Russia getting $15 bil over 7 years for DTT

EAO releases report on bringing equipment up to speed

BRUSSELS -- Nearly $15 billion will be invested in Russia during the next seven years to help the transition from terrestrial analog to digital TV, according to the European Audiovisual Observatory.

This will be channeled into replacing terrestrial transmitters and TV signal retranslators for digital equipment, the EAO said in a report released Monday. However, it will cover only 15% of Russian households: The rest are expected to use satellite and cable television, the EAO said.

Cable, satellite and IPTV are growing fast, but digitalization is only 10% in the country, or about 4.8 million out of 49 million Russian households.