From Branislav Pekic in Rome
Slovenia's National Assembly has passed the digital broadcasting act that sets the deadline of 2010 for the switchover from analogue to digital.
Economy Minister Andrej Vizjak admitted that the changeover will be costly both for the broadcasters and the consumers, who will have to buy new equipment. Howeverthe law already envisages measures for helping consumers to switch to digital, with more to follow in coming legislative proposals.
The head of the Directorate for Electronic Communication, Matjaz Jansa, revealed that Slovenia will be covered by at least eight multiplexes, four of which will be used for digital TV broadcasting. The operators of the multiplexes will be selected in public tenders, with the exception of the multiplex for public broadcasting, which is already in the process of building the network.
Slovenia has opted for the MPEG-4 standard for digital terrestrial TV broadcasts.