Commercial package of digital TV in Azerbaijan expands
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 14
Trend - Huseyn Valiyev:
The commercial package of the digital TV DVB-T2 will be put into operation in the Guba district of Azerbaijan in the middle of March, the production station "Teleradio" at the Azerbaijani Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies told Trend on Feb.14.
Over 70 TV programs will be included in the package. The commercial package will be available in districts such as Gusar, Khachmaz, Shabran and so on.
The cost of connecting to the commercial digital package will be identical to the tariffs functioning in Ganja (52 manats). The subscriber payment for a month and the cost of tuner and SMART- payment cards will be included in the sum. The monthly cost of the commercial package is six manats.
The number of channels in the digital package in Ganja (now 54 channels) will be increased.
"Teleradio" is planning to expand the commercial package in the Zagatala district.
The number of TV transmitters of digital TV (DVB-T) in the Azerbaijani territory is 87. The signal of the digital TV covers 98 percent of the republic's population. A social package, consisting of 12 television channels is available to the public.
To provide qualitative broadcasting of analogue and digital broadcasting, a system of monitoring broadcast space was installed at the Baku TV tower.
The development of digital broadcasting in Azerbaijan is one of the main goals set up by the Ministry, which intends to spread digital broadcasting throughout the country. The passage to digital TV considers the replacement of the analogue signal with digital.
The complete disconnection of the analogue signal will not happen until a significant part of the population has decoders for digital TV. The broadcasting of digital content is realized in MPEG-4 format. Subscribers have to obtain decoders in order to shift to digital broadcasting. The cost of this device at the internal market is 25-30 manats.
The official exchange rate on Feb. 14 is 0, 7844 AZN/USD.
Translated by R.A.
Edited by C.N.