German broadcasters reveal switchover date

German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF plan to switch off their analogue transmissions on Astra on April 30th 2012, according to Carl Eugen Eberle, ZDF Director of Legal Affairs.

Analogue television being completely discontinued on the date seems unlikely. Just 30 per cent of German cable households have so far made the switch to digital television, whereas the figure is already at 70 per cent for DTH satellite reception.

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