Costa Rica News – The Government moves the switch to digital TV near the end of 2019. The presidential campaign and Costa Rica natural disasters are just some of the motivations.
The change from analog to digital transmission of national channels was promised before.
In 2016, we expected the change in December. It was postponed 20 months. The change, if and when it happens, will bring about a much higher quality of transmitted image in high definition. It will also eliminate the grain and noise of the current signal.
The reason for the delay is that the conditions necessary to make a successful transition are still not met. There was also a concern that making the change as scheduled, on December 15, could prevent some citizens from accessing information about the electoral campaign.
31% of the homes in Costa Rica use the free and open TV signal. Many of these homes are found in the areas most affected by the storm. Additionally, a mid-year study showed that the public needs more information about the process to go digital.