01 July 2009, Wednesday, 12:09

Expansion of digital TV in Russia will start from remote regions

author: Amy Kolokolova

Analog broadcasting will remain until 95% of population is supplied either with digital units or fully digital TV sets and until stable digital signal is reached, Russian Communications Minister Igor Shegolev reported during the working meeting, held by Chairman of Russian Government Vladimir Putin the day before.

Igor Shegolev reported how the work on turning to digital TV went on. The corresponding Presidential degree determined the staff of the first pack of TV-channels: eighth TV and two radio channels. All these channels will be absolutely free for TV-watchers and “that correspondingly impose certain requirements on those companies and organizations, which are going to spread these signals” – Russian Communications Minister mentioned. As he added, they plan to subsidize signal propagation in those settlements, where it is unprofitable for big companies. News-service of Russian Communications Ministry reports specialists already started system engineering first of all in the remote Russian regions, where the number of the TV-radio channels received was the least- these are the regions of the Far East and the frontier territories. Introduction of digital TV in Russia is planned to be over in 2015.