DTT introduction delayed
Montenegrin broadcaster Antena M reported on the 22nd December that the deadline to start installing DVB-T2 transmission equipment has been postponed until the 15th June 2012. The contract was awarded to Italian company Eurotel in May, but several of the participants in the tender appealed. Their complaints are still being processed with the result that in the best-case scenario, installation work could be completed by the end of August 2012. As the government has prescribed a half-year period of simulcasting analogue and digital TV signals, the complete switchover to DTT is unlikely before the spring of 2013.
Item added: 27th December 2011†
EU provides funding to support ASO
The European Union (EU) has agreed to provide funding to help with analogue switchover in Serbia and Montenegro.
In Serbia, the EU will provide funds for the acquisition of DTT equipment and for technical assistance, support and promotion of the DTT platform. Serbia has set April 2012 as the date for the completion of analogue switch-off, however, services have not yet been launched.
In Montenegro, the EU has provided the public service broadcaster RTVCG with funding for DTT transmission equipment and will also allocate further funds to help with the introduction of DTT services. Montenegro will use MPEG-4 AVC compression and plans to complete digital switchover by the 31st December 2012.
Item added: 30th April 2010
Montenegro prepares for DTT
Consultants hired by the Broadcasting Agency (ARD) have†estimated the cost of the transition to digital broadcasting in Montenegro at €3 million, excluding the procurement of equipment and changes to infrastructure.
A pilot DTT project with around 1,000 users will be launched by the end of 2008, with ASO is set for 2012.
Source: Broadband TV News
Item added: 1st April 2008
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Last page update:†27th December†2011, Barry Tew