Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Saudi Digital TV launch

Saudia Arabia's Ministry of Culture and Information formally announces the roll-out of digital terrestrial broadcasting (DVB-T) services. Five major cities will be ready by June. The target is to cover 22 cities by the end of February 2007 reaching 70 per cent of the population.

In the initial phase, four TV channels and four radio channels will form a single multiplex.

Interactivity will be available, but the government said it will not finance set-top boxes.

DVB-T trials were successfully completed in Riyadh in April 2003 and throughout 2004/2005.

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