Tunisian television goes digital
August 27th, 2009 - 11:45 UTC by Andy Sennitt
With the advent of digital terrestrial television (DTT), analogue television will gradually disappear from Tunisia’s television landscape. By the end of 2009 most of North Africa (Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco) will have access to 15 digital channels, a revolution in the Maghrebi landscape.
Observers note that there is an increasing demand for new technology such as DTT and high definition (HD) television in the region. 90% of Tunisia’s territory will soon be covered by digital television which is slowly but surely gaining momentum throughout the country.
There are currently 3 foreign operators on the Tunisian television market, they are ART, Al Jazeera Sport Plus and Orbit. By the end of the year with the arrival of the French operator Canal SAT digital television will witness a great boost in Tunisia and in the Maghreb.
Within the coming weeks, Tunisian viewers will also have the opportunity to watch Choof TV, the first Tunisian private television channel to broadcast digital signals. The new channel will broadcast an average of three to four hours a day after its launch, including one hour of local programming.