Melita to launch Gigabit speeds – Analogue TV will be discontinued

Friday, August 18, 2017 by

Malta has always been on the forefront of digital technology and the Maltese have always been keen on getting better quality and value from their providers.

Always taking pride in being first to launch the latest state-of the art digital technologies, Melita is once again at the frontier of introducing yet another digital milestone in Malta.

In order to increase capacities and speeds that cater for the ever-increasing demand for broadband, Melita is now getting ready to launch Gigabit internet speeds.

This will further improve reliability of the internet connection and deliver faster speeds. In real-life scenarios this progression will improve streaming experiences across multiple devices in the home via Wi-Fi, significantly speed up large file downloads and uploads, and improve TV products, as increasingly more TV services are transported over IP (Internet Protocol).

The first part of the process that will see this technological milestone happen is a more efficient use of the current network. As part of an EU-wide exercise to free frequencies for modern wireless communication services and move to digital services, Maltese channels actually stopped broadcasting in analogue with the advent of free to air digital terrestrial TV back in 2011. Melita started its transition from analogue to digital just over 10 years ago and now are in the process of transferring the few remaining analogue connections to digital services.

For this reason from 5th September 2017, Melita’s analogue reception service will be reduced to six channels, namely TVM, TVM2, Net TV, One TV, Rai 1 and Channel 5. Subsequently, early next year, the analogue service will be discontinued all together.

All those subscribed to Melita’s analogue reception service, (TV transmission without box) whether for their main TV set or an additional one, are invited to get a digital box at no additional cost. In this way their service will not be interrupted and users will enjoy more than 40 channels including all RAI and Mediaset Channels as well as all time favourites: LA 5, Discovery, and kids’ channel Boomerang.

The last few customers subscribed to Melita’s analogue reception service including those whose analogue service is currently not officially registered with Melita, are invited to call on 2727 9977 between 9am and 6pm, Monday-Friday to claim their box and to start benefiting from many more TV channels and better TV quality. No penalties will apply in the case of customers wishing to upgrade from a non-official or non-registered analogue service.