Argentina readies for analogue switch-off
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
| 02 September 2014
Argentina will say goodbye to analogue TV in 2019, with the Autoridad Federal de Servicios de Comunicación Audiovisual (AFSCA) having just published the procedure to be followed leading up to the switch-off.
The digital transition and radioelectric spectrum reorganisation are the main steps in a process which confirms 2019 as the end for analogue TV. From then on every free-to-air (FTA) channel, namely America TV, TV Pública, Canal 9, Telefe and Canal 13, will have to be broadcast under the ISDB-T standard, adopted in 2009.
According to the AFSCA, the channels will broadcast in two different versions: full HD and One Seg, targeting mobile screens able to reproduce DTT signals. The transition plan and details of the new signals will be explained and publicly debated on 19 September.
The AFSCA resolution clears the future for spectrum regulation too. The DTT channels temporarily awarded to the country's universities, slotted in the 700Mhz band, will be reassigned as they interfere with the LTE networks.