DTT services have yet to make the same impact in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as in western parts of the continent. Still relatively few in number, they operate in markets where the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting has in most instances barely got off the ground.
Although CEE still has some way to go before catching up with Western Europe, most countries in the region are likely to complete ASO in, or even slightly before, the 2012 deadline favoured by the EU. Moreover, many have stolen a march by opting for MPEG-4 rather than MPEG-2 compression, thereby paving the way for the launch of HD channels in the future.
This report details the state of play in 20 CEE countries, providing the most up-to-date information available as of mid-2008 in what is a fast-changing sector. It should provide a valuable reference tool for anyone interested in DTT services in the region and how they may develop in the years to come.
Featured countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine.
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Author: Chris Dziadul
Published: July 2008