On 15 April, in 20 Russian regions, there was a transition from analogue to digital transmission, including in Moscow and the Moscow region, according to the analogue transmission disconnection plan drawn up by the Ministry of Communications and the media.
In addition to Moscow and the Moscow region, disconnection from analogue broadcasts occurred in 10 regions: in the regions of Amur, Ivanovo, Kemerovo, Kirov, Kostroma, Kurgan, Lipetsk, Novgorod, Sakhalin, Tyumen; six republics: Mordovia, Kalmykia, Karachay-Cherkessia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Udmurtia, Chuvashia, as well as in the Stavropol territory and in the autonomous district of Yamalo-Nenets.
The deputy minister of digital development, communications and mass communications, Alexei Volin, has previously stated on the "very high" level of preparation of the regions to move to digital transmission. It was noted that in the regions of the second wave before the transition, 200,000 digital set-top boxes and 95,000 televisions were sold.
The Tver region was the first to be disconnected from the analogue broadcast, it was reported that the Federal Antimonopoly Service launched a set-top box surcharge case later. The ministry noted that "in the low price segment the price increase ranges from 30% to 100%" and "in the segment over 1,000 rubles, the increase is from 5% to 83.9 % ". In connection with the change in the type of transmission at the end of October last year, the Ministry of Communications advised the Russians to change analogue TVs to digital ones.
Digital and analogue television differs in the type of signal. In the first case, the signal is a set of codes, therefore the quality of the image is improved, moreover it allows to tune more channels. In the second case, the information is transmitted using an analog signal, which is converted into an image by a special electronic system.