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Migration to DTT progresses successfully
The current process of switching off analogue television signals in Portugal is proceeding according to the approved national switch-off plan.
Analogue television has so far been switched off in 39 municipalities of mainland Portugal, covering six districts south of Lisbon. In total, 750,000 people have been covered by the two transmitter switch-off operations occurring on 12 and 23 January, corresponding to more than 300,000 families. According to today's data as at 1 p.m., 538 people have called the DTT helpline so far after being left with no television, of which only 400 people were without television as a result of lack of preparation. The others had already purchased the equipment, which was not yet operational. These numbers are very positive, since they represent less than 1% of the approximately 78 000 families who had to get ready to receive digital signals.
Proof of the high levels of migration to DTT is provided by sales of digital reception equipment. During 2011, more than 808 thousand MPEG4/H264 compliant televisions were sold in Portugal (television sets compatible with DTT). Of the total, 139 thousand units were sold during the month of December. In the same period, around 426 thousand DTT set-top-boxes were sold, more than half that number sold in December - 257 thousand units, according to data from GFK. It should be recalled that a survey from Marktest shows that half of people who have migrated have done so by purchasing compatible televisions, with the other half buying set-top-boxes.
Migration to DTT is therefore proceeding at a good pace. People who have not yet made preparations for the transition should do so in good time, at risk of being without being able to watch television. The first step is to call the free number 800 200 838 or go to www.tdt.telecom.pthttp://tdt.telecom.pt/ to check if you live in an area with terrestrial coverage or with satellite coverage.
It should also be recalled that there is subsidy scheme available for the purchase of set-top-boxes. This scheme is available to people who are on income support (Rendimento Social de Inserção) and pensioners whose monthly income does not exceed 500 euros, as well as to people with a degree of disability equal to or greater than 60%. The subsidy covers 50% of the price of the equipment, with a limit of 22 euros.
Local organisations, including Municipal Councils, parish councils and social services have a key role in providing information and support to people, especially when it comes to people who are older or who have limited access to information. This has been revealed by the experience of many local authorities.
Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT): Name given to the system of digital television broadcasting by herzian or terrestrial means, based on the DVB-T standard, which replaced the terrestrial analogue system.
Switch-Off (of the terrestrial analogue system): Termination of terrestrial analogue television broadcasting. From 26 April 2012, the terrestrial television service has no longer been available via analogue, and has been available through digital only.
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