South Africa begins analogue switch-off

South Africa has started its analogue TV switch-off. Announced by the country’s Telecommunications and Postal Services department, the phased switch-off comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement during the State of the Nation Address last month. The department anticipates that the switch-off, which will be done state-by-state, will be completed by March 2022. The first phase […]

German cable operators launch analogue switch-off initiative

Germany’s top cable operators and broadcasters have launched an initiative called Digital Cable (Digitales Kabel) to accompany the final phase of the country’s migration from analogue to digital. Operators Telekom Deutschland, PΫUR and Vodafone and broadcasters ARD, RTL and ProSiebenSat.1 Media have come together to launch a project office for the analogue switch-off. They also receive the […]

Analogue-to-digital TV deadline reached with much work to do

The official deadline for for switchover from analogue to digital TV in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia has been reached today, with a number of countries yet to complete or even start the process. A June 17, 2015, deadline for switching off analogue television broadcasting in the UHF band was set by member states […]

UPC Cablecom enters final stages of analogue switch-off

Liberty Global-owned Swiss cable operator UPC Cablecom is to make a final reduction in its analogue offering in Germany-speaking Switzerland and parts of French-speaking Switzerland in June ahead of phasing analogue out altogether next year. On June 3, UPC Cablecom will reduce the analogue tier to the 17 most popular channels. Eight channels will be […]

UPC Cablecom plans digital expansion, ahead of analogue switchoff

Liberty Global-owned Swiss cable operator UPC Cablecom plans to extend its free digital channel offering this summer and completely stop its analogue services next year.  In a statement, UPC Cablecom said it is “poised to take the final steps towards full digitalisation,” in a move that will see it boost its free digital TV offer […]

TV now 55% digital as global analogue switch-offs continue

More than 55% of households with a TV now receive a digital signal, compared to just 30% in 2008, according to new global stats by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). According to the report, 81% of homes in the developed world now receive a digital signal. In the developing world, this figure is now 42% having […]

Telenet slows TV losses

Belgian cable operator Telenet said that it reduced its loss rate of basic cable TV subscribers to 4,100 in the third quarter, its lowest level since early 2007. As of the end of September, Telenet said that it had a total of 2.09 million cable TV customers, 2% down year-on-year. Of this, there were 626,800 […]

Russia sets 2018 final deadline for switchover

The Russian government has set a revised final deadline for the switch-off of analogue terrestrial TV services. According to local reports, the government has now named July 1 2018 as the final deadline for analogue shut-down. The exact schedule for switchover will be determined on a region-by-region basis. The government, which had earlier said it […]

Hungary’s digital switchover begins this week

Hungary is due to start its initial phase of digital switchover this week, with analogue terrestrial TV transmissions to cease in central parts of the country on July 31.  Transmission services provider Antenna Hungária said that it will launch six digital broadcasting repeater sites on August 1, offering 31 TV channels to the affected regions […]

Poland switches off analogue feed

Today marks the final stage of Poland’s analogue switch-off, according to the timetable laid out by the country’s Office of Electronic Communications.  The country started its switchover to digital last November, with seven staged analogue shut downs by region following – the last of which falls today in areas that include the north eastern town […]