Transition to DVB-T2: The End of DVB-T Expected By Late 2018

As of February this year, the future of terrestrial television in Germany has been a done deal. Since the German government is planning to reserve the previously used for the DVB-T transmission 700 MHz frequency band for the expansion of mobile broadband Internet, giving way to the digital terrestrial television in the range between 470 MHz and 690 MHz this means that an update is on the way. We've summarized what the new DVB-T2 standard will bring and what to look out for...

DVB-T Usage in Germany

While considerably more extensive cable and satellite program packages are now available and offer beyond current television’s various options, terrestrial television in Germany still enjoys great popularity. Since 2005 he annually published digitization report estimates the number of television households that receive TV program on any device (TV, computer, laptop, tablet, etc.) via DVBT, for the year 2014 at least 7,5 Million corresponding to a total share of 18.8%. Large numbers of spectators are affected by the introduction of the DVBT2 standards and must be prepared in the coming years on a number of changes.

Swapping Made Possible Until Late 2018

Those responsible want the fastest possible change and a correspondingly short transition period. Currently, DVB-T2 is still in the testing phase and there is only a few participants with available pilot projects; the UFEA European Championship in the summer of 2016 could, however, be broadcast in parallel via DVB-T2 already in the largest DVB-T regions of Germany. For 2017, the introduction of all public and private programs to the new frequencies is planned so that the shutdown of the old DTT probably can take place end of 2018. By no later than that date is required for terrestrial reception, a DVB-T2 compatible terminal. Old receivers can then no longer be used due to lack of backward compatibility.

If you look at an early stage according to DVB-T2 compatible devices, you must observe the following: In Germany, the signals are compressed in the future with the HVEC/H.265 codec, while other countries put on the older H.264 standard. So it may well be that a device while DVB-T2 (H.264) support, however HVEC / H.265 coded signals can not decrypt and thus does not work in Germany. To guide the recently pictured above logo was introduced that compatibility certified with the conditions provided in Germany. If in doubt, please contact us. We will be glad to help you.

Charisma in HD – Some Channels May Be Encrypted

With the introduction of DVBT2 is finally in HD quality to receive (up to 1080p) via antenna the way TV stations. During this upgrade is paid by the license fee for the public broadcasters and they have already promised to transmit their programs in unencrypted form in the future, consider taking some private stations of the implemented encryption technology to exercise and deliver its programs in future only against payment. The channels that actually affects and how high the fees accurately, can not be foreseen at the present time. Announced were only a free trial period to the start of DVBT2, as well as in connection overdue, single-digit monthly fee. Once more details are released, we will serve you at this point to course.

2 replies on “Transition to DVB-T2: The End of DVB-T Expected By Late 2018”

  1. Marco on

    Hi, do you know which TVs respect the standard?

    • Florian on

      Hey Marco,

      Thanks for your question. The logo in the article is supposed to mark products, that can process German DVB-T2. However, it will probably take some time till this systems is established. And it will take some time till they finally roll out DVB-T2. So unfortunately, it’s a bit of an unclear situation right now. If you’re considering a certain model, just get in touch with the guys from our TV department. They’ll try to help you.



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