The majority (51.2%) of former DVB-T users in Germany have made the move to successor system DVB-T2/HEVC and continue to receive their TV channels terrestrially.
The rollout of the new-generation DTT platform DVB-T2/HEVC across Germany has commenced today.
German transmitter network operator Media Broadcast will make the USB TV stick for reception of the next-generation DVB-T2/HEVC-based DTT platform including the encrypted Freenet TV service available from retailers and www.freenet.tv from March 23, 2017.
The switchover of DTT in Germany from DVB-T to successor system DVB-T2/HEVC on March 29, 2017 drives the sale of compliant set-top-boxes.
German technical services provider Media Broadcast will set up and operate the DVB-T2 transmitter network for ARD and ZDF on which the public broadcasters will distribute up to 20 TV channels in Full HD quality (1080p50).
The next-generation DTT platform in DVB-T2/HEVC standard will launch its full service in Germany on March 29, 2017 in several urban areas with around 40 public and commercial channels mainly in HD quality.
German public broadcaster ARD will participate in the first stage of the deployment of DVB-T2 with its main channel Das Erste HD in Full HD mode (1080p50).
German public broadcaster ZDF will change its DTT distribution from the current DVB-T standard to successor DVB-T2.
Technicolor says it’s withdrawing from the HEVC advance pool in order to concentrate on the licensing of its own HEVC portfolio direct to manufacturers.
German cable and satellite industry association ZVEI Fachverband Satellit & Kabel expects the preconditions for nationwide analogue cable TV switch-off to be met by the end of 2018.