Brazil has admitted that its planned digital switchover will have to be delayed by about two years. The original plan was to have the last regions of the vast country switch to digital during March 2016. Brazil’s Ministry of Communications now says that technical difficulties mean that some major cities will have to wait. The list includes Rio de Janeiro, Campinas and Belo Horizonte, and these will not now switch until “at the latest” 2018.
Some 1,521 municipalities are covered in the first batch of cities and the provisional calendar will be published in the next two weeks.
The Ministry stressed that it will do nothing without making provision for the poorer sections of its viewing audience, and will be subsidising set-top box convertors.