Rai announced a small shutdown in October of a series of thematic channels, which should switch to transmission of DVB-T with MPEG4.
A standard that has been popular for HD channels for years, and which should be covered as of October 20 Rai 4, Rai 5, Rai Movie, Rai YoYo, Rai Sport + HD, Rai Storia, Rai Gulp, Rai Premium, Rai Scuola.
The novelty was announced by a television advertisement broadcast on Al-Rai channels as of September 15, in which the following was announced: “Television is changing all over Europe. From October 20, TVs or set-top boxes that do not receive HD channels will be able to temporarily continue to receive Rai 1, Rai 2, Rai 3 and Rai News 24. To receive other Rai channels, it will be necessary to have a TV or a high definition decoder. All TVs and set-top boxes will still need to be reconnected. For information on TV and set-top box replacement facilities, see the NUOVatvdigitale.mise.gov.it website.».
New digital land, in October, a small shutdown: will it be true this time?
Objective channels Rai 4, Rai 5, Rai Movie, Rai YoYo, Rai Sport + HD, Rai Storia, Rai Gulp, Rai Premium, Rai Scuola From October 20, they will suffer the fate of other high-definition channels and switch to the DVB-T broadcast standard in MPEG4.
Instead, it will remain temporarily usable with legacy Rai 1, Rai 2, Rai 3 and Rai News24 modes. These four channels will then be visible in DVT-T with MPEG2. The transition is taking place gradually to allow all TV owners the ability to adapt their transmission systems to the new standard.
In fact, the transition to the new digital terrestrial broadcasting and DVB-T in MPEG4 is required by legislation that stipulates that the 700MHz band, currently used by terrestrial televisions, moves to the exclusive use of 5G connectivity, the new mode of mobile communication.
The first shutdown of DVB-T with MPEG2 to that with MPEG4 was initially scheduled for early September this year, and then was postponed to October 15 in general, but with the MPEG2 signal turned off at the discretion of the broadcasters. This expansion of the first phase of the transition resulted in the full switch to DVT-T2 and MPEG4 being completed by January 1, 2023 instead of June 30, 2022.
To facilitate this process, since last August 23, the government has also implemented a TV Cancellation Bonus, which is valid for anyone who gets rid of an old TV to purchase a new DVB-T2 compatible device.
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