(Updated) The announced end of analogue television has already been scheduled, with a phased plan for the different areas of the country. The first zone to lose the signal in which emissions from the four channels are currently received is the coastal strip of the continent, on 7 January 2012.
Older televisions will not support the new Digital Terrestrial Television broadcasts, which replace analogue television as of this date, but decoders that allow access will be marketed, and ways to support the purchase of these set-top-boxes are being studied.
The detailed plan to switch off analogue television signal emissions, as currently received by the vast majority of Portuguese, was announced today by Anacom that will place the document in public consultation until 18 May.
2012 had already been defined by the European Union as the maximum limit for the end of analogue television, replaced by Digital Terrestrial Television, and although PT guaranteed that it was in a position to anticipate this date to January 2011, Anacom did not want to risk and kept the initial plan.
The Council of Ministers had already approved the date of April 26, 2012 for the end of emissions, but Anacom’s plan now details the three phases in which it will take place: January 7, 2012 in the coastal strip of the continental territory, 22 March the autonomous regions of the Azores and Madeira and, finally, on 26 April the rest of the mainland.
It is also foreseen the need to shut down some emitters for pilot experiments, which should occur in 2011, in the first and second quarters.
The project has already been submitted to the prior hearing of PT Comunicações, which holds the license to broadcast Digital Terrestrial Television on open signal, and also to TV, RTP, SIC and TVI channels.
It is recalled that the implementation of the Digital Terrestrial Television service is already underway and that PT guaranteed in September last year that the service was already available to 60% of the Portuguese population.
The goal was to reach 80% by the end of 2009, giving access to the four television channels on open signal and a program guide. A fifth channel can also be licensed, with the possibility of high definition broadcasts.
To understand the changes and differences in DTT, see also a Tip published by TeK with everything you need to know about DTT and a Storefront with TVs ready to receive service at the beginning of last year. With the pace at which manufacturers launch new equipment, this information is naturally outdated, but it can serve as a reference to know what features to look for in new equipment.
Take the opportunity to review the video published when the service was launched.
Editor’s Note: The news was updated with reference to pieces already published about DTT that may be a source of additional information for readers.