×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Italy’s digital date

Officials sked switchover for end of 2003

ROME — Italy’s Telecommunications Authority has fixed Dec. 31, 2003, as the deadline for conversion to digital transmission of terrestrial commercial web Rete 4 and feevee channel Telepiu Nero. It also will axe advertising on pubcaster RAI-3 on that date.

The directive was announced Wednesday by authority head Enzo Cheli. However, the switchover hinges on 50% penetration of digital technology in Italian households by then.

An evaluation will be made at the end of 2002. If 45% of Italians have viewing capability for satellite, cable or terrestrial digital transmission, the deadline may be moved forward; if not, the conversion may be delayed.

Representatives from Rete 4, which is one of the three national webs in Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset TV unit, and RAI have criticized the decision, which has been brewing for considerable time.

RAI resistance

RAI president Roberto Zaccaria in particular has spoken out, noting that Rete 4 will be able to reach a new market of satellite consumers while RAI-3 will not be compensated for lost ad revenue, placing it at a commercial disadvantage.

Cheli also announced that new regulations for licenses for digital terrestrial transmission will be announced in September, and that the introduction of a single set-top decoder accessing Telepiu and Stream digital platforms has been set for Aug. 26.

More TV

  • Jussie Smollett

    Jussie Smollett's Bail Set at $100,000, Must Surrender Passport

    A Chicago judge set a $100,000 bond for Jussie Smollett on Thursday, as the “Empire” actor made his first court appearance. Smollett faces one felony count of filing a false police report. Police allege that Smollett staged a Jan. 29 attack, telling detectives that he was accosted by two men who used racial and homophobic [...]

  • Michael Jackson Estate Accuses HBO of

    Michael Jackson Estate Sues HBO for Non-Disparagement Contract Breach

    The estate of Michael Jackson sued HBO on Thursday, accusing the cable channel of violating a non-disparagement clause by agreeing to run “Leaving Neverland,” a documentary accusing Jackson of sexual abuse. The suit seeks to compel HBO to litigate the matter in a public arbitration process, and claims that the estate could be awarded $100 [...]

  • Jussie Smollett Hoax: Robin Roberts Calls

    Robin Roberts Calls Jussie Smollett Hoax a 'Setback For Race Relations'

    A week after her candid interview with Jussie Smollett about the actor’s alleged attack, “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts has reacted to news of Smollett’s arrest. In a turn of events, Smollett was taken into police custody Thursday and is being charged with filing a false police report. “This touches all the buttons,” Roberts said [...]

  • Mindy Kaling Kate Spade

    Mindy Kaling Exits Universal for New Overall Deal at Warner Bros. TV

    Mindy Kaling is departing Universal Television after more than a decade at the studio. The “Mindy Project” creator has signed a new six-year overall deal at Warner Bros. Television. Under the deal, Kaling will develop, write and produce new television projects for all platforms, including broadcast, cable channels, and streaming. According to sources, Kaling stands [...]

  • Jussie Smollett

    Celebrities, Politicians React to Jussie Smollett Arrest: 'This Story Is Pathetic'

    Following the arrest of Jussie Smollett on Thursday, with the “Empire” star facing charges of filing a false police report and disorderly conduct after allegedly staging an attack, celebrities and politicians were quick to weigh in on social media. President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday morning, “What about MAGA and the tens of millions of people [...]

  • Shelby Shaftel

    NBC Names Shelby Shaftel Senior VP of Alternative Programming and Development

    Shelby Shaftel has been promoted to senior vice president of alternative programming and development at NBC. There, as part of her position, she will oversee projects from concept through post-production and direct creative, staffing decisions, talent, marketing and high-level brand partnerships. Among the shows she currently oversees are “The Titan Games,” “Making It,” and “The [...]

  • Jennifer Lopez

    Jennifer Lopez Joins TikTok App to Promote NBC's 'World of Dance'

    Jennifer Lopez is the latest celebrity to hop on TikTok, the short-form video app owned by Chinese internet giant ByteDance — more proof of the app’s growing traction, and reflective of media companies’ desire to reach its young-skewing base. Lopez had a very specific aim: to get fans excited about “World of Dance,” the NBC [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content