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Low-income citizens to be paid “digitalisation support”

Slovaks on welfare who pay public media concessions have been given until August 31 to request a contribution of €20 towards the purchase of a new TV, set-top box or towards cable TV.

Slovaks on welfare who pay public media concessions have been given until August 31 to request a contribution of €20 towards the purchase of a new TV, set-top box or towards cable TV.

This contribution part of the state assistance meant to help socially dependent groups transition to digital TV.

At a news conference on March 15, Transport Ministry State Secretary Ján Hudacký said that the contribution should be paid out within three months of an application being filed, but by November 30 at the latest. The scheme to offer state assistance in the transfer to digital broadcasting was started being prepared under the previous government.

However, Hudacký said that the former government under Robert Fico failed to put aside funds for this purpose.

The ministry is running a media campaign to inform people of the change.

As analogue transmitters are gradually being switched off, the department is distributing information leaflets and holding regional news conferences to keep people updated on the progress in the move to digital broadcasting, the SITA newswire wrote.

The transition from analogue to digital broadcasting in Slovakia will be completed by the middle of this year and will affect most of the country.

Construction of the network of DVB-T transmitters is planned to be finished by June 30.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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