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Spain approves 3 month extension to DSO

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The Spanish government has bowed to the pressure of the industry and market to delay until March 31st 2015 the digital switch-off and the DTT reset deadline. The government has made the decision to prevent between 2 and 4 million Spaniards from losing their TV signals from January 1st, the initial deadline to complete the digital migration, as by that […]

EBRD €24m loan to Serbia to complete DSO

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has approved a €24 million loan to Serbian public company Emisiona Tehnika i Veze for completing the transition from analogue to digital TV broadcasting. However, it is already certain that the full amount of the allocated resources will not be spent, given that for the purchase of digital broadcasting equipment, instead of […]

Uganda abandons DSO plan

Uganda has admitted that its previous plan to switch off analogue TV on December 31st 2014 has been abandoned. Fred Otunnu, head of communications at the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has said that the country is still working towards the June 2015 ITU complete switch-off date, but local reports say this ambition will be a tall order.  Mr Otunnu said […]

Namibia ASO on Feb 1

Namibia’s public broadcaster, NBC, will terminate its analogue transmissions on January 31st 2015. The original plan was for broadcasts to end next week on December 15, but local appeals for a modest delay saw the deadline slip to the end of January next year. “It is not about the date, but rather about ensuring that ample decoders have been sold […]

Africa back-sliding on DSO

The Africa Telecommunications Union (ATU) admits that many of its members will not be making the June 2015 analogue switch-off date. Worryingly, the laggards include South Africa. The ATU says that “at least” half of its members will miss the deadline for the introduction of all-digital TV. The ATU said the delays are due to numerous challenges facing the transition […]

Kenya confirms DSO dates

As reported by Advanced-Television more than a week ago, Kenya has confirmed that its main analogue transmitters will be switched off on December 31st. Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) DG Francis Wangusi says the analogue switch-of will be implemented in three phases beginning with Nairobi and its suburbs. The second phase that will cover the coastal region Mombasa, Malindi, Nyeri, […]

Kenya DSO imminent?


Kenya’s The Star newspaper is saying that its analogue TV signals are ready to be switched off. Quoting Francis Wangusi, director general of the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), as saying the exact date migration to digital television transmission will be decided in a meeting between stakeholders. “…. the switch off must happen before the end of the year, but […]

Thai viewers taking up ‘digi-Vouchers’

Thailand’s digital TV switch-over subsidy ‘voucher’ scheme was introduced a month ago to help low-paid viewers afford the switch to digital TV. In the month more than 1.2 million homes have redeemed their vouchers which can be used to help pay for a digital converter box, or help fund a new all-digital TV. A total of 4.6 million vouchers have […]

South Africa faces “dire” DSO


South Africa’s digital TV switchover is in a dire state said William Stucke, an outgoing advisor (councillor) to the country’s media regulator ICASA. Stucke was speaking at DISCOP’s 2014 event in Johannesburg on Nov 5. Stucke reminded delegates that countries such as the UK had taken up to 12 years to organise their analogue transition to digital TV broadcasting, and […]

Thailand 2nd batch of vouchers due


Thailand’s National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) says it will issue its second batch of digital TV vouchers on November 21st to more than 3 million homes. The first batch of vouchers, which went to low-earning families, were issued on October 10th and can be used to buy set-top boxes or as part-payment on new digital-ready TV displays. By the […]

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