Gired, the group responsible for the implementation of digital TV in Brazil, approved the analog switch-off in Rio de Janeiro and 18 other cities in the state, which took place yesterday, November 22. Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais) and 38 municipalities of the state have also completed the transition the same day.
In Rio de Janeiro, 90% of broadcast- only households are DTT-ready, according to a survey conducted by Ibope. In contrast, in Belo Horizonte the switch-off was scheduled for November 8 but it was extended to November 22 because it had not reached the 90% minimum required to move forward with that process.
Gired also approved to anticipate the analog switch-off – from November 28 to August 14, 2018 – in Campo Grande (capital of the state of Mato Grosso del Sur), Cuiabá (capital of Mato Grosso) and in six other municipalities.