Archives 2006

::December 2006 | #57

Launch of DTT services in Estonia

DTT services have been officially launched in Estonia on 15 December. This makes Estonia the first country in the region to launch DTT services and the first country in the world to launch a DTT platform using only the MPEG-4 AVC video compression standard. Approximately 50% of the population are within the coverage area of the 18 pay-DTT services of ZUUMtv.

:: October 2006 | #56

DTT services in Ukraine

Digital terrestrial television (DTT) services are ready for launch in Ukraine. Already, trial services are available in the capital Kiev and a commercial launch is expected to take place in 2007. The extension of DTT services beyond Kiev is expected in 2008-2009 with full population coverage anticipated in 2011.

:: September 2006 | #55

Set-back for DTT in the Czech Republic

A recent decision handed down by the Municipal Court in Prague has effectively revoked the six DTT licenses awarded to commercial broadcasters by the Czech Radio and Television Broadcasting Council (RRTV) last April. The decision followed from a complaint made by the leading commercial broadcaster TV Nova, a unit of Central European Media Enterprises (CME).

:: August 2006 | #54

DTT services in Australia

The launch of DTT services in January 2001 provided viewers in the five largest cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth) with access to high-definition television (HDTV) using the DVB-T standard. Since then, DTT coverage has increased to 96% of the population and several new television programme services have been launched.

:: July 2006 | #53

DVB-T in Croatia and Slovenia

The roll-out of DTT services continues in central Europe. From within the former Yugoslavia, Slovenia and Croatia have announced their plans to launch DTT services in 2006 and 2007 respectively. Given the importance of the terrestrial market in these countries, DTT has the opportunity to experience high growth.

:: June 2006 | #52

Mobile TV launches in Europe

Broadcasting to mobile receivers has begun in Europe. Services have been launched in Italy and Germany and are expected to begin in the United Kingdom and Finland by the end of the year. Many countries throughout western Europe have undertaken pilots for mobile television services for both the DVB-H and the T-DMB standards. In some cases, these pilots may become full commercial launches.

:: May 2006 | #51

DTT in the Czech Republic

With the approval of amendments to the existing media law, the Parliament has confirmed its commitment to digital terrestrial television (DTT). Already, DTT services have been flourishing in the Czech Republic: the public service broadcaster Czech Television launched its DTT services in October 2005 while the broadcast regulator RRTV allocated six DTT licences to commercial broadcasters in April 2006.

:: April 2006 | #50

Digital switchover in the UK

At the end of 2005, the United Kingdom had reached a digital television penetration of approximately 70% of all television households, with 25.7% using the digital terrestrial television (DTT) platform. With the number of homes relying on the analogue terrestrial platform continually decreasing, preparation for analogue switch-off is well underway.

:: March 2006 | #49

DTT developments in Europe

Recent reports announce that 10 million digital terrestrial television (DTT) set-top boxes have been sold in the United Kingdom. Together with cumulative DTT set-top boxes sales in the rest of Europe, it is estimated that 20 million set-top boxes have now been sold. It is no surprise that DTT is currently the fastest growing digital television platform in Europe.

:: February 2006 | #48

An update on mobile broadcasting television services

Broadcasting to handheld devices has reached a new level of development. No longer limited to technical trials, such services are beginning to reach viewers. Already, T-DMB services have been launched in Korea while several countries are planning to launch DVB-H services this year. Finland, Italy, Germany and the United States have announced their DVB-H launch plans.

:: January 2006 | #47

Understanding the RRC 04/06 process

For the past two years, Geneva has served as a hub of spectrum planning activity. At the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), national administrations are preparing a frequency plan for an all-digital broadcast environment. The final plan is expected at the conclusion of the Regional Radiocommunications Conference (RRC-06) in June 2006.