Digital TV service officially launched

Portugal officially launched its Digital Terrestrial TV service on the 29th April 2009 in 29 municipalities, more than originally planned. The service covers 40% of the population and will increase to 80% by the end of the year.
Analogue switch off is planned for 2010 by which time full coverage should have been achieved.
Digital viewers can now access the four main TV services already available on the analogue platform, RTP, RTP2, SIC and TVI. In addition RTP’s regional services for the Azores and Madeira are also available. An HD channel is also expected to be made available on the platform in the future.
The DTT service is run by Portugal Telecom, which also plans to launch its Pay DTT platform on five multiplexes later in the year.
Source: PT website
Item added: 8th May 2009