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CTV Channel holds first HD live broadcast in history of Belarusian television

The event, which largely predetermines the future work of CTV Channel. All this time we were preparing to switch to a new HD broadcasting format.

A presentation dedicated to the event was held in the hotel "Belarus" on October 2. The meeting place is one of the highest points of the Belarusian capital. Is there any special meaning in this? We'll ask my colleague Igor Poznyak, who is live from the hotel Belarus.

Igor Pozniak, CTV:
Of course, today everything has a very special meaning. We're on the 22nd floor of the hotel "Belarus" - one of the most picturesque places of the capital, where an incredible view of Minsk opens.

Incidentally, if you look out (hopefully you see it), you can see in the smallest details of everything that is at a distance, including our slim beauty - TV tower.

The HD format, to which we switched today stands for high definition television. For comparison: while earlier 400,000 pixels were placed on the telescreen of our viewers, now it's 2 million.

At these moments, the presentation of the updated TV channel continues. Our friends, partners of our channel and journalists gathered in the hotel today. Everybody supports us, they wish us a wonderful TV season. Next to me is our guest, Dmitri Shedko, First Deputy Minister of Communications and Informatization. We will ask him: who sees us now?

Dmitry Shedko, First Deputy Minister of Communications and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus:
In fact, any person who currently has a suitable device at home can watch the CTV channel in a new capacity.

Igor Poznyak:
Is it a large number of spectators?

Dmitry Shedko:
I think that we can safely say that millions of our fellow citizens can watch us in Belarus today.

Igor Poznyak:
According to an international rating of the Telecommunication Union, Belarus has bypassed many countries, including giant Russia, and large Kazakhstan. And today's event, today's CTV move, I believe, will increase this already high bar.

Dmitry Shedko:
We are really proud of the fact that Belarus occupies 31st place in the rating of the development of information and communication technologies of the International Telecommunication Union. And we are convinced that such projects as the one that starts today will help us to overcome this important level and go even further. Although competition here is rising, countries are developing.

Igor Poznyak:
But what's next? I cannot help but ask about this, because a new format 4K sounds like a fantasy now. But is this our near future?

Dmitry Shedko:
We have no doubt that literally within the next few years we will see 4K, and, possibly, 16K. This will be something similar to space technologies (smiles). I think that the TV channel will be able to work at the world level.

Igor Poznyak:
If you yourself started talking about space. Can you compare it with the launch of a spaceship? I mean in terms of the significance of this event for the Belarusian media market. After all we are pioneers.

Dmitry Shedko:
Today there were several events at once. This is the first Belarusian television channel which began broadcasting in HD quality. And this is the first live broadcast in HD quality. Indeed, this event will be remembered in the history of Belarusian television.

Igor Poznyak:
Well, you are the first person who goes live in HD on Belarusian television.

Dmitry Shedko:
I will have to order myself a small medal for that.

Igor Poznyak:
Thank you for the interview. We talked with first deputy minister of communication and informatization of the Republic of Belarus, Dmitry Shedko. I'll remind you that today our TV channel has switched to HD format. In this sense, we are pioneers, if you will. Let's do this incredibly complex and incredibly interesting (and from now on incredibly beautiful) high definition television.

CTV Channel holds first HD live broadcast in history of Belarusian television