Analogue era ends

  • 2012-11-14
  • From wire reports

VILNIUS - Lithuania has switched off analogue terrestrial television and fully transitioned to digital television, reports LETA. A one-and-a-half year-long informational promotional campaign on development of digital television has been deemed a success.
A study performed in October shows that the vast majority - 96 percent of the Lithuanian population - knew that in order to watch digital television, one must have an appropriate TV-set or digital TV receiver and almost three quarters of the population said they can already watch digital TV.

“The publicity campaign, which used a wide range of channels and means to inform the people about pending changes in television, is over. As shown in surveys, people watching television for free with outdoor, indoor or collective antennas were successfully informed about pending changes and they managed to get ready,” said Counselor to the Minister of Transportation Martynas Cerkauskas.

According to Cerkauskas, those who have not yet acquired adequate equipment can call a special free phone number for the entire month of November, if they face any problems or issues.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications also notes that citizens with low-income or co-residents, whose average per capita income is less than 525 litas (152 euros) per month, until Nov. 20 can still apply for a one-off compensation for required hardware to watch digital TV.