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    Default YLE clears central digital-analogue converters

    YLE clears central digital-analogue converters
    Wednesday, April 4th, 2007


    The Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) said in a statement it would allow the fitting of so-called central digital-analogue signal converters. The central boxes convert the digital TV signal to an analogue one so that the residents of a building fitted with one do not need to buy separate set-top boxes for each television by August, when YLE plans to terminate analogue transmissions. YLE underlined in the statement that all households would have to have access to the digital signal as well as the analogue one converted centrally.

    The decision was made by YLE’s board after Helsingin Sanomat reported that the public broadcaster might be softening its line on central converters. Mika Lintilä, the chairman of YLE´s administrative council, told the Finnish News Agency (STT) that YLE had allowed the fitting of the converters because it had not found a legal basis to ban them.

    The Transport and Communications Ministry, which had asked YLE to report on the situation, said that company had acted in conformity with its powers when changing its interpretation on the converters. The Ministry added in a statement however that if residential buildings changed their thinking about the shift to digital they must be prepared for the costs and responsibilities and pointed out that for example subtitling features were lost in the conversion to analogue.

    (Source: NewsRoom Finland)

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    Default Finland’s C4 says analogue cable transmissions can continue

    Finland’s C4 says analogue cable transmissions can continue
    Thursday, April 5th, 2007


    Finnish commercial broadcaster Nelonen, or Channel Four Finland, said today that it intends to allow the transmission of its content in analogue form on cable after August. The Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) has said it will pull the plug on analogue transmissions on 31 August. However, the public broadcaster said earlier this week that a ban on the fitting of central digital-analogue converters at residential buildings had no basis in law and then signalled that it would in principle allow cable companies to continue transmitting in analogue form.

    Juha Pekka Louhelainen, the chief executive of Nelonen, told the Finnish News Agency (STT) that although the cable companies had yet to make official enquiries, permission would be granted. Jorma Miettinen of MTV said the company had not yet made a decision on the future of MTV3’s analogue cable transmissions.

    (Source: NewsRoom Finland)

 

 

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