Mexico delays analogue switch-off by a year | DTT | News | Rapid TV News
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After listening to broadcasters and analysts across the country, Mexico's Senate has faced reality and is postponing the country’s analogue switch-off for another year.

Even though the government has lately been rushing to ensure every Mexican home has the necessary technology to receive and watch digital TV, several broadcasters are not close to being ready.

Therefore, the Senate has offered an extension for those networks and channels that need extra time. Mostly targeting small and local operators, the extension has moved the switch-off date to 31 December 2016.

The Senate's decision doesn’t change the deadline for getting the population DTT-ready, however, and homes should still be DTT-ready by the end of this month

According to the resolution, “both the analogue switch-off and the IFT regulations are not changed by this decision”. However, it does lead to a scenario in which a mainly digital TV sector will have to coexist with some smaller analogue channels.

Mexico is the Latin American country in which DTT deployment is most advanced, however, it has delayed the analogue switch-off - initially scheduled for 2014 - several times.