France may postpone analog TV switch-off

John Walko
EE Times Europe
04/09/2009 11:16 AM

LONDON — The switch-off of analog TV in France could be delayed to 2013 or 2014, from its current deadline of 30th November 2011, according to a report in Les Echos .

The French business newspaper quotes Philippe Levrier, the head of France Tele Numerique, a public body tasked with helping the public adopt the new broadcasting system, saying that he has recommended to digital development minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a revised timetable.

Under the revised plan, analog broadcasting would be turned off simultaneously in two or three regions in the second half of 2010. A total of 24 regions will eventually switch to digital, starting with Alsace on 2 February 2010 and Lower Normandy on 9th March 2010. After then, there is no timetable for regional DSO, and the analogue switch-off may have to be postponed, he said