ASO programme to start on 26th January

Analogue switch off in Croatia will begin for national broadcasters on the 26th January in the “D5” region which covers Istria county, part of Primorje-Gorski Kotar county and part of Lika-Senj county.
On the 3rd March ASO will take place in the “D3” region which covers Međimurje, Varaždin, Koprivnica-Križevci, and part of Bjelovar-Bilogora.
Zadar, Šibenik-Knin, and part of Lika-Senj in the “D7”region as well as part of Dubrovnik-Neretva in the “D9” region will also make the switch on the 3rd March.
Switch off in the “D2” region of Bjelovar-Bilogor, Virovitica-Podravina, Pozega-Slavonia and Brod-Posavina takes place on the 20th July followed by Karlovac in “D6” and Split-Calmatia in “D8” on the 17th August.
The switch off process will be completed when Zagreb, Sisak-Moslavina, Krapina-Zagorje (“D4”) convert on the 5th October.
Communications regulator HAKOM has also launched a tender for licences to operate regional services. By early March HAKOM expect to announce the licence winners who will operate Multiplex D in the D1, D3, D5, D7 and D9 regions.
To ease the transition to digital transmission the Government has made a DVB-T receiver purchase subsidy available to all households. Reports say that, 1.1 million subsidy vouchers have already been issued.
It is estimated that 53% of households are already equipped with a DTT receiver.
Item added: 25th January 2010