With the goal of spreading information and clearing up queries, and also to minimise the costs associated with the transition to digital television, ANACOM and DECO - Associação Portuguesa para a Defesa dos Consumidores (Portuguese Association for Consumer Protection) have established a partnership to conduct 100 “DTT Information” sessions across Portugal.
5 sessions will be held in each of Portugal’s 18 districts, coordinated by technically qualified personnel from DECO with specific training for this purpose. Another 10 clarification sessions will be held in areas of the country where digital television coverage will be provided by satellite.
The sessions will be targeted at consumers, retailers and installers, as well as technical personnel from Municipal Councils, Parishes, regional authorities and private of social solidarity institutions (IPSS). ANACOM and DECO are counting on the capacity of these groups to multiply the spread of information, especially making it clear to the public that the transition to DTT does not entail the payment of any monthly fee and that there is no need to contract paid television services.
Sessions have already been scheduled in Figueira da Foz, Lisboa, Mangualde, Penedono, Braga, Torres Novas, Vila Franca de Xira, Vendas Novas, Paços de Ferreira, Águeda and Ovar as areas covered by the first phase of the switch-off of analogue television signals taking place on 12 January 2012.
Subsequent sessions will be scheduled in line with the phases of the transition process with the first phase occurring in the coastal areas of Mainland Portugal, followed by the Azores and Madeira, where analogue television signals will be switched off on 22 March 2012, and finally, the interior of the country, where the switch-off takes place on 26 April. A list of the scheduled sessions will be available shortly on DECO’s website.
This campaign was launched on 2 November at a press conference held on the premises of Lisbon Council, where the first clarification session will be held.
- Clarification sessions - November 2011 https://www.anacom.pt/render.jsp?categoryId=345005
- DECO - A DECO tem preparadas uma série de Sessões de Informação TDT aos consumidores http://www.deco.proteste.pt/
Related information on ANACOM's website:
- Digital television https://www.anacom.pt/render.jsp?categoryId=2963
- DTT dossier https://www.anacom.pt/render.jsp?contentId=1087003