Costa Rica Moves to Digital Television

From August 14, users of the Greater Metropolitan Area who consume television content openly and free of charge will have to modify their equipment to access the digital signal.

Monday, August 12, 2019

With the upcoming change in the country, televisions that are not yet ready to receive the digital signal must purchase a converter compatible with the Japanese Brazilian standard ISDB-Tb.

You may be interested in "Costa Rica: Proposals for Transition to Digital TV reviews that "... For the inhabitants of most of the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) and some surrounding areas - it can extend to Horquetas de Sarapiquí to the north; Turrialba, Guápiles and other areas of Limón to the east; and Palmares and some areas of the Central Pacific to the west - the change will happen from this August 14."

The article adds that "... For the rest of the population outside the area, digital transmissions will be gradually implemented by the television stations, starting on August 14 of this year and up to a deadline that is met on August 14, 2020."

According to reports from CentralAmericaData, in the first nine months of 2018 the main importer of televisions in Central America was Guatemala, with $100 million, followed by Costa Rica, with $63 million, Honduras, with $62 million, El Salvador, with $50 million, Panama, with $44 million and Nicaragua, with $16 million.

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