Don Bauder 3:30 p.m., Jan. 21
Tijuana to halt analogue TV switch-off until at least July
Concerns over citizens left without TV before July state elections arise
The plan for the city of Tijuana to become the first city in Latin America to broadcast television in only digital has been put on halt for the time being. The majority of the city is now in fully digital, but concerns have arisen that some citizens of the poorer neighborhoods do not have the necessary equipment to receive digital TV. State elections are scheduled for July 7, making the possibility of leaving some without TV a political risk.
Mexico’s secretary of communications and transport, Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, told Foro TV "There is concern from the electoral officials that at a given moment, families who don't have access to the signal on their TV sets will not receive the messages of the electoral process, from the campaigns".
Many cities across Mexico and Latin America currently receive a mix of digital and analogue formats. All of Mexico hopes to implement fully digital by the end of 2015.
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