Falling Box Prices Lead To Reduced Subsidy
State subsidies on MHP digital decoders are to continue next year, the Italian government has announced, but at a reduced level. At the Sat Expo trade show in Vicenza, Communications Minister Maurizio Gasparri announced that a subsidy of â¬120, down from â¬150, will be available to all purchasers of MHP set top boxes and integrated receiver decoders. The reductionÂ is attributed to the falling cost of decoders.
To qualify for a subsidy, digital decoders must be fullyÂ MHP compliant and include a smartcard reader and an integrated modem. The new level of subsidy will take effect from the end of 2004.Â The overall budget remains unchanged at â¬100 millionÂ per annum.