Digital Services in Denmark

Plans are well underway to provide viewers in Denmark with new television services on the DTT platform, says Digitag in a recent comprehensive web letter on the Digital TV situation in the country.
Cable is the leading television platform at the moment with a penetration of over 60% of TV households. Currently 18% rely on the terrestrial platform for primary TV viewing but its actual use is much higher because satellite delivery, which is extensively used, does not provide access to local and regional services.
At present only limited DTT services are available but even with this early limitation, 500,000 DTT receivers have been sold which translates to a penetration of 21%.
The first DTT multiplex was launched in April 2006 using MPEG-2 and this will be joined by a second on the 1st November 2009 and it will use MPEG-4 AVC compression.
Four multiplexes will eventually be in operation, three by the 1st November 2009 and the fourth on the 1st November 2010 after analogue switch off has been completed in neighbouring countries.
The Radio and television board has called for all four multiplexes to eventually use MPEG-4 AVC compression and multiplex 1 must change to MPEG-4 by 2012.
Analogue switch off will take place on the 31st October 2009.
The full report can be accessed by clicking on the following link.
Source: Digitag January 08 Web Letter
Item added: 11th February 2008