Many devices owned by Italians are not compatible with the new digital terrestrial. But there is not much time.
Everything is ready for the transition to the new digital terrestrial. Indeed no. In reality, not everyone is ready and the race to DVBT-2 is far from well underway. Yet there is no shortage: by next year, that is June 20, 2022, the goal is to have made the desired transition, improve the standards of television performance and guarantee wider access to the TV offer. The problem arose when it was acknowledged that the new system was not compatible with many Italian televisions. Or rather, which are found in the homes of Italians. Also for this reason a bonus has been made available for the purchase of the TV, useful if you do not have a device compatible with DVBT-2.
At the moment, however, it is not enough. According to the polls, in fact, those who needed to update their device seem to be left behind. Indeed, according to Advanced Television, “about 49.6% of DTT families, or 11.8 million, are equipped to receive DVB-T2 broadcasts”. The total that the TV receives on this platformin fact, it amounts to 23.7 million. The remaining 2.3 million families switch on other platforms (1.57 million, including some that have TVs without terrestrial reception antenna). Finally, around 700,000 families do not have a television.
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Digital terrestrial, little time to get to the point: the situation of the Italians
Basically, in the remaining twelve months more than half of the sample examined will have to make the switch to the new digital terrestrial. Certainly not a walk in the park, since it is not just a question of having a new device but also of a literacy process from a technological point of view. In some cases, in fact, the purchase of a new TV requires the use of systems that were not required with the old TVs, especially as regards smart functions. In this sense, Italy seems further behind than other European countries.
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In any case, ready or not, within the next year the switch to the new digital terrestrial will have to be done. Always, of course, according to the brackets envisaged by the switch off program. Which, for some Italian regions, will see a rather close deadline. It will start with a first window from 1 September to 31 December 2021 for Area 2 and 3, which will include the Northern regions: Valle d’Aosta, Piedmont, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna and the provinces of Trento and Bolzano. From 1 January to 31 March 2022 it will be the turn of Area 1: Liguria, Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio, Campania and Sardinia. It will close with the tranche from 1 April to 20 June 2022: Sicily, Calabria, Puglia, Basilicata, Abruzzo, Molise and Marche. By then everything must be ready: devices and… users.