Brazil changes 2017 analog TV switch-off, again

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Brazil's telecom watchdog Anatel has once again changed the schedule for the analog TV switch-off for some regions this year.

Municipalities that were supposed to have the signal shut down in the second half of the year will now have it turned off a couple of months later than expected.

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The reasons for the delay include technical problems with the installation of TV stations and in the production and distribution of digital TV kits for poorer segments of society, Anatel reported.

The decision came from the group that is overseeing the digitization process in the country, Gired, which is formed by TV broadcasters, telecom operators and the science, technology, innovation and communications ministry (MCTIC), as well as Anatel.

There will be postponements in four groups of municipalities: Fortaleza, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, and in São Paulo state.

The shutdown of analog TV in Recife was confirmed for July this year, while the switch-offs for Rio de Janeiro and Vitória are scheduled for October.

The shutdown in the metropolitan region of Goiânia, which is next in line, is due to go ahead as planned on May 31.

The proposal will now be sent to the MCTIC minister Gilberto Kassab, who is expected to issue a decree detailing the changes.

Anatel recently revealed that 95% of the 7.2mn households in the metropolitan region of São Paulo, where the switch-off took place on March 29, now have digital signal.

The minimum rate to meet analog shutdown conditions per region is 90%, according to the digitization rules, considering a margin of error of three percentage points.