As of this Wednesday, 8, residents of the city of Rio Verde, in Gois, and the region of the Federal District begin to be warned about the end of analogue broadcasts.
As of this date, analogue transmissions will display, at certain times of the day, the letter “A”, which then opens, forming the word “Analgic”. Two months before the scheduled termination date, they will also show a fixed indication with the countdown to the end of the transmission.
In November 2015, Rio Verde, chosen as the pilot city, stopped receiving the analogue signal and only received the digital signal; in the Federal District and in eleven cities in Minas Gerais and Goiás, which form the first major region to undergo change, this should occur in April 2016. With the shutdown, the programming of open TV will be available only in digital signal.
Still in 2016, the analogue signal will be switched off in the metropolitan regions of So Paulo (in May), Belo Horizonte (June), Goinia (August) and Rio de Janeiro (November). In the rest of the country, this change will occur gradually, and should end by 2018.
Viewers who see the analogue broadcast signals should take steps to continue receiving broadcast TV channels. Older tube televisions can still be used, provided they have a Digital TV converter and an appropriate antenna.
Most newer, thin-screen televisions already have an integrated digital converter. However, if they display analog broadcast warnings, it may be necessary to connect them to an antenna suitable for reception in the new format. More information about changing equipment can be purchased on the websitewww.vocenatvdigital.com.bror by the free call center, at number 147.
The digital signal offers better image quality (higher resolutions) and sound (allows up to six audio channels, versus the two on analog television). In addition, it also avoids the presence of “ghosts” (interference in audio and video). It also offers other advantages over the analogue signal, such as support for mobile reception and interactivity.
The radio frequency used by analogue TV (700 MHz) will be used by telecommunications companies, which will expand the offer of fourth generation mobile telephony services (4G LTE) in Brazil. Since 2013, this service uses the 2.5GHz rediofrequency.
The digitalization process of Brazilian open TV and the implementation of 4G LTE is coordinated by the Group for the Implementation of the Redistribution and Digitalization of TV and RTV Channels (GIRED). The Group, whose president Rodrigo Zerbone, former director of Anatel, chaired by an Executive Director of Anatel and has representatives from the Ministry of Communications, the telecommunications companies that acquired the sub-range in the bidding process, and broadcasters.