The Luxembourg government has signed an agreement with the country’s cable operators as the country aims to become the first country in Europe to have an all digital TV service. Cablenets in the Grand Dutchy will offer subscribers a selection of 75 international channels.
“This agreement prepares the ground for the switch to an all digital broadcasting system in Luxembourg by Jan. 31 2008,” said a government statement. “Luxembourg will thus be the first country to guarantee access to an all digital TV offer to its citizens.”
The agreement has been signed by SACEM Luxembourg (music rights), ALGOA (producers rtights) and RTL Group affiliate CLT-UFA, representing the broadcasters of the 75 TV channels covered by the agreement, as well as by several cable operators serving together 90% of cable households. The agreement is also open to signature for all other cable operators.
Luxembourg’s 470,000 population went digital last year when analogue terrestrial transmissions were switched off. 90% of households in Luxembourg receive TV by cable.