The Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Network (RTRS) has provided further details about its HbbTV plans.
A total of 19 applications have been lodged for the 10 slots on what will be Russia’s second DTT multiplex.
Russia plans to introduce HbbTV services in the first quarter of next year, according to Viktor Pinchuk, deputy head of the Russian Television and Broadcasting Network (RTRS).
Russia now expects to undertake the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting gradually between 2014-17. At the same time, it may postpone the transition from DVB-T to DVB-T2.
Russia has ruled out the possibility of running DVB-T and DVB-T2 broadcasts in parallel except in Moscow.
The Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Network (RTRS) has signed an agreement with Humax for the development of DVB-T2 MPEG-4 receivers approved by the country’s Ministry of Mass Communications (Minsvyaz).
The Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Network (RTRS) will start broadcasting in DVB-T2 in five cities in the second quarter of this year, according to Viktor Pinchuk, the company’s deputy DG.
The Russian national telco Rostelecom is ready to step in to play a key role in the country’s transition to digital broadcasting.
The Russian national transmission company RTRS has estimated that the cost of constructing a DTT network in the city of Nizny Novgorod and surrounding is likely to be in the region of R400-500 million (€9.6-12.1 million).