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UPC Cablecom welcomes decision on analogue

Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Cablecom has welcomed a decision by the Swiss Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) to end the obligation to broadcast analogue TV channels.

The obligation to broadcast foreign channels in analogue will be lifted on June 1, with national channels to follow by January 1 2015. Cable operators that make digital receivers available free of charge to their customers can cease broadcasting analogue services immediately.

UPC Cablecom met the latter obligation at the end of last year by removing encryption on basic services, thereby removing the need for a dedicated decoder.