Swiss nix digital box for Teleclub

Gov't: Plan limits consumers' liberty

BERN, Switzerland — The Swiss government Tuesday decided not to allow the so-called d-box for digital television in Switzerland.

Swiss web Teleclub, the only pay TV channel in Switzerland, wanted to go digital next year, with the d-box developed by German media conglom Kirch.

The Swiss Ministry of Communications said the d-box limits consumers’ liberty of access to programs. It wants to allow only the multicrypt decoder (the open set-top box technology) recommended by the EU.

Teleclub, partly controlled through Kirch’s Taurus Film, is considering legal steps against the decision, saying the d-box technology is used in Germany and other European countries.

Teleclub said the Swiss decision will delay digital television in Switzerland for years.

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