German media authorities support DVB-T2 transition

Jörn Krieger | 27-11-2012

The German media authorities have voiced their support for a transition of digital terrestrial TV transmissions to DVB-T2, arguing that the new standard would offer a range of advantages.

They say that the new standard would offer more channels - including HDTV - better picture quality and potential savings in distribution costs.

The media authorities recommend the commencement of preparations for the transition and are encouraging commercial broadcasters to state their views on the future of terrestrial television.

According to the media authorities, the transition also offers an opportunity to satisfy the frequency needs of other services, for example mobile networks. However, whether spectrum will actually be freed up will depend upon how the new system is accepted by viewers. According to the media authorities, the option for the whole frequency spectrum to be used for broadcast services should therefore be retained for a period of two years after the launch of DVB-T2.

Around four million households in Germany currently receive their TV signals via DTT, with half of these actually on the main TV set in the living room. Almost ten years after its launch, DVB-T has now established itself as the third largest distribution platform in Germany after satellite and cable, reaching a market share of up to 26% in urban areas.

Public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have also recently voiced their support for a transition to DVB-T2. The commercial broadcasters would also consider this move, but only under the condition that it leads to cost savings.