Rai has been broadcasting a new information message for some hours, warning viewers of the upcoming transition to MPEG-4 standard for some of its digital terrestrial channels. The date to circle is October 20, when you will need a high definition decoder to access it.
As we know, on October 20th, MPEG-4 broadcasts will start on digital terrestrial and state TV decided to immediately embrace the new standard.
As with Mediaset with the transition to DVB-S2, Rai has also decided to start from the less popular channels, leaving generalists for the last time. To be interested in the switch off of October 20 will be in fact Rai 4, Rai 5, Rai Movie, Rai YoYo, Rai Sport+ HD, Rai History, Rai Gulf, Rai Premium and Rai School.
In the message, Rai points out that from October 20th, televisions or decoders that do not receive high definition channels will be able to continue to receive Rai 1, Rai 2, Rai 3 and Rai News24. However, the date of passage of the latter has not yet leaked information but it is likely that the TV of Viale Mazzini will wait for the standard to be released before “turn them off” in SD.
We remember that the Government last August postponed the switch off to the new DVB-T2.