According to Novinite, only 75,000 of 210,000 people entitled to receive digital decoders have so far obtained them.
Furthermore, although digital coverage should be 95% of territory of Bulgaria at switch off, between 350,000 and one million people living in the countryside could still be left without access to public TV services.
The regulator CRC is aware of these difficulties and has said that rather than delaying switch off any further they will be ironed out later.
Bulgaria still remains embroiled in a dispute with the European Commission over the controversial award of multiplex licences.
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