The German media authorities have jointly with industry associations, cable operators and TV broadcasters founded the initiative Digitales Kabel to accompany the transition to sole digital TV distribution on German cable networks.
German cable operator Primacom will change the allocation of the slots on its digital TV channel listing from April 4, 2017.
The German media authorities want to find out whether the user interfaces of smart TV sets and set-top-boxes comply with the principles of transparency, non-discrimination, equal opportunities and user autonomy.
The number of households in Germany receiving digital TV services has risen to 35 million, or 92.3% of the total.
The German media authorities have called for analogue switch-off on the country’s cable networks in 2018 at the latest.
The number of commercial local and regional TV channels has considerably decreased in Germany last year.
For the DVB-T2 platform to be rolled out from 2016, Germany’s commercial broadcasters aim for a uniform, mainly encrypted offering marketed nationwide while the public broadcasters will stay free-to-air.