Proposal to discontinue analogue TV transmissions on 31 August 2007
ALMA MEDIA CORPORATION STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE 8.12.2003, 16.00
PROPOSAL TO DISCONTINUE ANALOGUE TV TRANSMISSIONS ON 31 AUGUST
A parliamentary working committee chaired by Mr Seppo Niemelä
proposes in its report to the Ministry of Transport and
Communications that analogue terrestrial television transmissions
be terminated on 31 August 2007. MTV Oy currently transmits its TV
signals in both digital and analogue formats.
A parliamentary working committee chaired by Mr Seppo Niemelä has
today submitted its report on the termination of analogue
television broadcasting in Finland. Under the proposal television
broadcasting in Finland will be exclusively digital from 1
September 2007. The Council of State (the Finnish government) is
due to consider the committees proposal in January-February 2004.
Should the Council of State approve the committees proposal, the
termination of analogue broadcasts would mean a reduction of
almost EUR 10 million in MTVs annual transmission costs.
Under current legislation no operating licence fee is charged on
digital television broadcasting; the fee currently paid by MTV
amounts to approximately EUR 17 million a year. The size of the
fee is being incrementally reduced as digital set-top boxes become
more prevalent in Finnish households. By the end of 2003 roughly
200,000 digiboxes are forecast to be in use, corresponding to 10%
of all households.
MTV has decided to broaden the coverage of its terrestrial digital
transmissions with 13 new transmission stations by August 2004,
thus reaching 94% of the Finnish population. MTV is further
committed to extending its terrestrial digital transmission
network to cover 99.9% of the population during 2005.
ALMA MEDIA CORPORATION
Vice President, Communications and IR
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