There will be stepwise shifting to digital broadcasting in Russia

The Russian agenda on digitization also provides digitization of broadcasting and it was intended to cease analogue broadcasting to Russian households already in January 2019. But the fact that many households can stay without opportunity to receive new signal has changed the plans of Russian government. In other words not all households are ready to adapt to digital environment.

The analogue broadcasting is provided in Russia by Russian state organisation and the budget does not provide funding for analogue broadcasting next year. It seems situation when standard packet of TV channels will be not available for many households made Russian government to review its position on shifting to digital broadcasting and provide funding for analogue broadcasting. The analogue broadcasting should persist at least so far. It is to be switched off stepwise during half of year starting February 2019.