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�Switchover�, i.e. the transition, from analogue to digital broadcasting is a complex process with social and economic implications going well beyond the pure technical migration. Digital broadcasting development is positive as it improves both the range and quality of services, notably thanks to digital compression. This increases both spectrum efficiency and network payloads.

This Communication addresses the switchover process, with a special focus on Member States� policies for digital TV migration. The Action Plan eEurope2005 requests Member States to publish their intentions regarding switchover by December 2003. This Communication suggests the type of information that could be included in such reports. Market forces and consumer demand must drive broadcasting digitisation, Member State policy interventions should be transparent, justified, proportionate, and timely to minimise the risks of market distortion.

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Record Number: 5484 / Last updated on: 2003-10-07