version of TV Nova is available on a trial basis from MUX 4.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 06/02/2012

Portugal - Reguengo de Fetal to switch-off on 13 February

The communications regulator ANACOM has announced that the Reguengo de Fetal transmitter will switch-off analogue services on 13 February.

This transmission site also includes two relay stations and is used by 1.3 million viewers.

ANACOM is urging viewers to prepare for the upcoming switch-off and provides a list of partners that are able to provide support.

Thus far, analogue switch-off has taken place in Fóia, Palmela and Monsanto affecting 3.5 million viewers. ANACOM estimates that 1% of the population were not prepared for switch-off.

Source: Anacom website

:: 30/01/2012

Bosnia - ASO to be completed in 2014

The draft digital switchover action plan has been approved by the Council of the DTT Forum.

This draft plan set the date of 1 December 2014 for the completion of digital switchover. As a next step, the draft plan will be sent to the Council of Ministers for approval.

Members of the DTT Forum include representatives from the Communications Regulatory Agency (RAK) and the government.

Source: RAK website

:: 25/01/2012

Indonesia - ASO to be completed by end of 2017

The government announced that it plans to complete the roll-out of DTT services by the end of 2017. In 2017, the government also plans to complete analogue switch-off.

This announcement was made by the Minister for Communication and Informatics Tifatul Sembiring at a parliamentary hearing.

DTT roll-out will begin in 2012. The platform is expected to use the DVB-T2 standard.

Source: Bernama News Agency

:: 19/01/2012

Portugal - Anacom launches new ASO information campaign

The communications regulator launched a new phase of its analogue switch-off awareness campaign on 2 January.

The campaign seeks to inform viewers how to prepare for analogue switch-off and help ensure that they continue receiving the four national free-to-air television programme services.

As part of its information campaign, the postal services (CTT – Correios de Portugal) will provide support. Its counter and delivery staff will be trained by Anacom to ensure that they are qualified to provide information to their local customers.

A total of 54 municipalities have been selected where information on analogue switch-off will be augmented. For example, all homes will receive a letter with explaining analogue switch-off and providing information on the aid programme. These municipalities have been selected based on such socio-demographic indicators as the proportion of elderly residents and average income as well as the number of viewers using the free-to-air analogue service.

Source: Anacom website

:: 12/01/2012

Portugal - Analogue switch-off officially begins

Analogue switch-off has commenced in Portugal with the switch-off of analogue services in the Palmela region including relays in Alcácer do Sal, Melides and Sesimbra.

In addition, the communications regulator Anacom has updated its timetable for the first phase of analogue switch-off. The process will take place as follows:
- Fóia - Monchique on 23 January,
- Lisbon-Monsanto on 1 February,
- Reguengo do Fetal on 13 February, and,
- São Macário on 23 February.

Switch-off in the Malhada region has been delayed. It will no longer take place during the first phase of the process but instead during third phase.

Source: Anacom website

:: 05/01/2012

France - CSA provides overview of DSO

The broadcast regulator, CSA, has published an overview of the digital switchover process in France. It congratulates all actors involved in the process which lasted 22 months and ended on 29 November 2011.

The DTT platform offers viewers access to 19 free-to-air, 10 pay services, and 48 regional services. Of these national serivces, 5 are offered in high-definition.

The platform launched in March 2005 with services available to 35% of the population. It is now available to 97.3% of the population with 1626 transmission sites.

The CSA plans to launch 2 further DTT multiplexes (MUX 7 and MUX 8) in Autumn 2012. It issued an invitation to tender for 6 HD broadcast service licenses for these two multiplexes. At launch, these multiplexes will be available to 25% of the population but reach full population coverage in 2014.

Source: CSA website

:: 03/01/2012

Kenya - ASO not possible in 2012

According to the acting director general of the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), it is unlikely that the country will be able to complete digital switchover by the planned June 2012 deadline.

Currently, DTT services are only available in the city of Nairobi. The CCK is hopeful that 70% population coverage could be achieved by the end of the year. However, this is not a sufficient coverage to allow for analogue switch-off to proceed.

Already, the government has allocated KES 560 million (€5 million) to digital switchover. However, it is anticipated that at least KES 3 billion (€27 million) will be necessary to complete the process.

Source: East Africa Newspost

:: 31/12/2011

Azerbaijian - ASO could be completed in 2012

Plans to complete analogue switch-off in 2012 could be possible if the government agrees to provide DTT receivers to 120,000 low-income households.

The head of the National TV & Radio Broadcasting Council, Nushiravan Maharramli, made the request directly to the president of Azerbaijan.

Since 22 December, DTT services are available to 85% of the population. The platform provides the simulcast of the existing analogue terrestrial television platform.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 21/12/2011

Italy - ASO calendar for 2012 approved

The Minister for Economic Development, Corrado Passera, signed the decree setting the timetable for the completion of analogue switch-off in 2012.

Analogue switch-off will take place in Abruzzo and Molise from 7-23 May, in Basilicata and Puglia from 24 May-8 June and in Sicily and Calabria from 11-30 June.

Following the analogue switch-off in Sicily and Calabria, the process will be completed in Italy.

Source: DGTVi website

:: 08/12/2011

Belarus - ASO not before 2015

Fears are mounting that the transition to digital television may face difficulties.

According to media reports in Belarus, few households are purchasing digital receivers. In the first 11 months of 2011, only 20,000 DTT receivers were sold. This could be due to the cost of set-top boxes which varies between BYR450,000-600,000 (€39- 52).

As of 2013, all television sets sold must include a DTT tuner.

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed in 2015 although it had initially been planned for 2012.

Currently, free-to-air services are available from a single multiplex. In addition, pay-DTT services are also available.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 01/12/2011

Italy - ASO progresses in October and November

November proved to be a busy month for analogue switch-off in Italy. During the month, switch-off was completed in the regions of Tuscany, Umbria and Viterbo.

This included switch-off in Florence on 17/18 November.

In October, analogue switch-off was completed in the region of Liguria. The region of Marche will begin analogue switch-off in December.

Source: DGTVi website

:: 30/11/2011

France - Analogue switch-off completed

Analogue switch-off has been completed in France. The last region, Languedoc-Roussillon, switched off all of its analogue services on 30 November.

Analogue switch-off began in 2009. In 2010, 10 regions represented 35% of the population completed the process while in 2011, 14 regions representing 65% of the population completed analogue switch-off.

The DTT platform currently offers viewers 19 free-to-air television programme services. A further 6 services are expected to launch in 2012. Coverage has reached 97.3% of the population.

Source: L'Express

:: 29/11/2011

France - Analogue switch-off completed in overseas territories

The French overseas territories completed analogue switch-off on 29 November.

The process began in the overseas territories on 20 September. The territories include French Polynasia, New Caledonia, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, Wallis and Futuna, Réunion, Guadeloupe, Guyane, Martinique, Mayotte, Saint-Barthélemy and Saint-Martin.

Source: Tous au numérique website

:: 28/11/2011

Portugal - ASO marketing campaign launched

The communications regulator Anacom, responsible for leading digital switchover, has formally launched its DTT marketing campaign.

The campaign seeks to inform viewers about digital switchover and the steps they must take to ensure a successful transition and when they must do so.

Information will be available on television, radio and in newspapers.

Analogue switch-off will take place in three phases beginning on 12 January and ending on 26 April.

Source: Anacom website

:: 23/11/2011

United Kingdom - ASO completed in East Anglia

Analogue switch-off has been completed in Norfolk and north Suffolk with the switch-off of the analogue channels BBC 1, ITV, Channel 4 and Five.

The process began on 9 November with the switch-off of the analogue channel BBC 2. Following this switch-off, the coverage of DTT services was expanded to reach 96% of the population in the region of East Anglia, up from 57%.

To be able to access services, viewers may need to re-tune their DTT receivers.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 18/10/2011

Poland - Warsaw to complete ASO in March 2013

Details about the analogue switch-off process has been revealed by Tomasz Berezowski, a board member for the commercial broadcaster TVN.

Analogue switch-off will take place in November 2012 in the city of Poznan and in March 2013 in Warsaw. The process is set for completion by July 2013.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 14/10/2011

Portugal - Anacom opens consultation on cost of broadcast transmissions

The communications regulator has opened a consultation on the price that broadcasters must pay for the transmission of their analogue terrestrial televisions services.

In its draft decision, Anacom calls for the broadcast network operator, PT Comunicações (PTC), to reduce the costs by a minimum of 38%.

Interested parties can provide their input to this draft decision by 14 November.

Source: Anacom website

:: 14/10/2011

United Kingdom - ASO to be completed on 24 October 2012

Digital UK, the organisation leading analogue switch-off in the United Kingdom, has announced that the process will be completed on 24 October 2012.

Northern Ireland will be the final region to complete analogue switch-off. The process began in 2008 and has progressed region by region. As a result of analogue switch-off, 15 million additional viewers have been able to access the DTT platform.

Analogue terrestrial television was officially launched in the United Kingdom in 1936.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 13/10/2011

Portugal - ASO completed in Nazaré and Alcobaca

Analogue switch-off is scheduled to take place on 13 October at 15.35 in the regions of Nazaré and Alcobaça.

The switch-off will affect approximately 10,000 households in the parishes of Famalicão, Nazaré and Valado de Frades in Nazaré and the parishes of Alfeizerão and Cela in Alcobaça.

This is the third and final analogue switch-off trial in Portugal. Analogue switch-off is set to be completed on 26 April 2012.

Source: Anacom website

:: 12/10/2011

Malta - ASO set for 31 October

Analogue switch-off has been confirmed for 31 October 2011. On this date, the four free-to-air analogue terrestrial channels, TVM, Net TV, One and Smash TV, will be switched off.

The DTT platform launched two television services, TVM and Education 22, in December 2010 and four television services, Favourite Channel, Net TV, One, and Smash TV, in August 2011.

Services are available on one multiplex on UHF channel 66 using the MPEG-2 compression standard.

Source: DTV website

:: 07/10/2011

Portugal - 90% of households in Nazaré ready for ASO

According to a survey conducted by Marktest, 90% of households are ready for analogue switch-off in the region of Nazaré as of the end of September.

A further 5% of households plan to take the necessary steps to ensure that they are prepared for the switch-off. In addition, 99% of households are aware of analogue switch-off and familiar with the DTT platform. Ninety five percent of households are aware that they need an MPEG-4 AVC receiver to access DTT services.

Analogue switch-off will take place in the regions of Nazaré and Alcobaca on 13 October.

However, within these regions, the areas of Famalicão and Alfeizerão will no longer be able to receive terrestrial television services but instead will need to rely on the satellite platform. Because only 30% of households in these areas are aware of the satellite service, ANACOM intends to mail a brochure with information about this service.

Source: Anacom website

:: 28/09/2011

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Oxfordshire

Analogue switch-off was completed in Oxfordshire, parts of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire in the night between 27 and 28 September.

This switch-off affects 415,000 households and will allow for the launch of the commercial DTT platform.

The process began on 14 September when the analogue channel BBC Two was switched off. This switch-off allowed the DTT platform to expand its coverage to 6,000 additional viewers.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 27/09/2011

Hungary - ASO dates to be announced in October

According to the Vice-President of the National Media and Telecommunications Authority (NMHH), Gábor Mátrai, the regulator is considering the possibility fir a two-stage analogue switch off.

One switch-off would take place for the services of the public service broadcaster while a second switch-off would take place for commercial services. The analogue licences held by the two leading commercial broadcasters RTL Klub and TV2 expire in mid 2012.

THe NMHH is expected to announce its final decision on analogue switch-off in October.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 21/09/2011

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Yorkshire, Stoke and Newcastle, and the West Midlands

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the regions of Yorkshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme, and the West Midlands on the night between 20 and 21 September.

In Yorkshire, analogue switch-off has allowed for the launch of Freeview HD services as well as improved reception for many households. In the West Midlands, analogue switch-off has allowed for the launch of new services to thousands of television households.

Yorkshire counts nearly 4 million viewers while Stoke and Newcastle have 128,000 households. In the West Midlands, there are over 2 million households.

The process began in all of these regions on 6 September when the analogue channel BBC Two was switched off.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 21/09/2011

United Kingdom - ASO completed for 63% of the population

Nine out of the 15 regions in the United Kingdom have now completed analogue switch-off. This follows the switch-off in Yorkshire and the West Midlands on 21 September.

A total of 63% of the population has now completed digital switchover. Sixty-five percent of the population will complete the process by the end of the year.

London and its surrounding region will complete analogue switch-off in April 2012. This region represents 18% of the population.

According to the broadcast network operator Arqiva, it will have invested £700 million and 1200 man-hours towards the completion of digital switchover during the five-year period.

Source: Arqiva website

:: 20/09/2011

Lithuania - ASO to be completed by end Oct 2012

The government has announced that analogue switch-off will be completed in Lithuania on 29 October 2012.

It has also announced that subsidies to be used towards the purchase of DTT set-top boxes will be made available for low-income households and that an organisation will be set-up to provide information on the analogue switch-off process.

Currently, DTT services are provided by the telecom operator TEO LT which offers up to 40 pay-DTT services as part of its Digital Gala TV package.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 15/09/2011

Germany - ECJ confirms ASO subsidies in Berlin illegal

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has confirmed that the aid given by the government in Germany to support digital switchover in Berlin-Brandenburg was illegal.

The ECJ has upheld an earlier ruling by the General Court which had been appealed by the government.

According to the ECJ, the government's support to the commercial broadcasters to offset their costs of transmitting services on the DTT platform constituted illegal state aid. As a result, broadcasters will be required to reimburse the government's aid.

This aid had been made available in support of analogue switch-off.


Source: EC press release

:: 12/09/2011

United Kingdom - ASO information campaign begins for London region

Digital UK has officially launched its digital switchover campaign in London. Analogue switch-off will begin in London on 4 April 2012 and completed on 18 April 2012.

To inaugurate the digital switchover campaign, two stars from the television series EastEnders hosted a street party at Albert Square in Lambeth.

As part of the public information campaign, advertisements will begin on radio, television and in the printed press. In addition, on-screen messages will begin and a switchover roadshow will tour the region. The Guide to Switchover will be sent to all households in early 2012.

London is the last region to complete analogue switch-off in the United Kingdom. Its transmitter at Crystal Palace provides television services to 12 million viewers.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 09/09/2011

Slovakia - STV completes ASO

The public service broadcaster STV completed analogue switch-off in early September. It is the first broadcaster to have done so.

The two main commercial broadcasters, TV JOJ and Markiya, have yet to complete analogue switch-off. However, they began the process in July. Analogue switch-off is expected to be completed by 2012.

Currently, the DTT platform offers services on two multiplexes using the MPEG-2 compression format. Viewers can access a total of 6 television programme services (STV Jednotka, STV Dvojka, TV Markiza, TV Doma, TV JOJ and TV JOJ Plus).

Source: Screen Digest

:: 01/09/2011

Australia - 82% of households have digital television

The latest Digital Tracker Report for the period from April to June 2011 shows that 82% of households have converted to digital television. This is an increase of 3 percentage points from the previous quarter.

In addition, 96% of households in areas that have not yet begun analogue switch-off are aware of the process while 87% of households understand what they must do to prepare for analogue switch-off.

The region of Queensland is next to complete analogue switch-off on 6 December 2011.

Source: Digital Tracker Report

:: 27/08/2011

France - TMC to complete ASO

The French government has published a decree regarding the use of frequencies by the analogue channel Télé Monte Carlo (TMC). TMC will cease all analogue terrestrial transmissions by 29 November 2011.

This decree is the outcome of an exchange of letters between the French government and Monaco. It invalidates the accord signed by the two countries in March 2002 which allowed TMC to broadcast its service on the analogue terrestrial platform in the southern part of France.

However, as a result of this new decree, TMC will switch-off its analogue services as per the following timetable:
Côte d'Azur: 24 May 2011
Provence-Alpes: 5 July 2011
Languedoc Roussillon: 29 November 2011.

TMC is currently available on the national DTT platform in France.

Source: LegiFrance website

:: 22/08/2011

Russia - Rostelecom to support DSO

The broadcast network operator RTRS is expected to rely on the services of the national telecom operator Rostelecom for the roll-out of the DTT platform.

This follows from the failure of the the Express-AM4 satellite to reach its planned orbital position after its launch on 18 August. This satellite was to provide free-to-view digital television services to those households outside of the DTT coverage area. It is now increasingly likely that these households will access digital television services using the Rostelecom network.

Last May, RTRS and Rostelecom had signed a cooperation agreement.

It is expected that 30% of the population will be able to access DTT services by the end of the year.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 22/08/2011

Ireland - Problems foreseen on broadcast network operator fees

The Irish broadcasting administration (BAI) has suggested that the network operator fees structure proposed for the DTT network may be financially unworkable.

In its document published on the 17 August, the BAI states: 'It is the Authority‟s view that the RTÉ proposal that content providers should be charged on a pro-rata basis across the DTT platform rather than on an individual multiplex basis is not sustainable. Should this approach to cost be continued, it is the Authority‟s view that it is unlikely that any services, other than those proposed by RTÉ, will be in a position to be carried on the platform.'

In addition the BAI has concluded that for the proposed new services: 'these are not likely to be in a position to commence operations until near to or beyond analogue switch off in October 2012'.

Source: BAI Report and Recommendations

:: 17/08/2011

Canada - CBC given 1 year ASO extension

The broadcast regulator CRTC has granted the public service broadcaster CBC a one-year extension to the completion of digital switchover.

Analogue switch-off will take place on 31 August 2011 for all commercial broadcasters as well as CBC services in certain markets. In other markets, CBC will not turn off its analogue services until 31 August 2012.

These markets are served by 22 analogue transmitters that will not be replaced with digital transmitters. As a result, viewers are given additional time to find an alternative television delivery method.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

:: 11/08/2011

United States - Low-power sites to complete ASO by end of year

Low-power transmission sites will be required to switch-off their analogue broadcasts by the end of the year. The FCC has rejected a request by the National Translator Association to delay the switch-off.

All high-power transmitter sites need to be switched off by June 2009. However, low-power sites, of which there are 7,240, were given until the end of 2011 to do so. In addition, they must find a new frequency slot by 1 September.

It is estimated that 300 low-power transmission sites have not yet located an alternative frequency slot.

Source: TV Technology

:: 01/08/2011

Hungary - ASO of Channel 01 on 14 August

Antenna Hungaria has announced that the analogue service of the public service broadcaster, m1, transmitting from Channel 01 in Budapest will be switched off at midnight on 14 August.

Few viewers rely on Channel 01 to access m1 since it is usually accessed on the analogue terrestrial platform from Channel 41.

This decision has been made for cost-saving reasons. It is estimated that only a few thousand households use Channel 01 to access m1.

Source: Antenna Hungaria website

:: 21/07/2011

Belarus - ASO set for 1 January 2012

The government has announced that analogue switch-off will be completed on 1 January 2012. This is three years' earlier than initially anticipated.

DTT services were launched in 2005 and are currently available to 93% of the population. The pay-DTT platform launched in June 2010.

A DVB-T2 trial has recently been completed.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 30/06/2011

Poland - Digital switchover legislation adopted by Parliament

The Sejm (Parliament) has approved legislation regarding digital switchover. It has approved the amendments proposed by the Senate.

According to the legislation, analogue switch-off is confirmed for 31 July 2013. In addition, restrictions are placed on the sale of non-digital television receivers. DTT coverage must reach 95% of the population.

The legislation also provides details on the digital switchover information campaign, including the responsibilities of the different government, network operators and broadcasters.

Source: Sejm website

:: 22/06/2011

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Scotland

Scotland has become the first fully digital nation in the United Kingdom. It completed digital switchover on 22 June at the Kirkfieldband transmitter near Lanark.

DTT services are available to 98.5% of the population in Scotland. Viewers eligible for the Switchover Help Scheme can apply for assistance until 22 July.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 17/06/2011

France - First phase of ASO completed in Rhône-Alpes

The region of Rhône-Alpes in the eastern part of France, near the Swiss and Italian border, has begun analogue switch-off.

During the night between 14/15 June, analogue channels were switched off for 2 million households. In a second phase, analogue switch-off will be completed in the region and affect a further 500,000 households.

The coverage of DTT services has increased to 96.4% of the population in the region. In addition, the coverage of HD services on the DTT platform has increased from 57% of the population to 87% of the population.

Source: Tous au numérique website

:: 15/06/2011

United Kingdom - ASO completed from Craigkelly

Digital switchover has been completed from the Craigkelly transmission group on 15 June.

This transmission site includes 8 relay stations and covers the areas of Lothian and parts of Edinburgh and Fife. A total of 455,000 television households re located in this area.

The process began on 1 June when the analogue channel BBC 2 was switched off.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 10/06/2011

New Zealand - ASO to be completed by end 2013

The Minister of Broadcasting, Jonathan Coleman, has confirmed the dates for analogue switch-off in New Zealand. The process will be completed by December 2013.

Analogue switch-off will take place in four stages. Hawke’s Bay and the West Coast will switch-off analogue services on 30 September 2012. This will be followed by South Island on 28 April 2013 and Lower North Island, Taranaki and Gisborne on 29 September 2013. Finally, the remainder of the North Island will switch-off on 1 December 2013.

According to the government, nearly 80% of the households already use digital television services.

The government has also announced the launch of its media advertising campaign, Going Digital, which will inform viewers about how to prepare for analogue switch-off.

Source: Freeview NZ website

:: 09/06/2011

Portugal - ASO communication campaign begins in Nazaré

The communications regulator ANACOM has announced that it will begin providing information on digital switchover in the region of Nazaré.

This is the third region that will undertake digital switchover, with analogue switch-off scheduled for 13 October 2011.

Information sessions will take place on 14 June and target social groups and retailers. In addition, ANACOM will make available a guide to help viewers prepare for digital switchover.

Source: Anacom website

:: 08/06/2011

Slovakia - Analogue switch-off underway

Analogue switch-off is underway in Slovakia. The process began on 9 March and will be completed in August 2011 for the services of the public service broadcaster STV.

Currently, a temporary DTT multiplex with over 90% population coverage provides viewers with replacement services for the analogue terrestrial television platform.

Two further DTT multiplexes are in the process of roll-out. The first multiplex, with the services of the public service broadcaster (STV1, STV2, STV3, STV1 HD) is available to 60% of the population. The second multiplex provides the services of the commercial broadcasters.

The technical parameters for the multiplex providing the services of SVT are: 64-QAM, FEC 2/3, 8k, GI 1/4, and a bit rate of 19.91 Mbit/s.

Source: STV

:: 06/06/2011

Austria - ASO completed

Analogue switch-off has been completed in Austria. On 6 June, the last regions, Mariazell and Mürztal, switched off their analogue services.

Digital switchover began in 2006 with the launch of DVB-T services while analogue switch-off began in 2007.

This summer, the government is expected to open a tender for the operation of two multiplexes using the DVB-T2 standard.

It is estimated that 350,000 viewers rely on the DTT platform.

Source: Der Standard

:: 31/05/2011

Malta - Amendments to Broadcasting Act expected soon

A recent survey commissioned by the Digital Switchover Committee estimates that 4,760 households in Malta rely on the terrestrial television platform for access to free television services.

The DTT platform currently offers viewers access to two television programme services from the public service broadcasters TVM and ED22. It has been available since December 2010.

The launch of further services on the DTT platform is dependent upon the adoption of amendments to the Broadcasting Act which is expected in the near future. Once the legislative framework is completed, the Broadcasting Authority will be able to open a tender for DTT licenses.

Source: DTV website

:: 30/05/2011

Austria - ASO to be completed on 7 June

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed in Austria on 7 June. On this date, the last analogue services in the regions of Steiermark and Niederösterreich will be switched off.

Already, planning is underway to launch two multiplexes using the DVB-T2 standard.

Source: dvb-t.at website

:: 26/05/2011

Costa Rica - ASO to be completed in December 2017

The government has announced that it will begin digital switchover in September. The DTT platform will use the ISDB-TB standard.

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed on 15 December 2017.

The government plans to soon launch an information campaign. It will also distribute 450,000 set-top boxes to low-income households.

Approximately 60% of television households rely on the terrestrial television platform for their primary television services.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 25/05/2011

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Argyll & Bute and Rosneath

Analogue switch-off has been completed from the Darvel and Rosneath transmitter group on 25 May.

This covers the areas of Argyll & Bute, Rosneath and parts of central Scotland which includes nearly 250,000 households.

The process began on 11 May when the analogue service BBC Two was switched off. This provided the necessary capacity to allow for the launch of one DTT multiplex to be made available to 50,000 households.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 24/05/2011

France - ASO completed in Corsica and Côte d'Azur

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the region of Corisica and part of the region of Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur during the night of 24/25 May.

The second phase of switch-off in the region of Provence-Alpes Côtes d'Azur will take place on 5 July. The first phase only affected the area of Côte d'Azur.

The process began on 6 May in Corsica when the analogue pay service Canal+ was switched off.

Source: Tous au numérique

:: 23/05/2011

Portugal - ANACOM issues decree against misleading ASO information

The communications regulator ANACOM has announced that it is not permitted for companies to provide misleading information to viewers regarding analogue switch-off.

Specifically, ANACOM considers that it is an unfair commercial practice as per Decree-Law No. 57/2008 of 26 March to inform viewers that they will need to subscribe to a pay television service in order to continue accessing services available on the analogue terrestrial television platform once analogue switch-off is completed.

ANACOM has reaffirmed that the services RTP 1, RTP 2, SIC, TVI and RTP Azores and RTP Madeira in the Autonomous Regions will continue to be made available for free to viewers.

In the first analogue switch-off pilot, which took place on 12 May in Alenquer, reports emerged that some pay television operators had bee providing viewers with misleading information in their advertisements.

Source: Anacom website

:: 16/05/2011

Poland - ASO confirmed for 31 July 2013

The Parliament (Sejm) has approved the legislation on digital switchover. The new legislation confirms that analogue switch-off will be completed by 31 July 2013.

Analogue switch-off will take place used a phased approach and broadcasters are required to simulcast their services in both analogue and digital formats. In addition, broadcasters are responsible for informing viewers about the transition.

Currently, DTT services are available from two multiplexes. Coverage for MUX-2 will reach 87% of the population by the end of July. The coverage of MUX-3 will be maintained at approximately 24% of population until end of October 2011.

As a next step, this legislation must be approved by the Senate before entering into force.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 16/05/2011

Ireland - Government issues major report on television viewing habits

The Department of Communications has issued a report on television viewing behavior in Ireland up to November 2010. It focuses on households that rely primarily on the terrestrial television delivery platform.

According to the report:
- 16% of television homes (about 254,000) rely solely on terrestrial television.
- About 32% of homes (511,000) have an outdoor aerial of some type.
- About one-third of viewers using the terrestrial television platform are aware of analogue switch off.
- Over two thirds of terrestrial television households are located in rural areas.
- Over two-thirds of terrestrial households plan to opt free to air service after analogue switch-off rather than a pay TV service.

Analogue switch-off is set to take place in the fourth quarter of 2012.

The report was commissioned from Behaviour and Attitudes and surveys 1,100 television households.

Source: Dept. of Communications website

:: 10/05/2011

France - ASO completed in Auvergne

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the region of Auvergne in the center of France during the night of 9/10 May.

This region consists of four departments: Allier, Cantal, Haute Loire and Puy de Dôme.

Source: Tous au numérique website

:: 10/05/2011

Australia - Government makes $376 available for DSO activities in 2011-2012

The government has presented its budget for the 2011-2012 period which includes AUS $376.5 million in funding for digital switchover activities.

This funding includes:
- AUS $308.8 million for the Household Assistance Scheme (HAS)
- AUS $44.1 million for communication activities such as targeted advertising campaigns and the comprehensive digitalready.gov.au website
- AUS $21.3 million for the work of the Digital Switchover Taskforce
- AUS $2.4 million to the Communications and Media Authority for its coverage evaluation program that ensures that broadcasters meet their coverage obligations and informs consumers of digital reception in their area

Funding has already been made available to help viewers outside of the DTT coverage area that must rely on satellite to access television services.

Source: Ministry website

:: 09/05/2011

Portugal - First ASO phase set for 12 May

The first phase of analogue switch-off is set to take place on 12 May in the region of Alenquer.

The regulator ANACOM has been monitoring the area to ensure that viewers have access to information about the switch-off as well as to the appropriate DTT receivers in shops.

As part of the process, ANACOM has found that the pay-DTT service provider, ZON, has been providing consumers with misleading information. Its advertisements claim that viewers can lose their television services as a result of analogue switch-off and shows their products as a means to continue watching television.

According to ANACOM, viewers may be mislead into believing that they must subscribe to a pay television service offering to continue watching television. It deplores the advertisement.

Source: Anacom website

:: 05/05/2011

Australia - ASO completed in Victoria

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the region of Victoria. The analogue services had been available from 66 transmitter sites.

With its 455,000 households, Victoria is the most populous region to complete analogue switch-off in Australia. Previously, switch-off had been completed in Mildura/Sunraysia on 30 June 2010, and parts of regional South Australia and Broken Hill in December 2010.

Approximately 25,000 households in the region benefited from the government’s Household Assistance Scheme.

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed by 2013. Regional Queensland will be the next region to complete analogue switch-off on 6 December 2011.

Source: Ministry website

:: 20/04/2011

United Kingdom - ASO completed in parts of the Central region

Analogue switch-off has been completed in four areas in the Central region covering over 600,000 television households on 20 April.

In all of these areas, the process began on 6 April with the switch-off of the analogue channel BBC 2.

Switch-off from the Ridge Hill transmitter group affects more than 280,000 households in the areas of Herefordshire, south Shropshire and parts of Gloucestershire.

Switch-off from the Wrekin transmitter group affects 280,000 households in north Shropshire and south Cheshire.

In addition, switch-off took place in Stratford-upon-Avon and Bromsgrove.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 20/04/2011

Japan - ASO delayed in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima

The Ministry of Communications has announced that analogue switch-off will be delayed in the three areas most severely affected by the 11 March earthquake and tsunami.

Initial plans had called for a nationwide switch-off on 24 July 2011. However, the areas of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima have had many of their broadcast facilities destroyed and the government-led information campaign has ceased.

Further concern existed that the population in these areas relied on analogue services for the reception of information.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 13/04/2011

United Kingdom - ASO in the Midlands

Two areas - Nottingham and Sandy Heath - have completed analogue switch-off on 13 April. Both areas are located in the Midlands.

Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire are among the areas affected by the switch-off of analogue services from the Sandy Heath transmitter group. A total of 900,000 households are located in the area.

The process began on 30 March when the analogue channel BBC Two was switched off. This allowed the power levels of the DTT platform to be boosted which increased the coverage of DTT services to 45,000 additional households.

The area of Nottingham, with services provided by the Nottingham transmitter, also began the process on 30 March when one analogue channel, BBC Two, was switched off. A total of 74,000 households are affected by the switch-off.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 07/04/2011

United Kingdom - London to begin ASO on 4 April 2012

Digital UK has announced the dates for analogue switch-off in London and its surrounding region.

The process will begin on 4 April 2012 when the analogue channel of BBC 2 is switched off. The remaining analogue channels (BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4 and Five) will be switched off on 18 April 2012.

Nearly 12 million television viewers will be affected. It is estimated that 4 million analogue television sets still need to be converted to digital.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 01/04/2011

Czech Republic - ASO on schedule

In its report on the current progress of digital switchover, the communications regulator CTU has noted that the process is on schedule based on the plan adopted by the government.

The roll-out of multiplex 1 is now completed and reaches nearly 100% of the population. The second multiplex is available to over 89% of the population while the third multiplex is available to 85% of the population. Coveerage of the fourth multiplex is limited to 25% of the population (Prague, Pilsen, Brno and Ostrava).

Source: Telecom Paper

:: 30/03/2011

United Kingdom - London to complete ASO before Olympic Games

Digital UK has confirmed that London will complete analogue switch-off in time for the Olympic Games next summer.

Fears had emerged that the digital switchover process would not be completed in London prior to its hosting the Olympic Games starting on 27 July.

While the exact date for the switch-off of the analogue platform will not be known before 7 April, it is believed that it will begin at the end of March 2012 and completed by June.

London will be the biggest region to complete digital switchover and is therefore expected to attract much media attention.

Source: The Guardian

:: 29/03/2011

France - ASO completed in Limousin and Aquitaine

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the regions of Limousin and Aquitaine during the night of 28/29 March.

Aquitaine, located along the southwestern coast, now provides DTT coverage to 94.6% of the population in the region. Switch-off affected nearly 1 million terrestrial television households.

In the region of the Limousin, four transmitter sites were switched off as part of the process in Brive, Limoges, Ussel and Gueret.

Source: Tous au numérique website

:: 16/03/2011

France - ASO dates announced for overseas territories

The CSA has announced the dates when analogue switch-off will take place in its overseas territories.

The date has been confirmed for Wallis and Futuna (27 September), Mayotte and La Réunion (25 October), and Martinique, Guadeloup and Guyane (29 November).

In addition, tentative dates have been set for the French Polynesia (20 September), New Caledonia and Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon (27 September), and Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin (29 November).

Source: CSA website

:: 08/03/2011

France - ASO completed in Paris

During the night of 7-8 March, analogue terrestrial services were switched off in the region of Paris (Ile de France).

Two weeks ago, it was estimated that 210,000 households in the region were not yet ready for the switch off. For this reason, the ASO organisation Tous au Numérique began an aggressive communications campaign to inform households about the impending switch-off.

Viewers in the region are able to access 22 national free-to-air DTT services, including 4 services in high-definition, as well as 4 regional services.

Source: Le Figaro

:: 02/03/2011

Austria - ASO to be completed on 27 April in Carinthia

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed in Carinthia on 27 April.

Nearly all regions in Austria have completed analogue switch-off. Most recently, the process was completed in the region of Tyrol in November 2010.

Analogue switch-off began in 2006 in Eisenstadt located in the region of Burgenland.

Source: DVB-T Austria website

:: 23/02/2011

United Kingdom - 500,000 receive switchover help

The Switchover Help Scheme has announced that it has now helped 500,000 people switch to digital television.

The Switchover Help Scheme hepls those people aged 75 and over or with a disability with practical to switch one television set to digital in preparation for switchover in their region.

It is predicted that more than one million eligible people will have received support by the end of 2012.

Source: Help Scheme website

:: 03/02/2011

France - ASO completed in the North

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the northern part of France.

In the night of 31 January to 1 February, the regions of Upper Normandy and North Pas de Calais completed switch-off. These regions includes the cities of Le Havre, Rouen, Lille and Dunkerque.

On the night of 1 to 2 February, analogue switch-off was completed in the region of Picardie which includes the cities of Amiens, and Reim.

Apart from the region of Paris (Ile-de-France), analogue switch-off has been completed in the northern half of France.

Source: Tous au numérique website

:: 01/02/2011

Serbia - New company to lead broadcast network

A new public company has been set up to manage Serbia's broadcast network infrastructure. It will take over from the national broadcaster Radio-Televizija Srbije (RTS).

The new company, led by Vladimir Homan, is responsible for RTS's 250 transmitters which need to be upgraded in preparation for digital switchover.

The BBC World Service Trust and its consortium of international partners will provide support for digital switchover as per a contract with the European Union.

Digital switchover is set to be completed by April 2012.

Source: Telecom Paper

:: 27/01/2011

Russia - No DTT subsidies from federal government

According to Igor Shchegolev, the Minister of Communications and Mass Media, the federal government will not subsidise DTT receivers.

However, it is possible that such subsidies are made available by regional governments.

Shchegolev also announced plans to stop the sale of analogue only television sets in 2011.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 26/01/2011

Israel - ASO delayed until March

The Ministry of Telecommunications has decided to postpone analogue switch-off.

Initially set to take place on 2 February 2011, it will now take place on 30 March 2011.

Source: Go Digital

:: 24/01/2011

Lithuania - EC approves DSO aid scheme

The European Commission (EC) has decided not to open an enquiry into the measures adopted by the governmetns to aid low income families with digital switchover.

The government plans to set aside LT 34 million (€9.8 million) to cover the cost of the programme. It is expected that households qualifying for aid will receive approximately LT 200 (€58) to be used towards the purchase of a digital set-top box.

The aid scheme will last from 29 April 2012 until 29 January 2013. It is estimated that 168,000 households will benefit from the aid programme.

Source: EC website

:: 20/01/2011

France - DSO aid extended to overseas territories

As part of the digital switchover process in its overseas territories, the CSA has agreed to extend the financial aid available to viewers.

The amount of aid available to households will be greater than in the rest of France since households in the overseas territories will need to purchase receivers compatible with MPEG-4 AVC rather than MPEG-2.

The aid will also be made available to households who previously accessed television through analogue satellite but are no longer able to do so since the launch of digital satellite services.

Source: CSA website

:: 14/01/2011

South Africa - ASO moved to December 2013

The government has decided to move the date for the completion of analogue switch-off to December 2013.

Initially, analogue switch-off was set to be completed by November 2011.

The government has also confirmed that it will adopt the DVB-T2 standard for its DTT platform. This follows the decision taken by the members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to adopt DVB-T2.

Source: IOL

:: 30/12/2010

Portugal - Anacom announced ASO pilot dates and locations

The communications regulator Anacom has announced the dates and location for the analogue switch-off pilots in Portugal.

Analogue services from the transmission sites at Alenquer will take place on 12 May followed by the switch-off at Cacém on 16 June and at Nazaré on 13 October.

The criteria used to select the areas included:
- technically easy to implement,
- topography does not allow for the analogue signal to be received from other transmission sites,
- the population does not exceed 150,000 residents, and,
- digital and analogue terrestrial signals have simultaneously been available for at least one year.

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed by 26 April 2012. It will take place in three phases beginning on 12 January 2012 with the switch-off of transmission sites along the coastal part of the mainland. It will be followed by switch-off in the Azores and Madeira on 22 March 2012 whilel all remaining transmission sites will be switched off on 26 April.

Source: Anacom website

:: 17/12/2010

Sri Lanka - ASO to be completed by 2017

The Minister for Mass Media and Information, Keheliya Rambukwella, has announced that Sri Lanka will complete digital switchover by 2017.

The Minister has appointed a committee to provide an evaluation on the technical aspects of digital switchover. The launch of DTT services is expected to begin in 2011 in the Western Province which includes the capital city Colombo.

Sri Lanka is expected to use the DVB-T2 standard.

Source: ABU website

:: 16/12/2010

Taiwan - DSO to be completed by 2013

Digital switchover is set to be completed in 2013. In order to ease the process, the government is set to invest NT$740 million (€18.7 million) for DTT receivers and transmitters.

The government will provide NT$260 million to subsidise DTT receivers for 103,000 low income households. The aid programme is set to launch in the second half of 2011.

In addition, the government will provide funding to increase the coverage of DTT services. Coverage is expected to reach over 95% of the population by 2012.

The DTT platform was launched in 2004 and offers HD services.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 01/12/2010

Slovenia - ASO completed on 1 December

Analogue switch-off has been completed nationwide on 1 December at 3am.

On a single day, all analogue terrestrial television services were switched off. Preparations for analogue switch-off included a 15 minute switch-off on 15 November.

Viewers are currently able to access DTT services on two national multiplexes as well as from several local multiplexes.

Source: APEK website

:: 26/11/2010

Italy - ASO almost completed in the North

Analogue switch-off has been completed for nearly 12 million Italians on 25 and 26 November.

Switch-off took place in eastern Piedmont, Lombardy and the provice of Parma and Piacenza.

As a next step, analogue switch-off will be completed in the remaining areas of Emilia Romagna between 27 November and 2 December. It will affect 1.6 million households.

Between 3 and 15 December, a further 2 million households in the areas of Friuli Venezia Giulia will complete analogue switch-off.

Source: DGTVi website

:: 24/11/2010

France - Canal+ completed ASO

The pay television service provider Canal+ has announced that it has completed the analogue switch-off of its terrestrial pay channel Canal+.

It is the first national broadcaster to complete analogue switch-off in France. Among its analogue terrestrial subscribers, 74% opted for DTT, 15% opted for satellite, 7% opted for IPTV and 4% opted for cable delivery.

A total of 1 million households have subscribed to Canal+ the pay-DTT platform.

Canal+ was required to complete its analogue switch-off by the end of 2010 since the frequencies it used in the VHF band are necessary for the launch of digital radio services.

Analogue switch-off of the remaining channels on the terrestrial platform will be completed by the end of November 2011.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 17/11/2010

Bulgaria - ASO delayed until 2015

The government has announced that it will delay the completion of analogue switch-off by two years to early 2015.

According to the government, this decision was taken given the high costs of digital switchover. Funding needs to be made available for the information campaign and the assistance to low-income households.

As next step, a working group will draft a DTT strategy plan by January 2011. The DTT licenses, which have already been allocated, will not be re-issued. Towercom Bulgaria, which has the license to operate 2 DTT multiplexes recently announced that had signed a procurement deal with Thomson.

Recently, the government in Romania announced that it would also delay the completion of digital switchover.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 17/11/2010

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Channel Islands

Digital switchover has been completed on a single day in the Channel Islands.

All analogue terrestrial services (BBC One, BBC Two, Channel TV and Channel 4) were simultaneously switched off and the DTT platform was launched. A total of 50,000 households are affected by the switchover.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 17/11/2010

Slovakia - EC approved €7 million in DSO aid to broadcasters and network operators

The European Commission has approved a digital switchover aid scheme worth €7 million in Slovakia.

The approved aid scheme will allow broadcasters and network operators to benefit from a 50% contribution towards the costs of their analogue transmissions and the purchase or rental of temporary mobile analogue transmitters during the digital switchover (simulcast) period. This period will last a maximum of 12 months.

Broadcasters had been reluctant to launch DTT services prior to analogue switch-off given the cost of dual transmission, especially considering that few households are equipped with DTT receivers.

According to the Commission, the aid provided by the Slovakian government is in line with EU state aid rules since it is technology neutral and limited to the minimum necessary.

In addition, the Commission approved a further measure to help the poorest 10% of the population acquire a DTT receiver (up to €20).

Source: EC press release

:: 16/11/2010

France - ASO completed in Burgundy and Franche-Comté

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the regions of Burgundy and Franche-Comté on the night of 15-16 November.

This affected 34 transmission sites in Burgundy and 65 transmission sites in Franche-Comté.

Picardie, Upper Normandy and Northern Pas de Calais are the next regions to switch-off analogue television services. This will take place on 1 and 2 February.

Source: Tous au Numerique website

:: 29/10/2010

Slovenia - Call centre set up to help viewers prepare for ASO

A call center has been set-up to help answer viewer questions in the run up to analogue switch-off.

Viewer will be able to access information from a call center which will provide advice on how to prepare for digital switchover. The call center is open daily from 9.00-21.00.

Analogue switch-off is set to take place on 1 December 2010 at 3am. In preparation for the switch-off, certain programmes on the analogue platform will be switched off for 15 minutes in the evening of 15 November.

Source: APEK's DVB-T website

:: 29/10/2010

Bosnia - Preparations underway for DSO

According to Broadband TV News, digital switchover is ready to begin in Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH).

The Council of Ministers has announced that as a first step a tender commission will select an organisation to lead the first stage of digital switchover. A total of BAM4.2 million (€2.15 million) has already been set aside to fund the process.

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed in 2015.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 27/10/2010

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Southwest Highlands

The Southwest Highlands and Islands region in Scotland has completed digital switchover.

On 27 October, all television channels on the analogue platform were switched off from thte Torosay transmitter and its 22 relay stations and new DTT services were launched. A total of 17,000 household have been affected.

The analogue switch-off process began on 13 October when the analogue channel BBC 2 was switched off from the Torosay transmitter.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 23/10/2010

Italy - Northern Italy to complete ASO by end of year

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed in the northern part of Italy by the end of the year.

From 25 October until 26 November, the final stage of digital switchover will be completed in the areas of Lombardy, eastern Piedmont and in the provinces of Piacenza and Parma.

Analogue switch-off will continue from 27 November until 15 December in the regions of Emilia Romagna, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Financial aid is available to households that meet certain eligibility requirements.

Currently, 6.7 million households have already completed digital switchover. By the end of the year, the a a total of 16.2 million households will have completed the process which represents 65% of television households.

Analogue switch-off is expected to be completed by the end of 2011.

Source: DGTVi website

:: 21/10/2010

Hungary - Antenna Hungaria confident ASO on target

The head of the broadcast network operator Antenna Hungaria, Jean-Francois Fenech, has expressed confidence that Hungary will be able to complete analogue switch-off by the target date of 31 December 2011.

However, he called on the government to finalise its decisions on such topics as receiver subsidies and the analogue switch-off timetable.

Antenna Hungaria, which also operates the DTT service MinDigTV, estimates that 125,000 households use the DTT platform. Out of the 3.8 million television households, 800,000 households rely exclusively on the terrestrial platform.

According to Antenna Hungaria, it expects to spend a total of HUF25 billion (€90.32 million) on the digital switchover process.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 20/10/2010

France - ASO completed in Centre and Poitou-Charentes

The regions of Centre and Poitou-Charentes have completed analogue switch-off. The process began in the night of 18-19 October.

In the Centre region, all services were made available to viewers by 20h from 5 main transmitter sites and 32 relay sites. In Poitou-Charentes, 2 main and 35 relay transmitter sites were operational by 19 October. Four further sites were to be operational by 20 October.

In both regions, viewers must re-tune their DTT receivers in order to continue receiving services.

In France, an average of two regions complete digital switchover per month. The process began in November 2009 and is expected to end by November 2011.

As of October 2010, a total of 8 regions have completed digital switchover accounting for 29% of the population (17.7 million viewers).

Source: Tous Au Numerique website

:: 20/10/2010

United Kingdom - ASO completed in North Scotland

Digital switchover has been completed by the 70,000 households in North Scotland. The area includes Inverness and the Great Glen.

All analogue channels on the Rosemarkie transmitter group were switched off on 20 October and new Freeview services were launched.

On 6 October, the analogue service of BBC 2 was switched off from the Rosemarkie transmitter.

Source: Digital UK

:: 20/10/2010

Portugal - Portuguese invest 17 million Euros in HDTV

The Portuguese national TV channels have started investing in High Definition as part of preparations for the analogue switch-off (ASO) due to take place on April 26th 2012.

Commercial broadcaster SIC has announced it will invest up to E12 million in HD. Director general, Luis Marques, expects that the majority of the content and transmission infrastructure will already be in HD by year’s end, while at the time of the ASO it will be able to launch a complete offering in HD.

Rival TVI estimates investments at E3-5 million, mainly for the acquisition of transmission equipment, and expects to have the entire broadcasting line in HD by the 2010. The idea is to tailor the investment to the level of DTT penetration in the country.

At public broadcaster RTP all of the Portuguese and foreign TV series are already being commissioned in HD, with significant investments also in cameras and other broadcasting equipment, although no figures have been mentioned.

DTT broadcasting was launched in Portugal on January 12th 2009 and the four national TV channels (RTP 1, RTP 2, SIC and TVI) can currently be received by some 85 per cent of the population.

Source: Advanced Televison - story by Branislav Pekic

:: 19/10/2010

Romania - ASO to move to 2013?

According to the president of the communications regulator ANCOM, Catalin Marinescu, the date for analogue switch-off could be moved to 2013.

This would allow Romania to remain aligned with digital switchover policies currently underway in Europe. In addition, it is likely that the European Union will adopt legislation requiring members to complete analogue switch-off by 2012.

Last August, it had been decided to move the analogue switch-off date from 2012 to 2015. This decision resulted in ending the DTT license tendering which had been underway.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 05/10/2010

Croatia - Analogue switch-off completed

Digital switchover has been completed in Croatia on 5 October following the switch-off of analogue television channels in the region of Zagreb.

Analogue switch-off began on 26 January 2010. The country had been divided into 9 regions which progressively switched off analogue services. The region of Zagreb, known as D4, was the last region to switch-off.

Viewers can currently access services from two national DTT multiplexes. Further multiplexes are expected to launch.

Source: OiV website

:: 29/09/2010

France - ASO completed in Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine

In the nights of 27 - 29 September, analogue switch-off began in the regions of Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine. Analogue television channels were switched off in the night of 27 September in Champagne-Ardenne and the night of 28 September in the Lorraine.

In Champagne-Ardenne, nearly all of the 44 transmission sites were back on the air by 28 September. In the Lorraine, 9 main transmission sites and 54 relay stations were back on the air by 29 September.

Source: Tous au Numerique website

:: 22/09/2010

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Northeast Highlands

Analogue switch-off was completed from the Knockmore transmitter group in Scotland.

The region served includes Morayshire, Strathspey and parts of Easter Ross.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 21/09/2010

Czech Republic - DTV uptake reaches 89%

The uptake of digital television is well underway in the Czech Republic. A total of 89.4% of households access DTV services.

This is a 30% increase in take-up compared with the same period last year. Approximately 14% of households continue to access analogue terrestrial television services.

DTT coverage is nearly universal. The first multiplex is available to 99% of the population. The second and third multiplexes have a population coverage of 89.5% and 84.4% respectively. The fouth multiplex, used for trial DTT services, is available to 22% of the population.

Analogue switch-off is set for completion on 11 November 2011.

Source: Broandband TV News

:: 19/09/2010

United States - Low-power broadcast ASO by 2012

The FCC has proposed that low power television transmission sites turn off their analogue services in channels 52-69 by 31 December 2012.

Already, full-power sites switched off analogue services on 12 June 2009. At the time, the FCC called on low-power sites to build digital facilities by 2012.

In its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the FCC called for a flexible approach while also ensuring that the process was finished by a certain date.

Comments to the proposals will be accepted for the next 90 days.

Source: Broadcasting & Cable

:: 16/09/2010

New Zealand - ASO confirmed for 2013

Analogue switch-off is set to take place in 2013. DTT services launched in 2007.

The coverage of DTT services will increase from 75% of the population to about 87%.

A total of 26% of households accessed Freeview services as of 30 June 2010.

Source: DTG website

:: 15/09/2010

Slovakia - EC approves €11 million aid scheme

The European Commission (EC) has approved an €11 million aid scheme to help socially vulnerable households purchase digital television receivers.

According to the EC, the scheme is in line with Article 107(2)(a) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, that allows aid of a social nature.

Specifically, the scheme adheres to the principles of neutrality and non-discrimination between the different types and technologies as well as the geographical origins of decoders.

As per the scheme, qualifying households will be entitled to a voucher with a maximum value of €20 for the purchase of digital TV equipment.

The scheme has been approved until 1 July 2013.

Source: EC press release

:: 15/09/2010

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Aberdeen City and Shire

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the northeastern part of Scotland.

The switch-off of the Durris transmitter group has affected 221,000 homes including Aberdeen City and Shire. It is now the largest digital region in Scotland.

Analogue switch-off began on 1 September when the analogue channel BBC Two was switched off. This allowed for DTT services to launch from the 13 relay stations in the Durris transmiter group which affect 44,000 homes.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 13/09/2010

Italy - 2010 ASO calendar approved

The calendar for the completion of analogue switch-off in the northern part of Italy has been approved.

The new calendar was approved by the National Committe Digital Italy which includes representatives from broadcasters, network operators, manufacturers, consumer groups and is chaired by the Deputy Minister for Economic Development.

The final stages of analogue switch-off will be postponed until 25 October. In addition, analogue switch-off in the region of Liguria will be postponed until the first half of 2011.

Source: DGTVi website

:: 25/08/2010

Israel - ASO set for February 2011

Preparations are underway for analogue switch-off set to take place in February 2011.

The Ministry of Finance will grant $50 to help low-income families purchase DTT receivers.

Currently, the DTT platform provides five free-to-air services from one multiplex. It is expected that following analogue switch-off, further capacity could be made available to launch new DTT services.

Source: Go Digital

:: 18/08/2010

United Kingdom - ASO completed in first city in Scotland

Dundee has become the first city in Scotland to complete digital switchover. On 18 August, all analogue channels from the Angus transmitter group were switched off.

This switch-off has affected 200,000 homes in Angus, Dundee, Perth and parts of Fife. In addition, it has allowed 75,000 homes that rely upon the 23 relay transmitters in this transmission group to be able to access DTT services.

The process began on 4 August when the analogue service of BBC2 was switched off.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 13/08/2010

Romania - ASO delayed until 2015

The government has announced that analogue switch-off will be delayed until 2015. Previously, analogue switch-off had been set for completion in 2012.

According to the government, the delay is necessary to give viewers more time to purchase DTT receivers in a difficult economic period.

This delay nullifies the tender process underway for two DTT multiplex licenses. It had been anticipated that 7 companies would bid for the licenses prior to the 17 September deadline.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 28/07/2010

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Skriaig

Analogue services from the Skriaig transmitter group were switched off on 28 July. This affects 8000 homes in Skye, Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and parts of Barra.

As a result of digital switchover, it has been possible to launch new DTT services. The process began on 14 July when the analogue channel BBC2 was switched off.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 21/07/2010

United Kingdom - ASO at Eitshal transmitter group

Analogue switch-off has been completed at the Eitshal transmitter group in Scotland.

A total of 12,000 households in Lewis, Wester Ross, north west Sutherland, parts of Harris and Skye were affected by the switch-off of BBC 1, STV, Channel 4, Five.

The process began on 7 July when the analogue channel of BBC 2 was switched off.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 19/07/2010

Poland - Over €100 million in DTT subsidies to be made available

The government has agreed to provide subsidies to help households purchase DTT receivers in order to ease digital switchover.

According to the Ministry of Infrastructure, the government is likely to make available between PLN 400-600 million (€96.8-145.3 million).

However, this is less than broadcasters had anticipated. They have claimed that PLN 1 billion is necessary to help all households excempt from paying the television license fee.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 04/07/2010

France - NRJ and NextRadioTV seek further DTT capacity

The broadcasters NextRadioTV and NRJ Group have announced their interest in acquiring capacity to launch HD services on the DTT platform.

NextRadioTV would like to launch a sports new service, RMC Sport HD, while NRJ would like to launch Chérie HD, a female lifestyle service.

Following the completion of analogue switch-off in November 2011, capacity will be available for two HD services. In addition, each of the incumbent broadcasters (TF1, M6, Canal+) will be allocated a further DTT service slot.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 30/06/2010

Portugal - Anacom confirms ASO roadmap

The communications regulator Anacom has confirmed its plans for analogue switch-off.

The process will take place in three phases starting on 12 January 2012 and ending on 26 April 2012.

In the first phase, switch-off will take place in the coastal zone of the mainland. It will affect 70% of the population and 39% of the territory.

In the second phase, scheduled for 22 March 2012, analogue switch-off will take place in the regions of Azores and Madeira. This represents about 5% of the population.

Finally, in the last phase, all remaining analogue broadcasts in the mainland of Portugal will be switched off.

Analogue switch-off pilots will take place in 2011.

Currently, one multiplex offers viewers access to 4 free-to-air television programme services (RTP1, RTP 2, SIC and TVI). It is currently available to 85% of the population with full population coverage to be reached by the end of the year.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 30/06/2010

Australia - ASO completed in Mildura/Sunraysia region

Mildura / Sunraysia has become the first region in Australia to complete digital switchover. At 9.00 hr on 30 June, all analogue television channels were switched off.

The Government’s Digital Tracker survey showed that nearly all households in the region were prepared for digital switchover.

The government provided assistance to over 2,500 households under the Government's Household Assistance Scheme. Assistance is given to households with elderly and disabled members.

As part of digital switchover in the region, three new transmitters were installed in Ouyen, Underbool and Robinvale.

Regional South Australia and Broken Hill is the next region set to complete digital switchover on 15 December. Digital switchover is expected to be completed by 31 December 2010.

Source: Government website

:: 16/06/2010

United Kingdom - Digital UK likely to be under-budget

The cost of digital switchover is likely to be lower than expected in the United Kingdom.

Digital UK, the organisation responsible for leading digital switchover, is expected to spend less than initially anticipated. A saving of approximately £55 million is expected.

A budget of £201 million had been set aside to cover the costs of Digital UK. However, it is likely that the organisation will only spend £146 million.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 16/06/2010

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Caithness and North Sutherland

All analogue channels from the Rumster Forest transmitter group were switched off on 16 June. This affects households in Caithness and North Sutherland.

The process began on 2 June when the analogue channel BBC2 was switched off which allowed for the launch of DTT services in the region.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 08/06/2010

France - ASO completed in Brittany

The region of Brittany along the north western coast of France has completed analogue switch-off.

The switch-off took place in the night of 7 to 8 June.

Source: Tous au numérique

:: 04/06/2010

Slovenia - Kanal A to switch off on 30 June in Slovenj Gradec

The commercial broadcaster Kanal A will switch-off its analogue services in the area of Slovenj Gradec on 30 June. Viewers in this area will only be able to access Kanal A through the DTT platform.

Kanal A is broadcast on the DTT platform from Multiplex A which is operated by the public service broadcaster RTV Slo.

Source: APEK's DVB-T website

:: 26/05/2010

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Orkney Islands

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the Orkney Islands. This affects approximately 10,000 homes.

The process began on 12 May when the analogue channel BBC2 was switched off.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 19/05/2010

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Shetland

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the Shetland islands in the northern part of Scotland. A total of 9000 households have been affected by the switch-off.

All analogue services from one main transmission site and 8 relay stations (Bressay transmission group) have been switched off. Viewers must re-tune their DTT receivers in order to be able to access all DTT services.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 18/05/2010

France - ASO completed in Pays de la Loire

Analogue switch-off has been completed in the region of the Pays de la Loire in the northwestern part of France.

At midnight on the night of 17-18 May, all analogue and digital terrestrial television services were switched off.

DTT services were progressively re-started following adjustments made to the frequencies used and the power levels. The body responsible for leading digital switchover, France Télé Numérique, has asked households to re-scan their DTT receivers.

The DTT services from the four main transmission sites (Nantes, Laval, Le Mans, Angers) were available to viewers as of 10.00hr on 18 May while viewers relying on the 27 relay sites needed to wait until 19.40hr.

To help viewers prepare for analogue switch-off, all households in the region (1.2 million) were sent a 20 page guide by France Télé Numérique in mid-March.

Brittany will be the next region to switch-off analogue terrestrial services on 8 June.

Source: Tous Au Numérique website

:: 13/05/2010

Hungary - ORTT allocates funding to help with DSO

The Hungarian Radio and Television Board (ORTT) will allocate money to help regional and local public and non-profit broadcasters with their transition to digital television.

A total of HUF 47.7 million (€174,241)will be available to help 24 broadcasters purchase new technical equipment. In addition, the ORTT will provide HUF 89.9 million (€330,000)for the production of local and regional public television programmes.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 11/05/2010

Denmark - Report on DSO process available for free download

The Danish DTT Information Office now has published an official report on the process and results of digital switchover in Denmark.

An extensive report (over 100 pages), it contains an English summary which can be found towards the end of the document.

The report provides an overview of the success of digital switchover which had 99.7% of all analogue terrestrial households prepared for DTT prior to analogue switch-off.

Source: Official Danish DSO report

:: 07/05/2010

Italy - ASO moved forward to 2011?

The Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Paolo Romani, has announced that considerations are underway to bring forward the date for the completion of analogue switch-off.

According to the current timetable, analogue switch-off is set to be completed in 2012. However, Romani would like the regions that will complete the process in 2012 (Tuscany, Umbria, Sicily and Calabria) to do so in 2011. He has announced that he will speak to the presidents of these regions to determine whether or not this would be possible.

The head of the DGTVi, Andrea Ambrogetti, agreed that such a proposal is feasible given that, by the end of the year, 70% of the population will have completed analogue switch-off by the end of 2010 and DTT penetration will have reached 85% of households. However, he noted that any revisions to the timetable must be done immediately.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 26/04/2010

Australia - ASO awareness over 90% country-wide

The Digital Switchover Taskforce has published its Digital Tracker for the first quarter of 2010 (January to March). According to the Digital Tracker, 68% of households now converted to digital.

This is an increase of 7% in comparison with the previous quarter.

The region of Mildura/Sunraysia has the highest rate of digital conversion with 87% of households watching digital television. This region will be the first to complete digital switchover on 30 June 2010.

Digital conversion is lowest in the region of remote central and eastern Australia with only 47% digital households.

In all regions, the awareness about digital switchover is 90% or higher.

Analogue switch-off is expected to be completed by 2013.

Source: Digital Tracker Report Q1 2010

:: 20/04/2010

Portugal - Anacom publishes consultation on ASO plan

The communications regulator Anacom has opened a consultation on its proposed plan for analogue switch-off. It is seeking feedback until 18 May 2010.

According to the plan, analogue switch-off will take place in three phases each consisting of 7 days. The first phase will begin on 7 January 2012 and switch-off analogue services in the coastal zone of the mainland. On 22 March 2012, the second phase will begin in regions of Madeira and Azores. The process will be completed with analogue switch-off in the remainder of the mainland on on 26 April 2012

Anacom is also proposing that several analogue switch-off pilots take place in first half of 2011 in order to prepare for switch-off and raise viewer awareness.

The Council of Minister resolution 26/2009 dated 17 March 2009 sets 26 April 2012 as the date for the completion of analogue switch-off. However, switch-off by this date is contingent on reaching full population coverage (~100%) on the free-to-air multiplex (MUX A) by the end of 2010. Currently, DTT services are available to 80% of the population.

The launch of the commercial DTT platform has not yet been confirmed.

Source: Anacom website

:: 19/04/2010

Spain - Government declares ASO a success

According to the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce, analogue switch-off has been a success in Spain.

Data shows that 80,124 calls were received betweem 30 March 30 and 12 April at the Ministry's Call Centre. Of these, 3.6% of calls were related to signal problems while 8.3% were related to installation problems.

In addition, the Parliament has called on the national and regional governments to provide funding to allow households outside of the DTT coverage area to access digital services via satellite.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 07/04/2010

Latvia - ASO completed in Riga

On 1 April, the analogue channels of LNT and LTV were switched off in the capital city of Riga. Switch-off in the remainder of the country is set for 1 June.

As a result of the switch-off in Riga, the demand for DTT receivers has been high. According to the pay-DTT service provider Lattelecom, between 150,000 and 160,000 households access DTT services in the region.

In addition, Lattelecom has had an increase in demand for its pre-paid DTT service.

Source: Lattelecom announcement

:: 07/04/2010

United Kingdom - ASO completed in the West TV region

Digital switchover has been completed in the West TV region, serving Bristol, parts of Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

Shortly after midnight on 7 April, the analogue services of BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4 and Five were turned off permanently enabling extra digital channels to be broadcast from 61 local relay transmitters serving the area.

DTT viewers have been advised to re-tune their equipment in order to receive the full service offering.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 31/03/2010

United Kingdom - Wales completes ASO

Wales has become the first nation in the United Kingdom to complete digital switchover.

On 31 March, the last analogue terrestrial services were switched off from the Wenvoe transmitter group serving the region of Cardiff.

In the region of Cardiff, HD services on the DTT platform have been launched.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 30/03/2010

Spain - ASO in Barcelona, Madrid and Seville

Over 16.5 million viewers in Spain will completed analogue switch-off on 30 March.

On this date, the analogue services from the transmission towers covering the cities of Barcelona (Collserola), Madrid (Torrespaña), and Seville (Valencina de la Concepción) will be switched off.

Analogue switch-off will be completed country-wide on 2 April, when the analogue services at a further 6 transmission sites are switched off.

The analogue switch-off process began in July 2007 when a pilot was undertaken in the province of Soria. The first officially phase of analogue switch-off began in June 2009.

It is estimated that about 30 million DTT receivers have been sold in Spain since the re-launch of DTT services in November 2005.

Source: DigiTAG Project Office

:: 15/03/2010

Spain - Navarra and Baleares first two regions to complete ASO

The two autonomous regions of Navarra and Baleares have completed analogue switch-off. In addition, analogue switch-off has been completed in the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla.

A further 33 areas will complete analogue switch-off between 10 March and 2 April. By 2 April, analogue switch-off will be completed country-wide.

Already, analogue switch-off has been completed in 3,800 municipalities.

Source: Impulsa TDT

:: 10/03/2010

United Kingdom - ASO completed in central/western Wales

Digital switchover was completed in west and central Wales on 10 March. The switch-off affects 26,000 viewers in the area.

The analogue channels of BBC1, ITV1, S4C, and Five where switched off from the Blaenplwyf transmitter group which includes 12 relay stations.

The process had begun on 10 February when the analogue channel BBC Two had been switched off.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 09/03/2010

France - ASO completed in Lower Normandy

Analogue switch-off has been successfully completed in the region of Lower Normandy. At midnight on 8 March, all analogue television transmissions were ended.

On the morning of 9 March, the services from three transmission sites (Caen - Mont Pincon, Mortain - Grand Fontaine, and Alencon d'Amain) were switched back on. This was followed by the switch of of services at the 19 dependent transmission sites later in the day. Viewers in Lower Normandy are now able to access DTT services and can proceed with a frequency scan to find all available services.

In addition the analogue service of Canal+ was also switched in the region of Northern Normandy on 9 March. However, the analogue switch-off of the remaining analogue services (TF1, France 2, France 3, France 5, ARTE, and M6) will occur until February 2011.

The Loire Valley will be the next region to complete analogue switch-off in May 2010.

Source: Tous Au Numérique website

:: 09/03/2010

Spain - Estimated 2 million receivers to be sold in next 2 weeks

The impending completion of analogue switch-off on 30 March is expected to drive sales of DTT receivers.

According to the research firm Gigaset, two million DTT receivers will be sold in the next two weeks as analogue switch-off is completed. Sales will be driven by the estimated 15% of households not yet prepared for analogue switch-off.

In addition, Gigaset estimates that 3 million households will be interested in pay-DTT services. Mediapro, which owns the commercial broadcaster La Sexta and the pay DTT service Gol TV, is expected to launch its pay-DTT platform offering 4-6 services for a monthly fee of €20-€25 this summer.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 02/03/2010

Belgium - ASO completed on 1 March

The French-speaking community of Belgium completed analogue switch-off on 1 March 2010.

Initially analogue switch-off had been set to be completed by 30 November 2011. The analogue platform only provided the channels from the public service broadcaster RTBF.

The Flemish-speaking community completed analogue switch-off in November 2008.

Source: CSA website

:: 26/02/2010

Australia - 61% of households converted to DTV

The government has published its Digital Tracker for the period October to December 2009. According to the published research, 61% of households have converted to digital television on their main television set.

This is a 5% increase compared with the previous quarter, and a 14% increase compared with the first quarter of 2009.

The highest number of households ready for digital switchover can be found in the region of Mildura Sunraysia with a 79% readiness. It will be the first region to complete analogue switch-off in a few months' time.

In addition, 78% of households know how to convert to digital, including 66% of aged pensioners.

Analogue switch-off will take place region-by-region starting in the second half of 2010 and will be completed by the end of 2013.

The Digital Tracker measures digital readiness in six key areas: awareness of DSO, understand of how to ready for DSO, attitude towards DSO, intention to convert to digital, DSO conversion rate, and satisfaction with digital television.

Source: Digital Tracker Q4 2009

:: 26/02/2010

Italy - 23 million residents to complete ASO in 2010

The Analogue Switch-off Taskforce for 2010 has been officially launched. It will be responsible for leading the process in those areas switching off services in 2010.

A total of 23 million residents will be affected by analogue switch-off by the end of 2010. The northern part of the country will complete the process, including the regions of Lombardy, Piedmont, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, and Liguria.

The analogue switch-off process will begin on 12 May with the switch-off of two analogue channels (RAI Due and Retequattro) in Lombardy, eastern Piedmont, Parma and Piacenza. This will affect a total of 5 million households.

On 12 April, the analogue switch-off communications campaign will launch. The government will make available its DTT helpline and provide support for qualifying households.

Source: DGTVi newsletter

:: 19/02/2010

Estimating the cost of DSO in Russia and the Ukraine

The European Audiovisual Observatory has published a new report on the preparatory work for digital switchover in Russia and the Ukraine.

In Russia, digital switchover will be governed by the Federal Target Programme while in the Ukraine, it will be governed by the Ukrainian State Programme of Introduction of Digital Television and Radio Broadcasting. Both countries expect to complete the process by 2015.

The cost of digital switchover in Russia is expected to cost €2.75 billion of which €1.72 billion will be funded by the government. In the Ukraine, digital switchover is expected to cost €365 million of which €760,000 will be funded by the government and €364 million will be funded by private investments.

According to the report authors, digital switchover will drive the adoption of new regulations to oversee the sector. However, they question the potential for putting in place a transparent legal measures. The cost of digital switchover could also lead to the collapse of smaller regional broadcasters which could endanger the pluralism made possible by digital television.

Source: European Audiovisual Observatory website

:: 17/02/2010

South Africa - ASO delayed until 2013

The communications regulator ICASA has announced that analogue switch-off will be delayed until 2013. Previously, analogue switch-off had been set to be completed by 1 April 2012.

The shortage of set-top boxes, that are to be produced locally, is given as the primary reason for the delay. The government plans to fund the provision of DTT set-top boxes.

Trial DTT services have been available since 1 November 2008.

Source: Screen Africa

:: 11/02/2010

Spain - ASO confirmed for 30 March 2010

The government has confirmed that analogue switch-off will be completed in Spain on 30 March. This is several days earlier than the original date of 3 April.

The change in date has been made so as to avoid clashing with the Easter holiday / Semana Santa.

The third phase of analogue switch-off is set to begin on 10 March and will last until 30 March. This last phase of the process will affect 30 million people, including the major cities of Madrid, Valencia, and Barcelona.

As of 10 February, a scrolling bar has been added to analogue programmes informing viewers about the impending switch-off.

Source: Impulsa TDT newsletter

:: 08/02/2010

Belgium - Walloon to complete ASO on 1 March

According to Broadband TV News, the French-speaking community in Belgium will complete analogue switch-off on 1 March. Only two channels from the public service broadcaster RTBF are available on the analogue terrestrial platform.

Viewers are able to access DTT services from one DVB-T multiplex in the French-speaking community. Services available include La Une, La Deux, La Trois (from RTBF) and a shared service between Euronews and German language BRF Blickpunkt. Several radio services are also available.

The Flemish-speaking community completed analogue switch-off in November 2008.

It is not clear how either community will make use of the extra capacity made available following the completion of analogue switch-off.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 02/02/2010

Philippines - ASO to be delayed

The Philippines is expected to delay its date for the completion of analogue switch-off. Initially, digital switchover was set to be completed by 2015.

One of the key reasons for the delay is the lack of the introduction of DTT services. At this stage, the government has not selected which DTT standard will be used. Competitors include, among others, DVB-T and ISDB.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 01/02/2010

Spain - ASO to be moved forward by a few days?

The government is currently considering plans to bring forward the analogue switch-off date by a few days. Analogue switch-off is set to be completed by 3 April 2010 but could instead be completed by 30 March.

The Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce is currently in discussions with broadcasters to determine if such a date change is possible.

The government fears that 3 April will clash with the Eastern weekend holiday and would like the process to be completed beforehand.

Analogue switch-off has been ongoing in a phased process since June 2009.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 01/02/2010

France - CSA sets up DTT coverage postcheck

The broadcast regulator CSA has launched an online application allowing viewers to know whether or not they can receive DTT services.

Users can enter their postal address to determine which DTT services are (or will be) available to them as well as the date when analogue switch-off is expected to take place.

As DTT roll-out continues, the information on the database will be updated.

The application is also available on the official ASO website, Tous Au Numérique (www.tousaunumerique.fr)

Source: CSA website

:: 31/01/2010

India - ASO likely in 2017

According to the Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Ambika Soni, digital switchover is likely to be completed in 2017.

While an official date has not been set, 2017 is viewed as reasonable target date.

Currently, DVB-H services are available from the public service broadcaster Doordasha.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 29/01/2010

France - ASO in Alsace on 1-2 February

Analogue switch-off is set to take place in the Alsace region on 1-2 February. All analogue channels will be switched off in the night of 1 February.

DTT services will progressively return to air during the day on 2 February by 18 hr. At the major transmission sites (Strasbourg Nordheim and Mulhouse Belvédère), DTT services are expected to be available by no later than 10 hr.

To be able to receive all services, viewers are asked launch a scan with their DTT receivers.

Source: Tous Au Numérique website

:: 28/01/2010

Spain - Number of collective antenna to be converted remains high

The National Federation of Telecommunication Installers (FENITEL) are warning that it may not be possible to convert all collective antennas to digital in time for the completion of analogue switch-off on 3 April.

According to FENITEL, it will be difficult for antenna installers to manage the anticipated workload in the last month, especially in the cities of Barcelona and Madrid. It is for this reason that FENITEL is calling on housing units not to wait until the last moment to ask for their antennas to be converted.

FENITEL is also calling on consumers to be wary of illegal television antenna installers who claim to do the same work as legal installers but at a lower cost. Such antennas may not be correctly converted.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 22/01/2010

Croatia - ASO to begin on 26 January

Analogue switch-off is set to begin in Croatia on 26 January. Switch-off will begin in the so-called D5 region which covers Istra County, part of Primorje Gorski Kotar County and part of Lika-Senj County.

Switch-off will take place region-by-region as a set roadmap. On 3 March, the regions D3 (Međimurje, Varaždin, Koprivnica-Križevci, and part of Bjelovar-Bilogora), D7 (Zadar, Šibenik-Knin, and part of Lika-Senj), and D9 (part of Dubrovnik-Neretva) will complete analogue switch-off.

On 20 July, switch-off will take place in region D2(Bjelovar-Bilogor, Virovitica-Podravina, Pozega-Slavonia and Brod-Posavina) followed by regions D6 (Karlovac) and D8 (Split-Dalmatia) on 17 August.

On 5 October, analogue switch-off will be completed nationwide with the region D4 (Zagreb, Sisak-Moslavina, Krapina-Zagorje) undertakes the process.

While national broadcasters will be required to switch-off their analogue television services, local analogue television services may continue.

In preparation for analogue switch-off, the goverment has made available a subsidy to all households to be used towards the purchase of a DVB-T receiver. Already, 1.1 million subsidy vouchers have been issued. It is estimated that 53% of households are equipped with a DTT receiver.

In addition, the communications regulator HAKOM has invited candidates to tender for licenses to operate regional services in certain regions. Hakom plans on announcing the license holders to operate Multiplex D in the regions known as D1, D3, D5, D7, and D9 by early March.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 21/01/2010

Italy - New ASO dates for 2010

The timetable for analogue switch-off in 2010 has been delayed in order to avoid disruptions to viewers watching the World Cup. In addition, regional elections are taking place in early 2010.

According to the new timetable, the first phase of analogue switch-off (channels RAI 2 and RETE 4) will take place on 18 May in the areas of Lombardy (including Milan), Piedmont, and Emilia Romagna.

Full switch-off of the national analogue terrestrial platform will be completed between 15 September and 20 October in Lombardy and Piedmont, between 21 October and 25 November in Emilia Romagna, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, and between 26 November and 20 December in Liguria.

Analogue switch-off in these regions will affect a total of 12 million viewers.

Source: DGTVi website

:: 18/01/2010

France - Further ASO dates for Canal+ announced

The CSA has announced the dates for the end of the analogue terrestrial pay service, Canal+, in Rhône-Alpes, Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées.

Canal+ will switch-off on 22 September 2010 in Rhône-Alpes and on 13 October 2010 in Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées.

Canal+ must complete analogue switch-off before the end of 2010 since its analogue services uses frequencies located in Band III that have been re-allocated for the launch of digital radio services. The other services on the analogue terestrial platform, TF1, France 2, France 3, Arte, and M6, must complete analogue switch-off by November 2011.

Source: CSA website

:: 04/01/2010

Italy - Delays to ASO expected in 2010

Delays are expected to the analogue switch-off process in 2010 as a result of timing which coincides with the World Cup and regional elections.

These delays will affect the two-phased analogue switch-off timetable currently set for the regions of Lombardia, eastern Piedmont, Emilia-Romagnia, Veneto, Liguria, and Friulia Venezia.

The Cnid (National Committee for Digital Italy) is set to make a final decision on the analogue switch-off timetable for 2010 on 20 January.

Already, the government has announced that it will put aside €53.5 million to fund the analogue switch-off information campaigns in 2010. Of this, €12 million will fund local information campaigns, €8 million will fund switch-off activities, €7 million will fund the call centre, €19 million will help households purchase DTT receivers, while the final €7 million will be used for information campaigns.

In 2009, analogue switch-off has been completed in six regions (Lazio, western Piedmont, Val d'Aoste, Campania, Trento, and Bolzano) including the cities of Rome, Naples, and Turin. This has impacted approximately 30% of the population (15.3 million people).

Following the completion of digital switchover by 2012, five new national channels will be available on the DTT platform. While the incumbent broadcasters (RAI, Mediaset, Telecom Italia) can apply for 2 of the channels, the remaining three channels are reserved for new broadcasters.

Source: Il Sole 24 Ore

:: 01/01/2010

Spain - Government extends DTT Help Scheme until 3 April 2010

The Ministry of Industry expects that 32% of the population will have completed analogue switch-off by the end of January 2010. This represents over 15 million households.

Already, analogue switch-off has been completed in 1700 municipalities and affected 6.5 million residents. The process is expected to be completed by 3 April 2010.

The government is accepting requests for DTT help scheme until 3 April 2010. Viewers who can benefit from the aid include those aged 65 and over with certain health issues, those with hearing or sight impairment, and those aged 80 and over living either alone or with someone older.

Source: Government TDT website

:: 18/12/2009

Latvia - ASO to begin in April 2010

Following a meeting between the DTT operator Lattelecom and the broadcast network operator LVRTC, the National Radio and TV Council (NRTP) has proposed that analogue switch-off take place in Riga on 1 April 2010.

In addition, it would like analogue switch-off to be completed country-wide by 1 June 2010.

Previous plans had called for analogue switch-off to take place in March 2010 in Riga and during the summer of 2010 for the remainder of the country.

In addition, LVRTC has stated that it will charge commercial broadcaster TV3 (Viasat) over LTL2 million (€2.8 million) should it remain the only broadcaster on the analogue terrestrial platform. TV3, which is not available on the DTT platform, had previously stated that it will only remain available on the analogue terrestrial platform.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 16/12/2009

Italy - Lazio and Campania complete ASO

The second phase of analogue switch-off has been completed in the regions of Lazio and Campania. These regions include the cities of Rome and Naples.

In Lazio, analogue switch-off was completed on 30 November and affected 2.3 million households.

In Campania, analogue switch-off was completed on 15 December and affected 1.8 million households.

According to DGTVi, 30% of television households have completed analogue switch-off in Italy.

Source: DGTVi newsletter

:: 10/12/2009

France - Government approves €96 million DTT aid

The government has approved an additional DTT aid grant of €96 million. This aid will be available to the 150,000 - 200,000 television households outside of the DTT coverage area.

By the time digital switchover is completed, DTT coverage will reach 95% of the population.

These households outside of the DTT coverage area will be given aid to be used for the purchase of satellite receiving equipment in order to access free-to-air digital services. The aid will amount to approximately €250 per household regardless of their financial situation.

Source: Le Figaro (AFP)

:: 09/12/2009

Latvia - ASO expected to begin in March 2010

The government is expected to announce the analogue switch-off timetable by the end of December. According to the plan, some analogue services will be switched off in the region of Riga in March and in the remainder of the country in the summer.

Currently, four television services (LTV1, LTV7, LNT, TV3) are available on the analogue terrestrial platform. Of these, only TV3 is unavailable on the DTT platform.

The DTT platform operator, Lattelecom, has announced that it has signed an agreement with the commercial broadcaster LNT to continue making its service freely available on the DTT platform. LNT is currently one of the most viewed television services in the country.

Source: Lattelecom announcement

:: 03/12/2009

United Kingdom - ASO underway in Wales

Analogue switch-off has been completed in two further regions in Wales. The Moel-y-Parc transmitter group completed digital switchover on 25 November while the Long Mountain transmitter group completed the process on 3 December.

In the Moel-y-Parc transmitter group, which includes 20 relay stations, viewers can access all DTT services including the recent HD services launched on 2 December.

In the Long Mountain transmitter group, which includes 14 relay stations, viewers can access services from the public service broadcasters including their services in HD.

Source: Arqiva announcement

:: 02/12/2009

Norway - ASO completed on 1 December

On 1 December, the last analogue terrestrial television transmissions were switched off in Troms and Finnmark. The digital switchover process which began with the launch of DTT services in September 2007, is now completed.

Analogue switch-off took place region by region starting in March 2009 in the region of Rogaland in the south-western part of the country.

Viewers can access a total of 25 television and 16 radio services. DTT services are available to 95% of the population as well as to the "satellite shadow" areas.

According to the pay-DTT operator Riks TV, it has 435,000 subscribers while a further 100,000 households receiving free-to-air DTT services.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 02/12/2009

United Kingdom - DVB-T2 services launched at Winter Hill

Analogue switch-off has been successfully completed in the Winter Hill transmitter group which includes the cities of Liverpool and Manchester.

The process began on 4 November with the switch-off of the BBC Two analogue service. The remaining analogue channels (BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4, Five) were switched off on 2 December.

Alongside the analogue switch-off, the public service broadcasters' multiplex B launched HD services using the DVB-T2 standard with MPEG-4 AVC. This is the first official launch of DVB-T2 services.

Source: Arqiva announcement

:: 01/12/2009

Latvia - Lattelecom encourages consumers to purchase DTT receivers

In order to encourage viewers to switch to digital television, the DTT service provider Lattelecom is offering a special DTT Christmas offer.

As part of the offer, consumers can purchase a DTT receiver in a gift box with a 1 month free subscription to the pay DTT platform.

Lattelecom is responsible for leading analogue switch-off and is urging viewers not to wait until the last momemt before purchasing DTT receivers.

DTT services are currently available in the capital city Riga and a 70 km radius around the city including Jelgava, Tukums, Bauska, Dobele and Saulkrasti. Full population coverage is expected in early 2010.

Source: Lattelecom announcement

:: 19/11/2009

France - ASO completed in Cherbourg

The third digital switchover pilot has been completed in France. The region of Nord-Cotentin (Cherbourg) completed analogue switch-off on the night 18-19 November which affected 200,000 households.

At 23.45 on 18 November all analogue channels were switched off. By 8.00 the following morning, the full DTT platform was made available to viewers. However, viewers would need to scan for the new services.

It was estimated that at the end of October, 9.4% of the population relied on analogue terrestrial platform compared with 15.5% at the end of September.

In one area in the region, the presqu'île de la Hague, the analogue gap-fillers will not be converted to digital. As a result, viewers in this area will need to find an alternative television delivery method.

Source: Le Monde

:: 18/11/2009

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Llanddona

Digital switchover has been completed at the Llanddona transmitter group in Wales.

Five multiplexes are available from the main transmitter site while two multiplexes are available from the 22 dependent relay stations.

The complete switch-off of the analogue terrestrial television platform follows the switch-off of one analogue channel, BBC Two, on 21 October.

Source: Arqiva announcement

:: 13/11/2009

France - ASO date announced for Franche-Comté and Burgundy

The CSA has announced that analogue switch-off will be completed in the regions of Burgundy and the Franche-Comté on 16 November 2010.

On this date, the analogue services of TF1, France 2, France 3, France 5, ARTE, Canal+ and M6 will be switched off. Cities in the regions affected by the switch-off include Auxerre, Beaune, Belfort, Dijon and Troyes.

In addition, the CSA has annunced that the analogue service of Canal+ will be switched off on 2 June 2010 in the regions of Auvergne and Limousin.

Source: CSA website

:: 05/11/2009

Latvia - LNT and TV3 call for early ASO

The two leading commercial broadcasters on the analogue terrestrial platform, LNT and TV3, are considering switching off their analogue channels in the capital city of Riga in early 2010.

According to LNT and TV3, the transmission costs are high, the quality of the service is low, and few viewers watch the services on the analogue terrestrial platform.

In addition, the broadcasters are considering switching of their analogue services in other parts of the country.

DTT services were launched in summer 2009 and offer a package of free-to-air and pay-TV services. While the government has formally announced that analogue switch-off will be completed by 2012, the DTT platform operator Lattelecom may push for an earlier switch-off.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 02/11/2009

Denmark - Analogue switch-off completed nationwide

Analogue switch-off was completed throughout Denmark on Sunday, 1 November. The two services from Danmarks Radio, DR1 and DR2, and the TV2 were switched off.

According to a TNS Gallup Survey, less than 10,000 households were not prepared for analogue switch-off (1.8% of the population). For this reason, the analogue switch-off information campaign will continue for the next few days while the call centre will remain open until the end of November.

In mid-October, it was estimated that 120,000 households were not ready for analogue switch-off.

To celebrate the upcoming launch of DTT services, the pay-DTT platform operator Boxer offered a light show from seven broadcast tranmission towers on 31 October from 18.00 until midnight.

Source: Nyt om digital TV website

:: 28/10/2009

EC calls for ASO completion by 1 January 2012

The European Commission has issued its communications on the use of the digital dividend in the UHF frequency band following the completion of digital switchover.

The Commission is recommending that Member-States set aside the frequencies from 790-862 MHz to support new wireless services (such as 3G and 4G mobile phone services) using harmonised technical conditions. According to the Commission, this will allow 100% of the EU population to have access to high-speed broadband services by the end of 2013.

In addition, the Commission is calling on all Member-States to complete analogue switch-off by 1 January 2012.

As a next step, the Commission will seek support from the European Parliament and Council for its proposed roadmap.

Source: EC press release

:: 27/10/2009

Italy - ASO completed in province of Trento

Digital switchover has been completed in the northeastern province of Trento. It affected approximately 240,000 residents in the region.

The province was divided into three technical areas with each area switching off its analogue services at different dates between 15 - 27 October.

The digital switchover process began in Trento on 15 February 2009 when two analogue services (RAI 2 and Rete 4) were switched off and the DTT platform was launched.

The government has made 11,437 available in the region to those households that qualify for assistance.

Source: DGTVi website

:: 20/10/2009

France - Canal+ to switch-off in Paris by end 2010

The CSA has announced that the pay channel, Canal+, will end its analogue terrestrial service in the region of Paris (Île-de-France) on 24 November 2010.

The remaining analogue channels (TF1, France 2, France 3, ARTE, TV5, M6) will complete analogue switch-off in the Île-de-France on 8 March 2011.

Canal+ is required to complete analogue switch-off by the end of 2010 since the frequencies in Band III currently used by the Canal+ analogue channel will be reallocated for digital radio services.

Source: CSA website

:: 14/10/2009

Italy - ASO underway in Campania

The first phase of analogue switch-off has begun in the provinces of Naples, Salerno, and Caserta. The analogue channels of Rai 2 and Rete 4 have been switched off.

A total of 252 municipalities, which includes a population of 3,600,000 people, is affected by the switch-off. The DSO call centre has received only 3,628 calls.

According to DGTVi, the government provided DTT receivers to 599 households as part of its help scheme.

Source: DGTVi website

:: 14/10/2009

France - CSA confirms ASO date for regions of Poitou, Centre and le Nord

The CSA has confirmed that analogue terrestrial services will be switched off in the regions of Poitou-Charentes, Centre and le Nord between October and December 2010.

On 19 October 2010, the analogue services of TF1, France 2, France 3, France 5, ARTE, Canal + and M6 will end in such cities as Angouleme, Chartres, Chateauroux, La Rochelle, Orleans, and Poitiers.

On 7 December 2010, the analogue services of TF1, France 2, France 3, France 5, ARTE, and M6 will end in such cities as Calais, Dunkerque, Lille, and Valenciennes.

Source: CSA website

:: 12/10/2009

Spain - Government to spend €11 million on DSO projects in 2010

The Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce has announced that it will allocate €11 million to fund digital switchover projects in 2010. Analogue switch-off is set to be completed on 3 April 2010.

This funding will be used for information campaigns, providing help to viewers, and extending DTT coverage.

The government spent €75 million on digital switchover in 2009 and €35 million in 2008.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 08/10/2009

Italy - ASO completed in western Piedmont

Analogue switch-off has been completed in most parts of the two provinces of Turin and Cuneo, including the major cities, on 7 October.

Switch-off took place without any technical difficulties and most broadcast services are now available on the DTT platform. Viewers have been asked to continually scan for new services in the coming days.

The first phase of analogue switch-off took place in May when two analogue channels, Rete 4 and RAI 2, were switched off.

However, the DSO call centre received fewer calls (13,500) with the second phase of the switch-off in comparison with the first phase of the process (nearly 17,000).

Source: DGTVi website

:: 08/10/2009

France - Paris to complete ASO in March 2011

The broadcast regulator CSA has announced that analogue switch-off will be completed in the Paris region (Ile-de-France) by 8 March 2011.

The free-to-air analogue terrestrial services, TF1, France 2, France 3, TV5/ARTE, and M6 will end by this date. Canal+, which operates in Band III, is expected to complete analogue switch-off in the region by the end of 2010.

The national analogue switch-off awareness campaign launched on 20 September and the first region, Alsace, will switch-off analogue services on 2 February 2010.

Source: CSA website

:: 06/10/2009

Spain - ASO to be completed in severa areas by end October

Several areas in Andalucia, Castilla y Leon, and the Basque Country will switch-off analogue services during the month of October. This will affect a total of 1 million residents.

Switch-off in these areas are part of the first phase that had been set to be completed in June 2009. However, because these areas had not been considered technically ready for the switch-off, the process had been delayed.

By the end of October, a total of 5.3 million residents will have completed analogue switch-off.

The next phase of analogue switch-off is set to take place in December 2009 and the final phase in April 2010. Government plans to complete the process by early March have been put aside.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 23/09/2009

United Kingdom - ASO underway in Wales

In September, three transmitter groups completed analogue switch-off in the southern part of Wales. DTT coverage is now available to 98% of the Welsh population.

On 23 September, switchover was completed at the Carmel transmitter group which includes 18 relay stations in parts of south and central Wales. This follows the switch-off of the analogue channel BBC Two on 26 August.

Previously, analogue switch-off had been completed at the Preseli transmitter group, including 26 relay stations on 16 September and the Kilvey Hill transmitter group in Swansea, including 9 relay stations on 9 September.

Source: Arqiva press release

:: 22/09/2009

Italy - Val d'Aoste completed analogue switch-off

The region of Val d'Aoste became the second region in Italy to complete analogue switch-off. The process began on 14 September and was completed on 22 September.

To help residents with the process, a call centre was set up which received 8,000 calls in the period from 17 August until the completion of analogue switch-off. In addition, some families benefited from personal technical assistance.

A total of 60,000 households are affected by the switch-off. Western Piedmont will be the next region to complete analogue switch-off which will take place between 24 September and 9 October.

Source: DGTVi announcement

:: 17/09/2009

France - National ASO campaign begins

The national analogue switch-off publicity campaign has been officially launched. On Sunday, 20 September, the first 45 second televised advertisements were broadcast.

In addition, the campaign also included one advertisement in the Journal du Dimanche. This will be followed by further advertisements in the major national newspapers (Liberation, Le Figaro, Le Monde, etc).

The communications campaign includes two characters shaped like television sets coloured red and blue and was developed by the agency BDDP Unlimited.

The first region to complete analogue switch-off will be l'Alsace on 2 February.

Source: Tous Au Numérique announcement

:: 14/09/2009

Ukraine - President call for ASO completion by 2012

The president Viktor Yushchenko is calling for the completion of analogue switch-off by 2012. He had noted that several neighbouring countries, such as Slovakia, Romania, and Hungary plan on meeting the European Commission's recommended 2012 deadline.

Currently, DTT services are available in the regions of Kyiv, Odessa, and Zhytomyr using the MPEG-4 AVC compression format. Over 70% of the population rely on the analogue terrestrial television platform for their primary television services.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 09/09/2009

United Kingdom - ASO completed in West Country

Analogue switch-off has been entirely completed in the West Country region. The Caradon Hill transmitter group, which includes 28 relay stations, switched off all analogue services on 9 September.

This was the last transmitter group which needed to complete digital switchover.

Analogue switch-off in the West Country began in Torbay in April 2009. At that time, DTT services were only available to 63% of the population whereas now 96% of the population can access DTT services.

Source: Arqiva announcement

:: 09/09/2009

United States - Less than 1% of households without DTV access

Nielsen has announced that only 0.6% of television households do not have access to digital television services. This is approximately 710,000 housholds.

When analogue switch-off was completed on 12 June, 2.2% of households did not have digital television services which is approximately 1.8 million households.

Source: Media Daily News

:: 03/09/2009

Spain - ASO could be moved forward to early March

The Secretary of State for Telecommunications, Francisco Ros, has suggested that the date for the completion of analogue switch-off could be moved forward. Currently, analogue switch-off is set to be completed by 3 April 2010.

According to Ros, full DTT coverage could be achieved by the end of February or in early March. The guarantee of DTT coverage is a government requirement for analogue switch-off.

Commercial broadcasters must be available to 96% of the population while public broadcast services must be available to 98% of the population. In certain Autonomous regions, DTT coverage will reach 100% of the population.

Source: Expansion

:: 03/09/2009

France - CSA announces dates for Canal+ switch-off

The CSA has announced the dates for the switch-off of the analogue pay broadcaster Canal+'s analogue terrestrial services in several regions.

In Picardy and the North, Canal+ will switch-off its analogue service on 14 April 2010 while in Corsica and Aquitaine, analogue services will be switched off on 6 May.

The remainding broadcst services on the analogue terrestrial platform will be switched off in December 2010 in the North and in the first half of 2011 in Picardy, Corsica, and Acquitaine.

Canal+ must complete the switch-off of its analogue terrestrial service by the end of 2010 in order to release frequencies for the launch of digital radio services. It will begin analogue switch-off in the regions of Provence and the Côte d’Azur on 25 November 2009.

Source: CSA website

:: 28/08/2009

Australia - 53% DTV take-up

The government has released its second Digital Tracker Survey which provides a quarterly survey of digital television take-up, awareness and attitudes in Australia for the period April to June 2009.

According to the survey results, 53% of households access digital TV services. This is an increase of 6% compared with the previous quarter. In addition, 93% of households are aware of digital switchover compared with an awareness of 82% in the previous quarter.

Digital switchover is set to be completed by 31 December 2013 and will take place progressively on a regional basis. The process will begin in the Sunraysia / Mildura area of Victoria in the first half of 2010.

Source: Ministry of Broadband, Communications & Digital Economy website

:: 28/08/2009

New Zealand - ASO steering group set-up

A joint government/industry steering board has been set up to manage analogue switch-off and provide advice to the government on the process. The group will be led by Anna Verboeket.

Members of this steering group include the broadcast network operator Kordia, Sky TV, Television New Zealand (TVNZ) and three government ministries (Culture & Heritage, Consumer Affairs, and Economic Development).

As part of its activities, the group will manage the public information campaigns, monitor the take-up of digital television services, and ensure the technical coordination of the switchover.

The government has not yet confirmed the final date for the completion of analogue switch-off. It will take place either when DTV penetration reaches 75% or by 2012 at the latest.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 19/08/2009

United Kingdom - First stage of ASO completed in south west Wales

The analogue channel BBC Two has been switched off in south Wales. The process will be completed on 16 September when all analogue channels are switched off.

Switch-off took place at the Preseli transmitter group. While the main transmitter site already provided digital services, the 26,000 viewers using the relay transmitters can access DTT services for the first time.

In addition, the full DTT service offering from public service broadcasters will be made available once analogue switch-off is completed.

Source: Digital UK

:: 05/08/2009

United States - Spike in demand for DTV coupons in final days

According to information published by the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA), the goverment's DTV coupon programme had strong demand in its final days.

Households could apply until 31 July 2009 for up to two $40 coupons to use towards the purchase of a DTT converter box. The NTIA administered the programme.

On 31 July, the NTIA received 169,000 coupon requests which was more than double the requests from the previous day (78,000) and more than three times the average for the previous 30 days.

As of 5 August, over 33.9 million coupons have been redeemed.

Source: Multichannel News

:: 05/08/2009

United Kingdom - ASO completed in West Cornwall

Digital switchover has been completed for the Redruth transmitter group servicing the area of West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on 5 August. It includes one high-power transmission site and 15 dependent relay sites.

The first stage of the process took place on 8 July when the analogue channel of BBC 2 was switched off.

Services from the commercial broadcasters (SDN, Arqiva A, and Arqiva B) are currently only available from the main transmitter site at Redruth. However, power levels and frequencies for these services will increase on 30 September.

It is now possible for 96% of households in the West Country TV region to access DTT services.

Source: Ariqva press release

:: 29/07/2009

United Kingdom - Nationwide DTT re-tune on 30 September

Freeview viewers will need to retune their receivers on 30 September in order to continue accessing services. Changes will be made to multiplexes to allow for the universal availability of Channel 5 and the launch of Freeview HD.

To inform viewers about the need to retune their receivers, Freeview will launch its "Remember to Retune" campaign in early September. On screen messages will appear on BBC channels, ITV, Channel 4 and Five, supported by press advertisements.

Source: Freeview website

:: 29/07/2009

United Kingdom - ASO completed in North Devon

Analogue switch-off has been completed at the Huntshaw Cross transmitter group in North Devon which consists of one high-power transmitter and 14 dependent relay stations.

The first analogue channel, BBC Two, was switched off on 1 July while the remaining analogue services were switched off on 29 July. Viewers can access the services operated by the public service broadcasters, D3&4 and BBC B.

The commercial multiplexes, SDN, Arqiva A, and Arqiva B, are available at Huntshaw Cross. However, their power levels and frequencies will change on 30 September.

Source: Arqiva announcement

:: 28/07/2009

United States - $1.5 billion spent on STB coupon programme

The government's coupon programme which provided viewers access to 2 coupons each worth $40 to use towards the purchase of DTT set-top boxes will end on 30 July.

The program, administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, has provided a total of $1.5 billion in subsidies. A total of 34.4 million households received benefited from the coupon programme while more than 63 million coupons have been distributed. Of thse, 25 million expired and 33.6 million were redeemed.

Analogue switch-off was completed nationwide on 12 June.

Source: TVB

:: 28/07/2009

Czech Republic - Plzen ready for ASO

According to Broadband TV News, 75% of residents in the city of Plzen are prepared for analogue switch-off which is set to take place at the end of September.

Plzen will be the second major city after Prague to complete digital switchover.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 23/07/2009

United States - Viewing levels return to pre-ASO levels

Television viewing decreased in the two weeks following the switch-off of analogue services on 12 June. However, the decrease was temporary and viewing levels have returned.

Most of broadcast areas affected by a drop in viewers were those that migrated from a UHF channel to a VHF channel. This required viewers to rescan set-top boxes and, in some cases, install new antennas.

In the months prior to analogue switch-off, most viewers installed a converter set-top box although over 20% opted for pay television services on other television delivery platforms.

As of 28 June, Nielsen estimated that of the 1.7 million households unprepared for digital television, approximately 60% could access television services from transmission sites in Mexico or Canada, or from a relay transmitter.

Source: Broadcasting & Cable

:: 23/07/2009

France - Government publishes ASO roadmap

The Prime Minister, together with the Strategic Committee on Digitalisation (CSN) published the roadmap for analogue switch-off and confirmed that the process will be completed by 30 November 2011.

The process will officially begin on 2 February 2010 when 14 regions complete analogue switch-off. The regions have been determined based on the regional services of France 3.

2 February 2010: Alsace
9 March 2010: Lower Normandy
18 May 2010: Loire Valley
8 June 2010: Brittany
28 September 2010: Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne
19 October 2010: Poitou-Charentes and the Centre
November 2010: Franche-Comté and Burgundy
7 December 2010: the North
First half 2011: Picardy, Upper Normandy, Ile-de-France, Aquitaine, Limousin, Auvergne, Côte d'Azur, Corsica, and the Rhône Valley
Second half 2011: Provence, Alps, Midi-Pyrénées, and Languedoc-Roussillon

In addition, all of the French extra-territorial regions will also complete analogue switch-off by 30 November 2011 although a roadmap has not yet been published.

The Prime Minister also confirmed that the goverment will make available €277 million to fund the digital switchover process. In addition, the government will make a further €40-50 million available.

This additional aid will target low-income households that had relied on the analogue terrestrial television platform for their primary television services but will be located outside of the DTT coverage area. The funding will be used to help these households purchase satellite reception equipment.

Source: Prime Minister's website

:: 22/07/2009

South Africa - Government issues draft STB strategy

The Ministry of Communications has published its draft strategy for the development of its set-top manufacturing sector. Responses will be accepted until 7 August. The goverment plans to adopt the final strategy in September.

According to the government's strategy, set-top boxes will be provided by local manufacturers as a means for strengthening the local industry. They will need to cooperate by setting up an umbrella industry body.

It is estimated that manufacturers will need to make at least 8 million set-top boxes available South Africa although the government suggests that manufacturers may find further opportunities in neighbouring countries.

According to the govermment, manufacturers will need to take measures to drastically increase their production capabilities which could result in an investment of up to 30 million Rand (€2.2 million).

DTT services launched in November 2008 and it is planned that digital switchover will be completed in November 2011.

Source: Department of Communications website

:: 22/07/2009

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Cumbria

Digital switchover has been completed for the Calbeck transmitter group in south-west Scotland (Cumbria). This group consists of 1 main transmitter site and 46 relay sites.

The main transmitter site provides services from the six DTT multiplexes while the relay sites provide services from the three public service mutliplexes. All receivers in the area will need to be re-tuned in order to access services.

Analogue switch-off began on 24 June when one analogue channel, BBC Two, was switched off. The remaining four analogue channels were switched off at midnight on 22 July.

Source: Arqiva announcement

:: 16/07/2009

United Kingdom - Analogue switch-off completed on Isle of Man

Digital switchover has been completed in the Isle of Man in the Border TV region affecting 38,000 households. All analogue services on the Douglas transmitter group have been switched off.

The process began on 18 June when the analogue service of BBC Two was switched off and one DTT multiplex launched. On 16 July, the remaining analogue services from the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4 were switched off and further DTT services launched.

Viewers can access the DTT services from public service broadcasters across three multiplexes.

Source: Arqiva press release

:: 16/07/2009

Poland - Government publishes draft DSO plan

The Ministry of Infrastructure has published a draft plan for digital switchover. The plan has been prepared by the electronic communications regulator UKE, the broadcast regulator KRRiT, and the Ministry of Infrastructure.

The digital switchover plan calls for the launch of DTT services on 20 September 2009. Services will roll-out in further areas on by 31 March 2010 and reach full population coverage by 31 July 2011. Analogue switch-off will commence on 30 June 2011 and be completed on 31 July 2013.

It is expected that viewers will have at least 18 months between the time when DTT services are launched and analogue services are switched off. Help with the purchase of DTT receivers will be given to low-income families.

In an annex to the draft strategy, the goverment has published the technical requirements for DTT receivers. It includes the use of MHP, DVB-SSU, and MPEG-4 AVC for both SD and HD content.

Comments to the draft plan can be made until 24 July. To be adopted, the draft plan will require the approval of the Council of Ministers.

Source: Ministry of Infrastructre website

:: 15/07/2009

Spain - 9 areas to complete ASO in October

The Ministry of Industry, Tourism, and Trade has announced the dates for analogue switch-off in 9 areas located in Andalucia, Castilla y Leon, and the Basque Country. Switch-off will take place between 6 and 31 October.

These 9 areas are part of the 32 areas that had been set to complete analogue switch-off in the first phase of the process. The process had been expected to be completed by the end of June.

At this stage, analogue switch-off has been completed in 18 areas and has affected over 3 million residents. By the end of October, a total of 5.3 million residents will have completed analogue switch-off.

Source: Ministry of Industry announcement

:: 07/07/2009

United States - Estimated 653,000 new pay TV subscribers following ASO

According to an analyst at Wells Fargo Securities, digital switchover will have brought 653,000 new subscribers to pay television operators in the United States.

Cable operators are expected to be the biggest beneficiaries with 475,000 new subscribers followed by satellite with 137,000 new subscirbers and IPTV operators with 41,000 new subscribers.

Source: Multichannel News

:: 01/07/2009

France - CSA announces ASO date in Lorraine

The CSA has announced that analogue switch-off will be completed on 28 September 2010 in the north eastern regions of Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne. On this date, the analogue terrestrial television services of TF1, France 2, France 3, France 5, ARTE, Canal+, and M6 will be switched off.

Already, the CSA has announced analogue switch-off dates in regions of the Loire and Brittany which will take place in the first half of 2010.

This year, two analogue switch-off pilots have been completed in Coulommiers and Kaysersberg while a third, in Cherbourg, will be completed in November.

Source: CSA website

:: 27/06/2009

Spain - ASO completed in Cantabria

Analogue switch-off is officially underway. At midnight on 27 June, analogue terrestrial services were switched off in the western part of the region of Cantabria.

Switch-off is set to continue on 30 June in several further areas including the cities of Zaragoza, Teruel, Cuenca, and Oviedo). On 22 July, switch-off will take place in Huelva and Las Palmas.

Digital switchover is expected to be completed by 3 April 2010. Currently, DTT services are available to 95% of television households.

Source: El Pais

:: 16/06/2009

Italy - Rome begins analogue switch-off

The first phase of analogue switch-off has been completed in Rome and its surrounding region, impacting over 4 million viewers. Two analogue channels, Raidue and Retequattro, have been switched off.

The full analogue platform will be switched off during the month of November.

It is estimated that approximately 70% of television households are able to receive digital television services. Of these, 50% rely exclusively on the DTT platform.

The Ministry of Economic Development noted that it had received few calls on its help line. In the day following the switch-off, only 6,400 calls were registered most of which had been dealt with successfully.

A €50 subsidy is available to use towards the purchase of a DTT receiver for households with members aged 65 and over and an income of less than €10,000 per year.

Already, the first phase of analogue switch-off was completed in Turin in May has resulted in a digital television penetration of 87% of which 70% rely exclusively on the DTT platform.

Source: DGVTi website

:: 15/06/2009

United States - ASO completed on 12 June nationwide

Across the United States, broadcasters have switched off their analogue terrestrial television services on 12 June. It appears that the process occurred without any major problems.

According to Broadcasting & Cable, the Federal Communications Commission's digital television help service received 317,450 calls on 12 June, but did not note any "widespread disruption" to terrestrial television services.

Of the total 118 broadcasting markets, 85 markets will provide so-called nightlight services for 30 days following analogue switch-off. The nightlight service will continue to broadcast an analogue service with digital switchover information.

As part of the digital switchover process, the goverment disributed 59 million converter box coupons worth $40. Of these, nearly 31 million were redeemed.

Source: New York Times

:: 12/06/2009

United States - 2.8 million households unprepared for ASO

Analogue switch-off is set to take place nationwide on 12 June. However, according to the latest data published by Nielsen, 2.8 million households are not yet ready. This represents 2.5% of all television households.

In February, when the government decided to delay analogue switch-off to 12 June, Nielsen had estimated that 5.8 million households were not prepared for switch-off.

Among the 56 local markets measured, Albuquerque-Santa Fe is the least prepared for switch-off with 7.6% of the households completely unready. Younger, African American, and Hispanic homes are disproportionately unready, while the elderly are the most ready.

Source: Nielsen announcement

:: 05/06/2009

Romania - Government could make €148 million for DSO subsidies

According to Broadband TV News, the government is expected to open a tender for the supply of DTT receivers to low-income families. The government is expected to make RON 623 million (€148 million) available.

The final government decision on DTT subsidies will be made as part of its discussion on legislation allowing for the launch of DTT services.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 04/06/2009

Czech Republic - DTT coverage to reach 75% of population by 31 August

The coverage of the first DTT multiplex operated by the public service broadcaster CT will reach 75% of the population by 31 August. Currently, this multiplex is available to 52% of the population.

In order for the coverage to increase, the analogue terrestrial service of CT2 will be switched off at two transmission sites - Ještěd and Černá. At Ještěd, the switch-off will take place on 31 July while in Černá the switch-off will coincide with the switch on of DTT services.

Viewers in these areas will be informed of the impending switch-off through a communications campaign that will include brochures sent to homes, outdoor banners, information scroll bars on CT2, and advertisement on radio and television.

The CT multiplex provides four services from CT - CT1, CT2, CT Sport, and CT News. The broadcast network operator Ceske Radiokomunikace (CRa) provides the network for this multiplex.

Three further DTT multiplexes are available, although with limited coverage. One multiplex, operated by the telecom operator O2, offers trial services using the MPEG-4 AVC compression format. All other multiplexes use the MPEG-2 compression format.

Source: Parabola.cz

:: 02/06/2009

Spain - 18 areas to complete ASO by the end of the month

The government has confirmed that analogue switch-off will take place in 18 areas on 30 June and 4 areas during the month of July. This will affect a total of 4.3 million residents in these areas.

However, these 22 digital switchover areas set are fewer that the 32 areas that had initially been set to complete analogue switch-off. The reason for the delay in 10 areas is due to an insufficient DTT coverage which does not exactly replicate the existing analogue television coverage.

In addition, the government has allocated €558 million for the extension of DTT and broadband services. This is in addition to the €60 million allocated for extending DTT coverage.

DTT services currently cover 95% of the population.

Source: ADSLnet

:: 29/05/2009

France - CSA announces further regional ASO dates

The CSA has announced the dates for the completion of analogue switch-off in Brittany and the Loire region. One a single day, the analogue services of TF1, France Télévisions, Arte, Canal+, and M6 will be switched off.

Analogue switch-off is currently underway in France region-by-region and will be completed by 30 November 2011.

Analogue switch-off in the Loire region will be completed on 18 May 2010. Cities affected by the switch-off include Angers, Laval, Le Mans, Nantes, and St. Nazaire.

Analogue switch-off in Brittany will be completed on 8 June 2010. Cities affected include Brest, Dinan, Lorient, Quimper, Rennes, and Vannes.

In addition, the analogue service of the pay channel Canal+ will be switched off in Upper Normandy on 9 March 2010. As per its license conditions, Canal+ must complete its analogue switch-off by December 2010. The frequencies currently occupied by Canal+ will be used for the provision of digital radio services.

Source: CSA website

:: 27/05/2009

France - Switch-off completed in Kaysersberg

The switch-off of three analogue terrestrial channels, TF1, France2, and France3, has been completed at the Schlossberg transmission site on 27 May. Residents in Ammerschwirh, Kaysersberg, and Kientzheim are affected by the switch-off.

The process began on 14 April when a limited number of DTT services were launched in the area. In addition, a scroll began to appear on analogue services informing viewers of the impending switch-off.

On 27 May, following the switch-off of the analogue platform, the full DTT platform was launched allowing viewers to access 19 free-to-air and 10 pay DTT services. Receivers needed to be rescanned following the full launch of the DTT platform.

Source: France Télé Numérique website

:: 27/05/2009

Italy - Rai 2 and Rete4 switch-off analogue services in western Piedmont

On 20 May, the analogue channels of Raidue and Rettequatro were switched off in western Piedmont, including the city of Turin, and affecting 3 million residents.

The remainder of the analogue platform in western Piedmont is expected to be switched off in September and October. Extensive communication campaigns have been undertaken by the Ministry of Economic Development and the public service broadcaster RAI which has sent letters to all license holders in the region.

The next region to undertake switch-off will be Lazio which includes the city of Rome. The switch-off of the analogue channels Raidue and Retequatro will take place on 15 June followed by the switch-off of the full analogue platform at the end of November. Already, an extensive campaign to inform viewers of the switch-off has begun.

Source: DGTVi website

:: 25/05/2009

Australia - Conversion to digital television estimated at 47%

The Department of Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy has published the results of its first digital tracker for the period from January to March 2009. The report provides information on digital take-up in television households.

According to the research results, 82% of households are aware of digital switchover. However, less than 1% know when the switchover will be completed in their region.

Approximately 47% of households have converted to digital television. However, variations exist between regions with a 70% conversion in the Mildura / Sunraysia region compared with 25% in Remote Central and Eastern Australia. Among aged pensioners, only 32% have converted to digital television.

The research has been conducted by Newspoll based on the completion of 9900 telephone interviews.

Source: Digital Tracker

:: 24/05/2009

United Kingdom - Nearly 18 million homes will need to retune DTT receivers

The launch of HD services on the DTT platform will require all viewers to retune their DTT receivers. This is due to the reconfiguration of the DTT multiplexes necessary to make capacity available for the launch of four HD/DTT services.

It is estimated that 17.8 million households watch DTT services on at least one television set. Ofcom has acknowledged that many consumers, especially elderly viewers, find the process difficult.

Last March, when 500,000 viewers on the south coast needed to retune their DTT receivers as part of digital switchover, a helpline set up by Digital UK received thousands of calls.

Source: Daily Telegraph

:: 22/05/2009

Czech Republic - 48% DTT penetration in Prague

Following the completion of analogue switch-off in Prague at the end of April, 48% of television households rely on the DTT platform for their primary television services.

According to research by the Czech National Coordination Group for Digital Broadcasting, 48% of households rely on the DTT platform, 21% use digital cable, and 19% rely on satellite.

Analogue switch-off is expected to be completed by 11 November 2011.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 20/05/2009

United Kingdom - Exeter first city to complete digital switchover

The broadcast network operator Arqiva has confirmed that digital switchover has been completed for the Stockland Hill transmitter group in the West Country region. This includes one main transmitter tower and 23 relay stations.

Viewers in east Devon and parts of Somerset and Dorset are affected by this switch-off. The first phase of the process took place on 6 May when the analogue channel of BBC 2 was switched off. It was followed by the switch-off of the remaining 3 analogue channels on 20 May.

Exeter, located in this region, has become the first city in the United Kingdom to complete digital switchover.

Source: Arqiva press release

:: 18/05/2009

Spain - Government allocates funding for ASO campaign

To help educate viewers about analogue switch-off, the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce has allocated €812,000 for an information campaign in those areas preparing to switch-off analogue services on 30 June.

The campaign will provide information to viewers on how to prepare for analogue switch-off.

The first phase of switch-off was set to take place in 1286 municipalities around the country. However, the government recently announced that 700 of these municipalities do not meet DTT coverage requirements. As a result a total of 14 out of the 32 analogue switch-off projects in the first phase will likely be postponed.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 18/05/2009

Italy - Partial ASO on 20 May in Western Piedmont

Two analogue channels, Rai 2 and Retequattro, will be switched off on 20 May in Western Piedmont. A total of 2.9 million residents in the regions of Turin, Cuneo, and Asti will be affected.

The switch-off of the remaining analogue channels will take place between 24 September and 9 October.

A communications campaign led by the Consortium Piedmont DTT, which is comprised of local broadcasters with support from the Ministry of Economic Development, has been underway since 30 April. It provides information using such media as television, radio, newspapers, and magazines. A scroll bar with information is shown on the analogue channels Rai 2 and Retequattro and a call centre has been set up by the Ministry of Economic Development.

Viewers aged over 65 and with an income of less than €10,000 per year can qualify for a €50 coupon to use towards the purchase of an interactive DTT receiver.

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed in Italy by 2012.

Source: DGTVi website

:: 14/05/2009

Russia - ASO to begin along the national borders

The Minister of Telecommunications and Mass Communications, Igor Shchegolev, has announced that analogue switch-off will take place region-by-region beginning along the national borders.

The first border region to switch-off will be in the south east followed by the western border region. Analogue switch-off is set to be completed by 2015.

DTT services have not officially launched nationwide although several regions have launched services. The MPEG-4 AVC compression format is expected to be used.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 14/05/2009

Spain - Some delays anticipated in first phase of ASO

With the first phase of analogue switch-off set to take place in 1286 municipalities around the country in June, the government has announced that 700 of these municipalities do not meet DTT coverage requirements.

As a result a total of 14 out of the 32 analogue switch-off projects in the first phase are likely to be delayed. This affects all of the planned switchover projects in the regions of Galicia, Castilla y Leon, Andalucia, and the Basque country.

In order for analogue switch-off to take place, a given area must have a DTT coverage that equals or surpasses the existing analogue coverage and that atleast 81.3% of the affected population can access the DTT signal.

The government had allocated €8.2 million to the regional governments in order to augment DTT coverage in the areas affected by the first phase of switch-off. It has allocated a further €52 million for areas switching off in the second and final phase of the process.

An analogue switch-off trial was completed last summer in the province of Soria affecting 50,000 residents in 160 municipalities.

Source: El Pais

:: 13/05/2009

United States - 2.9% of households still unprepared for ASO

According to the lastest research published by Nielsen, 2.9% of all television households are unready for analogue switch-off which is set to be completed on 12 June. This represents approximately 3.3 million households.

Albuquerque-Santa Fe, New Mexico remains the most unready market with 8.47% of households completely unprepared followed by Dallas-Fort Worth with 6.67% of unready households.

Providence, Rhode Island is the most prepared market with no households completely unready.

Source: TV Week

:: 12/05/2009

Australia - Government allocates A$140 million for DSO

The federal budget has allocated A$140 (€78 million) over the next three years to fund digital switchover activities.

This funding will be used for information campaigns and assistance in low-income households in regional South Australia, Victoria and Queensland.

Analogue switch-off will begin in the first half of 2010 in the Victorian region surrounding Mildura. Other parts of Victoria, regional South Australia and Queensland will complete switchover by the end of 2011.

In addition, the public service broadcaster ABC has been allocated A$67 million (€37.5 million) over the next three years to fund its new children’s service ABC3 on the DTT platform.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 12/05/2009

France - Prime Minister confirms 30 November 2011 ASO date

The Prime Minister François Fillon has confirmed that analogue switch-off will be completed by 30 November 2011.

This confirmation was given in a letter addressed to the association representing the new broadcast service providers on the free-to-air DTT platform.

Three of its members, NextRadioTV (BFM TV), NRJ Group (NRJ 12), and Bolloré Media (Direct 8), had requested clarification from the Prime Minister following press reports suggesting that analogue switch-off could be delayed until 2014.

Source: Le Figaro

:: 11/05/2009

France - Canal+ seeks DSO funding

The commercial broadcaster Canal+ is seeking funding from France Télé Numérique, the organisation responsible for digital switchover, to help it with its campaign to inform viewers about analogue switch-off.

In order to make frequencies available for the launch of digital radio services, Canal+ will switch-off its analogue terrestrial channel by December 2010. Other broadcasters, however, will not complete analogue switch-off until 30 November 2011.

As a result, Canal+ could either stop its funding of France Télé Numérique after 2010 or receive extra fuding from France Télé Numérique in 2010.

Canal+ has already announced that it will switch of its channel in the regions of Provence and the Côte d’Azur on 25 November 2009.

Source: Les Echos

:: 08/05/2009

Australia - Manufacturers agree to voluntary label scheme

The government has applauded the decision by consumer electronic manufacturers and retailers to join its 'Get Ready for Digital TV' campaign.

Manufacturers will affix the Government's 'Get Ready for Digital TV' logo in order to help consumers better understand which products are digital-ready. Manufacturers included Sony, LG, Toshiba, Sharp, Palsonic, Bush, Grundig, DGTEC, Strong, TiVo, Draco, Soniq, Sanyo, Beyonwiz, Digitel +, Homecast, Healing, Wintal, TEAC, and Digital View.

Major retailers are also supporting the labelling scheme which will roll out in the next few weeks.

Analogue switch-off is expected to begin in 2010 and be completed by 2013.

Source: BCDE website

:: 05/05/2009

United States - FCC calls for national ASO test on 21 May

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is calling on broadcasters to run three five-minute tests on 21 May as part of the effort to ensure that viewers are prepared for analogue switch-off.

As part of the test, a public service announcement would be made and allow viewers to test if they are prepared for the switch-off. Many local broadcasters have undertaken similar testing, but this would be the first test made nation-wide.

Analogue switch-off is set to take place on 12 June. Initially, the date had been set for 17 February, but Congress agreed to the delay since it was feared that many households were not yet prepared.

An additional funding of $650 million has been made available to help viewers prepare. While most of this funding is used to help viewers purchase DTT converter boxes, $65 million has been reserved for such consumer programmes as a toll-free call center and in-home installation programs.

According to Nielsen Media Research, about 3.5 million households remain unprepared for digital switchover which is about half as many as in December.

Source: Wall Street Journal

:: 01/05/2009

Czech Republic - ASO completed in Prague

The capital city Prague has completed digital switchover. Analogue television services were switched off on 1 May from the Žižkov transmitter.

The analogue channels TV Nova, Prima TV, and CT1 were all switched off. CT2 had been switched off last October.

According to figures publishe by Mediaresearch, 97% of television households in Prague are prepared for switchover.

Other dates for switch-off in large cities include Brno in September 2010 and Ostrava in November 2011. The coordination for analogue switch-off is handled by the National Coordination Committee (NKS).

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 22/04/2009

United Kingdom - Excess ASO funds to be used for universal broadband

The government is expected to begin talks with the BBC Trust regarding the reallocation of funds that had previously been budged for digital switchover.

It is estimated that £250 million of the £803 million reserved by the BBC to fund digital switchover will not be used since take up of the Digital Help Scheme has been lower than previously anticipated.

As a result, the government has proposed using the excess funds towards the provision of universal broadband service. Access at a minimum speed of 2Mbps is a key recommendation in the intirim Digital Britain report issued in January.

Source: Digital Spy

:: 22/04/2009

United Kingdom - Switch-off completed in West Country region

The broadcast network operator Arqiva has confirmed that analogue switch-off has been completed for the Beacon Hill transmitter group in the West Country region. Viewers in Torbay and south Devon are affected by the switch-off.

Analogue switch-off began on 8 April when one analogue channel, BBC Two, was switched off. The remaining three channels, BBC One, ITV1, and Channel 4, were switched off at 00:16 on 22 April.

Depending on their location, viewers can receive services from up to 6 DTT multiplexes.

Exeter, Somerset, and Dorset will be the next areas to switch-off analogue services in May. The proces will then proceed in the Isle of Man in June.

Source: Arqiva press release

:: 21/04/2009

United States - Optimism for smooth ASO in June

The acting head of the NTIA, Anna Gomez, has expressed "cautious optimism" that the government will be able to supply sufficient converter box coupons to households in time for analogue switch-off on 12 June.

The National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) is responsible for distributing the $40 coupons available for household to use towards the purchase of a DTT set-top box.

According to Anna Gomez, the NTIA has focused its efforts on the last few million households that are not yet prepared and expects a smooth transition.

Last December, the NTIA had announced that it had run out of available funding to supply households with requested coupons. Over 4 million coupon requests were put on a waiting list until new funds could be allocated.

As a result, Congress delayed analogue switch-off from 17 February to 12 June.

Source: Broadcasting and Cable

:: 16/04/2009

United States - Digital unpreparedness shrinks to 3.2%

According to the latest figures published by Nielsen, 3.6 million television households are not prepared for digital switchover. This represents a total of 3.2% of all television households.

Digital preparedness is increasing. Last October, Nielsen had estimated that 9.6 million households were not prepared for switchover.

Currently, the Albuquerque-Santa Fe area has the highest percentage of unprepared houeholds, with an estimated 9.1% of households unprepared while the Providence, Rhode Island area has the highest level of preparedness with all households prepared.

Source: TV Week

:: 08/04/2009

France - France Télé Numérique fears delays to ASO timetable

The head of France Télé Numérique, Philippe Levrier, has proposed a new timetable for analogue switch-off. He fears that it will be difficult to complete digital switchover by 30 November 2011 based on the current plan.

According to the current plan, 24 regions will switch-off analogue services at a rate of one region per month between February 2010 and November 2011. This year, 3 analogue switch-off pilots are underway.

According to Philippe Levrier, analogue switch-off in certain regions may need to be delayed due to lack of full DTT coverage. This could result in a completion of digital switchover in 2013 - 2014 rather than in 2011.

The new plan proposed by France Télé Numérique calls for the simultaneous switch-off of analogue services in several regions during the second half of 2010.

Philippe Levrier has expressed his concerns to the Secretary of State charged with the digital economy, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet.

Source: Les Echos

:: 08/04/2009

United Kingdom - ASO underway in West Country TV area

The first stage of analogue switch-off has been completed at the Beacon Hill transmitter and its 23 relay sites. Viewers in Torbay and south Devon are no longer able to receive the analogue terrestrial channel BBC Two.

Until 22 April, the other channels on the analogue terrestrial platform will remain available. However, after this date, these channels will be switched off and only digital services will be available on the terrestrial platform.

Source: Digital UK press release

:: 03/04/2009

Italy - Sale of analogue TV sets no longer allowed

In an effort to ease digital switchover, it will no longer be possible to sell television sets that do not include a digital receiver as of 3 April 2009.

Analogue switch-off is currently underway and has been completed in Sardinia. On 20 May, two analogue channels, RAI Due and Rete 4, will be switched off in the western Piedmont cities of Cuneo and Turin.

A total of five regions will switch-off analogue services by the end of the year.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 03/04/2009

France - Less than 20% of Canal+ subscribers use analogue

According to the pay-DTT service provider Canal+, less than 20% of its terrestrial television subscribers use analogue television. Canal+ only sells digital subscriptions and is offering its analogue terrestrial subscribers to switch to digital.

Canal+'s analogue terrestrial license expires in 2010 and these frequencies have already been allocated for digital radio services. Analogue switch-off for Canal+ will begin on 25 November 2009 in the regions of Provence and the Côte d’Azur.

Analogue switch-off will be completed in France by 30 November 2011.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 30/03/2009

Australia - Analogue switch-off campaign launched

The government has officially launched its analogue switch-off communications campaign. Switch-off is set to take place region-by-region from January 2010 until December 2013.

The campaign will help ensure that viewers can better understand the benefits of digital television and how to make the conversion. It will include television, radio and online advertisements, equipment labelling, point-of-sale information, and training and accreditation for retail staff.

The government has also launched a new website, Get Ready for Digital.

As part of digital switchover, the public service broadcaster SBS has announced plans to launch a new digital service, SBS2, as of June 2009. However, the planned service will only be possible should SBS receive the additional funding that it has requested from the government.

Source: Labour government website

:: 26/03/2009

France - Canal+ to switch-off early in Provence/Côte d’Azur

At its last Plenary meeting on 24 February, the CSA decided that the analogue terrestrial services of the pay operator Canal+ will end on 25 November 2009 in the regions of Provence and the Côte d’Azur.

This date does not correspond to the switch-off of the other terrestrial television services in the region.

Canal+'s analogue terrestrial license expires in 2010 and the CSA has already planned to use these frequencies for the provision of digital radio services.

Analogue switch-off will be completed in France by 30 November 2011.

Source: CSA website

:: 26/03/2009

France - CSA continues to announce ASO timetable

The CSA has announced that analogue switch-off will be completed in Lower Normandy on 9 March 2010. It will become the second region after Alsace to complete analogue switch-off.

The analogue switch-off process will be led by France Télé Numérique. According to recent figures from Médiamétrie, digital television penetration had reached 67.6% at the end of the second semester 2008 in Lower Normandy.

The CSA is expected to next announce the dates for analogue switch-off in the regions of Pays de la Loire, Lorraine, Champagne-Ardenne, Brittany, and Franche-Comté.

Source: CSA website

:: 23/03/2009

Spain - 100 more days until first phase of ASO

The first phase of analogue switch-off is set to take place on 30 June 2009. It is estimated that affect 5 million residents in 1,286 towns, representing nearly 12% of the country's population.

Impulsa TDT estimates that more than two-thirds of these households access DTT services. However, between 50-60 thousand buildings with collective antennas have yet to be converted.

The first phase of analogue switch-off will take place in such areas as Zaragoza, Segovia, Oviedo, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Huelva, and Santiago de Compostela.

The second phase of switch-off will take place on 31 December 2009 and the process will be completed on 3 April 2010.

Source: Impulsa TDT

:: 17/03/2009

Japan - Government considers funding measures for DSO

The government is examining various measures to increase DTT penetration in preparation for analogue switch-off in 2011. One member of the ruling coalition has proposed a 1 trillion yen (€7.8 billion) package to assist with digital switchover.

Possible measures include a subsidy of 20,000 yen (€155) to consumers that trade in their analogue TV for a new digital TV and government funding for the installation of digital TVs in public areas.

The proposals could be included as part of an economic stimulus package.

Source: Bloomberg

:: 16/03/2009

France - CSA announces ASO date for Alsace

The CSA has announced that analogue switch-off will be completed in the region of Alsace on 2 February 2010. The region comprises a total of 1.8 million residents.

The process will be led by France Télé Numérique with the support of local governments and associations. France Télé Numérique will be responsible for the information campaign.

An analogue switch-off pilot was completed in Coulommiers last February while two further pilots, in Kaysersberg and Cherbourg will be completed this year.

The CSA is expected to soon announce the analogue switch-off dates for southern Normandie, Lorraine, Franche-Comté, and Brittany.

Source: CSA website

:: 13/03/2009

Spain - €1.2 billion spent on DSO

The Secretary of State for Telecommunications, Francisco Ros, has estimated that digital switchover has cost €1.2 billion to date. This includes the costs borne by both the private and public sector.

Ros also estimates that a total of 36,000 jobs have been created as a result of digital switchover between 2005 and 2009. The industry has also benefited from the strong sale of DTT receivers during the Christmas period.

In 2009, the government has agreed to provide €75 million for digital switchover projects. The funding will be used mainly for information campaigns in preparation for analogue switch-off.

Ros has also called on all broadcasters to make their services available on the satellite platform to ensure that viewers outside of the DTT coverage area can access the services.

Source: El Mundo

:: 06/03/2009

Czech Republic - TBWA to lead ASO communications campaign

The advertising agency TBWA has been selected to provide communications services as part of the digital switchover campaign. The budget is estimated to be CZK 19 million (€690,000).

Analogue switch-off is currently underway region by region with the capital city Prague set to complete the process in April. The process is set to be completed by 11 November 2011.

Currently, DTT services are available to approximately 60% of the population.

The transition to digital broadcasting is well under way in the Czech Republic, with around 60% of the population already able to received DTT programming. This figure is expected to rise to 88% by the end of the year. ASO is being undertaken on a region-by-region basis, with Prague set to become the first major part of the country to go all-digital.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 26/02/2009

Portugal - ASO confirmed for 26 April 2012

Council of Ministers adopted a resolution calling for the completion of analogue switch-off by 26 April 2012. The process will be led by the communications regulator Anacom.

The DTT operator, Portugal Telecom, has announced that it will unofficially launch DTT services at the end of April. Services are expected to be available to 80% of the population by the end of the year.

The government has not ruled out that it will provide support to viewers for the acquisition of DTT receivers.

Source: Publico

:: 26/02/2009

United States - 4.3 million households awaiting DTV coupons

According to the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA), its DTV coupon programme still does not have sufficient funding to clear the backlog of request coupons.

It is estimated that there are up to 4.3 million requests awaiting to receive DTV coupons. However, funding for these coupons cannot become available until previously issued coupons that are as of yet unredeemed expire.

An additional $650 million has been approved by the Administration for the coupon programme.

The NTIA has stated plans to prioritize coupon requests for households that only rely on the analogue terrestrial platform for their primary television services.

Source: Multichannel News

:: 19/02/2009

United States - One-third of stations complete ASO on 17 February

A total of 641 stations switched off their analogue services on 17 February. This represents one-third of all full-power commercial stations broadcasting in the United States.

Following the approval of the DTV Delay Act, analogue switch-off has been delayed from 17 February to 12 June. However, upon approval of the communications regulator, FCC, broadcasters could request the switch-off of analogue services on 17 February.

A total of 1159 broadcast stations will end analogue services on 12 June.

According to the FCC, its call centres received over 70,000 calls in the three days preceding the switch-off on 17 February. Most callers required information about television reception.

Source: FCC press release

:: 17/02/2009

Italy - RAI 2 and Retequattro switch-off in Trentino

On the night of 15-16 February, two analogue channels, Rai 2 and Retequattro, were switched off in the northeastern province of Trentino. They represent a 20% of the total television audience share.

A call centre was set up to help viewers and strong effort made to reach out to viewers aged 75 and above.

The sale of DTT receivers increased dramatically in the two weeks prior to the partial switch-off, including a surge on the day following the switch-off.

Source: DGTVi announcement

:: 10/02/2009

United States - 700 broadcasters petition FCC for early ASO

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it has received requests from about 700 broadcasters asking for the right to end analogue services on 17 February. This represents approximately 40% of broadcasters.

Analogue switch-off had been scheduled to take place on a national level on 17 February. However, legislation approved by Congress on 4 February has delayed the switch-off date until 12 June.

Broadcasters can, however, petition the FCC for the right to switch-off analogue services earlier. The FCC can deny requests that do not service the public interest or that are contrary to the aim of providing viewers with sufficient time to prepare.

Some fear that the partial switch-off of analogue services will create much confusion among viewers.

Source: Bloomberg

:: 05/02/2009

United States - Analogue switch-off officially delayed until 12 June

Congress has approved legislation to delay analogue switch-off until 12 June. Previously, analogue switch-off was set to take place on 17 February.

The government feared that up to 6.5 million viewers were not prepared for analogue switch-off. This was further compounded by the delay in the delivery of coupons as part of the government subsidy programme to viewers.

The delay will add costs for broadcasters who will need to continue broadcasting services in both analogue and digital.

The legislation received unanimous support in Senate and passed in the House of Representatives with 264 to 158 votes.

Broadcasters can end their analogue services prior to 12 June, however, they will need prior approval of the FCC.

Source: Washington Post

:: 04/02/2009

France - ASO in Coulommiers begins

Today marks the day when analogue television services will be shut off in the region of Coulommiers, near Paris. It is the first analogue switch-off trial to be undertaken in France.

In order to successfully complete the project, France Télé Numérique has put reinforced its existing measures to help viewers that have not yet transitioned to digital television.

From 4 February, a text will be transmitted in analogue informing viewers that analogue switch-off is complete and how they can access information on receiving DTT services.

This message will be broadcast until 9 February at which all analogue transmissions will cease.

Between 4-9 February, France Télé Numérique will extend the hours of its call centre and volunteers will be available to help households that have not yet adopted DTT services.

Source: France Télé Numérique

:: 29/01/2009

Australia - DSO pilot to be launched in Sunraysia

With the southeastern region of Sunraysia set to complete analogue switch-off in 2010, the government has proposed a set of measures to ease the process.

Measures include the establishment of a call centre to answer viewer queries, a labelling scheme to help consumers to easily identify digital ready products, and efforts to work with local community organisations to increase viewer awareness about digital switchover.

The government will also provide assistance to households were at least one member receives a full age pension, or a disability support pension.

In order to ensure that all viewers can access digital services, a satellite service will be made available comprising the same services as are available on the DTT platform.

This lessons learned in this pilot will help shape the activities of the national digital switchover programme.

Source: Minister of Communications press release

:: 29/01/2009

Spain - €75 million to fund DSO projects

The Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce will allocate €75 million to digital switchover as part of its Plan Avanza2. Funding will be used in 18 regions and cities to help prepare viewers for analogue switch-off.

Planned activities include the extension of DTT coverage, provision of local information, and the preparation of contigency plans.

In addition, the government has allocated an additional €8.25 million to extend DTT coverage in those areas where analogue switch-off will take place in June.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 28/01/2009

United Kingdom - Partial analogue switch-off in Meridian TV region

Digital UK has announced frequency changes along the southern coast of the country in the Meridian TV region. This affects residents in Hampshire, east Dorset, West Sussex, and the Isle of Wight.

The analogue service Channel 5 will be switched off from the Fawley transmitter on 25 March and will affect 100,000 residents in the area.

Digital UK also announced that DTT services transmitted from the Rowridge transmitter will change frequencies on 25 March.

The 500,000 residents in the area that use the DTT platform will need to complete a rescan on their DTT receivers.

Full switch-off in the Meridian TV region will not take place until 2012.

Source: Digital UK

:: 28/01/2009

United States - 50/50 odds that ASO date delayed

The House of Representatives has rejected the Senate legislation calling for a delay to analogue switch-off. The bill needed to muster a two-thirds majority in order to be approved under the fast-track procedural rules.

House Republicans rejected the bill despite unanimous approval in the Senate. The bill called for a delay of analogue switch-off from 17 February to 12 June.

As a next option, House Democrats may re-introduce the same legislation but under normal rules that would only require a simple majority. However, Republicans could delay the vote by introducing new amendments to the proposed legislation.

Another possibility would be for the Senate to vote on the House version of the bill.

According to National Telecommunications & Information Administration, there are now 3.27 million requests on the waiting list for the government DTV converter box subsidy programmme.

Source: Broadcasting & Cable

:: 27/01/2009

United States - 12 June ASO delay increasingly likely

The Senate has unanimously approved legislation that will delay analogue switch-off until 12 June 2009. Initially, analogue switch-off had been set to take place nationwide on 17 February.

Republicans had initially resisted the delay, claiming that the delay will confuse viewers However, they agreed to the legislation following the inclusion of several provisions such as the flexibility for broadcasters to switch-off analogue signals before 12 June should they wish to do so.

It is unclear who will fund the cost of the delay including new information campaigns. The head of PBS noted that the delay will engender a cost of $22 million for public service broadcasters.

As a next step, the legislation will need voted on by the House of Representatives where further changes to the proposed legislation may be made.

The Nielsen Co. estimates that more than 6.5 million households are not prepared for analogue switch-off.

Source: The Washington Post

:: 26/01/2009

South Africa - DTT coverage targets unlikely to be met

The broadcast network operator Sentech has announced that it is increasingly unlikely that it will meet the target DTT population coverage set for 2010.

As part of the roll-out plan, DTT coverage should reach 52% of the population by March 2009 and 80% of the population by 2010. However, at the end of 2009, Sentech anticipates that DTT services will only reach 40% of the population.

In order to meet its DTT coverage targets, Sentech had requested R262.4 million (€20 million) from the government. However, the government instead allocated R150 million (€11 million).

Analogue switch-off, initially planned for completion in 2011, will likely be delayed.

Source: Business Day

:: 26/01/2009

France - ASO in Nord Cotentin and Cherbourg on 18 November

The CSA has announced that analogue switch-off will take place in the region of North Cotentin on 18 November 2009. Switch-off in this region, along the north western coast, will affect 200,000 residents.

The organisation France Télé numérique will be responsible for ensuring that viewers are informed about the switch-off and prepared.

It will also coordinate the digital switchover help scheme to provide financial assistance to low income families.

Two switch-off pilots are currently underway in Coulommiers (near Paris), and in Kaysersberg (along the eastern border with Germany). In Coulommiers, switch-off will be completed on 4 February.

Source: CSA website

:: 21/01/2009

Italy - ASO switch-off in Rome by end 2009

The Ministry of Communications has issued a revised schedule for analogue switch-off in 2009 which is a slight delay from initial plans. A total of five regions will switch-off analogue services by the end of the year.

Switch-off will take place in western Piedmont from 24 September to 9 October, in Trento from 15 to 30 October and in Bolzano from 26 October to 13 November.

This will be followed by switch-off in Lazio from 16 to 30 November and in Campania from 1 to 16 December. Switch-off in these two regions will affect the millions of television viewers located in the cities of Rome and Naples.

Analogue switch-off has already been completed in Sardinia and is currently underway in the Valle d'Aosta.

At the end of 2008, a total of 7.6 million households relied upon the DTT platform for their television services, representing 34% of the population.

Source: Reuters and Il Sole 24 Ore

:: 14/01/2009

United Kingdom - Possible overfunding of DSO Help Scheme

The BBC has suggested that it may have money left over from the £600 million earmarked for the digital switchover Help Scheme. At this stage, the Help Scheme has required less money than initially anticipated.

However, the BBC noted that confirmation of underspent would only be possible when the nortwestern part of England completes switchover at the end of 2009.

One possible use of the available money could be to reduce future license fee rates.

Source: The Guardian

:: 09/01/2009

United States - Obama team calls for ASO delay

The Obama transition team has asked Congress to delay the 17 February national analogue switch-off date. The length of the suggested delay is not clear.

Calls for a delay have mounted after the government funded coupon programme ran out of money following the unexpectedly high demand for the $40 coupons.

Fears have also emerged that viewers have not been given sufficient support for the problems they could face with analogue switch-off.

Leading broadcasters, including Fox, NBC and ABC, have supported the analogue switch-off delay as have two former chairmen of the Federal Communications Commission, Michael Powell and William Kennard.

According to Neilsen, 6.8% of television households are not prepared for analogue switch-off.

Source: The Washington Post

:: 06/01/2009

United States - Coupon programme runs out of money

The government has announced that it has run out of money to fund its coupon programme which provided television households with up to two $40 coupons to use towards the purchase of a digital converter box.

A total of $1.5 billion had been set aside to fund the programme. However, demand for coupons has been higher than anticipated and viewers now requesting coupons will be put on a waiting list.

The government has also warned that some retailers may not have sufficient quantities of converter boxes to meet demand.

According to Nielsen, the sale of converter boxes grew by nearly 50% between August and November. Many households which had planned on purchasing digital television sets are now scaling back expenses and opting for converter boxes instead.

Source: Wall Street Journal

:: 06/01/2009

Spain - €5 million to support digital switchover

The government, together with the DTT promotions organisation Impulsa TDT, will allocate €5 million for the roll out of DTT services.

The money will be used to promote DTT services, and fund the DTT Observatory.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 18/12/2008

France - Government calls on retailers to help with DSO

In an effort to increase digital television penetration, the Secretary of State for the digital economy, Eric Besson, has announced plans to work together with manufacturers and retailers.

In a meeting with leading retailers, Besson called for retailers to provide consumers with clear information on DTT receivers especially during the holiday season.

He proposed drafting an agreement with manufacturers and retailers with concrete measures to take to help inform viewers and provide assistance to low-income families.

This agreement is expected to be concluded by the end of April.

Source: Nouvel Obs

:: 16/12/2008

United States - NAB to set up call centre

The National Association of Broadcasters has announced plans to set up a national call centre to help viewers with digital switchover. It estimates that it will handle 2 million calls in the five days following analogue switch-off on 17 February.

NAB agreed to set up a call centre because the FCC felt that its own call centre was not sufficient.

In addition, Congress passed legislation that will allow broadcasters to continue using their analogue television frequencies for 30 days following switch-off in order to provide information on digital switchover.

In an effort to help "at risk" populations, the National Telecommunications & Information Administration will set up DTV help centres in seven cities.

Source: Broadcasting & Cable

:: 12/12/2008

Czech Republic - DTT services reach 58% of population

As of 15 December, the coverage of DTT services has increased to 58% of the population. Alongside the launch of these DTT services, analogue switch-off has taken place at the transmitter sites in Susice-Svatobor and Chomutov-Jedlová.

As part of the DTT transition, viewers will be able to access services from four DTT multiplexes of which one has been reserved for the public service broadcaster CT.

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed in November 2011.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 10/12/2008

Germany - Digital switchover completed on 2 December

The broadcast network operator Media Broadcast has confirmed that digital switchover has been completed throughout Germany. Services are now available to 90% of the population.

In order to complete the process, Media Broadcast converted broadcast antennas at 79 transmission sites and installed 283 new transmission sites. Over 6,000 analogue transmitters and transposers were decommissioned.

Viewers are able to access between 12 and 30 television programme services depending on their location.

Source: Media Broadcast press release

:: 09/12/2008

United Kingdom - Digital UK announced ASO dates for Scotland and Wales

Digital UK, the organisations responsible for leading digital switchover, has announced the dates for analogue switch-off in the regions of Wales, Scotland and southwestern England.

Western and central Wales will begin switch-off on 10 February 2010 followed by south eastern Wales on 3 March 2010.

In Scotland, analogue switch-off was completed in the Border TV region last November. It will now proceed in the southeast in 2009 before completion in the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow in 2011.

The West TV region in England, including such areas as Exeter, Cornwall and Somerset, will begin analogue switch-off on 24 March 2010.

Source: Digital UK

:: 08/12/2008

France - Publication of ASO timeline

The long awaited analogue switch-off timeline has been published. The process will officially begin in November 2009 and end by 30 November 2011.

According to the plan, 2 regions will switch-off analogue services in 2009 while 12 regions will switch-off in 2010 and a further 12 regions in 2011.

The process will begin in the northern part of the country and end in the southern part of the country. Provence will be the last region to complete digital switchover.

Switch-off will take place in Paris and the surrounding region in early 2011.

Source: CSA website

:: 08/12/2008

France - Canal+ to complete ASO on 6 December 2010

The switch-off of the analogue channel Canal+ will not correspond to the analogue switch-off timeline published by the broadcast regulator CSA.

Canal+'s analogue television license will expire on 6 December 2010. At this time, the vacated frequencies in the VHF band will be used to launch digital radio services.

However, the ASO timetable calls for the remaining analogue channels to switch off between November 2009 and November 2011.

For the 12 regions that will not yet have completed digital switchover, some viewers may lose access to Canal+ services.

Source: CSA announcement

:: 08/12/2008

France - CSA response to government's ASO plan

The broadcast regulator CSA has issued its opinion on the government's analogue switch-off plans. In it, the CSA noted that the process must be completed within a 26 month period given the late publication of the timeline, combined with the need to complete the process by 2011.

As a result, analogue switch-off will take place at an average rate of 1 region per month.

The CSA also noted that the goverment's decision to allocate the frequencies 790-862 MHz for mobile broadband services increases the complexity of the analogue switch-off process.

It expressed its doubts about the feasibility of launching 11 DVB-T and 2 DVB-H multiplexes without access to the 790-862 MHz frequencies.

Finally, the CSA requested that the government provide additional resources to support analogue switch-off given the speed at which it must be completed and the increased complexity caused by the need for broadcasters to vacate the 790-862 MHz sub-band.

Source: CSA website

:: 20/11/2008

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Scottish Border TV region

Digital switchover has been successfully completed at the Selkirk transmitter group in the Scottish Borders region. The transmitter group includes the main Selkirk transmitter and 11 relay stations.

The process began on 6 November when the first analogue channel, BBC 2, was switched off. The process was finalised on 20 November when the remaining analogue channels, BBC 1, ITV, Channel 4 and Five, were switched off.

Viewers relying upon the main transmitter site are now able to access services from 6 DTT multiplexes.

As a next step, analogue switch-off will take place in the West Country, north-west England and parts of Wales in 2009.

Source: Arqiva press release

:: 31/10/2008

Italy - ASO completed in Sardinia

The island of Sardinia has completed analogue switch-off in a process that began two years ago.

All analogue transmitters across the island have been switched off and viewers can now only access digital services.

Switch-off has affected 1,600,000 residents, of which 85% rely upon the terrestrial platform for their primary television viewing.

Criticism of the government's handling of switchover has emerged. Some claim that vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, did not receive sufficient support. In addition, the call centre had difficulty coping with all of the requests received.

Source: Il Sole 24 Ore

:: 28/10/2008

United Kingdom - Final ASO countdown in Borders TV region

In preparation for the first phase of analogue switch-off in the Scottish Borders TV region, Digital UK has intensified its communications campaign.

The number of quarter-size screen warning captions on all analogue channels will increase in frequency. Regular reminders will continue in local media and the switchover roadshow will provide advice at three locations.

Analogue switch-off in the Border region will affect 52,000 viewers. In a first phase, the analogue channel BBC Two will be switched off and replaced by digital services.

In the second phase, the remaining four analogue channels will be switched off on 20 November.

After both phases, DTT receivers will need to be retuned.

Source: Digital UK press release

:: 28/10/2008

Austria - ASO in lower part of country

Analogue switch-off set to take place in Lower Austria on 18 November.

At eight transmitter sites, digital switchover will take place following a simulcast period.

These sites include Griesfeld, Kaiserstein, Jochgrabenberg, Lindkogel, Königsberg, Lampelsberg, St. Christophen, and Kollmitzberg.

To help increase viewer awareness, text flashes will be inserted into analogue programmes as of the end of October.

In addition, analogue switch-off will take place at 11 transmitter sites but without having previously launched DTT services. Rather, DTT services will launch as analogue services are switched off.

These transmitter sites include: Reisberg, Residenzberg, Steinkamperl, Kressenberg, Weissenbach, Plackles, Raxalpe, Krumbach, Lembacher, Hinterbrühl, and Himberg.

Source: Digitaler Rundfunk

:: 27/10/2008

France - Coulommiers to finish ASO pilot on 4 February

The first digital switchover pilot will begin in the region of Coulommiers on 8 November. On this date, DTT services will be launched for access by 70% of the local population.

The trial will end on 4 February 2009 when analogue terrestrial television services are switched off.

A total of 7000 television households are affected by this pilot.

Already, letters with information on digital switchover have been sent to households and public information sessions have been held.

Financial aid will be available to those households that are exonerated from the payment of the television license fee. However, the amount of aid has not yet been determined.

Two further digital switchover pilots will take place in 2009 in the cities of Cherbourg and Kaysersberg.

Analogue switch-off is set for completion by 30 November 2011.

Source: 01net

:: 27/10/2008

Germany - ASO to be completed on 25 November

Fifty years of analogue terrestrial television will come to an end on 25 November. On this date, analogue switch-off will be be completed.

Digital switchover has been completed two years ahead of the schedule initial set out in the 1998 plan "Digitalisierung der Netze bis 2010".

DTT services are available to over 90% of the population.

The Deutschen TV-Plattform estimates that 16 million DVB-T receivers will have been sold by the end of the year.

Source: Bayerischer Rundfunk

:: 26/10/2008

Spain - €35 million to support ASO

The government has agreed to allocate €35 million to help with the completion of the first phase of analogue switch-off.

In the first phase of analogue switch-off, to be completed by June 2009, 12% of the population will be affected.

The government has already allocated €560 million in loans and grants to help with digital switchover.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 22/10/2008

Belgium - ASO set for 3 November in Flanders

The Flemish-speaking community of Belgium has confirmed that analogue switch-off will take place on Monday, 3 November 2008.

An information campaign has been launched, including a website Wegmetsneeuwopjetv.be (down with snow on your TV).

It is estimated that 60,000 households rely on the terrestrial television platform.

Source: Flemish government news portal

:: 20/10/2008

France - Alsace to lead ASO

The government has presented its action plan for a digital future. The plan, entitled "France numérique 2012", was presented by the State Secretary for the development of the digital economy, Eric Besson.

The plan calls on the Prime Minister to publish the first draft of the analogue switch-off roadmap by the end of October.

One analogue switch-off pilot, in Coulommiers, has been announced for completion by the end of the year. It is expected to be followed by two further pilots, in Kaysersberg and Cherbourg, in 2009.

The eastern region of Alsace is expected to be the first region to complete analogue switch-off and will do so by the end of 2009.

Switch-off is expected to follow in the regions of Lorraine, Champagne-Ardenne and Franche-Comté, all along the eastern border.

Alongside these developments, switch-off will also take place in the northwestern part of the country, including such regions as Brittany, Pays de la Loire and Basse-Normandie.

Following analogue switch-off, 11 multiplexes will be available for DVB-T services with a 95% population coverage while 2 multiplexes will provide DVB-H services to 70% of the population.

The report most notably calls for universal access to high-speed Internet services.

Source: France Numérique 2012

:: 15/10/2008

United States - 20% of households not fully prepared for ASO

Latest research published by Nielsen shows that nearly 20% of households are either partially or incompletely ready for analogue switch-off.

A total of 9.6 million households are unprepared for analogue switch-off while a further 12.6 million have at least one television which has not yet been converted to receive digital signals.

The report shows that less educated, lower income and blue collar workers are least prepared for digital switchover.

Analogue switch-off is set to take place nationwide on 17 February 2009.

Source: Nielsen press release

:: 13/10/2008

Australia - ASO timetable ready for approval

The government's Digital Switchover Taskforce has presented the Communications Minister Stephen Conroy with a report proposing a timetable for analogue switch-off.

Switch-off will take place region-by-region and likely start in the city of Mildura located in the southeastern state of Victoria where digital penetration is relatively high.

Analogue switch-off is expected begin in the second half of 2010 and be completed by 31 December 2013.

The report is expected to be approved next week.

Source: The Australian

:: 08/10/2008

Italy - ASO organisation holds first meeting

The body responsible for leading digital switchover, Comitato Nazionale Italia Digitale (CNID), held its first meeting in Rome.

CNID is chaired by the Ministry for Communications while a representative from the regulator Agcom and the president of DGTVi serve as vice-chairmen.

During the meeting, members discussed the financing of digital switchover as well as technical issues that need to be addressed.

Key work areas include technology, communications, and research and monitoring.

Analogue switch-off has begun in Sardinia and will have affected 70% of the population by 2010. The process will be completed by December 2012.

Source: DGTVi website

:: 24/09/2008

Australia - Government introduces bill on ASO

The government has introduced legislation introducing a timetable for analogue switch-off. The process will take place region-by-region and be completed in 2013.

In addition, the government has signed a $4.8 million contract with Newspoll to track digital conversion rates. Each quarter Newspoll will provide information on regional switchover trends.

A further $1 million will fund a technical survey on households with communal antennas.

Source: DBCDE press release

:: 16/09/2008

Austria - ASO continues in 11 regions

Analogue switch-off has been completed on 16 September in 11 regions, including Dalaas, Gaschurn, Lech and Raggal/Kreuzbühel.

In addition, the communications regulator Komm Austria is expected to soon issue licenses for the operation of a third DTT multiplex, MUX C.

This multiplex will provide regional DTT services.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 31/07/2008

Spain - Government allocates €8.7 million for ASO

The government has allocated €8.72 million fund 32 analogue switch-off projects. These projects will extend the population coverage of DTT services.

Analogue switch-off will take place through 90 nationwide projects across three different types of geographical areas based upon the size of the population.

Analogue switch-off set for completion by 3 April 2010. A first region, Soria, completed switch-off on 23 July.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 29/07/2008

United States - 9% of household unprepared for ASO

A recent survey published by Nielsen shows that 9.3% of television households are not yet prepared for analogue switch-off.

This compares with 10.5% of unprepared households in January.

The survey includes 15,000 households.

Switch-off is set to take place nationwide on 17 February 2009.

Source: Broadcasting and Cable

:: 28/07/2008

Czech Republic - ASO begins in Pilsen

The public service broadcaster Czech Television (CT) has switched off its analogue channel CT2 in the city of Pilsen, located near the border with Germany.

In addition, a multiplex covering the region of western Bohemia has also been launched. It is operated by CT.

Currently, one multiplex provides official DTT services to approximately 40% of the population.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 24/07/2008

Spain - ASO completed in Soria

The region of Soria became the first region in Spain to complete digital switchover. The analogue terrestrial platform was switched off on 23 July and affects 51,000 inhabitants.

In preparation for analogue switch-off, much emphasis was place on ensuring households were adequately informed. Communication campaigns included a dedicated website, coverage maps, an information centre, brochures, and television advertisement.

In addition, the government provided funding of €1 million to help viewers buy DTT receivers or convert collective antennas. The Red Cross and Caritas distributed free set-top-boxes to low-income households.

Altogether, it is estimated that 96.6% of households were prepared for switch-off.

Source: El Pais

:: 22/07/2008

France - First ASO trial begins

The first analogue switch-off trial is set to begin in Coulommiers and its surrounding area. The trial should be completed by early 2009 and analogue services switched off.

As part of the trial, a communications campaign will be launched and will provide information through such channels as local media and advertising banners.

A call centre will open at the end of August and a website with information on how viewers can prepare for switchover will be launched in September.

Towards the end of the year, inserts will be placed in analogue broadcasts warning viewers about the upcoming switch-off.

The trial will affect the 14,000 residents of Coulommiers and the surrounding region. It will be managed by France Télé Numérique.

As a next step, an analogue switch-off trial will take place in a city with 150,000 residents.

Analogue switch-off is planned for completion in France by 30 November 2011.

Source: ZDNet.fr

:: 10/07/2008

United States - Survey shows 64% terrestrial TV households ready for ASO

A survey conducted between 29 March and 13 May with 5,535 terrestrially dependent households showed that 64% have already taken steps to prepare for analogue switch-off on 17 February 2009.

When asked how they would upgrade for DTV, 35% of respondents plan to buy a set-top box while 45% plan to buy an iDTV.

The survey was conducted by Smith-Geiger LLC on behalf of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

In addition, Congress has approved legislation allowing the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to spend previously allocated funds on digital switchover educational activities.

Information will target residents of rural and remote areas, the elderly and minority groups.

The proposed legislation also enables low-power TV stations to receive funding to upgrade their equipment from analog to digital.

Source: Mediaweek

:: 01/07/2008

Italy - Government wants to complete ASO by 2010

The European Commission (EC) has requested further information from the government regarding the distribution of frequencies on the DTT platform.

The EC would like to ensure against a broadcasting duopoly by Mediaset and RAI and ensure that new broadcasters are able to launch DTT services.

While analogue switch-off is currently set to be completed by 2012, the communications regulator AgCom and the government are calling for an completion by the end of 2010.

The full plan for national switchover will be presented on 9 September.

Analogue switch-off is currently underway in Sardinia and Val d'Aoste and will soon begin in the provinces of Turin and Cuneo and the regions of Trentino and Alto Adige.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 24/06/2008

Italy - Planning for ASO underway

The Ministry for Economic Development is expected to present its digital switchover plan by 9 September 2008.

The plan will indicate the 15-20 areas that will switch-off analogue services and the date for doing so.

The Ministry will also detail how the process will be managed and the amount of funding that the government will make available.

The process should be completed by 2012.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 22/05/2008

Italy - Government nixes partial ASO in 2009

The new centre-right government has put forward a proposal to allow the commercial broadcaster Mediaset to keep its analogue frequencies until analogue switch-off is completed in 2012.

Under plans by the former Communications Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, national analogue terrestrial broadcasters were required to hand back one analogue frequency channel in 2009.

For Mediaset, this would have meant that it would have stopped broadcasting Rete 4 in analogue on the terrestrial platform.

Previously, Italy has been rebuked by the European Court of Justice for its allocation of broadcast frequencies.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 22/05/2008

Spain - Government confirms 2010 switch-off

The new Minister of Industry, Miguel Sebastian, has confirmed the current digital switchover plans for Spain. According to the minister, analogue switch-off will take place, as planned on 3 April 2010.

As planned, an analogue switch-off pilot will take place in the province of Soria on 23 July. This will be the first switch-off trial involving more than 18,000 households.

The government has committed to provide €3.2 million to help viewers with the switchover. Subsidies will be available to use towards the purchse of building antennas and MHP-enabled set-top boxes.

Regarding the possible launch of pay-DTT services, the government has called on broadcasters to proposed a position that can be agreed by all operators.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 08/05/2008

United States - Wilmington to trial ASO

Wilmington, North Carolina will the be first city to complete analogue switch-off in the United States. It will participate in an analogue switch off pilot on 8 September 2008.

The FCC will monitor digital switchover to better understand the potential problems other markets can expect when analogue switch-off takes place on a national scale on 17 February 2009.

According to the FCC, Wilmington is one of the few television markets technically able to make the transition early.

The FCC has sought other markets to test switchover, however, many broadcasters have resisted, unwilling to risk losing advertising revenue and anger viewers by speeding up the process.

Source: Washington Post

:: 01/05/2008

Australia - Preparations underway for ASO

The Australian government is expected to publish the timetable for analogue switch-off by the end of the year. Analogue switch-off is expected to be completed by 2013.

The government is planning to undertake a switch-off pilot and to tender the management of a digital tracker survey (Aus $4.8 million).

According to Andy Townend, deputy secretary at the Department of Broadband, Communications and Digital Environment: "The tracker will determine what’s going well and not going so well so we can take action. We expect it to become the definitive source of information on digital TV in Australia."

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 30/04/2008

Czech Republic - ASO confirmed for 2011

The Czech government has approved the digital switchover plan published by the regulator Cesky Telekomunikacni(CTU). The plan calls for the completion of digital switchover by 11 November 2011.

However, in two regions, Zlínska and Jesenicka, analogue services will continue until June 2012.

Because the analogue broadcast licenses for the commercial broadcasters are valid until 2016-2017, the proposed switch-off timetable is voluntary.

However, in exchange for switching off their analogue services, broadcasters will receive DTT licenses in compensation.

Source: CTU website

:: 25/04/2008

United Kingdom - Digital UK publishes results of ASO in Whitehaven

Digital UK has published a report with its assessment of digital switchover that took place in Whitehaven at the end of last year.

According to the report, the switchover process was a success with residents well informed and prepared. Most residents found switchover to be straight-forward and are pleased with the new service offering.

In addition, viewers had a good understanding of the consequences to second TV sets and recorders, with 95% of second sets converted by December. Retailers also played an important role in ensuring sufficient stock and prominently displaying the digital tick logo.

However, the report notes that a few issues emerged that will need to be addressed in the next switch-off regions. These issues include better communications between tenants and landlords, improved explanation of the benefits of the Help Scheme, and a shorter transition period in the two-staged switchover process.

A total of 72 areas will switch-off analogue services in the next 4 years.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 24/04/2008

France - Broadcasters want quick ASO

Broadcasters on the terrestrial television platform have called on the government to speed up the digital switchover process. Broadcasters include: TF1, France 2, France 3, Canal Plus, France 5, Arte France and M6.

According to the broadcasters, analogue switch-off should be completed as quickly as possible to allow for the launch of free-to-air HD services on the DTT platform.

Furthermore, the simulcast of analogue and digital services is judged to be expensive.

Source: Informamedia

:: 18/04/2008

United Kingdom - West Country to begin ASO in April 2009

Digital UK has announced that the West Country TV region will begin analogue switch-off on 8 April 2009. At this date, analogue transmissions from the Beacon Hill transmitter group will end.

Analogue transmissions will end at the Stockland Hill transmitter group on 6 May 2009.

The remaining transmitter groups in the region will follow between July and September 2009.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 16/04/2008

France - CSA publishes synthesis of ASO consultation

Following its consultation on analogue switch-off, the CSA has published a synthesis of the 80 responses received. Based on these responses, the CSA recommends that analogue switch-off begin in 2009.

According to the CSA, analogue switch-off should take place region-by-region with the first two regions switching off in 2009.

The regions beginning analogue switch-off should be those with the highest level of digital television penetration.

Analogue switch-off is set to be completed by 20 November 2011.

Source: CSA website

:: 10/04/2008

Australia - ASO confirmed for 2013

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has confirmed plans to complete digital switchover by 2013. Approximately 40% of households access digital television services.

A taskforce has been established to help with switchover. Members of the taskforce include network operators, broadcasters, producers and manufactuers.

A total of AUS $38 million has been set aside by the government for switchover.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 07/04/2008

Estonia - ASO to take place in 2010

Following the approval of a draft amendment to the Broadcasting Act, analogue switch-off is set to take place in June 2010. This is 18 months earlier than previously announced.

It is estimated that 200,000 households rely on the terrestrial platform for their primary television reception.

In addition, a digital switchover pilot was completed on 31 March on the island of Ruhnu. All analogue television services were switched off and viewers can now only access digital services on the terrestrial platform.

Source: Government Committee for Transition to Digital Television

:: 24/03/2008

Spain - A Fonsagrada begins analogue switch-off

The town of A Fonsagrada will be the first to complete analogue switch-off in Spain. Switch-off has been set for 5 April 2008.

Viewers in the area have been distributed free DTT receivers.It is expected that 98% of the population in the region will be able to access DTT services. However, those outside the DTT coverage area will need to use satellite.

The topology of A Fonsagrada is quite complicated given the number of local mountains. Viewers have a poor reception of analogue services but hope that digital switchover will help improve reception quality.

Source: 20 minutos

:: 10/03/2008

Czech Republic - ASO delayed until 11 November 2011

The Czech Telecommunications Office, CTU, has issued its digital switchover plan (TTP). The new plan delays analogue switch-off by one year to 11 November 2011.

Digital switchover is expected to take place region-by-region, with a short simulcast period. Switchover was completed in the border region of Domazlice last August and is set to be completed in Usti nad Labern this summer.

However, key in the process will be the accord from the commercial broadcasters on the analogue terrestrial platform, Nova TV and Prima TV.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 04/03/2008

Italy - Sardinia to complete ASO in Sept/Oct

The switch-off of the full analogue platform in Sardinia will take place between 1 September 1 and 30 October 2008. Originally, switch-off had been planned for March.

The delay will allow broadcasters to implement the new digital frequency plan approved by the Communications Authority on 5 February.

Already, the three national broadcasters RAI, Mediaset and La7 have switched off one of their two analogue channels in Sardinia.

The government has allocated €54.8 million to support digital switchover.

Piedmont will become the next region to undertake analogue switch-off.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 03/03/2008

Belgium - BIPT opposes planned ASO

The national telecom regulator, BIPT is taking steps to nullify current analogue switch-off plans in the Flemish-speaking part of the country. Analogue switch-off is to be completed by the end of the year.

According to the BIPT, the power to decide frequency allocation and usage should be taken by the BIPT and not the Flemish government.

Plans to expand the current DTT platform in the Flemish-speaking region will likely be delayed.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 28/02/2008

South Korea - ASO confirmed for 2012

A National Assembly committee responsible for broadcasting and communications has confirmed that analogue switch-off will take place by 31 December 2012.

The commmittee approved a bill with the analogue switch-off deadline.

It is based on the analogue transition plan proposed by the Ministry of Information and Communication and the Korean Broadcasting Commission in 2006.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 19/02/2008

Switzerland - ASO to be completed on 25 February

Switzerland will complete digital switchover on 25 February when analogue services are switched off in the regions of Valais and the Chablais Vaudois. These are the last two regions which still transmit two analogue channels.

It is estimated that 17,000 households in these two regions rely on the terrestrial television platform for their primary television reception.

Viewers will be able to access four television programme services from the public service broadcaster SRG SSR.

Source: ATS

:: 12/02/2008

United States - 5.9 million may lose some TV services after ASO

Research by Centris has shown that 5.9 million television sets will be unable to receive as many services in an all-digital environment compared with an analogue environment.

According to Centris, analogue switch-off will disrupt services to a far greater degree than predicted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

These disruptions are due to gaps in the broadcast signal. However, new outdoor antennas will enable viewers to maintain their broadcast reception.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 05/02/2008

France - CSA closes consultation on ASO

The broadcast regulator, CSA, has closed its consultation on the process for analogue switch-off. It expects to publish a synthesis of the responses received in March.

Already, two tendencies have emerged. The first, favoured by the broadcast operator TDF, calls for the full roll-out of DTT services prior to analogue switch-off. It would like analogue switch-off to begin in 2010 and take place over an 18 month period.

The second tendency, favoured by most broadcasters, calls for analogue switch-off to begin in mid-2009 in two test regions, Brittany and Alsace. Analogue switch-off would then continue throughuout 2010 for completion in 2011.

Currently, DTT services are available to 85% of the population with an increase to 89% by the end of the year. DTT receivers have been installed in 45% of television households.

Source: Le Figaro

:: 18/01/2008

Italy - ASO to go-ahead in Sardinia

Broadcasters in Italy have reached agreement on digital switchover in the region of Sardinia.

Sardinia will be one of the first regions to complete analogue switch-off. Already, it has switched off three analogue channels.

According to the head of the communications authority Corrado Calabro: "'It is an important result for all the country because it is the first time that Italy has reached an agreement shared by all the operators on frequency planning."

Analogue switch-off is expected to be completed in Italy by 2012.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 17/01/2008

Austria - ASO to continue on 4 February

Analogue switch-off is set to continue on 4 February. On this date, the regions of Kärnten, Niederösterreich and Tirol will complete digital switchover.

With switch-off, it will be possible for new national and regional DTT services to be launched.

Analogue switch-off is expected to be completed by 2010.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 14/01/2008

Spain - Local ASO delayed

Although local broadcasters were required by the DTT Technical Plan to complete digital switchover by 1 January 2008, many have not yet done so.

A significant number have not yet begun digital transmissions, and some regional governments have not yet invited broadcasters to tender for digital licenses.

According to Francisco Pérez, president of G-9, a group representing local broadcasters, the Technical Plan which requires analogue switch-off to begin with local broadcasters is "discriminatory".

He believes that the DTT Technical Plan should affect all broadcasters equally without discrimination whether national, regional or local.

Analogue switch-off of national broadcast channels is set for 3 April 2010.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 11/01/2008

Norway - ASO to begin on 4 March

The region of Rogaland in the south-west is set to switch off its analogue television services on 4 March at 11.30.

The region has 30,000 television households, of which 98% will be able to access DTT services by the analogue switch-off date.

Switch-off is being coordinated by NTV, the DTT license holder which is jointly owned by NRK, TV2 and Telenor.

Viewers are able to access NRK services (NRK1, NRK2 and NRK3/NRK Super) free-to-air while those of TV2 and local broadcasters are available using a free smartcard.

RiksTV offers viewers with a pay-service of over 15 television programme services.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 20/12/2007

Norway - NTV to license post-ASO capacity

Norges televisjon (NTV), the license holder for frequencies between 470-790, has announced plans make capacity available for further pay DTT services following analogue switch-off.

Already, NTV licenses capacity to the pay-operator RiksTV which launched services on 1 September 2007. The public service broadcaster NRK offers free-to-air services on its multiplex.

NTV will make the capacity of half a multiplex available from 2010, once analogue switch-off is completed.

NTV has issued an expression of interest for the capacity which must be completed by 14 March 2008.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 18/12/2007

Italy - Mediaset calls for earlier ASO

The president of the commercial broadcaster Mediaset, Fedele Confalonieri, has declared the 2012 analogue switch-off date as too far away.

While agreeing that the initial analogue switch-off date of 2006 may have been "too optimistic," 2010 may be a more suitable date especially since most households will be digitally-equipped.

According to recent legislation, all television sets sold as of June 2009 must include a digital tuner.

Confalonieri also noted that Mediaset has spent €500 million for digital switchover.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 11/12/2007

United States - Planning for ASO called into question

According to a report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), regulators lack a comprehensive plan to prepare viewers for digital switchover. Analogue switch-off is set to take place in February 2009.

While the report recognised the efforts by the public and private sectors and their ongoing coordination, the lack of a comprehensive plan makes digital switchover a risky proposition and raises potential problems such as misinformation and a failure to reach all analogue households.

The report states that the lack of a plan "raises uncertainty, including whether consumers, particularly underserved and otherwise vulnerable populations, will have the information necessary to respond to the transition and to maintain their access to television programming."

However, the Federal Communications Commission disagreed. In a letter to the GAO, its chairman Kevin Martin stated that he had "significant reservations and concerns with the report's approach and conclusions."

Source: Reuters

:: 07/12/2007

Estonia - Analogue switch-off set for February 2010

The Ministry of Culture has brought forward the date for analogue switch-off from February 2012 to February 2010. It prefers a quick switch-off rather than dragging the process across several years.

However, the feasibility of the new switch-off date will be reviewed in 2009 to assess the market conditions.

Currently, only pay-DTT services are available from ZUUMtv apart from one free-to-air service from the public service broadcaster ETV.

To encourage the development of the free-to-air DTT platform, the government plans to exempt the two leading commercial broadcasters, TV3 and Kanal 2, from paying the €1.6 million 2009 annual licence fee on condition that they launch DTT services by 1 March 2008.

In addition, it is expected that TV3 and Kanal 2 will receive an automatic renewal of their license until 2015 if they switch off analogue services in 2010.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 30/11/2007

New Zealand - Government announces ASO plans

The government has started putting in place plans for digital switchover. It plans for analogue switch-off to take place either when digital penetration has reached 75% or in 2012, depending on which occurs first.

A steering group made up of representatives from industry and government will manage the transition and ensure that viewers are provided with sufficient information on switchover.

Switch-off is expected to occur on a region-by-region basis, within a one-year timeframe.

According to Broadcasting Minister Trevor Mallard, "We want time to gauge viewer interest and see how quickly New Zealanders voluntarily take up digital television before we set a firm date to switch off analogue signals. We expect the full transition period to take between six and ten years."

Already, 45% of homes receive digital services. The free-to-view satellite service was launched in early 2007 while the DTT platform is to launch in 2008.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 14/11/2007

United Kingdom - ASO completed in Whitehaven

This morning at 2am, the three remaining analogue channels, BBC One, ITV1 and Channel 4, were switched off in Whitehaven. This follows from the switch-off of BBC Two on 17 October and completes digital switchover in the area.

Since 3.27am, new digital services are available. Viewers in Whitehaven can access 20 television and 10 radio programme services.

It is estimated that 98% of households in the area are able to access digital television services. However, approximately 500 households still need to take action.

Source: Digital UK website

:: 07/11/2007

United Kingdom - One more week until full ASO in Whitehaven

Following the shut-off of one analogue channel on 17 October, complete analogue switch-off is expected to take place in Whitehaven on 15 November.

While hundreds of homes have purchased DTT receivers, it is estimated that approximately 500 homes have yet to do so.

According to research conducted by GfK, 96% of people in Whitehaven are aware that switchover began on 17 October and 77% of secondary television sets have been converted to digital.

Source: Digital UK press release

:: 05/11/2007

Switzerland - Further ASO on 26 November

Analogue switch-off will take place in the German-speaking part of Switzerland on 26 November. Analogue switch-off took place in the French-speaking region in June 2007 and in the Italian-speaking region in July 2006.

Full switch-off is expected in February 2008, when the mountainous region of the Valais switches off its analogue services.

The DTT platform provides viewers with access to four television programme services from the public service broadcaster SRG-SSR.

Less than 10% of the population relies on the terrestrial platform for television reception. However, demand for DTT services is strong in the border regions where viewers are also able to access the DTT platforms of neighbouring countries.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 29/10/2007

United Kingdom - Dates for ASO in Scotland announced

Digital UK, the body responsible for managing digital switchover, has announced the dates for analogue switch-off in Scotland. Scottish Borders will be the first region to switch-off when the transmitter in Selkirk replaces its analogue signal with digital on 6 November 2008.

The process will continue in the southwest in 2009 and end in Glasgow in 2011.

In the coming weeks, each household will receive a leaflet explaining the digital switchover process. A three-year information campaign for the STV Central and Northern regions was launched on 29 October in Glasgow.

It is estimated that there are 5 million television sets in Scotland. Approximately 80% of the Scottish population has vome form of digital television, however, only half of all television sets have been converted.

Source: Digital UK press release

:: 24/10/2007

Slovakia - ASO campaign to begin in 2008

The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MDPT) has announced that it will launch a digital switchover publicity campaign next year with a budget of approximately SKK 125 million (€3.74 million).

Analogue switch-off is set to take place in 2012. Official DTT services have not yet been launched although extensive trials are underway.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 22/10/2007

Austria - ASO completed in regional capitals

Nearly one year after the launch of DTT services, analogue switch-off has been completed in all of the regional capitals. Switch-off has now been completed in Vienna and the regions of Lower Austria and Burgenland.

DTT services are available to 70% of the population with a full population coverage expected by 2010.

Viewers are able to access services from two multiplexes. The first multiplex, MUX A, was launched on 23 October 2006 and offers three television programme services, ORF1, ORF2 and ATV. The second multiplex was launched following analogue switch-off using the recently released frequencies. It provides viewers with access to ORF Sport Plus, 3Sat and Pulse TV.

Of all digital households, 80% rely on the DTT platform. A total of 250,000 DTT receivers have been sold, of which one-third are MHP-enabled.

Since the launch of DTT services, the number of terrestrial households has remained stable.

Source: Der Standard

:: 17/10/2007

United Kingdom - Analogue switch-off begins

At 2.00 on 17 October, the analogue channel of BBC 2 was switched off in Whitehaven, Cumbria. It was replaced by a digital signal which was switched on at 2.37.

The new digital signal, which carries Multiplex 1, includes such services as BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, CBBC, BBC News 24 and BBCi Next month, the remaining analogue channels will be switched off to make room for further DTT services.

"We are pleased to confirm that the first stage of the project for Digital Switch Over in the UK has been a technical success", said Peter Heslop, DSO Programme Director for the network operator Arqiva.

Source: Arqiva press release

:: 16/10/2007

Sweden - Analogue switch-off completed

On 15 October, Sweden completed the switch-off of its analogue terrestrial television platform, ahead of the government mandated switch-off date of February 2008.

The last areas to switch-off analogue services included Malmö, Helsingborg, Hörby, Karlshamn and Karlskrona, along the southern end of the country.

Analogue switch-off first began in September 2005 on the island of Gotland. Since then, the switch-off process has taken place in five phases with a brief pause for the national elections in September 2006.

Stockholm completed analogue switch-off in March 2007.

Sweden is the fourth European country to complete analogue switch-off, after Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Finland.

Source: Teracom press release

:: 16/10/2007

United Kingdom - 20% of viewers in Whitehaven unprepared for ASO

With the first phase of digital switchover set to begin, thousands of viewers may not yet be prepared. The northern town of Whitehaven will switch-off the analogue channel BBC2 and only make it available digitally as of 17 October.

However, Digital UK estimates that 5,000 households, approximately 20% of the local population, have not yet bought a digital receiver.

The entire analogue terrestrial platform will be switched off in the middle of November.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 03/10/2007

Italy - ASO continues in Sardinia

Starting on 10 November, three television programme services will only be available on the DTT platform in the island of Sardinia. National broadcasters RAI and Mediaset will each turn off one of their two analogue terrestrial television channels (Rai Due and Rete4) and only make the services available on the DTT platform.

Following analogue switch-off in the city of Cagliari in March, the process is now extended to the entire island. A similar process occurred in the Val d'Aoste and is expected to take place in the northern regions of Trentino Alto Adige and Piedmont.

Analogue switch-off is expected to be completed by 2012.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 02/10/2007

Italy - ASO in 2012 confirmed

The Minister of Communications, Paolo Gentiloni, has confirmed that analogue switch-off will take place in 2012. Currently legislation sets analogue switch-off for December 2008.

The 2008 Budget Law (Legge Finanziaria) contains several provisions affecting the DTT platform, including the planned change to the analogue switch-off date. In addition, it also calls on manufacturers to stop shipping analogue television sets by the end of 2008 while in April 2008, consumers will need to be clearly informed that analogue television sets do not include a DTT tuner.

The Parliament is set to discuss the proposed law in the next two weeks.

In July, GFK estimated that a total of 4.9 million households out of 21 million accessed DTT services.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 21/09/2007

Andorra - ASO on 25 September

The Principality of Andorra, a small country located in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain, will switch off its analogue terrestrial television platform on September 25 at 11.00.

Three multiplexes provide DTT services to viewers offering such television programme services as 3/24, Telecinco, Arte, RTP Internacional, BBC World, ATV, TV3, RTVE's La 2, TF1, M6, K3, RTVE's La Primera, Antena 3, France 2 and France 3.

A fourth multiplex will be launched although it is not known what services it will provide.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 13/09/2007

Czech Republic - Network operator calls for ASO delay

The network operator Radiokomunikace has indicated its preference for analogue switch-off to be delayed until 2014. Officially, analogue switch-off is set to take place on 10 October 2010, although many view this date as unrealistic.

Analogue switch-off will take place region-by-region. Already, switch-off was completed in the region of Domazlice at the end of August and is expected to be completed in the region of Usti at the end of the year.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 07/09/2007

Austria - Regional ASO on 24 September

On 24 September, digital switchover will be completed in the Styria (Steiermark) region of Austria. Specifically, the areas of Schöckl, Graz, Loeben, Kapfenberg and Kalwang will no longer be able to access analogue terrestrial television services.

It is estimated that 90,000 viewers are affected by digital switchover in the region, most of whom have been able to benefit from the simultaneous transmission of both analogue and digital terrestrial services since October 2006.

However, approximately 1600 viewers in the areas of Schöckl and Mugel have not yet had access to DTT services. For technical reasons, it has not been possible to launch DTT services prior to analogue switch-off.

Viewers will only be able to access three services: ORF 1, ORF 2 and ATV.

Source: Kleine Zeitung

:: 03/09/2007

Finland - ASO completed on 1 September

In the early morning of 1 September, 5 analogue transmission networks were switched off. The terrestrial platform is now completely digital.

This makes Finland among the first countries in the world to complete analogue switch-off, alongside the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Currently, Sweden is in the process of completing analogue switch-off.

Alongside switch-off, seven new television programme services were launched. DTT services were first launched in Finland in 2001.

Source: Digita

:: 30/08/2007

Czech Republic - ASO in Domažlicku

The region of Domažlicku in the southwestern part of the Czech Republic will begin analogue switch-off on 31 August.

The two analogue channels held by the public broadcaster Czech Television will be switched off and only available on the DTT network.

Analogue switch-off throughout the country is currently set to take place by 10 October 2010.

Source: Czech Television

:: 22/08/2007

Austria - Regional capitals to complete ASO

All regional capitals in Austria will have completed digital switchover by the end of October. Such cities as Vienna and Graz have confirmed their analogue switch-off dates.

On 24 September, the cities of Graz and Klagenfurt will switch-off all analogue signals followed by Vienna, St. Polten and Einsenstadt on 22 October.

On 2 July, the regions of Mugel/Bruck, Heuberg/Mattersburg and Katrin/Bad Ischl launched their DTT services. These services run alongside existing analogue services. It is estimated that three-fourths of the population accesses digital television services.

Source: Kleine Zeitung

:: 14/08/2007

United Kingdom - Half of homes ready for switchover

According to research published by Ofcom and Digital UK, half of all homes in the United Kingdom receive digital services on all of their television sets. The research also shows a steady increase in public awareness and understanding of switchover.

The survey of over 2400 households found that:
- 50% of households reported that all of their televsion sets were digital;
- 87% of respondents were aware of switchover; and,
- 66% of respondents understood how to prepare for switchover.

The latest digital television progress report published by Ofcom in June stated that more than four out of five homes now have digital television.

Source: Digital UK press release

:: 11/08/2007

Malaysia - Analogue switch-off by 2015

Digital switchover is expected to be completed in Malaysia by 2015. Currently, only pay satellite services has made digital services available to viewers.

According to the Secretary-General of the Energy, Water and Communications Ministry Halim Man: "The ministry is now in the process of replacing the technology to ensure that the quality of the broadcasting industry in our country is comparable with the developed countries whereby digital multimedia broadcasting would encompass the audio, terrestrial television and satellite services."

Source: ABU website

:: 03/08/2007

Czech Republic - TV Nova to help with switchover

The leading commercial broadcaster, TV Nova has announced that it will providing funding for digital switchover in the region of Domazlice. This region, located near the German border, is to complete analogue switch-off by the end of the year.

TV Nova will contribute CZK 1.5 million (€53,542) to be used towards the purchase of DTT set-top boxes.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 25/07/2007

United Kingdom - 33 million unsure about ASO

According to research by uSwitch.com, an estimated 33 million people are unsure when digital switchover will take place in their region.

Switchover awareness is highest in the Border region while the Midlands demonstrated the least amount of knowledge.

Source: Digital Spy

:: 04/07/2007

Switzerland - ASO in French-speaking region

The French-speaking region of Switzerland has completely switched off its analogue terrestrial television platform on 25 June at 14.00.

The public service broadcaster switched off the remaining two analogue channels. In March 2003, two out of the four analogue channels had been switched off.

The switch-off caused minimal disruption with the call centre receiving fewer calls than had been anticipated. The regional communications campaign had begun in February 2007.

The German speaking region of the country will switch-off its full analogue platform in November 2007. Switch-off in the Italian-speaking part of the country was completed in July 2006.

Source: SRG SSR press release

:: 22/06/2007

Spain - Government proposes ASO plan

The Government has proposed its plan for analogue switch-off. It calls for the process to take place in four phases and to be completed by April 2010.

Analogue switch-off will begin in 2008 in the areas of Soria and A Fonsagrada. By the end of 2009, 32% of the population will have undertaken switch-off prior to complete switch-off in 2010.

The plan divides the country into 73 technical areas with a total of 90 switchover projects divided into three groups. The groups are determined based upon the number of inhabitants in a given area.

At this stage, the Government ASO plan has been approved by the DTT Transition Committee, made up of broadcasters, manufacturers, Regional Administrations, Consumers Associations and Installers. However, it requires teh formal approval from the cabinet.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 31/05/2007

Austria - ASO continues in Salzburg and Linz

Analogue switch-off is set to take place in the regions of Salzburg, Linz and Amstetten in the coming month. Already, analogue switch-off took place in the Vorarlberg region in March and in Tirol in May.

Analogue switch-off will be completed in the regional capitals with the switch-off of services in Vienna in October. A second multiplex is also expected to be launched in October.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 16/05/2007

France - 'France Télé Numérique' to oversee analogue switch-off

The responsibility for managing ASO has been given to a newly set up organisation called France Télé Numérique. The members of this public body are the government with public and private broadcasters (France Télévisions, Arte-France, TF1, Métropole Télévison and Canal Plus).

The convention establishing the organisation was signed on 26 April 2007, and defines the details of its role in ensuring the overall switch off process is carried out smoothly. This includes coordination at the transmission and frequency spectrum technical level, being responsible for informing the public, and managing social support funding.

The initial budget for France Télé Numérique is set at €2Million for 2007.

Source: TDF

:: 17/04/2007

Switzerland - ASO in German-speaking region on 26 November

Digital switchover is expected to be completed in the German-speaking part of Switzerland on 26 November. At this time, all analogue services will be switched off.

Already, viewers in the German-speaking part of the country are able to access 4 television programme services on the DTT platform. They include SF1, SF2, TSR1 and TSI1. Altogether, 170,000 households will be affected by the switch-off.

In the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland, analogue switch-off was completed in July 2006 while switch-off is expected to be completed in the French-speaking region on 25 June.

Source: Persoenlich.com

:: 17/04/2007

Czech Republic - ASO in Domazlicko on 30 June

Domazlicko is set to switch-off its analogue services on 30 June, making it the first region in the Czech Republic to complete digital switchover.

Switch-off has been accelerated in this region due to the need to coordinate frequencis with Germany. Similar switchover due to frequency coordination with neighbouring countries will take place in Usti nad Labem.

The Czech Telecom Office (CTU) plans to complete digital switchover by 10 October 2010. However, this will depend on the cooperation from the commercial broadcasters on the analogue terrestrial television platform.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 17/04/2007

Italy - ASO begins in Valle d'Aosta

Regional switch-off continues in Italy with the switch-off of analogue channels Rai Due and Retequattro in the Valle d'Aosta on 16 April. The switch-off affects 600,000 residents in the city of Aosta and its 16 neighbouring municipalities.

To help with digital switchover in the region, the government has made available a €70 subidy to use towards the purchase of an interactive set-top box.

On 1 March 2007, Sardinia became the first region to begin analogue switch-off. It is estimated that 65% of the population have completed digital switchover.

The next regions to undergo analogue switch-off will be the autonomous province of Trento and Bolzano followed by Veneto, Tuscany and Sicily.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 10/04/2007

France - ASO to begin in Autumn 2007

According to information received by ZDnet.fr, analogue switch-off could begin in France as early as Autumn 2007. This will affect those regions where frequencies are scarce, generally along national borders where frequencies must be shared between countries.

In these regions, it will not be possible to allow for the simulcast of analogue and digital terrestrial television services. Rather, analogue services will be replaced by digital services. Viewers will be given several months advance notice in order to prepare for the switchover.

In other regions in France, analogue switch-off is expected to take place between March 2008 and November 2011. Currently, the Minister of Culture and the broadcast regulator, CSA, are elaborating a detailed switch-off plan.

It is expected that viewers will be given at least 9 months of advanced notice prior to analogue switch-off.

Source: ZDnet.fr

:: 02/04/2007

Austria - ASO next in Tyrol

Tyrol will be the next region to switch-off its analogue services. Switch-off is expected to take place on 7 May.

Further switch-off will take place in the upper Austria and Salzburg region on 4 June while the remaining regional capitals will switch-off their services this Autumn.

Austria launched DTT services in October 2006 with services now available to 70% of the population.

Source: Der Standard

:: 21/03/2007

Italy - ASO in the region of Val d'Aoste

The Val d'Aoste and its surrounding area will be the next region to switch-off analogue terrestrial television in Italy. This follows from the switch-off in Saridinia in early March.

Rai2 and Rete4 will switch-off their analogue channels on 16 April.

Source: Yahoo Italia

:: 20/03/2007

South Africa - ASO set for November 2011

Digital switchover plans are underway in South Africa. In February, the Cabinet approved the analogue switch-off date of 1 November 2011. DTT services are expected to begin on 1 November 2008 to allow for a three year simulcast period.

Broadcast network operator Sentech has stated that 56% of its sites would be ready to broadcast DTT services by 2008 and anticipates a DTT population coverage of 78% by 2010.

However, some industry groups have expressed their doubts whether the Government's digital switchover timetable is feasible. According to Altech Group CTO Steve Sidley, "most people are not going to smile kindly when they have to buy new TV sets."

The government has not yet announced its plans on how it will subsidise set-top boxes for low-income households although the Communications Department is exploring a range of different options. The Department is also expected to propose setting up an office to manage digital switchover.

Source: IT Web

:: 15/03/2007

United Kingdom - 17 October set for first ASO date

Digital UK, the organisation tasked with coordinating digital switchover, has announced that the first analogue channel, BBC2, will be switched off in Whitehaven and the surrounding area on 17 October. The channel will be replaced by digital services.

The remaining three analogue channels (BBC1, ITV and Channel 4) will be switched off on 14 November. The two-staged process will be repeated across the United Kingdom, until switchover is completed in 2012.

A range of communications measures will begin to help the 25,000 households in the Whitehaven area. Letters will be sent to every household explaining the Digital Switchover Help Scheme, which will provide digital receivers to those aged 75 and over as well as those with certain disabilities.

In addition, Digital UK will launch new television and radio advertisements and sponsor Channel 4's afternoon quiz show Countdown.

Source: Digital UK press release

:: 02/03/2007

Austria - Preparation for analogue switch-off in Bregenz

Analogue switch-off is ready to begin in Bregenz and its surrounding area on Monday, 5 March. Bregenz will be the first area in Austria to end analogue terrestrial television services.

Viewers can access three television programme services, ORF 1, ORF 2 and ATV, on the DTT platform which has been available since October 2006.

Based on current feedback and market information, DTT planners are confident that that the digital switchover will be successful.

Source: Der Standard

:: 01/03/2007

Belgium - Flemish ASO set for 2008

The Flemish-speaking community in Belgium has announced that it will switch-off its analogue terrestrial television services at the end of 2008. Belgium is a highly-cabled country with 97% of households relying on the cable platform for their television reception.

In the Flemish-speaking community, the DTT platform only offers the services of the public service broadcaster VRT, which is basically the simulcast of the existing analogue terrestrial platform.

It is estimated that about 60,000 homes will be affected by analogue switch-off.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 23/02/2007

Bulgaria - ASO planned for 2012

The Parliamentary committee responsible for communications policy has decided to bring forward analogue switch-off to 2012. Initial plans called for analogue switch-off in 2015.

The committee also decided that it will be possible to continue awarding analogue television licences until the end of 2008. This is 12 later longer than had previously planned.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 23/02/2007

South Africa - Analogue switch-off set for 1 November 2011

The government has approved the timetable for digital switchover. DTT services will begin on 1 November 2008 and analogue services will be switched off on 1 November 2011.

With the launch of DTT services, viewers will be able to access many new television programme services including regional programmes.

According to government spokesperson Themba Maseko, "The Department of Trade and Industry will interact with television manufacturers and retailers to sensitise them to the conversion."

Source: Business report

:: 23/02/2007

Italy - Analogue switch-off begins in Sardinia

The analogue channels of public service broadcaster Rai Due and Mediaset's Retequattro will be shut off in the Cagliari area (Sardinia) on 1 March. These services will only be available to viewers on the digital terrestrial and satellite platforms.

To help with the switchover, the government has announced that it will make available subsidies to use towards the purchase of digital receivers. Households can qualify for a €70 subsidy.

In addition, Rete4 has announced that it will undertake HD trials.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 09/02/2007

Switzerland - Next step for ASO set for 25 June

Analogue switch-off continues to progress in Switzerland. Following switch-off in two regions in 2006, further areas are set to switch-off in 2007. By the end of the year, only one region, Valais (Rhone Valley), will continue to transmit analogue terrestrial television services.

Analogue switch-off in the regions of the Jura, Bassin Lémanique and Gros de Vaud is set to take place on 25 June. It will be following by switch-off in the regions of Northern Switzerland, Berne, Lucerne and Graubunden on 27 November 2007.

It is estimated that 8% of the Swiss population rely on the terrestrial platform.

Source: Broadcast.ch

:: 01/02/2007

Finland - Sharp increase in DTT receiver sales needed for ASO

With only seven months until analogue switch-off, some concern has arisen that not all homes will be ready. While 70% of terrestrial dependend households have purchased DTT receivers, only half of cable households have done so.

Analogue cable households will need the DTT platform to access all of the digital services provided by the public service broadcaster YLE. Copyright regulation does not allow cable operators to down-convert YLE's digital content to analogue.

It is estimated that 1 million households have yet to purchase a DTT receiver. Retailers expect a sharp increase in sales just prior to the 1 August deadline. Taking the example of switch-off in Sweden, approximately one-fifth of households wait until the last minute to purchase DTT receivers.

In preparation for switch-off, the Parliament's Communications Committee brought together the broadcast indusry to determine how digital switchover is progressing.

Source: YLE 24

:: 25/01/2007

Austria - Delays to analogue switch-off plans

The initial timetable for analogue switch-off in the regional capitals has been delayed by a few weeks. Expected to begin in early March, the process is now likely begin in April.

As a result, the switch-off of analogue terrestrial services in the regional capitals will not be completed by June. Rather, the process is expected to be completed instead by early Autumn.

The change to the analogue switch-off timetable will also affect the launch of a further DTT multiplex. It is now expected to be launched by the end of the year rather than in the summer as initially announced.

Source: Der Standard

:: 15/01/2007

Italy - Switchover planned for Cagliari in March 2007

The city of Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, will switch-off its national analogue transmissions in March 2007. It will thus become the first "all-digital" region in Italy.

National broadcasts provided by RAI, Mediaset and Telecom Italia Media will only be available on the DTT platform.

In addition, viewers will be able to access new services such as a children's service from RAI, a continuous news service from Mediaset and an interactive services, call Qoob, from Telecom Italia Media.

Source: Yahoo Italia

:: 18/12/2006

Spain - Government to release ASO plans in May 2007

The government is the process of putting together its digital switchover timetable with the intention of reaching analogue switch-off in April 2010. The plan is expected to be made available in May 2007.

While current DTT penetration stands at 16.3% of the population, the Minister for Telecommunications, Francisco Ros, believes that a higher penetration can easily be attained.

In his opinion, the quality of content on the DTT services must be improved when compared with the analogue platform. Ros believes that DTT content should be improved.

In addition, much confusion currently exists for consumers when purchasing television sets. For this reason, the government and consumer electronic manufacturers are planning to sign an agreement which clearly labels whether or not television sets have an integrated digital tuner.

Finally, the government is also planning to put together a plan for mobile television services. It has noted that 50% of mobile phone users in Spain would like to receive mobile television services.

Source: EFE

:: 12/12/2006

Netherlands - First country to complete ASO

In the night of 10-11 December, the Netherlands switched off its analogue terrestrial television network. This makes it the first country in the world to complete analogue switch-off.



The process was quite a smooth with only three hours needed between switch-off and getting the digital signal on the air.

Source: KPN

Source: KPN

:: 29/11/2006

Czech Republic - CTU proposes 2010 ASO date

The communications regulator CTU has opened for consultation its plans for digital switchover in the Czech Republic. The proposed plan calls for analogue switch-off by 2010.

Following an approach similar to the one used in Germany, digital switch-over will take place by region with DTT services launched followed by a rapid switch-off of analogue services. Altogether, 11 regions will cover the entire country.

The first region is expected to launch its DTT services in 2007.

Source: CTU website

:: 23/11/2006

Australia - Government proposal for digital switch-over

The government has announced its plans for digital switch-over. Analogue switch-off is expected to take place between 2010 and 2012.

Communications Minister Helen Coonan has called for creation of Digital Australia in order to coordinate the transition to digital television. In addition, all digital equipment sold will need to be clearly labelled to help consumers buy future-proof equipments.

In terms of subsidies, the elderly and disable will be given help with digital switch-over.

Source: Nine News

:: 22/11/2006

Spain - Commercial broadcasters fearful for ASO

The president of the Uteca (Union for Commercial Broadcasters), Alejandro Echevarría, has expressed his doubts that Spain may not be able to reach its targeted date for analogue switch-off. The date has been set for April 2010.

According to Echevarría, only 14% of Spanish households currently have a DTT set-top box. To reach the targeted analogue switch-off date, at least 85% of households will need access to DTT services.

Unless the government takes action to increase penetration, reaching 85% by April 2010 may not be feasible.

Source: Cinco Días

:: 20/11/2006

France - Senate reviews proposed law on ASO

A proposed law on analogue switch-off and the digital dividend is currently in the review process with the French Senate. If approved by the Senate and National Assembly, it could enter into force as of January 2007.

According to the proposed law, analogue switch-off will begin on 31 March 2008 and end on 30 November 2011. Analogue switch-off will proceed by region based on a roadmap to be established by the broadcast regulator, CSA, by July 2007.

The proposed law also calls for an extension to the planned 85% DTT population coverage. DTT license holders can extend the duration of their license from 2015 to 2025 on condition that they extend their DTT coverage.

In addition, broadcasters on the terrestrial analogue platform (TF1, M6 and Canal+) may each receive an extra DTT license in December 2011 if they agree to end their analogue transmissions before their licenses lapse. They may also be able to extend their DTT licenses to 2022 should they agree to make their services available on free-to-view on satellite and participate in the work of a proposed working group on analogue switch-off.

Senate amendments to the law include the following:
- Provision for a large-scale information campaign on ASO,
- Financial support for low-income households towards the purchase of a DTT receiver,
- DTT population coverage of 95%
- Include Parliament as part of the decision-making body involved in the allocation of the "digital dividend".

Source: La Tribune

:: 16/11/2006

Spain - Government urged to publish ASO plan

Broadcasters on the DTT platform are asking the government to approve an analogue switch-off plan as soon as possible in order to encourage the development of DTT services. Analogue switch-off has been set for April 2010.

According to Andres Tejero, CEO of Veo TV: "We need a switch-off plan to be seriously implemented. We have to start switching off analogue transmissions to make it clear that the digital process has already taken off."

He also called on the government to provide more support to the DTT market. While the government has already invested €9 million, Tejero believes that €1 billion will be needed. In Madrid, the regional government has announced that it will partially subsidise the cost of adapting SMATV buildings for DTT reception.

Subsidies will cover up to 50% of the cost in buildings or blocks with more than 20 flats with SMATV installations and 20-30% in buildings or blocks with less than 20 flats. Altogether, 700,000 households will benefit from the measure.

It is expected that 53 local DTT services will be available to viewers in Madrid.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 27/10/2006

United Kingdom - ASO set for 2013 in Jersey

Analogue terrestrial television will be phased out in the States of Jersey. This will allow for the introduction of up to 19 television and 12 radio services.

This date has been reached in accordance with digital providers and the the broadcast regulator Ofcom.

Digital switch-over in the Channel Islands will follow analogue switch-off in the rest of the United Kingdom.

Source: BBC News

:: 26/10/2006

Spain - ASO pilot in 2008

The analogue switch-off pilot in the province of Soria, located in the region of Castilla y Leon, has been confirmed. The pilot will take place in 2008. This will make Soria the first province in the country to completely migrate to digital.

The project will be divided into three separate phases. In the first phase, viewers will be given access to the digital technology; in the second phase, the new content will be developed for the digital platform; and finally, analogue services will be switched off, with digital coverage in 100% of households, in the third phase. Two million Euros will be invested into this project.

Analogue switch-off is set to take place nationwide in April 2010.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 05/10/2006

Sweden - 27.5% increase in DTT households

DTT service provider Boxer has reported that it had 616,000 subscribers at the end of September 2006. This is an increase of 27.5% in comparison with the number of DTT subscribers in September 2005 (438,000).

Analogue switch-off is currently underway. In the next stage of the process, analogue switch-off will take place in the area between Oland and Boras during the month of November.

Source: Boxer

:: 29/09/2006

Germany - Analogue switch-off in Eastern Bavaria

On 6 December, analogue services in Eastern Bavaria will end. Viewers will be able to access terrestrial television services using DVB-T, which has been available since May 2006.

DVB-T provides viewers with ten television programme services from the public service broadcasters as well as some MHP applications. These services include: Das Erste, ZDF, Bavarian television, BR-alpha, 3sat, PHOENIX, Arte, Unity plus, KI.KA, and SWR Television.

To help prepare for analogue switch-off, the DVB-T Project Office in Bavaria launched an information campaign in early September. In addition, a call centre has been set-up to answer viewer queries as has a website with detailed information on digital switch-over. Information campaigns have also targeted consumer electronic retailers and the media.

Source: DVB-T Bayern website

:: 18/09/2006

Germany - Analogue switch-off in Staufenberg

NDR has announced that analogue switch-off will take place in the region of Staufenberg on 10 October. Other regions affected include Münden, Hedemünden and Oberode.

With the DTT platform, viewers are able to access a wide-array of new services offered by the public service broadcasters. However, commercial broadcasters have not made their services available.

Analogue switch-off is expected to be completed by 2010, if not earlier.

Source: HNA Online

:: 16/09/2006

Netherlands - Two-week delay for ASO date

The Dutch government has again changed the date when all analogue television transmitters will be switched off.

Originally scheduled for the end of October, the date was postponed to 26-27 November. It has now been delayed until 11 December. The government has not given any reason for the extra two-week delay.

Source: Radio Netherlands Worldwide

:: 25/08/2006

Netherlands - ASO set for November 2006

The Dutch government has confirmed that analogue switch-off will take place nationally on 26-27 November. This is a slight delay of the original switch-off date of 30 October.



It is estimated that approximately 74,000 households rely on the terrestrial platform for their main television reception. When considering secondary television sets, including in holiday homes, the terrestrial platform is used by 220,000 households.

Source: nu.nl

Source: nu.nl

:: 23/08/2006

Italy - Italia Digitale set up to coordinate digital switchover

The Minister of Communications, Paolo Gentiloni, has called for the set-up of a new body, Italia Digitale, to coordinate digital switch-over in Italy.

Members of the organisation would include government representatives, broadcasters, digital platform operators and regulators. The new organisation may replace the existing DGTVi.

Gentiloni also mentioned that analogue switch-off could be completed by 2012. His ministry plans on putting together a frequency plan in early 2007.

Source: Ministry of Communications website

:: 15/08/2006

Czech Republic - CTU announces 10 October 2010 analogue switch-off date

The Czech Communications Authority (CTU) has unveiled it roadmap for digital switchover in the Czech Republic and set 10 October 2010 as the date for complete analogue switch-off.

The reaction to this announcement has highlighted the tension between the commercial broadcasters on the analogue platform, TV Prima and TV Nova and the broadcasters that have been granted licenses to transmit on the DTT platform.

While Both TV Prima and TV Nova have stated that the 2010 deadline set by the CTU is unrealistic, the new broadcasters on the DTT platform would instead prefer analogue switch-off to take place earlier.

According to the broadcasters on the DTT platform, analogue switch-off will allow for a level playing field between all broadcasters. However, for the traditional commercial broadcasters, the amount of advertisement revenue available will be not sustain a free-to-air DTT platform.

Both TV Prima and TV Nova have each been allocated a license on the DTT platform.

Source: Prague Post

:: 02/08/2006

Switzerland - Analogue switch-off completed in the Ticino region

The Italian speaking region of Switzerland, Ticino, completed the switch-off of its analogue platform on 24 July at 12:45. This makes it the first region in Switzerland to have completed digital switch-over.

A massive information campaign that began in February 2006 provided viewers with the necessary information on how to prepare for analogue switch-off.

In addition, information was also available at retail outlets, via a hotline and on three websites (www.televisionedigitale.ch, www.digitalesfernsehen.ch, and www.televisionnumerique.ch).

Analogue switch-off began in March 2002 when two of the four available analogue channels were switched off across Switzerland. The process of switching off the remaining two analogue channels is now underway.

The next regions to complete analogue switch-off are the Engadine in November 2006 and the French-speaking part of Switzerland in June 2007. Analogue switch-off will take place in the German-speaking part of the country in November 2007.

Source: SRG SSR website

:: 21/02/2006

South Korea - ASO may be delayed until after 2010

Because the take-up of digital television has been slower than expected, the Korean government has decided to delay its switch-off of analogue terrestrial televisoin initially expected in 2010.

The Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) had originally projected digital penetration would reach 95% by 2010. However, it has recently scaled down its projection to 59% due to worse-than-expected digital television sales. Currently, aroun 3 million households access DTT services, totalling a penetration rate of 17.8%.

According to MIC Director General Shin Yong-sup, "For some reason, Koreans have taken up digital TV at a much slower pace than expected. We need special policy packages in order to accelerate a shift to the high-definition TV."

Policy initiatives include tuner mandation in large-screen television sets and fixing a firm deadline for analogue switch-off. The Ministry plans to introduce a bill with these measures to the National Assembly this year.

Some claim that the slow deployment of digital television is due to the stand-off between the government and broadcasters on the DTT standard to use. While the government supported the use of the US-backed ATSC standard, broadcasters preferred the adoption of the DVB-T standard. The stand-off lasted from 2001 until 2004, when broadcasters finally agreed to use the ATSC standard.

Source: Korean Times