Starting tomorrow, Monday 23 August, the TV scrapping bonus for the purchase of televisions compatible with the new digital terrestrial starts. The Italians who will have to change their equipment must, however, still have a little patience: the list of retailers participating in the initiative has yet to be published on the Mise website.
The contribution for the purchase of a new television set is recognized in the form of a discount equal to 20% of the sale price, up to a maximum of 100 euros including VAT. Online purchases are also valid to use them. There are no Isee limits to obtain the incentive. It will be sufficient for the applicant to be resident in Italy, to be up-to-date with the payment of the Rai license fee and scrap a television purchased before 22 December 2018.
As explained by Il Sole 24 Ore, the bonus can be requested until the end of 2022 or until resources equal to 100 million euros are exhausted. In theory, 1 million contributions would be available for a bonus full of 100 euros. If so, it would be a tenth of the audience concerned. A little bit.
Especially if we refer to the March estimates of the Ugo Bordoni-Swg Foundation: net of the incentive effect, 10.2 million families do not have televisions compatible with the new signal. There is a risk, therefore, that the figure may not satisfy all requests. However, it is possible to refinance the bonuses with the budget law.
According to the Faq of the Mise, explains an article from https://www.ilgiornale.it, the TV purchased starting from January 2017 will be compatible with the change introduced by the first technological step, that is the disposal of the MPEG-2 coding in favor of MPEG-4 on DVB-T1 standard. But you need a high definition (HD) device. If, on the other hand, the TV was purchased starting from 22 December 2018 then there will be no problems as it will be compatible with the new standard.
From home it is possible to do a very simple test to understand if your TV is compatible with the new technology. Once the re-continuation of the channels has been carried out, a check can be carried out by trying to display the test channels 100 and 200: if this is done, the message “Test HEVC Main10” appears, it means that the device already meets the new requirements. So it will not be necessary to replace the TV.
What you need to have the incentive As already explained above, to take advantage of the incentive it is necessary to scrap a device that does not comply with the new DVB-T2 standard, therefore purchased before 22 December 2018. Only in this case it is mandatory to change the device. The operation is quite simple.
It can be done at the retailer or at a municipal WEEE collection center by delivering a form available on the Mise website with which the user certifies the recycling and self-certifies the ownership of the Rai subscription as well as the non-compliance of the device with the new standard. . Citizens aged 75 or over who are exempt from paying the RAI fee will also be able to enjoy the benefit.
The seller will take care of everything. It will be he who will have to access the telematic service made available by the Revenue Agency, available in the reserved area of the website, to transmit to the Mise a communication with the user, TV and price data.
At that point the Agency carries out the necessary checks and checks the availability of resources. The telematic service will then notify the seller if the discount is available. Finally, the seller will recover the amount paid to the customer at the time of the purchase of the new TV as a tax credit.
The old TV-decoder incentive, introduced with the 2019 budget law, has not met with great success. Up to August 16 of this year, bonuses amounting to 30.2 million of the 151 million available were paid. A half flop. Which Mise wants to remedy.
The ministry has launched a new communication campaign, has activated a dedicated website and a call center (06 87.800.262) which will provide all the necessary information. The old discount for citizens with an ISEE within the threshold of 20,000 euros can be combined with the new TV bonus.
The two measures do not conflict. Those who use both incentives are entitled to a contribution of 30 euros instead of 50 euros. In total it is possible to benefit from a discount that can reach a maximum of 130 euros.
The new technology will improve the quality of the signal and make it possible to make room for high definition broadcasts. In consideration of the delay with which televisions are being changed, Mise, in agreement with the various broadcasters, managed to obtain a shift in the switch-off. The transition from Mpeg2 to Mpeg4 coding will no longer take place on September 1st but from October 15th, starting from some national programs. The general disposal of this code will be defined with a provision to be issued by the end of 2021.
Different speech for the definitive transition to the DVB-T2 standard with HEVC Main10 encoding: this will no longer take place on 30 June 2022 but starting from 1 January 2023. However, for broadcasters there is the possibility, and not the obligation, to leave earlier .