Uzbek national broadcaster first in CIS to start HD ground broadcasting
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, November 29 / Trend, D. Azizov /
The National Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (NTRBC) of Uzbekistan on Tuesday launched Uz.HD, a high-definition ground-based television channel, NTRBC First Deputy Chairman Fayzulla Yunusov told journalists.
He noted that Uzbekistan has become the first CIS state to have launched an HD ground-based television channel, in line with confirmation by the International Communications Union.
Viewers in Tashkent and in the Tashkent region will receive free-of-charge access to Uz.HD at the initial stage prior to the end of 2015. Later on, the new channel's broadcasting will be spread over the provincial centers of Uzbekistan by 2020.
As the NTRBC reported, the initial investments in the launch of the new channel exceeded $1 million. Japan's NEC was the key supplier of equipment and technologies.
The content of the new, round-the-clock television channel will be selected on the principle of post-production of best broadcasts and programs as well as art and documentary films and cartoons created by Uzbek television channels.
"The launch of the ground-based HD television channel is closely linked to a program, which envisions the country's transition to digital television in 2015," Yunusov noted.
The NTRBC representative reminded that DVB-T T (Digital Video Broadcasting - Terrestrial) is likely to be launched in all major cities of Uzbekistan before the end of 2015. The DVB-T T standard is expected to cover the whole territory of the country before the end of 2018.