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Czech Republic first in CEE to complete switchover

The Czech Republic has become the first country in central and eastern Europe to complete digital switchover following the implementation of digital broadcasting at the Tlustá hora and Plostiny transmitters near the city of Zlin in south-eastern Moravia.

Digital TV is now available to 99.6% of the Czech population, offering 11 TV and nine radio channels via three multiplexes. Transmission services providers Radiokomuikace has invested over CZK1 billion (€40 million) in 69 transmitters and 100 repeaters over the last four years. The completion of switchover sets the stage for the next phase of development, involving the implementation of DVB-T2 and the launch of HD services ahead of the London Olympics next year.