July 29, 2021
The departure of digital terrestrial has been slipped. The government postponed to October 15 the “switch off” of the passage from the Mpeg2 transmission standard to the more advanced Mpeg4, which should have taken place on 1st September.
The date of 30 June 2022 (with the start of broadcasting in DVB-T2, the second generation digital terrestrial) also slips “starting from 1 January 2023”.
This means that families will have more time to organize and change televisions to buy new ones that support new technologies.
Switch off tv, nuove date
The new roadmap was discussed in a meeting between the Minister of Economic Development Giancarlo Giorgetti, the Undersecretary Anna Ascani and the associations of the world of TV and retailers. It will start on October 15, 2021, gradually, starting with some channels (assuming less important ones). The general disposal of the Mpeg2 encoding would then be defined with a subsequent provision to be issued by the end of 2021.
The second and definitive transition to the DVB-T2 standard also slips, which requires a much more extensive replacement of televisions and decoders. It will no longer take place from June 30, 2022 but from January 1, 2023.
Switch off, the roadmap of the regions
The new national roadmap is divided into four geographical areas. Sardinia will lead the way:
- we start on November 15, 2021 in Sardinia: the Sardinian broadcasters will have to free the frequencies by December 2021;
- between January 3, 2022 and March 15, 2022 it will be in Valle d’Aosta, Piedmont, Lombardy, the province of Trento, the province of Bolzano, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Emilia-Romagna;
- betweenl March 1, 2022 and May 15, 2022 it will be the turn of Sicily, Calabria, Puglia, Basilicata, Abruzzo, Molise, Marche;
- between May 1st and June 30th 2022 Liguria, Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio, Campania.
Switch off tv, the reasons for the postponement
The slow pace of replacement of televisions had a decisive impact on the postponement of the dates. The incentive campaign for the replacement of televisions launched by the previous government, with constraints based on the ISEE, did not produce the desired results. Now Italians will have more time to replace their TV with the new scrapping bonus of up to 100 euros, without ISEE restrictions, in implementation of the 2021 budget law,