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Switch-off

Analogue Switch-off Dates

Switching off analogue television

In many European countries, planning for analogue switch-off is well underway with several countries having already completed the process.

It is expected that most European countries will have switch-off their analogue services by 2015, if not earlier. The European Commission recommends that its Member-States complete the process by 2012.

 

Announced digital switchover dates

Country Launch date Compression format
Completion of ASO
UK 1998
MPEG-2
Completed
Sweden 1999
MPEG-2
Completed
Spain 2000/ 2005
MPEG-2
Completed
Finland 2001
MPEG-2
Completed
Switzerland 2001
MPEG-2
Completed
Germany 2002
MPEG-2
Completed
Belgium (Flemish) 2002
MPEG-2
Completed
NL 2003
MPEG-2
Completed
Italy 2004
MPEG-2
Completed
France 2005
MPEG-2/MPEG-4 AVC
Completed
Czech Republic 2005
MPEG-2
Completed
Denmark 2006
MPEG-2/MPEG-4 AVC
Completed
Estonia 2006
MPEG-4 AVC
Completed
Austria 2006
MPEG-2
Completed
Slovenia 2006
MPEG-4 AVC
Completed
Norway 2007
MPEG-4 AVC
Completed
Lithuania 2008
MPEG-4 AVC
Completed
Hungary 2008
MPEG-4 AVC
Completed
Ukraine 2008 MPEG-4 AVC 2014
Latvia 2009 MPEG-4 AVC Completed
Portugal 2009 MPEG-4 AVC Completed
Croatia 2009
MPEG-2
Completed
Poland 2009
MPEG-4 AVC
Completed
Slovakia 2009
MPEG-2
Completed
Ireland 2011 MPEG-4 AVC Completed
Russia 2012 MPEG-4 AVC