The authorities think about the total shutdown of analogue TV in 2018

The Russian government may again revert to the total shutdown of analog broadcasting in 2018, said the head of the Ministry of Communications Nikolai Nikiforov at a meeting with representatives of the faction “United Russia“.

Pravkomissiya on the development of broadcasting in February 2014 decided to continue analog broadcasting until 2019, previously off dates have been scheduled for 1 July 2018 as part of the transition to digital broadcasting.

“In 2018 it will be possible to re-return to this issue, in order to, on the basis of their economic situation and the new technical standards, to take a decision”, - said Nikiforov.

Last year, the Ministry of Communications deputy head Alexei Volin said that state subsidies for broadcasting analog channels in cities with a population of less than 100 thousand. Man will stand only until 2018.

“Then, more channels will go from analog, and services will be more accurate analogue TV market will start.” Cost to collapse “with the 2019-2020 year,” - said Wolin.

“Actually does not work today, we give this solution at the mercy of specific regions, the places where it is necessary for economic reasons,” “The decision on compulsory disconnected” analogue - Nikiforov said Tuesday.

According to him, in the third “multiplex”, the launch has been postponed until 2018, it is necessary “to work with cable networks continue to broadcast in” analogue “, thereby preserving the various television formats for the final consumer.”

In Russia, two digital “multiplex” work at the moment, they include 20 channels, which as of January was available 62.86% of the population.

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