The Ministry of Economic Development (PUT) put online a site with all the information linked to the “switch off” of the first digital terrestrial generation, with the transition to DVB-T2 (Digital Video Broadcasting – Second Generation Terrestrial). The transition to the new standard will allow for an improvement in visual quality and high definition, while releasing frequencies in the 694-790 MHz band (700 band) for 5G mobile services.
DVB-T2: the phases of the transition
The passage from the first generation of digital terrestrial to the second will happen in two phases, the first in September 2021 and the second in June 2022, and from these dates it will no longer be possible to receive television broadcasts except with new TVs or old devices connected to special decoders.
The first phase involves the abandonment of the MPEG-2 encoding standard, while the second one the farewell to the DVB-T standard to switch to DVB-T2. On the page dedicated to the roadmap it is possible to see how Italy has been divided into four areas (A, B, C, D) affected by a series of progressive re-tuning in order to proceed with the plan.
DVB-T2: is your TV ready?
Anyone who bought a TV after January 1, 2017 should have a TV that is fully compatible with DVB-T2 as from that date an obligation to sell TVs with support for the new standard came into force. If you want verify it, in addition to referring to the manual, you can do it directly from the TV, and to explain it the same MISE.
“You can check that your TV is compatible with HD technology first step, trying to see the HD channels, for example 501 for RAIUNO HD, 505 for Canale 5 HD and 507 for LA7 HD. In particular, you can check if you see channel 7 of LA7 that channel 507 LA7 HD works. If at least one HD channel is visible, the TV is ready for the first technological step. If you don’t see any, you have to change your TV already for the first technological step on September 1st 2021 “.
“Finally you can check if your TV is compatible with HEVC Main10 signal, trying to display test channels 100 and 200: if you see RAIUNO on channel 1 then check that on channel 100 appears a message containing the words’HEVC Main10 test‘; similarly if you see Channel 5 on channel 5, check that a message appears on channel 200 containing the words ‘Test HEVC Main10’. If the test is passed then the device is compatible with the new transmission standard. It may be useful to repeat the test, in case of problems, after re-tuning the channels “.
The TV Bonus
In case your TV is not compatible with the new standard, then you will have to replace it or buy a decoder. In this regard again Bonus TV available (until 31 December 2022 or when the allocated resources are exhausted) that allows you to have a 50 euro incentive for the replacement of the TV or decoder.
The TV Bonus it can be requested by families with ISEE up to 20 thousand euros. The contribution will be recognized per household (only one user per household can receive it for the purchase of a single appliance). To benefit from the necessary contribution submit a specific request to the seller, containing a substitutive declaration, in which it is declared that the family unit to which one belongs falls within the I or II ISEE bracket and that the members of the same unit have not already benefited from the contribution. The form to download on this page on the dedicated portal. In case of problems or further questions, a call center at 0687800262, active from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 20:00.