The rollout of the new-generation DTT platform DVB-T2/HEVC across Germany has commenced today.
In one of the largest switchover procedures in German broadcast history, 327 transmitters at 69 locations were converted to the new standard last night.
The representatives of the parties involved pressed the launch button on March 29, 2017 at the launch party in Berlin’s transmitter tower Alex hosted by transmitter network operator Media Broadcast.
DVB-T2 contains 20 unencrypted TV channels from the public broadcasters and three unencrypted commercial channels as well as 19 commercial channels offered on the encrypted Freenet TV platform for a subscription fee of €5.75 per month. Except for the three unencrypted commercial channels, all channels are broadcasting in Full HD resolution.
20 further linear channels along with catch-up services, apps and 600 radio stations are available through HbbTV-based hybrid service Freenet TV Connect.
For reception, viewers need a modern smart TV set with an integrated DVB-T2/HEVC tuner, a compliant set-top-box or the new Freenet TV USB stick for PCs, laptops and Mac computers.
The DVB-T2 rollout across Germany will be completed in mid-2019.