This Wednesday, February 14, is the day. All Digital Terrestrial Television channels (DTT), regardless of their coverage area, turn off their signal quality or standard definition (SD) and start broadcasting only in high definition (HD).
Better image quality and surround sound are the main attributes of HD quality. “With the completion of the transition to DTT in high definition we will complete the modernization of the television experience,” explained the Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure, responsible for the Ministry for the Digital Transition and the Public Service.
To enjoy it, you must have coverage, an adapted antenna and have an HD compatible device. “More than 98% of the devices already,” added the Secretary of State. Instead, the old televisions may lack this capability, so consider buying a new TV that supports HD technology or an external decoder or tuner with HD capability. These devices connect the antenna cable and the device and allow you to receive the DTT signal in high definition format.
If the device is compatible, you should changing channels, for which the Secretary of State has prepared guidance. also The president of the Association of Communication Users recommends changing the p channelsTo make sure your TV supports HD signal. Alejandro Perales indicated that from the point of view of quality this is a “positive” change and warned that some “very old” TVs (before 2008) may not “support” HD quality. However, he considers that it “will not affect many users” and, in any case, it will happen more emphasis on second home appliances”not on the main TV.”
Antonio Tornos, manager of Elproductos Tornos (in the neighborhood of Las Delicias in Zaragoza), added that This situation can be noticed especially when dealing with Holy Week when people go to their second home. “In cities or in apartments in the mountains or on the beach. That’s where we least have a good TV and they find themselves in need of a decoder,” he explained.
However, the president of the Federation of Trade and Services Entrepreneurs of Zaragoza and Province (ECOS) emphasized that these days many questions who come to your establishment because they are located in a neighborhood with a high percentage of elderly population. “They have old televisions and they cannot watch their channels. If the effect of the analog blackout was 100%, now depending on which neighborhoods it reaches 80%. Even if almost nothing is left. without already watching television that in every home there are at least two or three devices,” he said.
Tornos recommends that if you turn on the TV you do not see any channels showing HD, you should buy a decoder or tuner. “Today, if the television is between 15 and 20 years old, it needs to be changed because it is not even ready with high-definition DTT. The issue is that There are tools that don’t even solve the problem of a DTT.” he warned.
At the same time, he observed that there are not enough decoders is currently on the market because it is an outdated product. “When the analog blackout happened, I bought them 500 at a time and now I do it two at a time. From selling 15 or 20 a day I went to one a week. and in suddenly they started making it. The problem is that it is a product made in China, and it takes a month to arrive in Europe,” he commented.
From the Ministry of Digital Transition they remember that the execution has been done a year later than planned (January 1, 2023), among other issues, to collaborate with television stations and the autonomous communities “to inform citizens.”
For any question or if further clarification is needed on the information provided on the Digital Television web space, you can contact the Digital Television User Service Office at 901 20 10 04.