Costa Rica confirms date for analogue TV blackout in 2019

Costa Rica confirmed that on August 15, 2019, it will suspend analogue television broadcasts. “There is no way back,” said the Minister of Science, Technology and Telecommunications, Luis Adrián Salazar, in an event held just one year before the blackout.

The process of transition from analogue to digital television was expected to end in December 2017, but when that date arrived, the Goverment decided to postpone it for 20 months given the proximity of the presidential elections. Now, the new authorities confirmed that decision.

Costa Rica had selected the ISDB-T standard (Japanese-Brazilian system) for its DTT. Nowadays, in that country there are channels broadcasting in digital, like channel 2, 4, 6 (Repretel), 7 (Teletica), 9, 11, 13 (Sinart), 23 (Link), 29 (VM Latino), 33 (ExperTV) , 35 (Youth Link), 42 (ExtraTV), 44 (Multimedia), 49 (TV Plus) and 50.