Rai announces a mini switch off in October for a series of thematic channels, which should switch to DVB-T transmission with MPEG4.
A standard that has already been in vogue for high definition channels for years, and which should be covered starting from 20 October Rai 4, Rai 5, Rai Movie, Rai YoYo, Rai Sport + HD, Rai Storia, Rai Gulp, Rai Premium, Rai Scuola.
The novelty was announced through a television commercial that was broadcast on Rai channels starting from 15 September, in which the following was announced: “Television is changing across Europe. From 20 October, televisions or decoders that do not receive high definition HD channels will be able to temporarily continue to receive Rai 1, Rai 2, Rai 3, Rai News 24. To receive the other Rai channels it will be necessary to have a television or a decoder in high HD definition. All televisions and decoders will still need to be retuned. For information on the facilitations for the replacement of televisions and decoders, consult the site NUOVatvdigitale.mise.gov.it.».
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The thematic channels Rai 4, Rai 5, Rai Movie, Rai YoYo, Rai Sport + HD, Rai Storia, Rai Gulp, Rai Premium, Rai Scuola starting from 20 October they will therefore suffer the fate of other high-definition channels and will switch to the DVB-T broadcasting standard in MPEG4.
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Instead, they will remain temporarily usable with the old Rai 1, Rai 2, Rai 3 and Rai News24 modes. These four channels will then be visible with in DVT-T with MPEG2. The transition is taking place gradually to allow all television owners to be able to adapt their transmission systems to the new standard.
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In fact, the transition to the new digital terrestrial and DVB-T in MPEG4 is required by the legislation which provides that the 700MHz band, currently in use by terrestrial televisions, passes to the exclusive use of 5G connectivity, the new mode of mobile connectivity.
The first switch off from DVB-T with MPEG2 to that with MPEG4 was initially scheduled for early September of this year, then postponed to October 15 in general, but with the switching off of the MPEG2 signal at the discretion of the broadcasters. This expansion of the first phase of the transition has resulted in the total switch off to DVT-T2 and MPEG4 being completed by January 1, 2023 instead of June 30, 2022.
To facilitate this process, since last August 23 the government has also implemented the TV Scrapping Bonus, which is valid for anyone who scraps an old TV to buy a new one compatible with DVB-T2.