Jörn Krieger | 18-09-2013
ARD wants to commence the transition to DVB-T2 in 2017 with the move to the successor of the currently used distribution standard for digital terrestrial television (DTT) to be completed by 2020.
With the changeover to the new system – which will enable more channels, including HDTV, on terrestrial airwaves – ARD wants to secure the future of terrestrial TV broadcasting in Germany.
The public broadcaster considers DTT to be a strategically important and user-friendly distribution method. Contrary to cable or satellite broadcasting, terrestrial distribution allows all users to receive public channels both at home and on-the-go without additional costs, stresses ARD.
The transition to DVB-T2 will lead to considerably reduced transmission costs for the broadcasters, according to the company. It would also contribute to a variety of distribution methods being maintained which would give both broadcasters and users more independence. However, new reception devices are required for DVB-T2.
In order to successfully carry out the transition to DVB-T2, ARD says that planning security regarding the frequency range is crucial. In this context, the broadcaster is calling for the 700MHz frequency block to remain in the hands of broadcasters until at least the end of the transition period in 2020 and not be handed over to mobile network operators.