Fast digitization of TV could create problems for Bakuvians

Jan 28, 2012
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The recent announcement of changes in television broadcasting has not been advertised among the population of Azerbaijan even though it will affect everybody. The Ministry of Communications and İnformation Technology have made the decision on to stop  analogue terrestial broadcasting in Baku and the Absheron peninsula, but very few people know about this. 

As Deputy Minister Iltimas Mammadov stated, only digital broadcasting will be available before the Eurovision song contest (the website of contest went online at the end of this week). That means, that from 20 May, the majority of TV-sets will not be able to get channels if they do not buy special decoders.

Until now government hadn’t issued a clear policy on the distribution of decoders for families in poverty. Also, decoder production has only just started at KUR company in Mingachevir.

The price for it is planned to be between 30-50 euros.

Photo courtesy Wikimedia user Moonsun1981

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Emin Huseynzade

A leading new media expert Emin Huseynzade has consulted and worked with the OSCE, OSI, Internews, EJC, Oxfam and other international organizations. He is actively involved in projects covering Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia and Central Asia. Follow him on Twitter: @eminhuseynzade
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