Brazil began the last minute of February 15th the transition process to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) with the pilot test of the analog switch-off of three TV stations in county of Rio Verde, in the Goias State. The stations involved were TV Cancao Nova, Record News and Rede Vida, and by the end of the month another four will be added.
The Ministry of Communications and the TV and Radio Channel Redistribution and Digitation Process Implementation Group of Brazil (Gired) oversaw the measure, which aims to observe the behavior of viewers facing the analog switch-off on a large scale, which begins in October.
On that month, Brasilia, capital of that country, will be the first and only big city to complete the transition in 2016. From 2017, the state capitals from the southeast area such as Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, among others, will be added. In 2018, it will be the turn of the rest of the cities in the south, center-west and north, according to what was stipulated by the official decree of January, which amended the deadlines for the analog switch-off, which will run until 2023 for the inland zones.