Serbia: Public Broadcaster Kicks off HD

The Serbian public broadcasting station, TRS, this month became the first TV channel in Serbia to begin transmitting programming in HD--and to no one’s surprise, it was a soccer match.

TRS began its HD generation by airing a World Cup soccer qualifying game between Serbia and France (originating in Belgrade) earlier this month. The terrestrial feed tapped into a DVB-T transmitter situated in Avala, according to MPortal online. (Avala, a mountainous region several miles outside Belgrade, stand nearly 1,700 feet above sea level.)

TRS said it will continue airing sports and other programming on a somewhat periodic basis in HD in the coming year, beginning with this week’s Champions League soccer matches. The Republic of Serbia is located in the central part of the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe, and has about 10 million residents.