PBS to Outfit Stations With Digital Receivers and Decoders

The Public Broadcasting Service plans to contract with the Swedish company Digital Vision to provide its member stations with digital television satellite receivers and decoders.

The agreement, which will probably be signed in April, is estimated to be worth $5 million over three years. Digital Vision will supply the equipment, designed to provide high-quality digital images and audio, to 171 PBS members who run 349 stations. The equipment will also enable stations to adapt programming locally and monitor transmissions in the digital networks.