TheItalian Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) put this forward as a part of the 2019 Budget, with a total allocation of €151 million for the initiative. It is believed that the subsidy will be introduced as early as November 15, with confirmation expected following a 30-day period for public consultation.
This subsidy could see as many as 3.02 million new homes benefit.
The contribution is intended for the purchase of a single device by December 31, 2022, or until the allocation runs out.
The discount will be applied by retailers both physically and online, with no possibility for a refund or rebate should the device cost less than €50.
Discounts will be available on equipment equipped with a DVB-T2 HEVC tuner, according to ITU-T recommendation H.265. MISE will publish a full list of conforming devices on its website.
The transition to DVB-T2 in Italy has not been smooth, with an initial roadmap approved last autumn being cancelled. That roadmap also included abandoning the MPEG 2 codec on January 1, 2020, but that has now been postponed to late 2021.
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