Seven new DTT channels for Croatia

HRT, the Croatian state broadcaster plans to launch seven new digital channels during the next few years. The first new channels will deal with sport followed by a news/information and production channel dealing with Croatian issues. Later after the analogue switch of in 2011 other channels dedicated to music, TV series and movies, documentaries and kids will be added. HRT’s main competitor is also increasing its channel offer.
The launch of DTT in the country will increase the number of national channels from 5 to 32 with up to 5 local channels available on first multiplex.
HRT has also launched a trial HD service for Euro 2008 in Zagreb, Split, Rijeka and Osijek, which covers around 1.5 million people. MPEG-4, H.264 coding and DVB-T are being used to provide the HD service.
Item added: 26th June 2008