The Czech public broadcaster Ceska Televize (CT) has announced the start of its transition to the DVB-T2 standard.
In a statement, it says that it has concluded the first round of talks on the transition, adding that due to the delay in an amendment (Diginovela) to the Electronic Communications Act that only came into force on September 2, it was necessary to change the timetable of the transition.
At the same time, as part of the launch of the Technical Transition Plan (TPP), CT will have to release some of the frequencies of the second public multiplex in the second half of 2019 instead of in mid-2020.
The revised timetable requires technical preparations from January to March next year, after which the Transition Multiplex will be initiated. It will be in operation until June 2020 and required to reach 95% of the population by the end of next June.
The transmitters of the current public service multiplex will be shut down gradually from mid-2019.
The Czech Republic aims to complete the transition to DVB-T2 by June 2020. O
nce the standard has been adopted, CT will be able to add its thematic services CT 24, CT:D and CT art to the three channels it already broadcasts in HD.