Digitalb

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Digitalb sh.a
Joint stock company
Industry Telecommunication, Publishing
Founder Dritan Hoxha
Headquarters Tirana, Albania
Area served
Albania, Kosovo, Europe, North America
Key people
Alban Jaho (Director)
Owner
Union Distribucion Service Albania (10%)
DEM Capital (10%)
Union Group (10%)
Loresa (30%)
E&E Investment (10%)
Others (30%)
Parent Top Media Group sh.a
Subsidiaries Gazeta Shqip
Website Official website

Digitalb is an Albanian media, digital satellite and terrestrial TV platform based in Tirana, Albania.[1][2] 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.[3]

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, 11 sport channels (all 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.).[4]

Competition and Competitiveness[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).[citation needed]

In September 2016 The Albanian Competition Authority ruled that Digitalb had obligated 15 Albanian Television broadcasters to enter into an anti-competitive agreement which, amongst other restrictions, prevented them from broadcasting on other platforms and online.[5] The agreement involved Top Channel, TV Klan, Super Sonic TV, News 24 (Albania), Report TV, Ora news, ABC news (Albania), Folklorit TV, InTv, Scan TV, City TV (Albania), Musical Tv (Albania), STV Folk, UTC News (Albania) and Top News.[6] Annulling the agreement the Albanian Competition Authority called it "absurd" that the public was being made to n pay to receive free to air TV [7] In addition to annulling the agreement the Albanian Commission Authority noted that transmitting national broadcasters Top Channel and Tv Klan through a paid system was in breach of Albania's media law.[8]

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, Digitalb 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.[9]

Decoders[edit]

  • SD decoders are: Opentech ODS 3000C, Opentech ODS 2000C.
  • HD 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 in March 2013 and it is an Albanian product made by DigitAlb companies in Albania.

All Digitalb decoders are Conax Conditional access Embedded.

Channels[edit]

General channels[edit]

Movies and series[edit]

Kids[edit]

Documentaries[edit]

Sport[edit]

  • SuperSport 1 HD
  • SuperSport 2 HD
  • SuperSport 3 HD
  • SuperSport 4 HD
  • SuperSport 5 HD
  • SuperSport 6 HD
  • SuperSport 7 HD
  • SuperSport Kosova HD
  • Eurosport HD
  • Eurosport 2 HD

News[edit]

Music[edit]

Lifestyle[edit]

Foreign[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]