France may postpone analogue TV switch-off

France’s analogue TV switch-off could be postponed to 2013 or 2014, from its current deadline of 30th November 2011, according to Philippe Levrier, the head of France Tele Numerique, a public body tasked with helping the public adopt the new broadcasting system.

French newspaper Les Echos reports that he has informed digital development minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet that he wishes to propose a new timetable. Under the revised plan, analogue broadcasting would be turned off simultaneously in two or three regions in the second half of 2010. A total of 24 regions will eventually switch to digital, starting with Alsace on 2 February 2010 and Lower Normandy on 9th March 2010. After then, there is no forecast for regional DSO, and the analogue switch-off may have to be postponed, he said.

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