High-definition television - HDTV
High-definition television (HDTV) is of strategic importance for the European consumer electronics industry and for the European television and film industries. With a view to its launch on the market in 1992, this Decision laid down the objectives intended to form the basis of a comprehensive strategy for the introduction of HDTV services in Europe
Council Decision 89/337/EEC of 27 April 1989 on high-definition television.
This Decision sets the five following objectives as a basis for a comprehensive strategy for the introduction of HDTV services in Europe:
- to make every effort to ensure that the European industry develops in time all the technology, components and equipment required for the launching of HDTV services;
- to promote the adoption of the European proposal (1 250 lines, 50 complete frames per second) as the single world standard;
- to promote the widest use of the European HDTV system throughout the world;
- to promote the introduction, as soon as possible, of HDTV services in Europe;
- to make every effort to ensure that the European film and television production industry achieves the capability, experience and dimension required to occupy a competitive position on the world market.
In 1994, its application was extended to the members of the European Economic Area.
|Act||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Decision 89/337/EEC||25.5.1989||-||OJ L 142 of 25.5.1989.|