Due to delays in setting up new digital terrestrial transmitters, Slovenia will now switch-off its existing network of analogue transmitters in the first half of 2011, instead of December 1st 2010, as initially planned.
In a press statement, Slovenian public broadcaster RTV Slovenija said that it is not to blame for the delay because the analogue switch-off is a national project in which other institutions are also taking part. It points out that by December 1 the digital TV signal will cover 93 per cent of the country, adding that in areas where DTT is available the ASO will be carried out gradually.
RTV Slovenija claims that the introduction of DTT has caught some private and local broadcasters unprepared but that the installation of digital TV transmitters is continuing at a good pace, although somewhat slower than earlier predicted. At present, 90 per cent of the population is covered with a DTT signal and by year’s end coverage will rise to approximately 95 per cent.