You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Czechs delay digital switchover

Analog to remain until 2012

PRAGUE — The Czech cabinet has approved a compromise on digital television that would give the leading terrestrial, TV Nova, more time to ramp up, while allowing the pubcaster Czech TV to hold onto ad revenue for another year.

The government of Prime Minister Miroslav Topolanak has signed off on the amendment to the digitalization bill, which now goes before parliament. The deputies will decide in autumn whether to pass the amendment, which extends the switch-off of analog broadcasting to as late as 2012.

TV Nova had been decrying a state proposal to speed up the changeover, arguing they cannot switch technologies so fast without the approval of the board members of parent company Central European Media Enterprises. Competitors have countered that TV Nova simply wants to maintain its market domination by controlling when the changeover happens.

If passed by parliament, several stations could switch to digital broadcasting in spring 2008. The amendment would also allow Czech TV, which was originally to lose its ad revenue next year, to continue competing with TV Nova and Prima TV for private coin.

More TV

  • RuPaul

    RuPaul Reveals the Queens Competing in 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' Season 3

    PRAGUE — The Czech cabinet has approved a compromise on digital television that would give the leading terrestrial, TV Nova, more time to ramp up, while allowing the pubcaster Czech TV to hold onto ad revenue for another year. The government of Prime Minister Miroslav Topolanak has signed off on the amendment to the digitalization […]

  • Donald Trump

    SAG-AFTRA Supports 'Unencumbered Press' After Trump's License Revocation Threat

    PRAGUE — The Czech cabinet has approved a compromise on digital television that would give the leading terrestrial, TV Nova, more time to ramp up, while allowing the pubcaster Czech TV to hold onto ad revenue for another year. The government of Prime Minister Miroslav Topolanak has signed off on the amendment to the digitalization […]

  • Brent Briscoe Dead: 'Twin Peaks' and

    Brent Briscoe, 'Twin Peaks' and 'Parks and Recreation' Actor, Dies at 56

    PRAGUE — The Czech cabinet has approved a compromise on digital television that would give the leading terrestrial, TV Nova, more time to ramp up, while allowing the pubcaster Czech TV to hold onto ad revenue for another year. The government of Prime Minister Miroslav Topolanak has signed off on the amendment to the digitalization […]

  • 'Magnum P.I.' Reboot in Development at

    'Magnum P.I.' Reboot in Development at CBS From Peter Lenkov With Production Commitment

    PRAGUE — The Czech cabinet has approved a compromise on digital television that would give the leading terrestrial, TV Nova, more time to ramp up, while allowing the pubcaster Czech TV to hold onto ad revenue for another year. The government of Prime Minister Miroslav Topolanak has signed off on the amendment to the digitalization […]

  • YouTube logo

    TV News Roundup: YouTube Greenlights Tinder-Themed Comedy 'Swipe Right'

    PRAGUE — The Czech cabinet has approved a compromise on digital television that would give the leading terrestrial, TV Nova, more time to ramp up, while allowing the pubcaster Czech TV to hold onto ad revenue for another year. The government of Prime Minister Miroslav Topolanak has signed off on the amendment to the digitalization […]

  • THE GIFTED: L-R: Natalie Alyn Lind,

    Delayed Viewing Ratings: 'Gifted' Scores for Fox, 'Good Doctor' Stands Strong on ABC

    PRAGUE — The Czech cabinet has approved a compromise on digital television that would give the leading terrestrial, TV Nova, more time to ramp up, while allowing the pubcaster Czech TV to hold onto ad revenue for another year. The government of Prime Minister Miroslav Topolanak has signed off on the amendment to the digitalization […]

  • The Walking Dead Season 7 Mid

    Microsoft Picks Up Six-Second Ads in AMC's 'Walking Dead'

    PRAGUE — The Czech cabinet has approved a compromise on digital television that would give the leading terrestrial, TV Nova, more time to ramp up, while allowing the pubcaster Czech TV to hold onto ad revenue for another year. The government of Prime Minister Miroslav Topolanak has signed off on the amendment to the digitalization […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content