From Branislav Pekic in Rome
Italy's Ministry for Economic Development, will present the timetable for the definite switchover to digital terrestrial by 9th September 2008.
According to the Association for the Promotion of Digital Terrestrial Television (DGTVi), the timetable will indicate areas (between 15 and 20) and the deadlines in view of the complete analogue switch-off in 2012. The Ministry will also define the bodies that will be responsible for managing the transition phase and also earmark the necessary financial resources.
Italian operators, equipment manufacturers, content suppliers, distributors and users have been waiting for precise information on the strategy of the new Italian government regarding the introduction of DTT