Transition to Open Digital Television Programme (TDT)

Last updated: 24 August 2021
The TDT programme was a government initiative to give away new LED televisions to low income households. In 2015, existing less efficient analogue cathode ray tube televisions were in place in many households. These televisions needed a new digital set-top box (STB) to continue to work with the new digital signal. This would have added a new source of energy demand (18 kWh annually per STB).The LED televisions were on average 60% more efficient than standard CRT television models. The Mexican government expects, based on a 10-year lifetime, that the MXN 1.76 billion spent on new LED televisions is expected to be recouped by avoided electricity from the new more efficient television (MXN 1.6 billion), with the federal government saving 3.73 billion in subsidies.The programme ended in December 2016 and covered 95% of the low-income households in the country, delivering 10,112,261 LED televisions.

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