Digital Broadcasters Vendor News picked up this gem from the http:// www.rosbalt.ru web site.
Russia's conversion from analog to digital TV terrestrial broadcasting is about to start in the Russian Federation's third largest city, Nizhni Novgorod.
The Russian Federation Government has organized an interagency task force to work out the project conducted for development of a standard DVB System in Russia.
Rosbalt.ru says that it will take ten years for a complete migration from analog TV broadcasting to full digital television.
In the meantime, both analog and digital TV broadcasts will run in parallel.
The Nizhni Novgorod administrative region has been chosen for digital TV trials in the conversion from analog television to digital video broadcasting. The city of 1.5 million inhabitants lies Southeast of Moscow.
The head of the RF government office, Sergey Naryshkin acknowledged this fact in the Duma (Russian Parliament).
The Nizhni Novgorod administration intends to set aside some 1 billion Russian Roubles (USD 38 million) for the digital TV development project planned for 2007 which is being led by the "Federal State Unitary Enterprise".
Background to Nizhni Novgorod. Apparently, unlike Moscow and St. Petersburg, with their large numbers of Westerners, the Nizhni Novgorod city through its web site says its traditional way of life offers insights into Russia's heartland. In previous centuries, Nizhni Novgorod was a commercial hub, located at the strategic confluence of the Oka and Volga rivers. Today it is the "test site" for democratic reform and free market initiatives. If transition to a peaceful, democratic future is to occur in Russia, Nizhni Novgorod will be the pacesetter - that is what the city fathers say!
Digital Broadcasters Vendor News knows Nizhni Novgorod as the city where Andrei Sakharov was exiled - an image that the city fathers are trying to dust off.