ProSiebenSat.1 open to DVB-T2

Jörn Krieger | 18-01-2013

German commercial TV group ProSiebenSat.1 has not yet decided whether to continue digital terrestrial transmission of its channels, but says it would be open to a transition to DVB-T successor DVB-T2.

"For us, all options are currently open, the withdrawal from terrestrial broadcasting, the continuation of DVB-T and the introduction of DVB-T2," a spokeswoman told Rapid TV News. "A decision will be made within the first quarter of 2013."

"If a further development of terrestrial distribution - as envisaged with DVB-T2 - takes shape, then this would be the preferred choice," the spokeswoman said. "However, this would require digital terrestrial broadcasting to be economically viable in future and enable the establishment of new business models."

Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland recently announced its intention to remove its channels from terrestrial airwaves, arguing that currently there is neither long-term security to maintain access to frequencies for broadcast usage nor the prospect of the introduction of basic encryption.