The countdown has started. From tomorrow, the DTT changes its skin, with the repeatedly announced switch from DVB-T to the brand new DVB-T2 system. A long process towards modernization represented by 5G that will end in 2023. The change, however, will have a series of consequences for users, who will have to adapt their television sets, if not suitable, with a decoder, or they will have to decide to replace the old TV. According to some statistics, at least ten million families do not have instruments ready to receive the new DVB-T2 system, a considerable figure, not to be underestimated.
Getting to the point of making the use of 5G technology homogeneous is the final goal, but to achieve it there are no hidden difficulties. For this reason, the transition will take place smoothly, progressively, starting from tomorrow, when different channels of digital terrestrial will no longer be visible with the old system. This is a first experiment, strongly desired by some television networks, such as Rai and Mediaset, which intend to meet citizens in order to prepare them in the best possible way for change.
But what are the digital terrestrial channels that from tomorrow it is possible to see only with suitable television sets? There Rai it will be darkened for the old Rai 4, Rai 5, Rai Movie, Rai YoYo, Rai Sport + HD, Rai Storia, Rai Gulp, Rai Premium and Rai Scuola televisions. They will no longer be visible on Mediasetinstead, TgCom 24, Mediaset Italia 2, Boing Plus, Radio 105, R101 Tv and Virgin Radio Tv. A dress rehearsal, therefore, to verify the reaction of the Italians. But how can you, in a simple way, understand if your TV is ready for change? First of all, all the devices that receive the HD channels will have no problems and they are, in particular those purchased starting from 2017. For those purchased previously it will be necessary to carry out a check.
To find out if the TV is ready, there are two test channels: 100 for Rai and 200 for Mediaset. If, once tuned, the message “Test HEVC Main10“, the TV is ready for DVB-T2. If the TV is not able to support the new system, there are two possibilities: either you replace the device or you buy a special decoder. But what are the benefits for the users once made the switch to DVB-T2? Improving video quality, in 4K and 8K, is one of the main effects, but the other great option is to be able to access content on-demand. As an incentive for those who will have to replace the television, the government has provided a bonus for those who have an ISEE below 20 thousand euros per year (a clash of 30 euros for the purchase of a device or a decoder). For all those who have a higher ISEE there is the scrapping which provides a discount of 20% on the cost of new devices, up to a maximum of 100 euros.