Digit-Alb

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Digitalb sh.a
Type Joint stock company
Industry Telecommunication, Publishing
Founders Dritan Hoxha
Headquarters Tirana, Albania
Area served Albania, Kosovo, Europe, North America
Key people Alban Jaho (Director)
Owners Dritan Hoxha (51%), Union Distribution Service, others
Parent Top Media Group sh.a
Subsidiaries Gazeta Shqip
Website www.digitalb.al

Digitalb is an Albanian digital satellite and terrestrial TV platform based in Tirana, Albania. The TV platform began terrestrial broadcasts in July 2004, and satellite broadcasts by the end of that year. At the same time, DigitAlb began broadcasting some channels of defunct AlbaniaSat's satellite platform SAT + which eventually went bankrupt. DigitAlb closely collaborates with sports package SuperSport while having introduced wireless DVB-H technology for wireless TV for the first time in Albania since 2006. The company forms part of Top Media Group together with Top Channel, Top Albania Radio, Top Gold Radio, newspaper Shqip, Shqip Magazine, Top News, VGA Studio, My Music Radio, and musicAL. In Europe, DigitAlb will broadcast until 2020 on Eutelsat.

Domestic popularity[edit]

DigitAlb has been running since 2004 and it has already amassed more than 100,000 terrestrial and 200,000 satellite subscribers in Albania alone not counting subcribers via cable companies IPKO in Kosovo and ABCom in Albania. A variety of channels, content and price have domestically made DigitAlb the most popular platform in Albania. The thematic channels edited and owned by Digit-Alb are the most preferred among the audience. Having 7 movie channels + 2 HD movie channels, 3 documentaries channels + 1 HD channel, 3 children channels, 9 sport channels (4 of them in HD), news channels, music channels, adult channels and many other Albanian National Channels and International channels (Fox channels group, Discovery channels group, Viacom channels, Eurosport channels, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Travel Channel etc.). The Digit-Alb platform offers a very interesting choice to customers, with many possibilities of subscribing with flexible offers.

Broadcasting 15 HD channels Digit-Alb is one of the avant-garde platforms in the region.

Foreign popularity[edit]

Due to the massive emigration of Albanians during the early 1990s, Kosovan emigration during the 1998-1999 and also older Albanian diaspora in Europe, Digit-Alb was seen as a very good service to keep cultural connection to the motherland from almost all the Albanians. With almost 3.5 million Albanians (excluding Albania and Kosovo) living in Europe, the popularity of the Digit-Alb platform was very high since the beginning of broadcasting, and it is considered as the Platform of all the Albanians.

Technical information[edit]

DigitAlb broadcasts in standard definition and high definition DVB-T, DVB-T2, DVB-S, DVB-S2 and DVB-H compliant MPEG-2 and MPEG-4, in Europe through 16.0°E - Eutelsat 16A ex.(W3C) satellite on these frequencies :10762/H/27500, 10803/H/27500, 10845/H/27500, 10886/H/30000 (HD) and 10927/H/30000 (HD).The service is encrypted with Conax conditional access.

MODEL : KSF-S66OHDCO Info: 20.05.25-DBA4.1121 S/W : 01.00.15.8E Loader : F.1.B Micom:3.0.1 MAC: 00:08:B9:31:58:D5

Competition[edit]

On 1 October 2008, Tring Digital began transmitting terrestrially and via satellite. Tring Digital is the first official competitor of DigitAlb since AlbaniaSat ceased broadcasting. Tring broadcasts 40 channels, some of which were formally part of the Digitalb package (BBF TV, Tirana TV, Agon channel).

New developments[edit]

On 14 February 2013, Digit-Alb launched a new model of set top box, and also new services. Launching a Middleware set top box, Digit-Alb started interactive services for its customers. So Push VOD, Online Betting, Lotteries, Games, IPTV, Web navigation through the set top box and many other options became available to customers. This was the most important new development since the launch of the HD service back in 2007.

Also Digit-Alb will add some more HD channels to the service, and also some more local televisions.

Decoders[edit]

DigitAlb satellite standard definition decoders are: Opentech ODS 3000C, Opentech ODS 2000C,

DigitAlb satellite high definition decoders are: Kaon KSF-S660HDCO, Opentech ODS 3000H, ODS 2000H

DigitAlb terrestrial standard definition decoders are: Opentech ODT 1000C and Kaon KTF-270CO.

DigitAlb terrestrial high definition (T2) decoder is ODT 2000H

DigitAlb satellite HD Middleware decoder is: ODS 4000H

Digitalb newest decoder with PVR, Internet, Online Apps and other things is called Flybox. It started selling on March 2013 and its an Albanian product made by DigitAlb companies in Albania.

All DigitAlb decoders are Conax Conditional access Embedded.

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