Russia still not ready for the digital switchover...


Four years after the last remaining parts of Western Europe completed the process of switching off analogue terrestrial TV signals, across the other side of the continent, analogue TV could still be around in two or three year's time.

Russia has indicated that it won't be in a position to initiate an analogue switch-off until 2018 or 2019, following the financial difficulties facing the country.

Although the two terrestrial multiplexes in Russia reach between 85 and 92% of the country, analogue TV is still required in those locations where digital services are not yet being broadcast, leaving viewers from the eastern most parts of Europe into Asia left behind much of the rest of the world.

The Russian authorities had originally planned to have finally undertaken analogue switch-off this year, following earlier delays in the process.

Russia is not the only country to be having trouble switching off analogue TV. A number of African countries also struggled, with the process in South Africa delayed even further following legal battles between broadcasters and the Government, a process that has reportedly taken analogue switch-off planning "back to square one."


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