Panama: retailers to stop selling analog TVs in 2019

Starting in April 2019, all TV sets sold in Panama will have to include a DVB-T tuner. The announcement was made by Roberto Meana Meléndez, General Administrator of the National Authority of Public Services (Asep), during a meeting with journalists.
“This type of action will bring us closer to continuing to monitor the development of each of the phases, mainly the number one phase comprising the provinces of Panama, Panama Oeste and Colon, to then be able to talk to the country about a partial analog swith-off (ASO),” said Meana, according to Panama On.
The official also said that actions are being coordinated with free-to-air TV channels to set a definitive date for the ASO. He pointed that it is necessary to ensure that the coverage is similar to that of analog TV and that all households are prepared.