:: 15/12/2006

Estonia - Official launch of DTT services

DTT services have been officially launched in Estonia on 15 December. Viewers can access pay-DTT service, ZUUMtv, operated by Estonian Digital Television.

ZUUMtv offers viewers access to 18 pay-DTT services including:
- music services from Eeter and MTV,
- five Discovery programme services,
- movie services from Hallmark and Turner Classic Movies,
- sports services from Eurosport and NASN Europe,
- continuous news services from EuroNews and CNN International,
- Russian services PBK Estonia, RTR Planeta, NTV Mir and Ren-TV,
- children service Cartoon Network, and,
- adult entertainment service Hustler TV.

Estonian Digital Television Ltd. is joint venture between Starman Ltd, Estonia's biggest cable operator, and the broadcast network operator Levira.

Services are available in the capital Tallin and around the Valgjärve transmission site located in the southeastern part of the country. Approximately 50% of the population can access the services.

Further services are expected to be launched in the third quarter of 2007 and provide access to some free-to-air DTT content.

Estonia will make three nationwide DTT multiplexes available using the MPEG-4 AVC video compression standard prior to analogue switch-off. Complete analogue switch-off is expected in February 2012.

Source: Levira