Bulgarian DTT woes continue

There have been further confusing developments in Bulgaria’s much-troubled transition to digital broadcasting.

Novinite reports today (July 12), quoting the deputy transport minister Valeri Borisov, that the ASO switch off date remains September 2013, by which time viewers will be able to watch 12 digital TV channels for free.

However, only hours earlier, Simeon Djankov, the country’s finance minister, said that the country could not afford digitisation and that the process may itself be outdated in a few years time.

Bulgaria is coming under increased pressure from the EU to annul DTT licence awards for a total of six multiplexes to the Latvian company Hannu Pro and Slovak transmission company Towercom in 2009.

Brussels believes the licensing procedure was flawed and is threatening Bulgaria with legal action.