UPDATE: The implementation of this service has been postponed due to the floods.
If you have a home in Lunigiana and have not yet purchased a decoder or upgraded your old TV set to a digital one, expect to lose your television service soon. Actually, you may lose your reception even if you have done all that.
Lunigiana will be the first region in Tuscany to be switched over from an analogue to a digital terrestrial TV signal. The analogue TV transmission in Lunigiana will be discontinued between 4 and 7 November 2011, and on 17 November at the coast. However, making sure you have the correct equipment to receive the new signal is probably the least of your problems.
Many of the local repeater stations are not owned by the large networks (Rai, Mediaset, and La 7) and have not yet been upgraded as the local comune don’t have the funds. Subsidies are, apparently, not available for small communities, which directly affects many of the mountain communities in Lunigiana. Villages in the comune of Aulla, Comano, Fivizzano, Licciana, and Zeri in particular will be affected. In addition, the local networks, Antenna Tre, Teleriviera, and TeletoscanaNord have not yet had digital frequencies assigned to them putting local broadcasts in danger. It may be that the only way to watch television after the cut off date is via satellite (Sky or Tivusat).
The situation is reminiscent of the situation in Emilia-Romagna a year ago. Emilia-Romagna was the first region in Italy to activate digital terrestrial television and many homes remained without television until spring this year.
TV blackout expected in parts of Lunigiana appeared on Ciao Lunigiana on 14 October 2011. All rights reserved.